Dundas Things to Do
Webster's Falls & Spencer Gorge
Spend the day at Webster's Falls and Spencer Gorge! I have visited here many times in the past as Dundas is my hometown and I used to live there. Webster's Falls is a beautiful waterfall, cascading down 22 metres into Spencer Creek. You are able to park your car nearby and enjoy the park above the waterfall by the river - a great place for a picnic or spending time with family and friends. From there, you can walk down a set of stairs to witness the waterfall from down below. If it is a sunny summer day, you might feel adventurous enough to sit out on the rocks or swim in the creek below the Falls.
From there, you can continue to hike the trails below the waterfall, or hike the trails that continue up above the Falls. Continuing along the paths, it will be a gradual incline to view Tews Falls, the highest waterfall in the area, rivaling heights of Niagara Falls! The waterfall plunges over Spencer Gorge. There are outlook points at many various places along the trails. Hiking along even further, you will eventually reach an outlook that we call "The Peak", where you can enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking the entire town.
You could easily spend an afternoon or even the entire day at Webster's Falls. The park closes at sundown and is open year-round, though some of the trails may not be fully maintained in the winter.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Spencer Gorge & Webster's Falls
This conservation area features footpaths as off-shoots to the main attractions: Webster's Falls is a tiered waterfall where many people enjoy frolicking about in the falls, climbing the rocks and enjoying the scenery. Tews Falls is an astounding 41 metre drop, making it only a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls.
Parking/admission fee of about $4-$5 per carload.
-Summertime at the falls are busy! Everyone wants to climb the rocks and get wet in the waterfalls, so be sure to bring your patience.
-The stairs that you can venture down to get to the bottom of Webster's Falls are rusty, often steep and a little bit scary. I was 23 and in excellent shape and even I was winded greatly from the climb. Pace yourself!
- Bring your manners. There is not a lot of room on the stairs and children are often running about, pushing past you. Which brings me to the next tip....
- Keep a close eye on your kids. There is a bountiful amount of poison oak off some of the trails (I know this the hard way) and the stairs and rocks are extremely slippery.
- Wear hiking shoes/boots or running shoes with incredible tread! This is a MUST for your safety.
- Bring a towel, and an extra pair of socks even if you're not going swimming. Chances are you may want to climb on the rocks at the bottom and chances are you'll slide in!
- Don't expect solitude in the summer season. The area is amass with readers, seniors, screaming kids and young lovers. Finding an available picnic table is a challenge, so have a back-up plan by bringing a blanket to sit on.
- Obey the rules and guidelines! People have fallen over rocks and fallen into the gorge because they climbed and ventured where they were not supposed to! Those railings and signs are there for a reason...Obey them!
- Bring your camera and mosquito repellant! You'll probably take pictures of the falls and inevitably have someones head in the way, but it does offer some great photo ops, as long as the mosquitos (July-August) don't carry you away first. Enjoy!Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
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