Since I arrived in Canada, seven months ago, I’m always looking for some opportunities for a fantastic same-day trip in Southern Ontario.
Right now, my family and I are based in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, 1 hour from Toronto. During my research, I discovered that the area of Hamilton is well known as the city of waterfalls.
This is a perfect trip if you are in the region, especially in GTA. The municipality website said there are more than 100 waterfalls in the area. The geography of the Niagara Escarpment and the position right in the front of Lake Ontario create such beautiful and gorgeous scenarios for a perfect trip.
I want to share with you some of my discoveries, all with easy access by car. It’s possible to see all of then in one day. If your adventures spirit is bigger than mine, you can try hiking the Bruce Trail across the region.
Prepare your equipment, don’t forget the tripod and a neutral density filter could generate excellent photos.
Tiffany Falls is a ribbon waterfall located in the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area, just off of Wilson Street East, Ancaster, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Tiffany Falls was named after Dr. Oliver Tiffany, the district’s first doctor. Born in Massachusetts, he studied medicine at the Philadelphia Medical College and came to Ancaster Township in 1796.
Best viewed in the early spring as it tends to dry up in the summer months. Used for ice-climbing in the winter months with permission from the Hamilton Conservation Authority.
Directions coming from Toronto: Take Highway 403 coming into Hamilton exit at Main Street West and drive past McMaster University. Take a left by the West Village Suites to continue on Main Street West, and it eventually becomes Wilson Street. This takes you up the escarpment. Halfway up you will be directed by Tiffany Falls street signs.
There is parking for about 10 cars, $2 an hour – credit card accepted. A 400 m trail of normal difficulty leads to an observation platform near the base of the falls.
After viewing the falls retrace your steps to the parking lot. To access the main Bruce trail you need to cross busy Wilson Avenue. Be careful here! Once across, take the short access trail down and go left on the main Bruce Trail. This is an interesting section of the trail with some very rocky portions. You might see a few deer in the area. The trail comes out onto Old Dundas Road. Be careful crossing this road to pick up the main Bruce Trail on the other side. Straight ahead you will see Sherman Falls. The round trip to Sherman Falls and back to Tiffany Falls is about 5.5 km. The trail can be rocky and undulating but is not difficult.
Nearby attractions include Sherman Falls, Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Hermitage Ruins, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House.
Albion Falls is a 19 m (62 ft) classical/cascade waterfall flowing down the Niagara Escarpment in Red Hill Valley, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. With cascade falls the downpour is staggered into a series of steps causing water to “cascade”. The top of the falls are located on Mud Street. The lower-end of the falls can be found at the south-end of King’s Forest Park in lower Hamilton by following the Red Hill Creek south towards the Niagara Escarpment.
Albion Falls was once seriously considered as a possible source of water for Hamilton. Rocks from the Albion Falls area were used in the construction of the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Rock Garden. In July 2009 a weekend rainstorm altered the gorge at Albion Falls. Entire sections were carved out of the, earth and the shifting of rocks in the 100 foot wide, forty feet deep space created a third ‘shelf’, making the waterfall more accessible than ever before.
Albion Falls is a place of tremendous beauty, yet it is also the site of numerous tragedies, legends and history. To learn more, check http://www.cityofwaterfalls.ca/albion-falls
To reach Albion Falls by car: Exit on Dartnell Road from the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway. Go south on Dartnell, then go left onto Stone Church Road East. Turn left onto Pritchard Road, then left again onto Mud Street. You will find two parking lots available on either side of Mud Street where it connects with Mountain Brow Boulevard.
Nearby attractions include the Bruce Trail, Buttermilk Falls, Devil’s Punch Bowl, Felker’s Falls, Confederation Park (via Red Hill Trail), Mohawk 4 Ice Centre at Mohawk Sports Park, scenic views of lower Hamilton, King’s Forest Golf Course and Park, Gage Park and Hamilton Children’s Museum.
Devil’s Punchbowl is a ribbon waterfall 37 metres (121 feet) in height and a crest width of 3 metres (10 feet). Located at the Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area in Stoney Creek, the area actually contains two separate falls: the Upper Falls is the classical shape, while the Lower is the ribbon type. Known at one time as Horseshoe Falls, it is the third highest waterfall in Hamilton.
