Fall is definitely my favourite season – with all the beautiful colours, brisk air, giant sweaters, and hot beverages, whats not to love! There’s pumpkin patches to visit, giant cornfields, tasty pumpkin treats, and so much more that make me look forward to this season all year long. Of course, the season definitely doesn’t last long if you happen to live in Canada! We are lucky if we get more than a month of nice fall weather before it gets really cold or rainy, unfortunately. But, it definitely makes you take advantage of the fall weather you do have for that short period of time!
My top thing to do in fall is to go hiking. I love wandering through the forest with the colourful leaves falling everywhere, and the views that overlook kilometres of colourful leaves. I definitely prefer to hike in the fall because of the temperature as well – I don’t have to worry about being too hot or getting a sunburn! I am lucky to live in Toronto where there are plenty of hiking trails nearby that are great for day trips and/ or weekend excursions.
A lot of these places are closer to Hamilton, which is actually closer to my hometown. The Niagara Escarpment creates beautiful waterfalls and lookouts around the Hamilton area, and there are quite beautiful trails to hike during the fall season!
Dundas Peak is definitely the most popular spot in this area due to the picturesque views from the lookouts. Accessible via the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, the trails make for an incredible Autumn walk. The forest is filled with different types of trees, all with varying shades of red, orange, and green. The hike along the escarpment will bring you to the main lookout point, where you overlook kilometres of foliage, towns, and train tracks! I enjoy visiting Dundas Peak year round, but the Fall colours make the views that much more mesmerizing!
This conservation area is located in Milton, Ontario and covers approximately 100 square kilometres near the Niagara Escarpment. It is a go-to destination for rock climbers, with walls of varying difficulties spanning the 10 kilometres of cliff-edge throughout the park. These cliffs are not just for rock climbing, but make for incredible views of the surrounding areas! The park is filled with ancient Cedar trees, some over 800 years old. If you’re interested in camping, Rattlesnake Point offers 18 campsites, which are typically open during the Fall season.
Devil’s Punch Bowl
This conservation area is home to two waterfalls and stunning trails hidden away along the Niagara Escarpment. It was created at the end of the last ice age, where giant rivers plunged over the Escarpment, carving out the gorge. You can see different layers of colourful rock throughout the gorge, where the main 37 metre waterfall plunges over. Nearby, you can see a 10 metre tall cross overlooking the gorge, which is lit up at night. As with the other places outlined in this post, the area surrounding Devil’s Punch Bowl offers great autumn views of Hamilton and area, spanning for many kilometres.
Albion Falls is Hamilton area’s most popular waterfall, and one of the most picturesque. The water falls down rippled rock, and is about 18 metres wide and 19 metres tall. Although there is no access to the base of the waterfall, there are a couple of amazing view points and trails throughout the area.
This may be my favourite waterfall in the Hamilton area. It is 22-metres long and spills over a tiered drop. It is situated in the Websters Falls Conservation Area, which is a gorgeous spot to visit with all the autumn colours.
The hike is generally easy to navigate, with wooden stairs and cobblestone bridges along the way. It’s great to bring the family and get lost in nature for a few hours! Nearby, there is also Tew’s Falls – Hamilton’s tallest waterfall. There isn’t a trail connecting the two waterfalls, but it is a quick drive between the parking lots. Then, you can see two waterfalls in less than half a day!
Have you been hiking in the Hamilton Area? Where was your favourite spot?