In the early 1800s, along Twenty Mile Creek, John and George Ball established a grist mill, sawmill and woolen mill. Ball’s Falls was a prospering pioneer community for nearly a century. The 1900s saw the town’s sudden decline, as it was bypassed by the Great Western Railway.
Now, some 200 years later, the grist mill is home to one of the few working mills in Ontario. Tour heritage buildings, such as the lime kiln and blacksmith shop. Spring and Fall craft shows and other seasonal events provide additional opportunities to enjoy a time gone by.
Hikers will enjoy trekking to the Upper and Lower Falls. Bring your camera. The Cataract and Bruce Trails are scenic delights. Like many locations in the Escarpment, Ball’s Falls is one of the Niagara Region’s most biodiverse beauties. Encounter 471 vascular plants, 53 species of mammals and 36 species of amphibians as you take in more of the natural wonder that is Niagara.
Located near Vineland, Ball’s Falls is easy to find. Take exit 57 from the QEW. Head south on Victoria Avenue and through Vineland to the entrance on 6th Avenue.