Hamilton is known as the “City of Waterfalls” for more than 100 natural waterfalls and spectacular cascades that surround the city limits. The waterfalls are part of the Niagara Escarpment, a geological landmark formed from ancient glacier activity.
And chasing waterfalls is a must-do when you visit the area. Spend a day driving, cycling or hiking between each of the stunning waterfalls, each with its own character. Many are just a short walk away from nearby parking lots, allowing you to see several falls in a day.
Some waterfalls are even located within the city limits, like local favourite, Felker’s Falls, in the Stoney Creek neighbourhood. At Webster Falls, the largest of the Hamilton waterfalls, watch the water rush over a steep cliff surrounded by stunning colorful leaves in autumn.
Be sure to adhere to safety guidelines and stay on the trails, as the escarpment can be slippery or icy.
For up-to-date information and details on the Hamilton waterfalls, we recommend you visit their website. For information about other places of interest to explore nearby, keep scrolling to see what Destination Ontario recommends.
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With over 100 breathtaking waterfalls, you can plan to accommodate your group with easy, accessible trails for the elderly, safe trails for kids or challenging treks for athletic adults.
We recommend starting at Webster’s Falls, followed by Canterbury Falls, which is conveniently located near the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and several other Hamilton waterfalls. Enjoy the well manicured trails around Sherman Falls. Nearby, Washboard Falls showcases the striking variance in the region’s natural topography. Make your way into the city via Chedoke Falls, a ribbon waterfall that spills into a vibrant blue pool.
Travel through the city on the Red Hill Valley Parkway to reach Albion Falls, which cascades almost 20 metres down and is one of the most popular Hamilton waterfalls. Continue to Buttermilk Falls and Felker’s Falls and finish your tour at the stunning Billy Green Falls.
You’ll find yourself in Hamilton at the end of your day, the perfect time to grab a drink or a bite in the historic town. The city boasts delicious brews and bites, like Clifford Brewing Company’s tap room or vegan, gluten-free Planted in Hamilton.
Alternatively, plan to include one or more of the waterfalls on your way to a local attraction like Wild Waterworks water park, the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology or the Ottawa Street Farmers’ Market.