The Devil’s Punchbowl does dry up often and has water flowing after rainfalls and during the winter snow melt. Often when water is flowing, it is a trickle- however, this is still an impressive sight, as this thin ribbon waterfall falls 37 metres before making contact with anything.
It is a beautiful area to explore especially from down below, the rock formations are amazing. From the top, there is a spectacular view of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour from the lookout, not to mention the view down into the seemingly bottomless gorge.
Directions from Hwy 403: From QEW take the Centennial Parkway South exit. Merge onto Centennial Parkway. Turn left at Ridge Road. Parking available in the local.
Nearby attractions include Albion Falls, Felker’s Falls, King’s Forest Golf Course, Mohawk Sports Park, Glendale Golf Course, Battlefield House Museum, Erland Lee House Museum and City of Stoney Creek.
Tew’s Falls is the tallest waterfall in Hamilton at 41 m and 10 m wide. It is a ribbon plunge waterfall located at the Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls Conservation Area where Logie’s Creek plunges over the escarpment. Water flow is very low in the dry summer months and the waterfall is best viewed in early Spring. Ice-climbing can be seen in winter months.
Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls Conservation Area is home to one of the most popular waterfalls in the Hamilton area. The park offers beautiful views of the forested depths of the gorge below and has washroom facilities, picnic tables and sheltered areas. The area is actually really nice with a cobblestone footbridge that crosses over Spencer Creek.
At the Conservation Area, there’s also a hiking trail to Dundas Peak, that overlooks Dundas and Hamilton. 2.5km in total, it takes 1 – 1.5 hours to finish it completely.
There’s an entrance fee of $5/person. Children under 5 are free. There’s a parking fee of $10/car. Only cash, no credit or debit cards accepted. There are two parking lots – one at Webster’s Falls and one at Tews Falls. The main one is at Tew’s Falls (607 Harvest Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 5K7). Don’t park on the side of the road, since you’ll be ticketed and towed.
Directions: In Hamilton, take Main Street West past McMaster University and straight into Dundas. Take it straight past the library and up the hill. Continue straight through a Y-junction of sorts and then turn right on Harvest Rd. There are signs pointing in the direction of the falls. The parking lot is on the right-hand side of the road.
Webster’s Falls is a curtain waterfall 22 metres in height. Located at the Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls Conservation area in Greensville, its source is Spencer Creek. It is one of two falls within the Spencer Gorge, and with a crest of 24 metres, it is the largest in the region. It is also probably the most popular and widely known fall in Hamilton, and has the biggest park associated with a waterfall.
According to Joe Hollick, Webster’s Falls has the highest number of vintage postcards bearing its image, suggesting that it was also the most frequently visited waterfall a century ago as well.
This waterfall was originally known as Dr. Hamilton’s falls, after Dr. James Hamilton purchased the land in 1818. The waterfalls and 78 acres of the surrounding land were purchased by Joseph Webster after his family arrived from England in 1820. According to the Hamilton Conservation Authority (the current owner), the Webster family manor still stands on Webster’s Falls Road, and their gravestones have been preserved in a small section just off the Bruce Trail, on the way to Tews Falls.
According to romantic legend, an Indian maiden named Na-Go-She-Onong (Evening Star in the Ojibway language), fell in love with a white man. Her lover was killed by a jealous Indian suitor, and rather than live without him, she pressed his dead body to hers and plunged into the roaring waters of Webster’s Falls.
Also, Webster’s Falls shows up in the Sci-Fi movie “Descent”, playing the role of an anonymous waterfall in the Pacific Northwest. A river of lava pours over the falls, nearly killing the star, Luke Perry.
There’s an entrance fee of $5/person. Children under 5 are free. There’s a parking fee of $10/car. Only cash, no credit or debit cards accepted. There are two parking lots – one at Webster’s Falls and one at Tews Falls.
To reach Webster’s Falls by car, take Highway 8 from Dundas. Keep right on Brock Road and go right at the light onto Harvest Road. Turn right on Short Road, then left onto Fallsview. Keep following the signs all the way to the parking lot.
Have you ever visited the region or have any questions? Leave your comments bellow.
Thanks for you visit!