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Webster Falls

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.

Waterfall Description

  • This 22-metre classical curtain waterfall is one of Hamilton’s most iconic waterfalls .
  • Its wide expanse of waterfall spills over a tiered drop, not far from where the shuttle drops off visitors.
  • It’s well worth a visit in the fall for prime leaf viewing of stunning Dundas Valley.
  • It’s part of the Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area, one of Upper Canada’s earliest industrial communities.
  • The open grounds around the falls are easy to navigate and pause for photos or to enjoy a snack.
  • Don’t miss the beautifully restored cobblestone bridge that crosses Spencer Creek.

Parking and Proximity to Falls

  • The parking lot at Webster Falls is closed on weekends and holiday Mondays during summer peak season (May 12 to October 28, 2018)
  • During summer weekends and public holidays, guests can park at Christie Lake Conservation Area and catch a shuttle to Greensville Optimists Park, located across the road from the falls.
  • Parking at Christie Lake is $10 per vehicle PLUS $5 per passenger 5 yrs +.
  • The same shuttle also stops at nearby Tew Falls.
  • During the summer, limited parking is available at Webster Falls during weekdays only.
  • Please visit Hamilton Conservation Authority for more parking and shuttle details.

Accessibility

  • The walk to the falls from the shuttle drop-off is 600 metres.
  • The shuttle is not accessible, so visitors with accessible parking permits can park in the Webster Falls lot.
  • Only a small portion of the conservation area is accessible by wheelchairs and other mobility aids, but much of the area is natural, with packed earth trails.

Hikes Nearby

  • If you’re up for a great hike from Christie Lake to Webster Falls, follow signs that indicate the Spencer Adventure route. During this 40 minute walk from the Christie Lake dam, you can learn about the area’s industrial past as part of Upper Canada and the fascinating ecology of the Spencer Gorge.
  • There is no direct trail access connecting Webster Falls to Tew Falls, but you can hop back on the shuttle to visit Tew Falls (on summer weekends and public holidays). On weekdays, you can drive between the Webster and Tew Falls parking lots as your parking pass is valid for the day at both locations.
  • It is possible to walk along the road but important to note there are no sidewalks on this narrow route. Head up Short Road and turn right on Harvest Road where you can hook up with the Tew Falls parking lot and trail to see Tew Falls. (around 20 minutes).
  • Continue on to Dundas Peak for stunning views of the valley – especially in the fall.
  • There are also a couple of Bruce Trail side trails to explore.

What to Do

Christie Lake Conservation Area Hamilton Beach

  • Already parked at Christie Lake Conservation Area for the shuttle? Relax at Christie Lake. Rent a standup paddleboard from WhaSUP – or take a lesson. There are expansive picnic grounds, a public beach, and canoe and kayak rentals.
  • Extend your active excursion and hit the 10 kilometres of mountain biking trails on the east side of the conservation area.
  • Twice a year, the Christie Antique & Vintage Show takes over 10 acres of the conservation area with hundreds of vendors.

What to Eat

  • If you’re spending time at Christie Lake, pack a picnic lunch with items from Greensville Gourmet.
  • Drive down the escarpment into Dundas to grab a coffee at Grupetto, a bike-friendly cafe found at the back of the Horn of Plenty.
  • Enjoy a cold beer at local brewery Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.
  • Savour Detour Coffee Roasters‘ treats on the patio – they bake their bread and other delicious treats on-site.
  • Earth Shake makes a delicious Green Earth Grilled Cheese.

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 provided by the City of Hamilton.

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