Most people who live in the Greater Toronto Area, including Mississauga and Oakville, Ontario may have visited one of Halton region’s conservation areas or at least Bronte Creek Provincial Park. However, if you continue a bit further west to Hamilton, Flamborough, Dundas and other towns in the vicinity you can find a wealth of conservation areas and parks with beautiful trails and gorgeous waterfalls.
Hamilton waterfalls are wonderful for budding photographers, nature junkies and anybody who enjoys seeing the beauty of rushing water over the area’s rocks and landscape.
After a good rainfall, Webster’s Falls, Tews Falls and Rock Chapel Falls are worth a visit to see the huge amount of water cascading over the rocks. If you want to do at least one trail, visit Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls Conservation Area. It’s a bit of a hike to get to the gorge for a great view of the falls, but it’s worth the effort.
Bring good shoes with treads, particularly now in the fall-time as leaves on the steps after a good rainfall make for a occasionally slippery walk down and up. For those who love taking photos and want a clear shot of the waterfalls, it’s recommended that you go early in the day to avoid the numerous people clamouring up and down the rocks (they tend to ruin the view).
The Spencer’s Gorge / Webster’s Falls Conservation Area also has some fantastic covered areas that make it ideal to rest and have a bite to eat. We saw one guy grilling burgers on a portable grill… it made us a wee bit hungry. The hike up from the falls will also build up an appetite.
Over the next couple of weeks, the leaves will be brilliantly coloured in this area of southwestern Ontario. For some spectacular views head to Tews Falls which gives you a great view of Hamilton in the distance. The valley and gorge is covered with multi-coloured leaves already.
For a quieter hike, head to Rock Chapel Falls – it’s not a long hike to get to them, and they are much smaller than Webster’s and Tews Falls, but some of the views along the way are breathtaking.
Good sites to visit to get more information on the many Hamilton waterfalls include:
Tip: Keep an eye out for the kids – there were a few little ones during our hike at these falls that got a bit too close to the edge of the trails. The gorges are very steep, high up and in some spots do not have good guardrails, so make sure your kids understand they can’t step too close to the edge.