Beginning May 1, Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, which includes Dundas Peak, Tew Falls and Webster Falls, will have an advanced reservation system in place for a 2-hour hike experience.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the overwhelming popularity of hiking to the Dundas Peak in the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, Hamilton Conservation Authority has instituted an online reservation system. From May to November 2021, conservation area visitors and HCA membership passholders will be required to make a reservation prior to their visit.
Reservations can be made for 2-hour blocks. The reservation system will be in place seven days a week, both weekdays and weekends. Separate advance reservations are required for each area, so visitors will choose either the Dundas Peak & Tew Falls hike experience or the Webster Falls hike experience.
Admission fees will be $10.50 per car and $5 per passenger, plus a $10 reservation fee. HCA membership pass holders will receive free admission but will be required to pay the reservation fee to book. Bookings are rain or shine and must be made online in advance. Plan your hike at least a day ahead as visitors without advance reservation will not be permitted entry. No walk-up or drive-up entry will be admitted without advance reservation.
Municipal Parking Bylaw Enforcement staff will be patrolling the neighbourhoods surrounding the areas to enforce parking restrictions, including tow-away zones. Parking tickets in Special Enforcement Areas carry a $250 fine.
All visitors should follow guidelines and measures posted onsite which include:
- Practice physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other users.
- Follow directional arrows on loop trails.
- Remain on marked trails.
- Stay behind fences and barriers.
- Pets are permitted but must be leashed at all times.
- Pack out what you pack in, do not litter.
- NO DRONES are permitted