Take a Waterfall Tour of Hamilton, Ontario

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, August 15, 2014

Hamilton is known as “The City of Waterfalls” and is located in Southern Ontario. This beautiful city is on the western end of the Niagara Peninsula and is situated in the westernmost part of Lake Ontario. Hamilton lies roughly halfway between Toronto and Buffalo, making it a convenient stop for travelers. The Niagara Escarpment runs through the city and divides it into an upper and lower region. This natural wonder provides scenic views, wetlands, and over 100 pristine waterfalls. It can be overwhelming to plan your hiking tour with so many falls in the area, so here’s a list of our favorites.

Webster’s Falls

Perhaps the most scenic waterfall in Hamilton is Webster’s Falls. This waterfall is a massive curtain of clear flowing water that can be found in the Spencer Gorge. Get there early as parking is limited and fills up fast!

Webster's Falls Photo by Flickr user mustangjoe

Tews Falls

Tews Falls is also located in Spencer Gorge. At 134 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in Hamilton, and is only a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls. By car, Tews can be reached from Harvest Road. You can also hike in the Dundas section of the Bruce Trail to reach the falls.

Tews Falls Photo by Flickr user mustangjoe

Albion Falls

Flowing from the Red Hill Creek, Albion Falls is located in King’s Forest Park. There are two viewing platforms to watch this complex waterfall system. Albion Falls also the site of the first natural gas discovery in Ontario. There are two convient parking lots available on either side of Mud Street where it connects with Mountain Brow Boulevard.

  Albion Falls Photo by Flickr user mustangjoe

Billy Monkley Cascade

This little waterfall is perfect for getting your feet wet on a warm day. Water flows and trickles over several stone steps to form a picturesque setting. Billy Monkley Cascade can be found in the Hamilton Conservation Area near Dartnall Street.

Borer’s Falls

This curtain-style falls is located in the Borer’s Falls Conversation Area in Dundas. Borer’s Falls has been fueled by the Rock Chapel Sawmill for 100 years. Take the Bruce Trail to the east side of the ravine to reach the lookout over this picturesque waterfall.

Borer's Falls Photo by Flickr user mustangjoe

The Devil’s Punchbowl

The waterfall can be found at the Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area in Stoney Creek and is 121 feet tall, making it the third highest waterfall in Hamilton. The Devil’s Punchbowl dates back to the end of the last Ice Age, when it was formed by some the melted ice. This is truly an impressive sight with the varying colors of the stone as the backdrop to the long ribbon of falls.

Devil's Punchbowl Photo by Flickr user tim_and_selena

A variety of events, including falls illumination nights, can add even more excitement to your trip. Check the City of Waterfalls website to see their upcoming events and other fun facts. Make an even bigger splash in your vacation plans by staying at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Oakville. In addition to charming hotel rooms, you’ll be near the waterfalls and other attractions, like the Toronto Premium Outlets and the Winston Park Entertainment Centrum. Don’t forget your camera and hiking shoes for this trip!