Beginning July 15, most waterfalls in Hamilton will reopen, including their associated parking lots. At this time, Tews Falls, Websters Falls and Dundas Peak will remain closed.
This hidden gem is nestled in the Felker’s Falls Conservation Area in the city’s eastern neighbourhood of Stoney Creek. Felker’s Falls flows over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment revealing a tall and impressive ribbon waterfall as well as significant geological rock formations in the bedrock gorge. It’s also close to other nearby waterfalls worth exploring.
- This terraced ribbon waterfall is an impressive 22 metres tall
- Those who live in the neighbourhood are lucky to have this hidden gem nestled right in their backyard, but it’s easy for any waterfall seeker to access and enjoy from above.
Parking and Proximity to Falls
- To get to the top (and the accessible trail), park on Ackland Street. Walk across the field, behind the wooden fence to access the waterfall.
- The Peter Street trail (accessed from Ackland Street) is a wheelchair-accessible loop that leads into the conservation area and the viewing platform for Felker’s Falls.
- Felker’s Falls is part of the East Mountain Trail Loop, which leads visitors interested in seeing more than one waterfall in a tidy little circle that hits Albion Falls, Buttermilk Falls and Glendale Falls (distance one-way is around four kilometres or one hour).
- Also nearby is the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area (around three kilometres or 35 minute walk). There’s no waterfalls here, but it’s worth a visit for the fascinating landscape which includes mini underground caves.
What to Do
- While you’re in Stoney Creek, experience 19th century life at Battlefield House Museum & Park, a living history museum with 32 acres of parkland and a famous monument. In June, visitors can watch a re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek.
What to Eat
- After working up an appetite, head to Concession Street, (about a 15 minute drive) for a bite.
- Papa Leo’s is a popular and delicious brunch spot.
- Pokeh, known for its fresh-fish-filled bowls in the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, has opened its second location here.
- Local tip: take your snacks to nearby Sam Lawerence Park to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the lower city.
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.