The Spencer Adventure Trail
The Spencer Adventure is more than just a trip through nature... it’s a journey through time! Your journey will take you back 450 million years to the time when the Niagara Escarpment was beginning to form, through the last ice age when the melting, mile-high glaciers began to carve out the Escarpment, to the area’s earliest settlers and right through to your journey today!
Follow the Spencer Adventure Trail, along the Spencer Creek through one of Upper Canada’s earliest industrial communities. From Christie Lake Conservation Area to the Dundas Peak, explore historic mills and dams, waterfalls, incredible vista view points along the Niagara Escarpment and discover the unique history, geology and ecology of the area.
The Spencer Gorge is significant in Ontario for its gorge and its rare and diverse variety of plants and animals. It is part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere.This distinctive gorge is a Y-shaped bedrock gorge with two very scenic waterfalls: Webster Falls created by the main trunk of the Spencer Creek; and Tew Falls formed by Logie’s Creek.
The falls flow over bowl-shaped rock formations; the most recent and smallest of a series of bowl-shaped basins in the Spencer Gorge. Over the past 12,000 years, erosion from ancient waterfalls has caused these formations. The widening of the gorge downstream suggests the falls at onetime was as large as the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara.