Albion Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the region and one of the city’s most popular. The Red Hill Creek in the east end’s King’s Forest tumbles over rock that’s been formed over time into steps and shelves, fanning outwards into a beautiful cascade of rushing water.
- Albion Falls is a stepped jewel, classified as a cascade as it ripples over the Niagara Escarpment
- It is almost as wide (18 metres) as it is tall (19 metres)
- It is visible from two viewing platforms, but there is currently no access to the bottom
- Rocks from around the falls were used in the construction of Hamilton’s famous Rock Garden, a National Historic Site at Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens
Parking and Proximity to Falls
- For the closest walk, park at the Mountain Brow Blvd parking lot, steps to the viewing platform.
- Albion Falls is wheelchair accessible (about 200 metres) from the Mountain Brow Blvd Parking lot at Arbour Road of Mud Street.
- A leisurely hike around the Albion Falls area (about 6km) is a great way to take in the views. Park at Buttermilk Falls in the Oak-Knoll parking lot, which is on Mountain Brow Blvd north of Limeridge Road E. Take the Mountain Brow Side Trail towards Albion Falls where you can view the falls from a couple of lookouts. Walk along the road to Albion Falls. At the Mud Street parking lot take the Bruce Trail into the Red Hill Valley. This will bring you to Glendale Falls. Head back the same way or hike the Mountain Brow Access Trail to the Oak Knoll Park parking lot. Expect a workout!
- A nice cycling route can take you from downtown Hamilton up to Albion Falls. Fuel up at a coffee shop, such as Cafe Oranje on King Street Eat and then head up the Escarpment Rail Trail from Corktown Park, which leads you up the mountain to King’s Forest.
What to Do
- The Red Hill Valley Parkway will lead you straight to Confederation Beach Park where you’ll find great beach trails, restaurants, go-karts, batting cages and the city’s famous waterpark, Wild Waterworks.
- Industrial history lovers will enjoy the architectural wonder of the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, a 10 minute drive away.
- Also down the mountain, is the historic fabric and design district Ottawa Street North where you will find antique shops, restaurants and the Ottawa Street Farmer’s Market (open Saturdays).
What to Eat
- Head to Clifford Brewing Co.’s nearby tap room for post-hike craft beers.
- Ottawa Street North offers lots of great restaurants to refuel, including The Cannon, with its famous waffle sandwiches, Boon Burger for vegan burgers, HAMBRGR for beef burgers and Gorilla Cheese for gourmet grilled cheese. There’s also Caro Restaurant which offers a creative menu in a sunny, beautiful setting.
Enjoying Hamilton Waterfalls Safely
Please consider these tips to help keep you safe while respecting the environment and surrounding neighbourhoods.
- Waterfalls are located in environmentally sensitive areas – please stay on marked designated trails and obey closure signs; there are many rare plants that can be easily damaged or destroyed.
- Park in designated parking areas only.
- Do not cross active CN rail tracks to access waterfall areas and vistas. Crossing rail tracks is prohibited and illegal.
- Stick to marked paths and stay well back from slopes, edges and other fall or slipping hazards.
- Keep children and pets close.
- Do not climb or otherwise bypass fencing.
Please watch this safety video from the City of Hamilton.