Waterfalls with Restrictions / Private Property
This list identifies waterfalls that are on private property, or, that have some restrictions for visiting. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
to stay away from places where you are not allowed to be. In some places (eg. Hamilton) people are receiving $750 fines.
This web site, book and Facebook group do not knowingly guide visitors to waterfalls on private property.
Some sites on public property that can normally be accessed may have parking limitations, admission charges, or no-go zones. Some are temporarily closed. This list is not guaranteed to be accurate. Conditions change.
Why can't I visit some of these places?
Trespassing on private property to see a waterfall is against the law. If you post a photo of the falls on social media, others will seek out the same spot. Waterfalls of Ontario wants nothing to do with encouraging people to trespass on private property.
Someone shouldn't be allowed to own a waterfall
We hear this argument all the time. It isn't valid. If a waterfall is surrounded by private property, you cannot access it. If a rare bird was spotted on your property, would you want dozens of bird photographers showing up in your back yard? Afterall... you don't own those birds do you.... See what I mean?
Why should I care about prohibited areas?
Some waterfalls have areas that are off-limits. This may be to protect YOU or to protect the natural environment. In recent years, the number of prohibited areas has increased dramatically. This is because more and more people are ignoring warnings, trashing sites, or endangering their safety.
In this day and age, property owners (including conservation authorities and municipalities) are becoming worried about being sued. The only way for them to protect themselves is to specifically block off some locations. The more people that go where they shouldn't, the more likely that a site will be closed.
Please do your part to keep our waterfalls accessible
Why do other waterfall web sites list private waterfalls?
I don't know. It's possible that they don't think that private property rights are important (perhaps they aren't landowners themselves?). Perhaps they are trying to maximize their waterfall count to impress you?
My guess is that they will eventually arrive at the same approach. Eventually, they will be contacted by angry landowners, or angry users were mistakenly led to meet an irate landowner at a private location. This is all part of the natural maturing of a web site like this.