The Dundas Valley Conservation Area is one of Southern Ontario’s natural gems with 1,200 hectares of lush Carolinian forest, meadows and natural springs. This loop hike focuses on seeing all of the fantastic waterfalls located along the area’s 40 kilometres of trails. You’ll travel wide, smooth, shady paths, enjoying natural wonders, historical sites, and a total of four waterfalls while exploring the delights of the Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail.

Sherman Falls

Itinerary Highlights

  • Length: 8.4 kilometres
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length of Time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
  • Points of Interest: Sherman Falls, Ancaster Mill and Mill Falls, Canterbury Falls, the Hermitage Cascade, Carolinian forest, the Hermitage Ruins

Download the detailed loop guide to learn more and plan your hike.

Download Loop Guide


Hamilton and Area Hikes Series

The Hamilton region has become known as the “Waterfall Capital of the World”, and hikers have made tracks here only to find that the area provides much more to explore. The waterfalls are just the beginning of what makes Hamilton a haven for hikers, and memorable day hikes in the area can reveal stunning Carolinian forests, abundant wildlife, spectacular vistas, and historic villages.

The Hamilton and Area Hikes series is your “step by step” guide to six different day hikes that explore conservation areas, the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Trail and the Grand River. Each loop hike includes a detailed map, precise directions, local lore, information about the flora, fauna, and history you are likely to encounter, and après hike suggestions.

Don’t miss the other loops in the series:

These loops are just the beginning of the scenic walkabouts that await in Hamilton Halton Brant. We’ve got hundreds of miles of paths and trails where you can treat your feet to a few hours of adventure.

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Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

3 hour experience, mornings only. Maximum 12 people. Must be booked in advance.

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Upper Nith River Experience in Spring

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

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Cook the Trout Survival Challenge

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

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May 16 - September 20

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Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

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May 15 - October 25

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115 Grand River St. North, Paris, ON

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190 King William Street, Hamilton, ON

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