Discover natural beauty in The Waterfall Capital of the World. With over one hundred waterfalls just minutes from the down-town core, Hamilton is believed to have the highest number of waterfalls of any urban area of its size. Less than one-hour from Toronto and Niagara Falls, Hamilton is the place for any waterfall adventure.
Visiting Hamilton’s Waterfalls
The types of waterfalls located in and around Hamilton vary by location. From cascade to plunge, staircase to ledge, you’ll find the type of waterfall you are looking for in Hamilton. For images and descriptions of some of Hamilton’s waterfalls visit http://www.waterfalls.hamilton.ca/
Getting to Hamilton’s Waterfalls
Most of the waterfalls in Hamilton are situated on the Niagara escarpment (a UNESCO world biosphere site) in and along the Bruce Trail and can require anywhere from minimal walking to a long distance hike to access. Because the waterfalls are situated beside steep drops and difficult to access locations it is important to stick to marked paths and viewing areas. For information on how to safely access Hamilton’s waterfalls by bus or car as well as park visit http://www.waterfalls.hamilton.ca/
Important parking notice
Visitors to Webster and Tews Falls should be advised that HCA parking lots at Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls will be closed on weekends and Holiday Mondays from May 12 to October 28, 2018. All waterfall parking will be at Christie Lake Conservation Area (1000 Highway 5 West) where a shuttle service runs between this large parking area and Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area. The cost for the shuttle is included in the regular parking fee and entry fee to Christie Lake Conservation Area: $10 per car for parking and $5 per person wristband admission.
For information please visit the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Waterfall Shuttle FAQ webpage.
Exploring Hamilton’s Waterfalls
If you are looking to discover multiple falls, a waterfall adventure is right for you.
Exploring Hamilton’s Waterfalls – Safety Tips
Remember when you are visiting waterfalls in Hamilton to stick to paths and exercise extreme caution around slopes, edges and other fall or slipping hazards. Keep children and pets close. Respect posted signage, and do not climb or otherwise bypass fencing – both for your own safety and for the environmental health of the areas.
Visit hamilton.ca/waterfall-safety for tips or watch the video below: