Finding The Best Waterfalls in Hamilton
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Finding the best waterfalls in Hamilton is not difficult since there are more than 100 to choose from. Here we'll go through some of the most well known and popular in the area.
Albion Falls is a 62 foot large cascade waterfall flowing over the Niagara Escarpment and into Red Hill Creek, in Hamilton. A cascade waterfall is one thats flow is staggered over a series of steps causing water to "cascade". The falls can be seen by parking just off of Mountain Brow Blvd or can be accessed by hiking through Kings Forest along the Valley and Red Hill Creek.
Tiffany Falls is a large picturesque 69 foot ribbon waterfall located in the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area, just off of Wilson Street East, in the town of Ancaster which is part of the greater Hamilton area. It is best to visit these falls in the early spring as it tends to have a much lower flow in the summer months. A bonus is it can be used for ice-climbing in the winter months. This is only with permission from the Hamilton Conservation Authority however.
Chedoke Falls is 51 foot tall ribbon waterfall found at Chedoke Creek which runs through the west end of Hamilton and crosses the Bruce Trail and the Radial Trail. It is best seen from below which does require a bit of a hike across some rough terrain and unstable rocks, so not for the faint of heart. You begin on the actual trail and will hit lower Chedoke then continue to upper Chedoke. The address is listed as 480 Scenic Dr, Hamilton, ON.
The Devil's Punch Bowl
The Devil's Punch Bowl is comprised of two waterfalls, a 121 foot ribbon waterfall and a lower curtain waterfall located a few metres north which is 22 feet in height and width. They're located just off of Ridge Road on the border of the community of Stoney Creek and the city of Hamilton. They're in the Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area which is run by the Hamilton Conservation Authority has an escarpment access trail with connections to the Bruce Trail. The Punch Bowl is also known as Horseshoe Falls for the rounded shape of the cliff-face, which somewhat resembles its much larger cousin in Niagara Falls.
Felker's Falls is a 72 foot tall ribbon waterfall. It's one of the odd location ones since it's found at the Felker's Falls Conservation Area, which is just bordering a subdivision in the Stoney Creek community of Hamilton.The Bruce Trail passes the top of the falls and from there you get a clear view of lower Stoney Creek and Lake Ontario. You can get to the falls by car by driving south on Centennial Parkway towards the escarpment turn right onto Mud Street, then another right turn at Paramount Drive. Once you reach Ackland Street turn right again until the parking lot.
The very impressive Webster's Falls is a curtain/plunge waterfall and sits at just over 72 metre high. It's part of the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area in Hamilton and it gets its impressive show from Spencer Creek. It has also been known by other names such as Dr. Hamilton's Falls (who owned the falls briefly in the early 1800's), Spencer Falls, Hart Falls, Fisher Falls and Flamborough Falls.
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Tews Falls, is a over 134 feet in height and is classed as a ribbon waterfall and is the tallest waterfall found in Hamilton. Like Websters falls it is located at the Spencer Gorge / Webster's Falls Conservation Area in the community of Greensville which is part of the city of Hamilton. It has also been called Hopkin's Falls and Tunis's Falls. Tews Falls is most spectacular during the wetter spring months, as during dry summers its flow is less impressive.
Sherman Falls is just over 55 feet tall and is classed as a curtain waterfall. It is located in the community of Ancaster which is within the city of Hamilton. The falls derive their flow from the Ancaster Creek. Just like many of the waterfalls within Hamilton it has gone by many names including Sherman Falls, Smith's Falls,Whitton Falls and is now known as Farah Falls, which is the name of the family that currently owns the property.
There are over 100 waterfalls within the city of Hamilton, and as watercourses change you may see more cascading over the sides of the Niagara Escarpment. There is no trouble in finding the best waterfalls in Hamilton, as there are just so many to choose from.