This is one of the many spectacular waterfalls that the hiker can visit in Southern Ontario. All around the western corner of Lake Ontario there are places where the local rivers tumble over the Niagara escarpment edge. This is the lower falls at Balls Falls (just east of Hamilton) where the water drops 80 feet down to a deep pool. At a time when the water was low I had edged my way out to the very lip of the precipice to get this picture.
In following up Twenty Mile Creek, the river cuts across a limestone plateau upon which the explorer will find all sorts of interesting Karst features. Resurgences, sinks and soil pipes are common. Mark Harris has written an amazing book on Ontario's waterfalls (Waterfalls of Ontario) and in my book, Rockwatching, Adventures Above and Below Ontario I have dedicated a full chapter to this amazing spot. (See the sidebar to the right for more information on my book)