Hamilton Ontario – The Waterfall Capital of the World

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Posted: April 6, 2017
Category: Newsletters Water
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With the Niagara Escarpment running through the entire length of Hamilton, the city can lay claim to over 100 waterfalls and cascades within its boundaries, 145 having been found as of 2014.  www.cityofwaterfalls.ca

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Hamilton has no rivers so the size of her waterfalls cannot compare with Niagara Falls, located a mere 45 minute drive away.  Hamilton’s waterfalls, which vary greatly in size and power, are made up of 4 different types:

Ribbon Falls: The height is greater than the width of its crest

Classical Falls: The height and crest are almost equal

Curtain Falls: The height is smaller than the crest width

Cascade Falls: A series of steps causing the water to cascade.

The highest waterfall in Hamilton, Tews Falls, http://www.cityofwaterfalls.ca/tews-falls/  is 41m while the shortest, Little Davis Falls, http://www.cityofwaterfalls.ca/little-davis-falls/ only 3 m.

Many of Hamilton’s waterfalls are seasonal due to the size of their catchment and the lack of water during dry periods, but with the number of waterfalls present in the area there are always a vast array of tranquil vistas to visit and enjoy.  A hike on the Bruce Trail, http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/bruce-trail in the Hamilton area will take you along the Niagara escarpment where you will always encounter a waterfall. 

The waterfalls of Hamilton are constantly changing with the seasons making them worth visiting at any time of the year. 

In the spring, the volume of water increases with the snow melt.

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Little Davis Falls 

In the winter many of them freeze creating beautiful living ice formations, some of which are scalable.


Always follow all local safety regulations when ice climbing.

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Tiffany Falls            

In the late summer, during the dry season, a raging torrent can be reduced to a beautiful veil of water dancing in the sunlight.

Webster’s Falls 

On special occasions select waterfalls are illuminated in an array of colours .

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Great Falls lit up for New Year’s Eve 2016

Check out City of Waterfallsand like their Facebook page “Hamilton’s Waterfalls Illuminated at Night” to find out when and where their next illumination is happening.

The waterfalls of Hamilton are spread all across the city so the local conservation authority has designed self-guided walks with directions to all of the area’s waterfalls to help you make the most of your visit.   http://www.waterfalls.hamilton.ca/default.asp?id=3

Interpretive hikes are also available at several locations within this World Biosphere Reserve.  Learn more about the locations and there availability here.  http://www.giantsrib.ca/hiking-program/


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