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Webster's Falls

Webster's Falls, Ontario Canada

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“offering a gorgeous view of Canada”

Webster's Falls, noted for its panoramas, is a 22 metre high classical curtain/ plunge waterfall found in the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The water flows down Spencer Creek. In the past the falls have been known by various names such as Dr. Hamilton's Falls, Spencer Falls, Hart Falls, Fisher Falls and Flamborough Falls.

Within the associated park, there are washroom facilities, picnic tables (20) and sheltered areas at the top of Webster's Falls, as well as a parking area for up to 75 cars. The cobblestone footbridge, as well as a newer and narrower stone/concrete footbridge, crosses over Spencer Creek to the west side, which then leads to a series of 122-steps, allowing access down to the base of the falls.
A less popular, but still common, area of interest at the base of the falls is found around the edge of the cascade. Under the falls is niche worn behind the curtain. Due to the cap-rock on top of the falls being made of a more resistant material, the falls are neatly slotted underneath and allow people to view the falls from the opposite side. It can however be a dangerous endeavor and should not be attempted unless one is extremely cautious. It is never advisable to venture behind the falls during winter. The Bruce Trail runs through this area. It is popular with hikers and family picnics. Improvements to the existing trail have been made on many occasions. Other nearby attractions include a convenience store and an antique shop..

Webster's Falls, according to Joe Hollick, has the highest number of vintage postcards bearing its image; this suggests that it has been the most frequently visited waterfall in Hamilton for more than a century. Webster's Falls is shown in the 2005 Sci-Fi movie "Descent", though it is portrayed as being an anonymous waterfall in the Pacific Northwest. During the movie a river of lava pours over the falls, nearly killing the star, Luke Perry. Russian professor, Oleg Polyansky, was part of a team that had discovered water vapour on the sun when working in Waterloo. When giving lectures internationally about his discovery, he always uses an image of Webster's Falls as a key example. In Hamilton, take Main Street West past McMaster University and straight into Dundas. Take it straight past the library and up the hill. There are signs pointing in the direction of the falls. Admission is $10 per vehicle and the parking lot is enough for 75 vehicles. Webster's Falls can be reached from Tews Falls via a 30 minute hike along the Bruce Trail. Alternatively, to reach Webster's Falls by car, take Highway 8 from Dundas. Keep right on Brock Road and go right at the light onto Harvest Road. Turn right on Short Road, then left onto Fallsview. Keep following the signs all the way to the parking lot. From Toronto you can go West on Dundas Street (Highway#5) until you turn south on Brock Street (To Greensville), left on Harvest road.

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Reviewed by
georged

  • 5 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
June 21, 2014

The steps down to the base of Webster's Falls was closed when I visited (June 11, 2014), but it was still a great view from the top viewing area. There's a nice trail there that you can walk a short distance to view Tew's Falls as well.

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Reviewed by
jasqn00

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
April 12, 2014

Beautiful place to hike. There is a great trail along the water, that leads you to the base of the falls for some wonderful pictures! Beautiful and peaceful!

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