Thanks to the Niagara Escarpment that cuts through our city, Hamilton is blessed with some of the best fall colours in the region.
Throw in our spectacular hiking trails and many waterfalls and you've got the makings of a perfect fall getaway.
But don't take our word for it.
Catch a glimpse of what you can expect to see on your next visit with these stunning images by one of our favourite photographers.
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1. Dundas Peak
Probably one of the city's most popular lookouts, Dundas Peak is a must visit. It's a short and pretty hike from Tew Falls and nearby Webster Falls with a stunning payoff. From the peak, you can look out onto an unforgettable fall canopy with a spectacular view back up the Spencer Gorge with Spencer Creek flowing through the valley.
Peak Season Parking (April – October):
- There is no on-site parking at Webster or Tew Falls during weekends and holiday Mondays from April to October. If visiting during these peak times, you’ll have to park at nearby Christie Lake Conservation Area and hop on a shuttle.
Off-Peak (November – April) Parking
- Spencer Gorge Conservation Area parking lots open 7 days a week (sunrise to sunset)
- Parking is also available at the Greensville Optimist Park, Crooks Hollow and Christie Lake Conservation Area (no shuttle available)
- Parking in non-designated spots will be ticketed with fines up to $250
2. Spencer Gorge Conservation Area
Spencer Gorge Conservation Area is the biggest - and most popular - park connected to a waterfall. Webster Falls is one of Hamilton's most-visited and photographed waterfalls. When you're done getting your nature fix, hop over to nearby Dundas to experience a charming, historic downtown.
3. Smokey Hollow Bruce Trail
In Waterdown you'll find Smokey Hollow Falls and a great hiking trail on a loop connecting portions of the Bruce Trail. Walk the forested trail along a flowing stream surrounded by stunning fall foliage. Nearby, downtown Waterdown has some great dining and gallery experiences while West Avenue Cider House offers great sipping surrounded by peaceful orchards.
4. Tiffany Falls
It's a pretty (and easy) walk to get to this 21-metre high cascade waterfall in the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area in Ancaster. The area is so pretty during the fall season that you're likely to spot newlyweds posing for photos on their special day. After you've worked up an appetite, feed your hunger at one of Ancaster's many delicious dining spots.
5. Dundas Valley Conservation Area
This 40-km multi-use trail network will take you past Carolinian forests, fields, cold-water streams, geological structures, and an amazing selection of plants, birds and wildlife. The trail system is open to hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and equestrians. And is drop-dead gorgeous come fall.