Discovering Hamilton Waterfalls
Every year, usually in spring, I start to plan out what I’m going to do in the summer.
I do my thing and I go to my trusty Google to research cool things to do around Toronto. I look up fun events and places to visit and I make a list of what I’m going to see and do in the next couple of months.
I do this because I love being outdoors. And by this time of year, I feel so sick and tired of winter (and staying mostly indoors) that I’m dying to spend as much time outside as possible to make up for the months of hibernating.
My first outdoor adventure of the year was discovering the waterfalls in Hamilton, Ontario.
Until this year, I had never even heard of these falls, so when I found them on the Internet, I was immediately intrigued. Up until now, I thought the only waterfalls we had in Ontario were Niagara Falls.
So my husband and I packed our backpack with water and snacks and off we went to explore this natural beauty. We went on a Saturday in early June, so the weather was perfect.
Once we arrived in town, we were on the lookout for the Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area.
When we found it, we learned on the spot that we couldn’t just park and walk around. We had to pay a small fee to get in and park our car (see link above for details). Then, we had to take a shuttle bus to get around between the three points, which were Webster Falls, Tews Falls and Dundas Peak. This wasn’t a big deal by any means, I’m just letting you know what to expect.
Our first stop was Webster Falls and it was seriously beautiful.
The area around was magnificent too, even just to sit in the park and have a picnic. We sat there for a little while to soak up the sun by the river and had our snacks to make sure we had energy for the upcoming hike.
Then, we headed for the shuttle to take us to the next stop, which was Tews Falls.
This one was even more magnificent in my opinion. At 41 meters high, it was pretty impressive. Plus, I felt like we had a better view of it.
After I took my photos, we had a look at the map on the trail and decided to hike it up to Dundas Peak.
The trail was pretty awesome, although there were silkworms hanging from trees everywhere! It was a bit challenging as there was a lot of up and down hill type of walking, but we really enjoyed it and the views were fantastic. Just make sure to take lots of water with you on this hike, you’ll need it!
Then we got to the top and again, the view from here was just stunning.
We were pretty tired by the time we got to this point, so we took a little rest and just took in the natural beauty that we were surrounded by.
By the time we got back to our car, we had spent roughly three hours to explore the entire thing. We felt pretty fulfilled by our little adventure and definitely glad to have experienced it.
So if you haven’t been to this place yet, I highly recommend you visit it soon. I felt very connected to nature and got some really good exercise for the day. All in all, it was an amazing day trip. Plus, I got to take some great photos!
If you’ve already been to this place or are planning on going, let me know what your favourite part was in the comments below!