The Waterfall Shuttle, a collaborative effort initially started by the Hamilton Conservation Authority and community group Think Greensville, will begin its 2018 operations this weekend from its new base, Christie Lake Conservation Area. The shuttle will operate weekends and holidays from Saturday May 12 and running until Sunday October 28, 2018 (weather permitting).
The first shuttle will leave Christie Lake at 9:30 AM to travel to Spencer Gorge. Shuttle service returning to Christie Lake ends at 6:30 p.m. There is no on-site parking available at Spencer Gorge during shuttle operations, with the exception of limited accessible parking at Webster Falls.
Christie Lake Conservation Area will be hosting the Tough Mudder Obstacle Race on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. There will be large numbers of visitors attending this event and parking will be extremely limited for day-use visitors. The shuttle service to Webster and Tew Falls will be operating, but there may be delays due to a large amount of foot and vehicle traffic expected this weekend.
The 2017 shuttle program proved to be a significant and effective operational change for visitor access to the Spencer Gorge area. Response to the shuttle has been overwhelmingly supportive over the past year, with several residents of the Greensville community noting that they were able to once again enjoy their property and surrounding area.
HCA Chairman, Doug Conley, notes that the success of 2017 operations, removing over 16,000 cars from area roads, made it a unanimous board decision to continue with shuttle operations. “Visitors are coming from all over the GTA to see the falls with all the pictures they see posted on the internet and social media. The Greensville community needed relief from the traffic and the new base out of Christie Lake should provide an ideal conservation area setting as a start and finish point for visitors.”
HCA Chief Administrative Officer Lisa Burnside notes the contribution Think Greensville has brought to the community by first envisioning the shuttle concept and then implementing the operation from scratch. “Think Greensville has made a lasting positive impact on the Greensville area by forging the path to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety issues caused by the popularity of the Spencer Gorge. They have been a pleasure to work with, and our relationship will continue in an advisory capacity.”
HCA will continue to work collaboratively with City of Hamilton staff on parking issues. Enforcement and ticketing will be carried out by municipal bylaw officers on residential streets posted as No Stopping or No Parking and illegal parking operations reported.
The cost for the shuttle is included in the regular parking fee and entry fee to Christie Lake Conservation Area, $10 per car for parking and $5 per person wristband admission. HCA passholders using the shuttle from Christie Lake will receive admission to the shuttle and Spencer Gorge for the driver and passengers of their vehicle, to a maximum of 6.
Details about the shuttle operation, including what visitors can bring with them and other frequently asked questions are posted at www.conservationhamilton.ca/shuttle. Visitor information for Spencer Gorge is available at www.conservationhamilton.ca/visitspencer