Through the hard work of many dedicated waterfall fans, Hamilton has been branded as the 'City of Waterfalls.'
With well over 100 waterfalls within the municipal boundary, there are enough great sites to fill several weekends full of waterfalling. And you can even reach some by city bus!
Unfortunately, the waterfalls in Hamilton are extremely busy. Access to the bottoms of Albion, Websters and Waterdown Falls are strictly prohibited, and you can get a big fine. Please follow the rules; rule-breakers and careless visitors are the reason these places have been restricted
. Chedoke Falls is completely off limits. Try to avoid summer weekends or holidays.
Some people have gone so far as to claim that Hamilton is 'The Waterfall Capital of the World.' To be honest, this is debatable. For example, there is strong competition coming from Ithaca, NY
, just a few hundred kilometres to the east.
You should also be aware that many of the waterfalls in Hamilton are very small, and/or dry up for much of the year. They are still waterfalls, and great photos can be made at the right time of year. But once you get past the best 2 or 3 dozen, many people will be disappointed. (eg. see Dyment Falls
or Erland Falls
or West Iroquoia Falls
). Still, there is nowhere else in Ontario with this concentration of waterfalls, giving it good bang for your buck.