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The 10 Best Fall Views in Hamilton

Fall is officially here, Hamilton. With cool temperatures on the way, the leaves are finally changing colours and we get to see an incredible array of fiery red, orange and yellow foliage.

While fall doesn’t officially end until December, the incredible colours and sweater weather temperatures seem to disappear overnight. With this list we want to share with you the best spots in the city to really take in all that fall glory while you still have the chance.

Here’s our 2018 list for Hamilton’s 10 best places to catch a glimpse of the changing fall leaves.

 

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  Waterfront Trail

Starting off our list is Hamilton’s Waterfront Trail. At 7.5 kilometres in length, this trail follows Hamilton Harbour from Princess Point through Bayfront Park, Pier 4 Park, the Discover Centre and on to HMCS Haida.

The Hamilton Waterfront Trail is a wide, multi-use trail designed for walking, cycling and wheelchair use. What makes this clean, paved and accessible trail so special is that it offers residents the opportunity to get in touch with nature – when walking the trail, you get the most incredible view of Hamilton’s waterfront and its changing trees.

No matter your age, skill set or level of ability, the Waterfront Trail offers Hamiltonians an accessible way to take in all of fall’s glory.


 

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  Dundurn National Historic Site

The grounds of Dundurn Castle are among some of the most photogenic places in Hamilton. A popular spot for tourists, photographers and weddings, Dundurn Castle also makes for a great place to view the fall foliage.

Consider a weekend stroll through the landscaped grounds and outbuildings, taking in the sights of the changing leaves alongside the dovecote, coach house, stables, cockpit and gardener’s cottage.

While the grounds are impeccable and well worth the visit, we recommend wearing rain boots. We don’t want cold, muddy feet to ruin the experience of the fall colours against the century-old architecture.


 

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  Eramosa Karst

Located in Stoney Creek, Eramosa Karst is one of Hamilton’s unique and natural gems.

Eramosa Karst features more than 7 kilometres of trails, boardwalks and bridges; along the way you’ll find underground caves, streams, meadows and forests. Being surrounded by trees and vivid fall colours is something else – if you’re a natural lover, this’ll easily become one of your new favourite spots.

If you’re looking for the perfect location for hiking, nature appreciation and education, this is it. Please exercise caution if you choose to explore any of the caves.


 

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  Cootes Paradise

Explore lush forests, marsh wetlands and waterfront views at Cootes Paradise. Becoming an official nature sanctuary back in 1927, Cootes Paradise includes over 18 kilometres of trail, 10 lookouts, 5 boardwalks and 12 creek crossings.

In the warmer months, you can spot turtles, deer and all kinds of birds, but come fall Cootes Paradise turns into a vibrant hub of fall colours.

Whether you’re looking for a fun spot to stroll with friends or take you dog on a walk, Cootes Paradise is a fantastic place to take in all the fall vibes.


 

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  Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, providing the only continuous public access to the Niagara Escarpment.

One of the most popular routes in Hamilton’s section of the Bruce Trail is the Great Falls Loop. This 3.5 kilometre route offers Hamiltonians stunning views from the Escarpment, peering out over Burlington, and stops at Smokey Hollow Falls in Waterdown.

Hamilton’s section of the Bruce Trail is unparalleled. With gorgeous lookouts, waterfalls and changing fall leaves, you can’t go wrong with a walk down Bruce Trail.


 

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  Escarpment Rail Trail

Once an active train line, the Escarpment Rail Trail was developed into a pedestrian and bike trail in 1993. Connecting downtown Hamilton to the Mountain, the trail gradually slopes through the escarpment forest making for a gorgeous autumn walk, jog or bike ride.

The trail offers an incredible view of downtown; when the leaves begin falling, you’ll be able to see through the trees and out into the bustling city below. While the trail is 8.2 kilometres in one direction, the incline is gradual and consistent, making this trail good for most skill levels.

If you’re looking for a new way to travel from the Mountain to downtown, as well as have an optimal view of Hamilton, the Rail Trail is a must-do.


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  Spencer’s Gorge Conservation Area

From the escarpment brow, noted for its unbelievable views, to the forested depths of the gorge below, the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area showcases why the Niagara Escarpment is one of the Ontario’s most spectacular geological formations.

This significant natural area contains two beautiful waterfalls: Webster and Tew Falls. Webster is a tiered waterfall while Tew, which towers at 41 metres, is only a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls. Both falls offer spectacular views of the gorge.

Spencer Gorge has some of the best fall colours in Hamilton; thousands of people come to enjoy the view each year. If you aren’t afraid of heights and love waterfalls, this is an incredible place to visit.


 

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  Devil’s Punchbowl

The Devil’s Punch Bowl is one of the Niagara Escarpment’s most amazing sights, created at the end of the last ice age by huge melt-water rivers that plunged over the Stoney Creek Escarpment.

There’s a spectacular view of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour from the Punchbowl’s lookout, not to mention a view down into the seemingly bottomless gorge. As foliage around the Punchbowl changes colour, the fiery reds and oranges look stunningly complementary to the different colours of rock layers at the falls.

The Devil’s Punchbowl offers incredible views all year round, but there’s something special about visiting during the height of fall.


 

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  Albion Falls

Albion Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Hamilton and is easily the city’s most popular. Come autumn, the area surrounding Albion Falls comes alive with brightly coloured leaves, somehow becoming even more spectacular.

Albion Falls is approximately 18 metres wide and 19 metres tall and is visible from two viewing platforms. The falls used to be entirely accessible with trails leading to the bottom, however due to safety precautions there’s currently no access to the bottom of the falls. Please be advised we don’t condone trespassing.

Whether you’ve lived in Hamilton your entire life or are only visiting, we recommend taking the time to visit Albion Falls – it’s a view you’ll never forget.


 

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  Dundas Peak

Coming in at the top of our list is Dundas Peak. Located only minutes away from McMaster University, this beautiful vista offers breathtaking views of both Dundas and Hamilton.

During fall, the view below Dundas Peak looks like a sea of bright colours and lush trees. The view is unlike anything we’ve ever seen – the closest we can compare it to is looking out into the Grand Canyon. When looking out at Dundas Peak, it seems like the trees will never end and fall will last forever.

If you’re looking for a fun way to get some exercise this weekend, head on out and reward yourself with the magical view that is Dundas Peak.


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Comments (1)

  1. Elana Nicholls

    Please remove Dundas Peak from your list. We do not have the infrastructure to be inundated with tourists. Until the City of Hamilton recognizes this we can’t handle all the visitors.