Hamilton is home to some of the best fall colours around.
Throw in our spectacular hiking trails and many waterfalls and you’ve got the makings of a perfect call outing. 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, Alessandro Cancian (@Flyzone) who shares some of his favourite fall lookouts.
1. Dundas Peak
Probably one of the city’s most popular lookouts, Dundas Peak is a must visit. It’s a 20 minute beautiful hike from Tew Falls with a stunning payoff at the end. 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.
Reservations Required: You’ll need a reservation during this popular time of year – book online early to avoid disappointment.
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.
Reservations Required: Due to the area’s popularity, all visitors to Spencer Gorge Conservation Area (which include Dundas Peak), Tew Falls and Webster Falls) need to make a reservation online prior to visiting (between May 1 to November 2021). Reserve early to avoid disappointment.f
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.
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.
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. Reward yourself pre or post-hike with a stop in charming Dundas, packed with shops and restaurants.