Hamilton is known as the waterfall capital of the world. There are over one hundred waterfalls spread out in every corner of the city. I’ve been on a mission to discover and explore them this summer and fall with my friends to get to know more of my city. While I wouldn’t be anywhere without this site Hamilton Waterfalls as it gave me helpful tips and directions to the falls. Some waterfalls are on private property or hidden in the forests so this website has definitely helped steer me in the right direction.
A few of the waterfalls are pretty well known in Hamilton as people travel from Toronto and further north to come check them out. This region is situated on the Niagara Escarpment which makes it a perfect spot for the geological formations of waterfalls. With a few major prominent ones and tons of smaller ones, you’ll end up chasing waterfalls for days. Since there are dozens upon dozens I decided to make a quick guide addressing the most famous and recommended waterfalls including some helpful info on them.
Albion Falls blew me away. Its vast size and sheer is impressive and hard to beat. This cascade waterfall has numerous trails and lookout points allowing you to view it from different angles. Located on the East Hamilton Mountain it is easy to find and navigate around. There are two main free parking lots on site so that shouldn’t be an issue. The waterway, Red Hill Creek, eventually extends down the escarpment towards Lake Ontario parallel to the Red Hill Valley Parkway.
Located in Waterdown, the Great Falls were the first waterfalls I was in introduced to in Hamilton. When I was younger my family and I would visit here frequently in the summer and autumn to see the falls and to explore the Bruce Trail. I recommend going behind the falls for a different point of view-beware you may get wet!
Tiffany Falls, in my opinion, is the best-maintained waterfall in the city. There is a small fee for parking but this money goes towards the conservation of the area. Its a short 5-minute walk from the parking lot to the waterfall making it a fun and easy trip for children and families. There are boardwalks and information plaques which give some insight on the falls.
This waterfall is magical and majestic. Located in the depths of the forest lies Sherman Falls, a beautiful 17-metre high curtain waterfall, surrounded by a natural paradise. You can find this waterfall in Ancaster closely to Canterbury Falls which is only 15 minutes away by trail.
Webster’s and Tews Falls
These two waterfalls located in Dundas are some of the most talked about falls in Hamilton. Recently the Hamilton Conservation Authority began to charge $5 per person for entry and $10 for parking so bring some cash! Nevertheless, these falls are must-sees. Tour around the Spencer Gorge, have a picnic in the park, chase waterfalls or hike to Dundas Peak for incredible views of the city. You can’t go wrong here!
Devil’s Punch Bowl
Devil’s Punch Bowl is unlike any other waterfall in Hamilton for its unique shape of the cliff-face, which resembles Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls. It’s a 37-metre ribbon waterfall on the Niagara Escarpment, located in the Stoney Creek that dates back to over 450 million years ago. This fall was formed throughout the years by glacial water and holds a colourful stratified rock segment. You can explore it from bottom to top or witness the incredible views on the cliff of Hamilton, Burlington and even Toronto.
Borer’s Falls is named after the Borer family who ran a sawmill for over a hundred years in the village of Rock Chapel. Today the falls is a popular hiking destination in the summer and an ice-climbing haven in the winter. The Bruce Trail passes by here along with other numerous trails and lookouts.
This waterfall is located in the middle of a suburb and initially took me a while to find! While it extends along the escarpment it is definitely not short of room. I still haven’t figured out a safe way to the bottom but the views from the top are incredible thus far.
Chedoke and Lower Chedoke Waterfall
The two Chedoke Waterfalls are stunners. The first, Lower Chedoke, is easy to find and is quite a busy spot. The second, Chedoke, is about a half an hour hike up the escarpment. You can get to it by following the creek- be sure to wear proper hiking shoes. I love the look of these waterfalls but I wouldn’t recommend swimming in them. Unfortunately, there are high levels of E. Coli and other bacteria in the water, but that hasn’t stopped the swimmers.