October in Hamilton is the best time of year to see the changing colours of the leaves. There are several amazing locations around the city to watch the season change from up on the escarpment to down below by the lake. Here are five of my favourite locations:
Chedoke Radial Trail
The Chedoke Radial Trail is my ultimate favourite spot in Hamilton. The views from here are unbeatable! This trail leads from the top of the Ancaster mountain down the escarpment towards the Chedoke Civic Golf Course providing a great path for bikers, hikers and runners alike. It has so many secret lookout points making it a fun place to explore.
Devil’s Punch Bowl
On the upper east mountain lies Devil’s Punch Bowl, one of Hamilton’s most famous waterfalls. This conservation area is located right on the escarpment which provides amazing views of Stoney Creek and the rest of Hamilton- you can even spot Toronto on clear days. There are several lookout points along the trail overlooking the gorge and the waterfall making it a hot spot within the city. You’ll find a great multitude of multicoloured trees and autumn foliage here.
Albion Falls is a beautiful sight in the fall. It is a great spot to watch the leaves change colour around the falls as it is filled with an abundant amount of foliage. You could get lost exploring all the trails and paths around here as there is so much to do and see. Follow the Red Hill Trail down the escarpment which eventually leads towards Lake Ontario for a fun forest stroll.
Fletcher Fruit Farms
One of my favourite fall activities is to go apple and pumpkin picking! It’s such a fun way to pass the time with my friends and family- its become an annual tradition. This is also the perfect time to stroll the orchards and the pumpkin patch with all the fall colours around you. There are tons of other farms within Hamilton such as Frootogo Farms and Puddicombe Farms.
Binbrook Conservation Area
Binbrook Conservation Area is home to Lake Niapenco, the largest inland lake in the Niagara Watershed- making it one of the best places to visit in fall. I love to see the colourful autumn leaves reflecting against the emerald lake this time of year. This area is further out in the country which makes it quieter and more scenic- definitely put this place on your list.
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