Webster's Falls, Tews Falls and Dundas Peak in Hamilton

Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area is home to one of the most popular waterfalls in the Hamilton area. The park offers beautiful views of the forested depths of the gorge below and has washroom facilities, picnic tables and sheltered areas. The area is actually really nice with a cobblestone footbridge that crosses over Spencer Creek. 

At the Conservation Area, there's also a hiking trail to Dundas Peak, that overlooks Dundas and Hamilton. If you take the hiking trail, you'll see lookouts for Tews Falls, a 41-metre waterfall. So this visit is a 3-in-1 deal! 

Webster's Falls

If you park at Webster's Falls, all you need to do is walk across the field to get to the waterfall. You'll know which way to walk towards when you hear the rushing water or the crowds of people. You'll only be able to get a view from the top of the waterfall. The area will be fenced off for safety reasons. Hang out on the benches to enjoy the scenery or hike one of the trails in the area!  

If you park at Tews Falls, you'll need to hike towards Webster's Falls. Keep an eye out for signs pointing out Webster's Falls. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to get there. You know you're close when you hike past a beautiful home. 

Webster's Falls

Tews Falls and Dundas Peak

So, same idea as above. It all depends where you parked. 

If you parked at Webster's Falls, you'll need to head back towards the parking lot. The trail starts on the opposite side of the parking lot entrance. Does that make sense? If you see trees and a trail, you're on the right track. 

You'll see the trail going left or right. You'll want to turn left here because the trail going right leads to a dead end. If you continue down this trail, you'll hike past a beautiful home, several lookouts for Tews Falls and then finally, you'll reach Dundas Peak

Okay, so if you parked at Tews Falls, you're inbetween Webster's Falls and Dundas Peak. You'll start with the lookouts for Tews Falls. Continue down the trail and you'll reach Dundas Peak. If you walk past the beautiful home, you're going the wrong way. 

Once you reach Dundas Peak, enjoy the view! If you're daring enough, take a photo with your legs hanging over the edge. 

Tews Falls

Tews Falls

Dundas Peak


More Information: 

  • Entrance fee: There's an entrance fee of $5/person. Children under 5 are free. 
  • Parking: There's a parking fee of $10/car. There are two parking lots - one at Webster's Falls and one at Tews Falls. The main one is at Tew's Falls (607 Harvest Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 5K7). Don't park on the side of the road, since you'll be ticketed and towed. 
  • Time: It takes 1 - 1.5 hours to finish it completely. 
  • Best time to visit? Our favourite time to visit was during the fall since you see an array of colours looking down from Dundas Peak. 
  • The stairs to get to the bottom are officially taken down. There's no safe way to get to the base. Instead, if you want to visit the bottom of a waterfall, try Devil's Punchbowl.
  • There's a shuttle service that will now run between a large parking area just outside Dundas and Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area. 

Happy Adventuring! 

Fall Colours at Bon Echo

Fall Colours at Bon Echo

It's only during the fall when leaves paint the forest in an array of gorgeous colours. It's one of the most beautiful times to go hiking. 

We wanted to take advantage of that, so we headed out to Bon Echo Provincial Park for the day to enjoy the lovely coloured trees.  Located in Cloyne, Ontario, the park features over 260 pictographs painted on Marzinaw Rock. The only way to access them is either canoe over or take the boat tour.  Unfortunately, the boat tour wasn't running when I went and it was too cold and windy to canoe over. 

Petroglyphs and Warsaw Caves

Petroglyphs and Warsaw Caves

Even though the rain clouds followed us all day, we weren't going to let it stop us from enjoying the outdoors. Our first adventure of the day was Petroglyphs Provincial Park in Woodview, Ontario. This historical park holds the largest collection of ancient First Nation petroglyphs (rock carvings) in Ontario.

From displays, posters and videos, the park's visitor centre offers information about the petroglyphs and their spiritual meaning. After learning about the petroglyphs, you can head over to the protective building to view the cave drawings. From carvings of turtles to bears and thunderbird to boats, every petroglyph tells a different spiritual story. It's quite an interesting experience learn about this spiritual place.

Exploring Scenic Caves in Collingwood

A last-minute decision led us to head up North to Collingwood. From treetop canopy walks and ziplining, to caves and caverns, Scenic Caves offers a variety of activities for the adventurous soul. Since we have treetop trekked and ziplined before, we opted for the self-guided tour of the caves, caverns and suspension bridge. 

As Southern Ontario's longest suspension bridge, I thought it was rather underwhelming. When you walk to the other side of the bridge, you reach a dead end with a few picnic tables and boards of information about the suspension bridge. You need to head back if you want to participate in other activities.  However, the view was lovely since it overlooks the Georgian Bay.

Hiking through the caves and caverns was much more exciting. There's an easy trail to follow to visit the caves and caverns. They made it very safe by installing platforms and bars to hold onto for the rocky areas. You get spectacular lookouts from the edge of the limestone cliffs, a shady hike beneath the canopy of sugar maples and red oak as well as a chance to explore a labyrinth of caves and crevices. 

Things to know: 

  • Summer hours: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Admission for caves and suspension bridge: $25.50 (total with tax) for adults
  • The hike takes about two hours
  • There are zipline packages and adventure tour packages available (reservations required)
  • It's very family friendly with activities like mini golf, gemstone mining and a children's adventure playground (which I was too old to go into) 
  • Tractor and wagon rides are provided to the suspension bridge area as an alternative to hiking
  • Check out their FAQs and website for more information! 

Happy Adventuring!