You must visit Websters Falls...
You must visit Websters Falls which is actually just outside Hamilton by 2 minutes but it is gorgeous!!!! If you love the outdoors, you will love! They have shot many commercials in the falls! Hamilton is a great city because it is so close to the major centres like T.O. and Niagara Falls but its cheaper and much roomier. I always miss the serenity of Cootes Paradise..a Must See!!
Experience a cascade
We took a narrow trail from the park entrance to reach Darnley cascade. The trail went through dense foliage and Ifrah being leader of the pack had to struggle with many spiderwebs to enable us reach the Cascade. It was so hot that we were perspiring from head to toe with our T-shirts drenched as if we had come out of swimming pool. Black flies and mosquitoes, perhaps starved of human blood for many days, became another problem for us. Once there, we found the site very impressive. The shallow river was cascading down the sloping rock bed. The half sunk rocks afforded an easy passage downstream of the Fall.
Darnley Cascade is classified as Curtain, Cascade or Washboard that cascades 4 metres (13.12 ft) down, having a width of 22 metres (72.16 ft).
Darnley Mills (picture 4) was a profitable venture in 1800s, but turned into the ruins when other more economical means of generating power were invented. The Mill was in real ruins. Not only that, the visitors had turned the standing structure into a trash can. Not that bad, but still unacceptable. A cleaning operation is in order here.
Other attractions nearby include convenience store, picnic table, BBQ, fishing, swimming, boat rentals, washrooms, Bruce Trail, Town of Dundas, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Hermitage Ruins, Royal Botanical Gardens, Dundurn Castle, Hamilton Farmers' Market, Crooks Hollow Conservation Area, Christie Lake Conservation Area.
However, earlier, when we reached the environs of the Fall, we could not locate the Spencer Creek Bridge and had to drive back and forth on Crooks Hollow Road to determine what bridge was referenced on the website to locate the Fall. Once we found the bridge (on 4th attempt) and the Darnley Mills ruins, we figured out the cascade itself a few hundred metres upstream.
We had first gone to the Borer's Fall by taking Hwy 401 West towards London from Mississauga. We had then taken the Hwy 6 S (Hamilton) exit and travel approximately 20 km to Hwy 5 E. (Dundas St. E.). We turned right on Hwy 5 E. and then turn left onto Rock Chapel Rd. to reach Borer's Fall. In order to reach Darnley Cascade, we returned to the Hwy 5 E. and turned left (westward). Then we turned left onto Ofield Rd. S., turned right onto Harvest Rd. Harvest Rd. became Crooks Hollow Rd. We parked on the right, past the Spencer Creek bridge (unsigned), at the Darnley Mill ruins (see picture to familiarize yourself).
Awestruck at the rugged beauty of Albion Falls
We found it interesting that a model was having her shoot for building a portfolio to win contracts at model agencies. This falls was ideally suited for showing both the rugged terrain and rocks for positioning oneself for photo shoots (picture 1 and 2). Albion Falls turned out to be quite popular with visitors, who unfortunately were overwhelmed by the ruggedness of the surrounding and chose to watch from the other side where a natural lookout platform was available (picture 3).
Needless to mention, the rocks at the bottom of the gorge, probably lying there due a landslide, offered avenues for the younger lot (my son and his cousin) to vent out their energy (picture 4)
The access to the ravine below was difficult, yet we saw mountain bikers going down into the gorge (picture 5).
Albion Falls is categorized as a Complex Classic Cascade waterfall. It drops 19 metres (62.32 ft), has a width of 18 metres (59.04 feet), and is located at the southernmost tip of King’s Forest Park in Hamilton, its source is Red Hill Creek. Albion Falls enjoys year-round flow.
Other attractions in the neighbourhood include Mount Albion CA, Felker's Falls CA, King's Forest Golf Course, Mohawk Sports Park, Glendale Golf Course, Escarpment Rail Trail, Battlefield House Museum, etc.
In order to reach Albion Falls, from Highway 403 in Hamilton, we took the exit for the Lincoln Alexander Parkway. We then took the Upper Gage Ave. exit and turned left onto Upper Gage Avenue, turned right onto Mohawk Rd. E. and then turned right again onto Mountain Brow Blvd. We parked in the parking lot at Arbour Road and followed the Bruce Trail across Mountain Brow Blvd. to the waterfall.
African Lion Safari - For...
African Lion Safari - For those who just want to Monkey around, this is a must for you. Over 1000 animals of over 100 species. WOW !! Hard to believe but it's true....I'm not lion!!!
African Lion Safari is different from the 'Traditional Approach' because the VISITOR is caged in the car, and the animals roam in 5 to 50 acre reserves. You can travel through the reserves in your own car or take a guided tour in an air conditioned Safari Tour Bus-(at an additional cost)
Called the Mountain in Hamilton, this steep cliff cuts through the region at an average height of 90 metres above Lake Ontario and loops around Dundas Valley as it winds around the land surrounding Lake Ontario. It offers breathtaking views and wide vistas of the entire regions especially Hamilton Harbour, Cootes Paradise, Lake Ontario & surrounding communities. At its highest point, the escarpment rises to 110 metres. This peak is accessible within the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area and the view should not be missed! Almost nowhere else in Southern Ontario offers such wonderful views!
There are also waterfalls nearby to create a perfect setting. : )