Spencer Gorge Conservation Area

Spencer Gorge Conservation Area


Weekend parking - Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas, ON
905-628-3066 or 905-628-3060
Monday-Friday: Tew Fall Parking lot, Harvest Road, Dundas, ON
Location of Tew Falls parking lot

There is no walking trail access between Tew and Webster Falls. 

Area closes at 6:30pm.

Admission fees:  A parking fee of $15 per vehicle and driver and a per person passenger fee of $5 applies to all visitors to Spencer Gorge. Children 5 and under are free. HCA membership passes are valid for Spencer Gorge Conservation Area for up to six people per vehicle.

With the increased number of visitors, many vehicles are parking adjacent to waterfalls and in surrounding neighbourhoods, leading to increased traffic congestion and safety issues. Illegally parked cars can prevent emergency vehicles and crews from accessing waterfall areas for a rescue. 

Visitors should be aware that vehicles not parked in designated areas will be ticketed as part of an ongoing proactive parking enforcement program by the City of Hamilton. A special parking enforcement area will be in effect from Friday, April 19, 2019 until Friday, November 15, 2019. There will be new City of Hamilton parking signs at entry points to the area to let people know that parking violations will result in a significantly higher penalty in this area. The special parking enforcement area, with a penalty of $250 is a pilot program launched by the City.  More information.

From the escarpment brow, noted for its panoramas, to the forested depths of the gorge below, the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area exhibits the physical features which have made the Niagara Escarpment one of Ontario's most spectacular geological formations.

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

Webster Falls

Webster Falls

A recreational trail allows access to the Dundas Peak, which provides stunning views of Dundas and Hamilton.

Other pathways passing through the park include the Bruce Trail, and a side-trail to historic Crooks Hollow Conservation Area.

Enjoy the Spencer Gorge from the Spencer Adventure Trail, which connects from Christie Lake all the way to the Dundas Peak.  Visitors are encouraged to park at one of the alternate parking lots at Crooks Hollow or Christie Lake Conservation Area and use the recreational trail to access the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to one of the most beautiful natural areas in Ontario.  We ask that all visitors to conservation areas respect the rules, stay on trails and do not climb or otherwise bypass fencing, for their own safety and the environmental health of the areas.  Keep well back from the edge of the gorge and escarpment areas, at least a body length.  Adults should keep children and pets well away from these areas.  Please note that there is NO access available to the bottom of the falls. 

There are areas in the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area that are fenced off and closed to the public for safety reasons.  Never climb or otherwise bypass this safety fencing.  The slopes and edges of the escarpment can be unstable and pose a fall hazard.  If a user falls in an escarpment area, the only way to assist them out of the area is through a rope rescue by the Hamilton Fire Department, who are trained to carry out these rescues safely.  There have been serious injuries to visitors that have attempted to access the gorge area.

  • The most important safety rule in the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area is to stay on the trails at all times.
  • Keep well back from the edge of the gorge and escarpment areas, at least a body length. Adults should keep children and pets well away from these areas.
  • Please note that there is NO access available to the bottom of the falls.

falling rock hazard do not climb fences do not go off trail stay back from edges

Barbecues, fires or sound equipment are NOT permitted at this conservation area.

As Webster Falls and the Spencer Gorge become more popular, increasing pressure is being put on the parking areas and surrounding community.  Please be aware that bylaw officers will be patrolling the community areas during busy times at the area and you may be ticketed if you are parked illegally.

WEEKDAYS ONLY - The grass parking lot at Webster Falls is now closed.  Visitors are encouraged to park at the Tew Falls parking lot off Harvest Road, as the parking lot at Webster Falls will fill quickly and the Tew Falls parking lot has a larger parking capacity.  'Parking Lot Full' signs will be put up on roads leading to Webster Falls as the parking area fills, however the roadways leading to the Webster Falls lot are quite narrow and there can be long delays on these roads when the lot is closed.  Tew Falls parking lot is located off Harvest Road.

Alternate parking areas can be found at Christie Lake Conservation Area, Crooks Hollow Conservation Area off Crooks Hollow Road and the Greensville Optimist Park at the intersection of Highway #8 and Brock Road in Greensville.  Parking on weekends and holidays is only at Christie Lake Conservation Area, located at 1000 Highway 5 West.

Please note. If you are planning to bring a bus tour to Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls, arrangements for parking/payment MUST be made in advance. There is a $250 fee plus HST. Please call Christie Lake at 905-628-3060.  You may not be able to book in peak visitation periods.

Spencer Adventure Brochure and Trail Map
Spencer Gorge Brochure
Admission Fees
Location of Tew Falls Parking Lot