Spencer Reservations

Please note, reservations are rain or shine

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the overwhelming popularity of Dundas Peak & Tew Falls and Webster Falls, HCA has instituted online reservable parking in 2-hour time slots. From May 1 to November 2021, all visitors, including HCA passholders, will be required to make a reservation prior to their visit. This change to a mandatory reservation will manage visitor numbers and will assist with physical distancing and provide a safe and enjoyable visit. It will also allow visitors to travel with the peace of mind, knowing that their parking space is held for them.

Please note: tour operators or other businesses are not permitted to make bookings during this time period. Only personal bookings will be allowed.

Reservations may be made up to a week before and up to midnight the day prior to your visit. No same-day reservations will be permitted.

For assistance or more information email reserve@conservationhamilton.ca or call 1-855-227-5267. Phones will be answered from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Assistance with creating an account or password should be done through the reservation site.

Reservations are made for 2-hour blocks. Arrival times will be staggered in 15 minute intervals. This system will be in place seven days a week, both weekdays and weekends, until November 2021.

Dundas Peak & Tew Falls Parking Lot address

Webster Falls Parking Lot address

Tew Waterfall

Dundas Peak and Tew Falls Experience
Parking lot located at 581 Harvest Road, Dundas

Your two-hour hike experience will start at Tew Falls, which at 41 metres is just a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls.

There are two platforms just off the trail that allow visitors to get a spectacular view of the falls and gorge.

Continue on your hike along the Niagara Escarpment to the Dundas Peak, offering a stunning view of the escarpment and Dundas and Hamilton.

A 1.8 km loop trail system allows for physical distancing on narrow trails.

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Webster Falls
Parking lot is at Greensville Optimist Park, off Highway 8

Your two-hour hike experience features a hike along a trail rich in history, as you approach Webster Falls, a 22-metre classical curtain waterfall that is one of Hamilton’s most iconic waterfalls.

Travel across the beautifully restored cobblestone bridge that crosses Spencer Creek, to the accessible Dobson-McKee lookout that offers stunning views of the gorge and vistas.

Webster Falls trail map
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safety iconsThere 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.
  • No BBQing is permitted
  • Pets are permitted in the area, but must be on leash. Please clean up after your pet
  • Pack out what you pack in. Trash and recycling containers are provided in these areas. Do not litter, or leave garbage outside of the containers.

Please note: there is no trail linkage between Tew Falls and Webster Falls.

  • Trails are recreational trails, consisting of packed earth in most areas.
  • Visitors must stay on the trail at all times for their own safety and the ecological health of the conservation area.
  • Good walking or hiking shoes should be worn to explore the trails.
  • Keep an eye out for tree roots, loose rocks and other walking hazards
  • The trails are on rugged terrain; most are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. There is a staircase on the trail from Tew Falls to Dundas Peak.
  • A wheelchair-accessible lookout and paved trail area are available at Webster Falls.
  • Respect and share the trail with other users.  Follow directional signage on the loop trail at Dundas Peak
  • Respect neighbouring landowners by staying off private property, maintaining privacy for landowners, and avoiding excessive noise.