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A Guide to the Best of Hamilton’s Waterfalls
August 1, 2022
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Hamilton, Ontario is home to over 10 waterfalls. Here’s our guide to find the best of them!
Chasing waterfalls? Niagara Falls is often at the top of every traveller’s must- see list. But less than an hour away from Niagara Falls, you’ll find the Hamilton. Known as the world’s waterfall capital, it’s home to over 100 waterfalls to discover, most around Bruce Trail as it winds its way through the Niagara Escarpment. But with so many to choose from, we created a list of 5 of our favourites.
1. Webster’s Falls
Webster Falls (photo credit: Ravi Patel)
WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT: They’re the city’s tallest – and, therefore, the most visited – falls. But don’t let that deter you, as they’re popular for good reason. The dramatic, 22-metre-high and 24-metre-across classical curtain waterfalls are located in the Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area. And a charming stone-faced bridge dating back to the 1930s crosses over Spencer Creek, making for a prime photo location!
HOW TO GET THERE: Start by making an online reservation, if you’re visiting between May and November, especially on weekends and holidays. Onsite parking is available, and then it’s an easy 600-metre walk to the falls.
2. Tew’s Falls
Tew’s Falls (photo credit: Veronika Dee)
WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT: Tew’s Falls, a 41-metre-tall ribbon plunge falls, are the tallest falls in Southwestern Ontario after Niagara Falls, of course. For maximum waterfall volume , visit in the rainy spring months. Or check it out in fall for a spectacular colour show. Take the Webster Falls Side Tail for a stunning view of the Dundas Valley!
HOW TO GET THERE: From the parking lot, it’s a quick five-minute walk to the falls, plus another 25 minutes to Dundas Peak if you want the valley view. Like Webster’s Fall, you may need to make an online reservation,
3. Albion Falls
Albion Falls (photo credit: Nikhita Singhal)
WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT: One of the prettiest of the city’s offerings, these stepped jewel falls cascades 19 metres down over the Niagara Escarpment. Visible from two viewing points, waters from the Red Hill Creek tumble down the naturally formed steps into the pool below. Fun Fact: Hamilton’s famous Rock Garden, a National Historic Site at Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens, was constructed using rocks from Albion Falls!
HOW TO GET THERE: If you park at the Mountain Brow Blvd. parking lot, you’ll be only steps to the viewing platform.
4. Devil’s Punchbowl
Devil’s Punchbowl (photo credit: Tyler Lastovich)
WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT: Don’t let the ominous name fool you. The Devil’s Punchbowl is a serene, enchanting destination with no devils in sight. The Ice-Age-era geological formation actually consists of two falls, the 5.5-metre classical Lower Falls and the 33.8-metre ribbon Upper Falls. And you can also get a fascinating look at the colourful layers of Ordovician and Silurian stratified rock.
HOW TO GET THERE: It’s a 150-metre walk from the parking lot to the main lookout.
5. Chedoke Falls
Chedoke Falls (photo credit: Matthew Henry)
WHY SHOULD YOU CHECK IT OUT: Want something a little farther off the beaten path (literally)? Head to Chedoke Falls, a less visited but equally stunning as the area’s more popular falls. Follow the 18-metre falls down the steep path (be careful!) and you can take a dip in the cool turquoise waters.
HOW TO GET THERE: Okay, this one takes a little more effort. (Hey, we said it was off the beaten path, right?) Access the falls from the Chedoke Civic Golf Course parking lot: follow the Chedoke Radial Trail (aka Bruce Trail) until you reach a ravine, then take the stairs to the first landing, and follow the Bruce Trail eastward to the side trail, and then follow the stairs to the waterfall.
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