Beginning May 2018, the Waterfall Shuttle, a collaborative effort initially started by the Hamilton Conservation Authority and community group Think Greensville, will relocate and operate from a new base located at Christie Lake Conservation Area. The shuttle will once again operate weekends and holidays beginning Saturday, May 12 and running until Sunday, October 28, 2018 (weather permitting).
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.”
For 2018, the shuttle operation will be run by HCA and Think Greensville will assist by offering insight and support as required to the HCA to facilitate a smooth transition as operations shift to Christie Lake.
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.