My Father in Law took us to...
My Father in Law took us to African Lion Safari. He paid our way. After paying alot to get in he paid to go on the Bus tour. I couldn't figure out why he would pay for a Bus Tour after paying alot to get into the Park. On the Bus tour I found out why. These Monkeys ride on your car, The tour buses. They can do alot of Damage and make a heck of a mess on your car.
Viewing the Borer's Fall
Borer's Fall, located in Rock Chapel Sanctuary, can only be viewed from the distance from a lookout in dense foliage. It turned out to be a Ribbon fall that Plunges 15 metres (i.e. 49.2 ft). It is 5 metres (16.4 ft) wide.
After taking another rest under the shade, we continued our hike on the Bruce Trail to see if there was any track going down the ravine. We could not find any. The only track we could find was located close to Rock Chapel road and had become victim of a landslide. My husband did make an attempt to see if it is worth exploring, but gave up soon.
Other attractions in the vicinity include restaurants, a motel, Borer's Falls Conservation Area, Town of Waterdown, Smokey Hollow Resource Management Area, Spencer Gorge / Webster's Falls Conservation Area, Dundurn Castle, and Hamilton Farmers' Market
Waterfalls at Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail
We only could say 'Wow!' at our first experience with the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, the Chedoke Golf Course and a magnificent view of the west end of Hamilton and the Dundas Valley by hiking on Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail (pictures 2 and 3). The extreme warm weather did not make our hike any easier.
Hiking westwards of the parking lot of the Golf Course, we were able to see some small natural and man improved waterfalls like the one in the pictures 1 and 4. We had to leave the Radial / Bruce Trail to get up and close with the waterfall. The access was easy.
The Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle pathway, both of whom we saw many in numbers. It is part of the Bruce Trail. The trail begins at Hillcrest Avenue, runs for 2.7 kilometers southwest, crosses the sprawling Chedoke Golf Course and traverses the escarpment to Scenic Drive. Here, the trail links with a Hamilton Region Conservation Authority Trail that crosses the Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area and ends at Highway 403.
Trail entrances are located at Hillcrest Avenue (just east of Dundurn Street South), Chedoke Golf Course (which we used), and at Scenic Drive (at Upper Paradise Road), where the escarpment stairs located at Dundurn Street south and at the Chedoke Golf Course also lead to the trail. The stairs have a bike trough.
In order to reach Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail, we took Highway 403 to Hamilton and exited on Aberdeeen Avenue. After 1 km, we turned right on Studholme Road and then turned left on Beddoe Road. We followed it till we reached the parking lot of the Chedoke Golf Course.
I had a great time visiting this waterfall. There is a staircase descending the escarpment which brings you down to the base of the falls. From here you can scramble across the large boulders to get a closer view.
Websters Falls is 21m high and 23 m across, and is named after the family that once owned this property.
Canada's Finest Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens near Hamilton are as good as any that I've seen. They are part formal gardens, part woodland, and part wetland. They consist of five parts: the Royal Botanical Garden (RBG) Centre, the Laking Garden, the Rock Garden, the Arboretum, and the Cootes Paradise Sanctuary. It's probably best to visit them in that order.
The RBG Center provides guidebooks, directions, and advice on visiting these gardens. It contains indoor gardens, with Mediterranean plants. Behind it is the gorgeous Hendrie Park, with formal gardens, woodland trails, and a wetlands trail. The formal gardens include a rose garden, medicinal garden, children's garden, scented garden, and others. If you have time for just one brief stop, then this is the best place to go.
The Laking Garden is located along two lakes, with the Barbara Laking Memorial Heritage Garden, peonies, and irises.
The Rock Garden is an exquisite Oriental-style garden. The Arboretum has examples of North American trees such as conifers, magnolia, crabapples, and many others. The Cootes Paradise is for wildlife.