City of Waterfalls

By Tristan Marajh

A lot of folks don’t know about waterfalls that exist in a certain city in Ontario. Other towns and communities make theirs known in their very names: Fenelon Falls, Smoky Falls, Niagara Falls. In fact, when you were on your way to Niagara you might have missed a certain city that does the others one better. Or 99 better, I should say. This city, although not named after a waterfall, has over 100 of them. 

Those who don’t know about the many waterfalls in this city still know of the city. You often get the feeling that they wish they didn’t know about said city, referring to it with a tone of derision and dismissiveness.

But pandemics, despite everything else, have a way of motivating one to contemplate their environs more deeply than they otherwise would. With no more international, or even interprovincial, trips to easily take, one is compelled to search desperately for escapes within their geographic limits.

Well, for a day’s escape, look no further than the four waterfalls described below. Their parking and location information as well as the city’s other waterfalls are readily GPS-provided—and available on Tourism Hamilton.

Yes, Hamilton. You think the Tiger-Cats. You think McMaster University. You think Steeltown. But you might not have thought, “city of waterfalls.”

For that reason, Hamilton is unofficially known as the Waterfall Capital of the World.

Webster’s Falls is a good one to start with:

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The region’s largest waterfall and one of the most popular (to those who know it, at least), Webster’s Falls is a classic curtain waterfall, similar to Niagara Falls (that’s the last time I’ll compare the waterfalls here to Niagara). 

From Webster’s, hopefully you’ve worn comfortable shoes, a few steps away is Tews Falls:

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So close by is this 41-metre ribbon waterfall to Webster’s that you can walk to it. Leave your car in the Webster’s pay parking lot and you get Tews for the price of one. To solely visit Tews, there is a pay lot off Harvest Road. Webster’s will only be a one-kilometre walk from there.

All the waterfalls described here are surrounded by an abundance of shady trails for hiking, exploring, and leisurely or brisk walking. So, a friendly reminder to bring water, even if the nature of these destinations are reminders themselves.

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The next waterfall, however, is one you’ll have to drive to. Tiffany Falls is the climax of a brief hike through a lush woodland:

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Alternatively, you could start your day trip off at Tiffany Falls. That way, you’ll have breakfast at Tiffany’s (itinerary recommended for the sole purpose of this joke).

Another brief drive away is the odd yet spectacular Albion Falls:

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Given your drive to get into Hamilton plus the likely hiking and lingering at the waterfalls, it should be nearing dinnertime for your day trip, especially if you’re coming from Toronto. If you are, in fact, coming from Toronto, you might want to deem Hamilton “The City of (Cheaper) Accommodations.” Overnight lodging options are also as such. For that, the community of Dundas is also nearby.

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There is a sensational samosa spot in Dundas named, well, “Sensational Samosa.” While their house-made omnivorous and vegan samosas are quite unique and varied, they also have main course food options available, including one of the tastiest and most refreshing mango lassis around.

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There is an adjacent shady enclave to enjoy your meals and your lassis right next to the shop, since it is predominantly a takeout spot.

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So, no more long drives to those Canada-U.S. border waterfalls yet with cascades as gorge-ous. With the city of Hamilton reopening access to its waterfalls in mid-July, it is worth the day’s trip, because you can’t really go anywhere else.

“Because you can’t really go anywhere else”—perhaps, for now, that should be Tourism Hamilton’s new slogan.

Copyright© 2020 byTristan Marajh

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