A Cautionary Note for Decew Falls Hikers – Stay On Marked Trails, Take Care When Hiking At Decew Falls

A Public Advisory from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Posted November 1st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Decew Falls, along the Niagara Escarpment, with old saw mill and Morningstar Mill above.

Niagara, Ontario  – Visitors to Decew Falls are advised to follow the instructions on newly posted signs and stay on the marked trails.

Decew Falls and the nearby Morningstar Mill heritage site are popular destinations for hiking. Newly posted signs in the area warn that the gorge embankment is dangerous. Hikers should not climb or hike down to Decew Falls and are advised by Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick to stay on the marked trails. 

“Decew Falls is one of the best places to enjoy the outdoors in St. Catharines,” said the acting fire chief. “We want visitors to enjoy Decew Falls safely by using the marked trails and respecting the rules on posted signs.”

The acting fire chief offers some other tips to visit Decew Falls safely:

  • Travel in pairs and let someone know when and where you are going 
  • Hike during daylight hours; don’t hike in darkness 
  • Bring a cell phone, but be aware reception may be unavailable in some areas 
  • Wear proper clothing and footwear for hiking 
  • Pack water and snacks 
  • Use common sense and avoid unnecessary risks 
  • Don’t hike while under the influence of alcohol 
  • Call 911 if you are in trouble

Access to Decew Falls is only permitted between dawn and dusk, and camping overnight is prohibited. These regulations are enforced by the Ontario Provincial Police.

A view from a trail overlooking Decew Falls

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