Decew Falls in St. Catherines, ON is a picturesque area with lovely waterfalls. A far cry from the commercialism that Niagara is known for, this beauty revels in nature, peace, and history.
Read on to learn more about Decew Falls in Niagara Falls!
The word ‘Decew‘
Decew Falls is named after John DeCew. Around 1788, he bought the land with an ax and an Indian blanket. During the War of 1812, DeCew served in the Lincoln Militia. His house served as British headquarters. It’s also the site where Laura Secord brought her important news. More on her later in this article.
A popular destination for picnickers and hikers, Decew Falls is home to the Morningstar Mill. The heritage site features an operational grist mill and a long history.
Wilson Morningstar ran Mountain Mills from 1883 to 1933. A fire destroyed the building’s interior, giving Morningstar a chance to update the equipment.
The mill and accompanying house were gifted to the City of St. Catharines in 1994.
Morningstar Mill is one of only a few mills in Ontario that contains all of its original equipment as well as operating its millstones with its original water source, Lake Gibson.
The man-made Tunnel Falls rests at the base of Decew Falls. Water from the Decew Falls Generating Station drains out of the tunnel, giving onlookers a splendid sight. Intrepid explorers can traverse a cave here – at their own risk.
The Generating Station
The Decew Falls plant was originally built in 1898 to provide electricity to the electric street railway in nearby Hamilton. Four turbines that were added in 1903 are still in use today.
Ready to Hike?
Bruce Trail rests within the area, taking travelers to and from the falls. Markers along it indicate the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. This is part of the path Laura Secord took during the War of 1812 to warn the British of an impending American attack. It is just one of the great hiking trails in the Niagara Escarpment area.
The Cascades of St. Catharines
Decew Falls contains three wonderful cascades: the main waterfall at Decew proper, the aforementioned Tunnel Falls, and Lower Decew Falls, which can be found downstream from Decew.
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