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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Mindfulness Walks

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Sundays, 10 to 11 a.m. Fee: $15 per walk + Service Fee (Members 10% off*)...

Now thru November 15

Grand River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Starting point at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:30 am Canoe - Regular...

Now thru October 30

Vultures View Climbing Tower

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road Milton, ON L9E 0C6

$29/person + HST and gate admission - Adults $6.50, Seniors $5.00, Children (5-14) $5.00, Children...

Now thru October 30

Weekend in Paris Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:00 am Canoe - Weekend $/person...

Now thru November 1

Self-Guided Grand River Group Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Various times available; Starting point at 113 Grand River St North This trip can launch...

Now thru March 13

Ice climbing

One Axe Pursuits

7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

Must request Ancaster location. Saturdays 10am to 4pm. $250 per person plus HST.

November 17 - January 4

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday) Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day &...

Now thru November 15

Glen Morris to Paris – Grand River Daytrip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris for times at 9:30, 11:00 am &...

Now thru November 26

AGH – Touch Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm September 24th, October 22nd & November 26, 2020 EXHIBITION TICKETS...

Now thru November 15

Spencer Gorge Hiking Experience

Hamilton Conservation Authority

838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9G 4X1

Reservations are made for 2-hour blocks, starting at 9 AM, 12 PM and 3PM both...

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