From soft-flowing ribbons to dramatic plunges, Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls – all located minutes from the downtown core. We invite day-trippers and weekend warriors to get to know some of our most popular waterfalls and their surrounding attractions and food experiences (to help you refuel for your next adventure).
10 Waterfalls to Check Off Your Bucketlist:
Webster Falls is the largest waterfall in the region – and one of the most popular. Located in the historic village of Dundas, Webster Falls is close to hiking trails, beautiful green space and great amenities and restaurants in town.
2. Tew Falls
Tew falls may be known as a package deal with nearby Webster Falls, but it’s stunning in its own right. This slender beauty known as a ribbon waterfall happens to be the tallest in Hamilton. It also marks the beginning of an uphill forested hike towards Hamilton’s famous Dundas Peak with stunning valley views.
The short walk to this expansive cascade waterfall is a beautiful one through a forested trail and over bridges that crisscrosses a stream. It’s an easy hike from the parking lot on Wilson – making it a great spot for kids and family. There’s also a connection to the Bruce Trail if you’re up for a longer hike.
One of the most stunning natural formations along the Niagara Escarpment, this deep multi-coloured gorge is a history lesson in geology. A nearby lookout offers spectacular views of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour.
5. Albion Falls
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.
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.
Don’t be confused by the multiple names for Smokey Hollow Falls – also known as Grindstone, Waterdown or Great Falls. They all describe the same beautiful ribbon waterfall in its leafy forest setting that flows from Grindstone Creek in Waterdown.
Fairy or Angel Falls are two romantic nicknames for this captivating waterfall that happens to lie on private property. Luckily the owners are happy to let others enjoy the magic of Sherman Falls located along a popular hike route on the Bruce Trail at the western edge of the city.
You have to peer through the trees to see this impressive curtain waterfall at the top of the escarpment on Royal Botanical Garden land. When the vegetation grows in, the waterfalls have a bit of a mystical quality to them. Also called Rock Chapel falls, you can get to it from the bottom of the escarpment or the top.
Tucked into the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, the Hermitage Cascade boasts a gentle, flow from Sulphur Creek tumbling over the rocks. Learn about the history of this restored property and expand your adventure by hiking the surrounding trails.
More Waterfalls Resources:
- Self-guided Hamilton waterfall hiking trails
- Hamilton waterfall trails you can hike or bike
- Waterfall Hiking Routes
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.
- Strick to paths and stay well back from slopes, edges and other fall or slipping hazards.
- Keep children and pets close, and do not climb or otherwise bypass fencing.
Please watch this safety video from the City of Hamilton.