Exploring waterfalls is one of my favourite activities to do when travelling. There are actually over 100 waterfalls in Hamilton including the stunning Webster Falls and Tews Falls in the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area. Perfect for the waterfall lover! Living in Toronto, I often forget that we are not far from these natural wonders. Whether you live in the area or are travelling through, visiting the waterfalls makes for the perfect day adventure.
Webster Falls is a curtain/plunge waterfall cascading water from Spencer Creek 22 metres down and is one of the most impressive out of all the Hamilton waterfalls. At one point not long ago people were able to walk down to the bottom of Webster Falls, but this is no longer possible as the trail has been closed off due to increased danger risks. You can still get amazing views from the lookout though!
The trail that connects Webster and Tews Falls has also been closed down unfortunately as the trail falls on private property and due to people not respecting the land they have decided to remove access. To get from Webster Falls to Tews Falls you’ll have to walk along the road for 1.5 km or if you aren’t up for the walk its only a short drive. Head down Fallsview Road, turn onto Short Road and then head down Harvest Road.
Tews Falls is the tallest of the Hamilton waterfalls standing 41 meters in height. Known as a ribbon waterfall it is only 10 metres shorter in height than Niagara Falls! Much smaller in width and water flow however. Standing on the lookout and peering down you really get a feel for the impressive depth of Tews Falls.
Getting to Webster Falls and Tews Falls
You will need a car for this adventure. From Toronto getting to Webster and Tews Falls takes about one hour to drive and roughly 20 minutes from central Hamilton.
During the week the parking lots to Webster Falls and Tews Falls are open and on the weekends closed from April 19 to Oct 27 as tourism is on the rise during the warmer months. If you are visiting on the weekends, there is a shuttle bus running from Christie Conservation Area running about every 15 minutes. The first shuttle leaves at 9:30 am and the last shuttle returning at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm during June, July and August. The cost for parking at Christie Lake is $10 and then $5 per person up to a max of six. This includes day admission entrances for Christie Lake, Webster Falls, Tews Falls and Spencer Gorge Conservation. Make sure to check the website for any changes.
From Tews Falls you can take the Dundas Peak Trail along the cliffs of the escarpment leading to the Dundas Peak viewpoint. Expect incredible views overlooking the Dundas region. The walk along the trail to reach the peak takes about 25 min or less depending on fitness levels. Once you reach the top be mindful you are on the edge of the escarpment cliff edges and it can be quite dangerous. There isn’t much in the way of barriers so don’t get too close to the edge. With the rise of the SELFIE and desire to get the perfect image for social media it can easy to get carried away in the photo game. There have been an increase in accidents in the Hamilton escarpment area due to carelessness so make sure to be aware of your surroundings. I saw some people sitting on rocks sticking out of the the cliff edges that looked like they could break off at any moment.
When I reached the lookout, I was pretty gutted and angry to see the amount of trash left behind by tourists. Such a beautiful spot filled with plastic cups, bottles and all kinds of garbage. Its really heartbreaking that this happens when it can be so easily avoidable. Be mindful and bring your garbage back with you. There are bins in the park by the parking lot entrances.
Visit Year Round
Whether you are a photographer, fitness enthusiast, nature lover, waterfall junkie or just want that perfect picture for social media, the waterfalls attract people from all over and their beauty can be enjoyed year round. The warmer months tend to the most popular among tourists. In the Autumn you can see the incredible colours of the leaves changing and in the Winter the falls freeze up creating a dramatic and stunning icy backdrop. As a Summer lover, I always prefer to explore in the warmer months.
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