We love the Downtown section...
We love the Downtown section of Hamilton but the Hamilton Mountain location is great, Hamilton is split into two by the Niagara escarpment so there is 'Downtown' & 'on the mountain' There are lot's of shopping malls 'Limeridge Mall' for one.
I would also recommend a trip to the 'Six Nations' Indian reserve and stopping by at the craft shops along the way. The countryside surrounding Hamilton is so beautiful, my cousin used to live out there & it was great watching the sun go down while looking out on countryside that stretches as far as you can see, & with the smell of the barbeque & plenty of beer to wash the steaks down!
Top of the Smokey Hollow Falls
This was our 3rd falls / cascade of the day and it looked great in terms of beauty and rugged environment it was located in. There was a viewing platform right next to top of the Falls where we waited to be joined by the other family, our long time friends and company in many earlier adventures, such as Sudbury in 2005, Niagara Glen in 2008, Islands Lake Conservation Area earlier in June 2010, etc.
And it was expected. When there is so much heat, thunderstorm is bound to follow. When it came, we welcomed it for it also brought temperature a wee bit lower.
Needless to mention, Smokey Hollow Mills was only noticible by its ruins (picture 3).
Smokey Hollow Falls is also known as Great Falls. It is classified as a Ribbon, Falls, Terraced and drops 10 metres (32.8 ft) with a width of 5 metres (16.4 ft). It lies in Smokey Hollow Resource Management Area. Other nearby attractions include a convenience store, restaurant, motel, Town of Waterdown, Rock Chapel Golf Course, Royal Botanical Ground.
From Cooks Hollow Road (Darnley Cascade), we returned to Hwy 5 E. (Dundas St. E.). We crossed the Highway 6 intersection and then turn right onto Mill St. before the railway tracks. After the overhead railway bridge the Smokey Hollow Resource Management Area parking lot was on the right. The waterfall is located next to the parking lot.
Pretty Mills Falls in a pretty neighbourhood
We were pleasantly surprised to note that the Mill Falls and the Lower Mill Falls were located on private property, but as the land is the site of a restaurant, people are welcome to view the waterfall. We viewed the Lower Mill Falls (picture 1) at the lower parking lot just below the large stone mill building (picture 3) and the Mill Falls near the restaurant (picture 2).
The Flour Mill, the Old Mill Restaurant, and the Falls are located in a beautiful upscale neighbourhood of Ancaster Township, which is part of Hamilton.
The waterfall is named after the four mills once located at this site. The first three mills were destroyed by fire and the present stone flour mill was built in 1863. The building was constructed with limestone blocks taken from the actual site. Its walls are four feet thick at the base. The flour mill is one of the most substantial stone structures in the province. The Ciancone family bought this site in 1972 and built the “Old Mill Restaurant” in 1979.
The Falls measures 6 metres (20 feet) in height and its crest width is 4 metres (13 feet). It is considered a Complex Classic Falls, and has water flowing over it year round.
Other nearby attractions include Heritage Trail, Bruce Trail, convenience store, retail stores, Town of Ancaster, Dundas Valley CA, Hermitage Ruins, Griffin House, Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Dundurn Castle, Hamilton Farmers' Market, Crooks Hollow CA, Christie Lake CA, Tiffany Falls CA, Iroquoia Heights CA.
From Hwy 403 we took the Lincoln Alexander Parkway exit and merged onto Rousseaux St. At the ‘T’ intersection, we turned right onto Wilson St. E. Turned left onto Montgomery Rd. and the turned left again at the stop sign onto Old Dundas Rd. Just past the Old Mill Restaurant on the left, we parked at the upper Old Mill Restaurant parking just after Ontario St. We crossed the road to the Old Mill Restaurant and found Lower Mill Falls downstream of Mill Falls.
Parks Canada Discovery Centre
Here is a good place to introduce yourself to all that Canada has to offer--especially its gorgeous parks and historic sites. The Parks Discovery Centre covers the sea, the mountains, the arctic, the Great Lakes, and forts that played a role in the country's early history. It's also well located, on Hamilton's waterfront.
Lovely Tews Falls
Only a 10 minute walk from Websters Falls along the Bruce Trail will bring you to Tews Falls. The water falls in a straight stream 41m over a bowl shaped portion of the Niagara Escarpment. It was a beautiful sight.
There are two viewing platforms to see the falls, unfortunately, there didn't seem to be any way to get down to the base of the falls. If you would like to photograph Tews Falls, I would suggest arriving in the morning, since the Falls are shadowed in the afternoon.