Hamilton Waterfalls

Hamilton Waterfalls

Known as the “City of Waterfalls,” Hamilton is home to over 100 natural waterfalls and spectacular cascades that surround the city limits.

Chasing waterfalls is a must-do when you visit the area. Spend a day driving, cycling or hiking between the stunning waterfalls, each with its own character. Many of the waterfall hiking routes cover popular waterfalls and hidden gems. Additionally, a number of waterfalls are just a short walk away from nearby parking lots, allowing you to see several falls in one day.

Cyclists can choose from 10 beautiful cycling routes ranging from 9 to 40 kilometers in length.

Overhead photo capturing a waterfall surrounded by fall colours.

Albion Falls | Hamilton, Halton and Brant

How to get to Hamilton Waterfalls

Location: Hamilton

By transit: GO Transit provides regular train and bus service between Toronto and Hamilton. Hamilton’s city bus line connects to several waterfall trailheads or take a local taxi to the waterfall of your choice.

By bike: Another great option is to cycle to Hamilton’s waterfalls.

By car: For driving directions and parking information, visit the Hamilton Waterfalls website and select “View the Guide” to learn more about each waterfall

Know before you go

Hamilton waterfalls are very popular, so it’s a good idea to schedule your visit during off-peak times, such as early mornings or weekdays.

Remain on designated trails during your visits to the waterfalls since they located in environmentally sensitive areas

View the safety video created by the City of Hamilton for the safe enjoyment of local waterfalls.

Things to do at Hamilton Waterfalls

Discover more activities and experiences.

Explore a local favourite

Felker’s Falls is a scenic ribbon waterfall flowing over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment at a height of 22 metres. Take in the beautiful geological rock formations in the gorge below.

View a scenic gorge

The Devil’s Punchbowl is a deep multi-coloured gorge having some of the best natural rock formations in the Niagara Escarpment. Capture stunning pictures at this natural wonder.

Go hiking by the water

Smokey Hollow is a ribbon waterfall that flows from Grindstone Creek in Waterdown. Surrounded by a section of the Bruce Trail, trek along the waterfall’s rugged and scenic path to witness stunning views.

Visit an iconic waterfall

Embark on a journey to Webster’s Falls, one of Hamilton’s most iconic and largest waterfalls standing at 22-metres tall. Online reservation is required for visiting during peak times of the year.

Take in impressive views

Witness breathtaking sites from multiple viewing platforms at Tew’s Falls, the tallest waterfall in the region. During peak times of the year, an online reservation must be made for this high view.

A group of people looking at a waterfall from a viewing platform.
Albion Falls | Hamilton, Halton and Brant

Interesting facts about Hamilton Waterfalls

Hamilton is home to many natural waterfalls and scenic cascades. These waterfalls are part of the Niagara Escarpment, a geological landmark formed from ancient glacier activity approximately 450 million years ago.

Hamilton Waterfalls have played a key role in the surrounding community for centuries. Industrial practices like grist, saw and paper mills used streams and waterfalls as a means for power generation. Some families who were reliant on these industrial practices moved their residences closer to the water to help sustain their livelihoods. To learn more about the cultural history of Hamilton Waterfalls, view their online resource.

Accessibility features

Wheelchair accessible

Unobstructed path through public  hallways that are wide enough to allow  people using wheelchairs and other  mobility devices to move easily through  the building. 

Last updated: April 2, 2024

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