As of July 15, HCA waterfall areas, with the exception of Spencer Gorge, will reopen to the public. The areas reopening on July 15 include:
- Tiffany Falls
- Devil’s Punchbowl
- Borer’s Falls
- Felker’s Falls
Visitors are asked to consider planning their trip on off-peak times such as early in the morning or on weekdays. Access is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are asked to limit their stay to one hour or less to ensure everyone can enjoy an experience in nature. Visitors should be prepared to turn back if the parking lot is full. Illegal parking is subject to fines.
All visitors must follow emergency measures and guidelines to allow these areas to remain open safely. Such measures will be posted onsite and include:
- Practice physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other users.
- Do not gather or arrange to meet friends or other groups.
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Pack out what you pack in.
- Stay on trail at all times
Trail etiquette is always important, and responsible public use will allow us to safely operate these areas.
Spencer Gorge and its associated areas will be reopening at a later date, planned for September. A reservation system and trail loop will be in place before the areas open to the public.
The areas that will remain closed include:
- Dundas Peak
- Spencer Gorge
- Tew Falls
- Webster Falls
- Crooks Hollow
- Spencer Adventure Trail
Members of the public are not permitted on any of these areas or trails and those who access these properties are trespassing. Municipal Parking Bylaw Enforcement staff will be patrolling to enforce parking restrictions and trespassers may be fined. Parking tickets in Special Enforcement Areas carry a $250 fine. Parking violations can be reported by calling 905-540-6000. Trespassers can be reported to municipal law enforcement through the Hamilton Police Services’ non-emergency line at 905-546-4925 or the City of Hamilton at 905-546-2424.