You don’t have to look very hard to find waterfalls in Hamilton, Canada. They are everywhere. Often referred to as “The Waterfall Capital of the World”, Hamilton has over one hundred waterfalls to explore and is believed to have the highest number of waterfalls of any urban area of its size.
Most of the waterfalls in Hamilton are situated near the Bruce Trail which runs along the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Niagara Escarpment, stretching from the Niagara Peninsula, near Niagara Falls, all the way up to Tobermory, provides Hamilton with the perfect geological conditions for waterfalls to occur in abundance. Rivers spill over the cliff and continue along their journeys at the bottom, creating beautiful waterfalls in the process. The waterfalls in Hamilton are each incredibly unique in their own way and you’ll be rewarded with different experiences as the seasons change.
How will you decide which ones deserve your time? Here, I’ve put together a list of my picks for the 8 BEST waterfalls you must see in Hamilton!
1. Webster’s Falls
Often described as the most picturesque waterfall is Webster’s Falls. Surrounded by exquisitely-shaped trees with a cobblestone bridge in the background, doesn’t it look like it came straight out of a fairytale? This classical curtain waterfall is 22 m high and is located in the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area. If you visit Webster’s Falls, be sure not to miss Tews Falls and Dundas Peak, which are just a short hike away.
2. Tews Falls
This brings me to the next waterfall on the list, Tews Falls. This is the tallest waterfall in the Hamilton area, and at 41 m high, is shy of Niagara Falls by just a few meters. To truly be able to get a sense of its grandeur, you should hike to Tews Falls from the bottom as well.
3. Tiffany Falls
Now, Tiffany Falls might just be my absolute favourite waterfall in Hamilton — perhaps because of all the incredible hikes and memories formed here? Tiffany Falls is described as a ribbon waterfall and stands at 21 m in height. The trail opens up at the bottom of the waterfall and you can walk right up to the water! You are in a deep gorge and surrounded by towering cliff walls, tall trees, and mossy rocks. It’s truly magical here.
4. Sherman Falls
Also known as Fairy Falls is the beautiful Sherman Falls. I was continuing along the Bruce Trail after hiking to Tiffany Falls and it was a complete fluke that I discovered it. I’m so glad I did, though. The entire area has such a peaceful, ethereal feel to it. Like Tiffany Falls, Sherman Falls is described as a ribbon waterfall and it stands at 17 m. The trail leading up to Sherman Falls also opens up at the bottom of the gorge and you can get very close to the water.
5. Albion Falls
Another must-see waterfall is Albion Falls. Watch as the water cascades 19 m down over the staircase-like rocks. There are several lookouts from the top, as well as a trail winding its way down to the base of the waterfall. I had an interesting, muddy adventure at Albion Falls a short while ago. I learned an important lesson that day: heed signs warning of potential danger.
6. Devil’s Punchbowl
The Devil’s Punchbowl is another stunning waterfall that you need to see. The water from this ribbon waterfall plummets off a very circular cliff face down 37 m. In the winter, partially frozen, you can see the icicles formed all along the rock bowl. Right by the Devil’s Punchbowl, you can also find a 10 m high cross that is lit up every night.
7. Borer’s Falls
When visiting Borer’s Falls, I suggest hiking along the Bruce Trail to get there like I did. You’ll be walking along the top of the Niagara Escarpment much of the way and you’ll be able to observe great views of the surrounding area from this height. Borer’s Falls itself is incredible. In the winter, it’s so amazing to see the long icicles spanning almost the entire height of the waterfall and the giant pile of ice below.
8. Felker’s Falls
The last waterfall on this list is Felker’s Falls. I didn’t know city buses could go on highways before this! After taking three buses, followed by a short hike, I arrived at Felker’s Falls. It’s truly a beautiful sight. I enjoyed simply sitting and observing the waterfall from above, as sunbeams streamed through tree branches from behind. The Bruce Trail winds along the top of the waterfall and also offers great views of Lake Ontario in the distance.