Did you know that the City of Hamilton and surrounding area is home to 100 waterfalls? Ancaster, Flambourough, Burlington and Stoney Creek are nestled into the Niagara Escarpment, making them the ideal location for cascading waterfalls. The Hamilton Conservation Authority, the City and Bruce Trail Conservancy have put together a fantastic website to help Hamilton Waterfall tourists. For a complete list of waterfalls and maps surrounding Hamilton, visit www.waterfalls.hamilton.ca before setting out on your tour.
A perfect place to start is by accessing the Bruce Trail and heading west out of Waterdown. Traveling along his popular trail along the the edge of the escarpment, hikers will be mesmerized by over 20 waterfalls and cascades along the north passage of the trail. You can begin at Great Falls, Hidden Grindstone Falls and Cascade in Waterdown or drive ahead to a cluster of falls in Flamborough. Patterson East and West Cascade, Valley Falls and the Borers Falls offer a picturesque mix of rolling waters and parklands that provide visitors stunning sightlines across the Dundas Valley.
Eight self-guided waterfall walks provide tranquil surroundings for cascade lovers and hikers. Tour venues like the Devil's Punchbowl near Battlefield Creek, Dundas Valley, Great Smokey Hollow and the Scenic Iroquoia Walk, as well as other magical sites in and around Hamilton.
Cyclists who love waterfalls can also visit the website for a list of four different routes to enjoy the waterfalls by bike. The Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail, Chedoke and Escarpment Rail Trail as well as the Dofasco Loop are excellent places to enjoy both waterfalls and mountain biking.
Photographers and outdoor enthusiasts flock to these conservation and trail sites throughout the year and especially in autumn to experience not only the rushing waters but also the spectacular fall foliage up and down the Escarpment!
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