It’s no secret that Halton is beautiful, but if you’re itching to enjoy the outdoors with a stunning waterfall that’s perfect for your next Instagram post, you’ve come to the right place.
There’s something extra special about a waterfall. These dazzling feats of nature are just as picture-perfect as they are a form of outdoor AC.
For anyone seeking an adventure to a waterfall, here are five epic waterfalls you have to visit outside the city.
This Hamilton beauty is made up of two separate falls – so you get two for the energy of one. The Lower Falls is a 5.5-metre classical waterfall, and the main Upper Falls is a 33.8-metre ribbon waterfall, according to the Hamilton Conservation Authority. Where is this place? You guessed it – Devil’s Punchbowl is located in Hamilton on the Niagara Escarpment. This one’s a real stunner with a lot of history, too. In fact, it formed at the end of the last ice age by huge meltwater rivers that plunged over the Stoney Creek Escarpment, ultimately carving the Punch Bowl and gorge.
An Ancaster gem, Sherman Falls is a 17-metre curtain on Ancaster Creek, on a private property on the Bruce Trail. So it’s a great spot for hikers and adventure-seekers who want to trek the trail and see something truly breathtaking. It’s a short hike to the falls, which flow year-round, and the sight is quaint and stunning when you get there. Fun fact – Sherman Falls is also called Smith’s Falls or Whitton Falls.
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The fall season is over in Ontario. It was the shortest fall I can remember. But that doesn’t mean it has to be over online. When it still looked and felt like fall, we hiked a small section of the Bruce Trail in Hamilton/Ancaster area and saw a handful of waterfalls within an hour. Sherman Falls and Tiffany Falls were the most impressive on that stretch by far. . TIP This area has a lot of off shoot trails to keep you going all day! But for quick thrills there is parking at Tiffany Falls, Sherman falls is just a short distance from there. . .
When you head over to Spencer Gorge Conservation Area in Hamilton, you’ll be treated to not one, but two incredible waterfalls! The panorama views are out of this world, and it might be one of the coolest formations in Ontario, from the escarpment to the gorge below. First, Webster is a tiered waterfall, then, Tew, towers at 41 metres, and it’s only a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls. This is a great option for anyone taking the day to go on a hike not too far from the city.
You can giggle at its name, but Ball’s Falls is a spot you won’t want to miss. Located about an hour away in Lincoln, Ont., some call this place a historical ghost town in the Niagara region. It’s a quaint 19th century hamlet that’s packed with history and is now a conservation area. There are two sets of falls to see here, at 10 metres and 27 metres high, located on the Twenty Mile Creek.
This 20-metre Waterdown gem showers down from Grindstone Creek to create an stunning view. You can hike downstream along the creek and Bruce Trail, along the Niagara Escarpment. It’s for the more confident hiker for sure, with lots to see and navigate through, and the sound of the falls is incredible! Just look at that photo-worthy fall.