Morningstar Mill

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Morningstar Mill
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Morning Star Mill and Decew Falls are closed temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of St. Catharines will update this listing when it is open again.
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susanaquerida
Vancouver, Canada439 contributions
Couples
The Friends of Morningstar Mill run the place. They offer tours, and it’s free although donations are appreciated. You see the workings of a grain mill from the ground floor and then go down to the basement to see below. When it’s not COVID, the mill actually runs and produces flour for sale. This year, it’s not running but the tours were on, with limited hours. Best to call ahead to make sure they’re open. We also toured the family home, restored to circa 1935 furnishings. A nice place to have a family outing.
Written August 26, 2021
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A Luciani
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Sadly, this site has been closed to the public due to the number of people going off the trails and having to be rescued, despite posted warnings. In addition, during this pandemic, people visiting the mill and hiking trails were refusing to distance themselves. A security guard has been posted in the parking lot to ensure no one enters the property.
Written July 15, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
This place was perfect to see a beautiful waterfall.

People were not taking care to get there. to the waterfall.

It is closed now.

We have red house that stands
There was a lot of water in the past. If someone come, no one cannot go through for safety.
Written April 5, 2021
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LJMBG
4 contributions
Friends
THIS IS CLOSED!! We drove all the way here only to find out this place is CLOSED, barricaded!!... with security guards blocking any access... with no available parking. Apparently too many people are getting stuck after walking in the gorge and needing Fire Department rescue.
Written July 5, 2020
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K3NADIAN
St. Catharines, Canada30 contributions
Friends
Morning star mill is a very historical and beautiful site, part of the Bruce Trail. The waterfalls in the area are stunning all times of the year, but also very dangerous to get to. Every year, people fall and get hurt and require rescue (12 people so far in 2016). They also publish that rescue in the newspaper (awkward)

The parking lot is usually full during the summer and fall, but it is a beautiful trail at the top for casual hiking.

For those who dare make the decent down to the falls, here are some recommendations.

1. DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS. They will be useless. The climb down is very difficult, and navigating around the riverbed area is just as difficult. There is lose gravel, tree roots covered with leaves, and very unsteady ground.
2. Bring water and something to eat. I have made this mistake a few times. The climb and hiking take a lot out of you. I would not recommend drinking the water at the river. It can make you sick. Food is good, even if only a protein bar, your gonna need the calories and extra energy for the way back up.
3. Bring a first aid kit. Accidents happen, being prepared will make your life easier.
4. Don't go alone. As mentioned in #3 accidents happen. Be safe, be smart, make sure your phone is charged. Don't rush!
5. Protect your equipment - A good padded bag will help with any bumps you will have along the way. It is not an easy trail down. If you have camera gear, investing in a good padded camera case would be smart. If you have cellphones, waterproof cases are a good idea.
6. Go when the weather has been good for a couple days. This is important! The trails get very muddy and almost impossible to get a nice solid footing. The rocks also get very slimy and slippery. On a nice dry day, you will have much less trouble.
7. Finally most important. Don't put all your faith in the ropes that are there. They are old, and have been used a lot. Climbing experience is strongly recommended especially if you are climbing down to waterfall 1.

This is probably one of the most beautiful places in Niagara in my opinion. There are great photograph opportunities, and a great place to spend the afternoon with friends. It is safer to stay on the trail, but if you must go down the cliffs, please keep my recommendations in mind. I have hiked up and down these cliffs for the last 8 years. Slow and steady will keep you safe.

Please be safe, and please be careful! I don't want to read about you in the newspaper.
Written January 18, 2017
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Chuck333
Thorold, Canada1,317 contributions
See the picture. That's it. There's nothing else to see here. If you're lucky you might actually see water here. Add to that the fact that parking spaces are limited, it's not worth going out of your way for.
Written June 30, 2015
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daverw6121
St. Catharines, Canada16 contributions
The historic building (Old Mill) is quite fascinating and the trails around the mill are wonderful. They link with other trails all along the Niagara Escarpment. I regularly run in the area.
Written November 4, 2019
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Alicia S
17 contributions
Family
I went with my nephew and his girlfriend last summer and it was very pretty and relaxing. You can enter the mill and there was a fellow there explaining how it worked. Nice pics. Don’t miss the trails behind the mill for a lovely walk
Written February 13, 2019
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Debbie G
St. Catharines, Canada24 contributions
Friends
You can see the mill in operation should you chose the right day and you can always tour the mill owners home , as well there are walking trails and lost of beauty and nature to see
Written July 9, 2018
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TheBake76
Welland, Canada50 contributions
Friends
Initially started out on a hike this morning, but got stopped by what I like to call "the hill of death". Decided to check out the mill and other buildings around. I've never had an actual tour of them, so this was nice to get information about what I was looking at.
They're milling today, so I'm hoping to go back and pick up some flour!
Written January 1, 2018
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