You’ll start with a view of the wondrous Great Falls, an awesome 10-metre high ribbon terraced waterfall that spans 5-metres wide and offers a rushing water spectacle. The Niagara Escarpment is then your backdrop as you travel along Grindstone Creek Escarpment Valley on the Bruce Trail. This large glacial valley features beautiful rock formations and groomed footpaths in an interior forest of towering trees. End your first day with an evening in the charming downtown core of Waterdown with its many restaurants.

Grindstone Creek will take you on a journey from the Great Falls in Waterdown to the Royal Botanical Gardens where the trails of the Hendrie Valley introduce hikers to marshlands and wetlands that are the home for native fish and a variety of birds and amphibians. Don’t miss the Royal Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre, Hendrie Park, the Morrison Woodland Garden, the Lily Collection, the Medicinal Garden, and Laking Garden, home to the RBG’s herbaceous perennial collections.


Itinerary Highlights

  • Suggested Itinerary: 2 days, 1 night
  • Trails Included: Bruce Trail, Rockcliffe Side Trail, Grindstone Marsh Trail
  • Trail Types: groomed trails, semi-groomed trails, steps and stairs, packed earth, road pavement, boardwalk
  • Waterfalls Included: Great Falls, Grindstone Cascade
  • Points of Interest: Niagara Escarpment, Royal Botanical Gardens

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Niagara Escarpment Waterfall Trip Series

Courtesy of its location along the Niagara Escarpment, a landmark ridge that runs through Southern Ontario, Hamilton and its environs are home to over 100 waterfalls. Hikers have endless options for single and multi-day hikes that put these stunners front and centre. If you’d like to explore more of these natural works of art, we’ve got a series of Niagara Escarpment waterfall trip itineraries to guide you in your discovery:

For more trip ideas featuring the waterfalls of Hamilton Halton Brant click here, and visit Tourism Hamilton’s Waterfall Guides on their website.

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February 8 - March 19

Nichola Feldman-Kiss: Scapegoat

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Pay what you can, if you can, with a suggested donation of $2.00.

February 11 - 13

Chiefswood’s Greatest Love Exhibit

Chiefswood National Historic Site

PO Box1037 Highway 54, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

March 23 - 30

Garden Bones (Virtual)

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Wednesdays, March 23 & 30; 6 to 9 p.m.

Now thru February 21

Winter Wagon Rides

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

$6.50+HST, Child under 1 FREE (park admission extra) 10:30am - 6:30pm *Please note: In the...

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Harmony Square Downtown – Outdoor Ice Rink

Harmony Square District

89 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 3B1

10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

February 26

Capturing Winter Scenes

Royal Botanical Gardens

16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H9

January 30 - May 29

Hamilton Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

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Tastings at Tall Post Craft Cidery

Tall Post Craft Cider Company

1170 Hendershot Rd, Hannon, ON L0R 1P0, Canada

Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Closed Sundays.

February 4 - 7

Valentine’s Day Heart Hand Warmers – Follow Along Video

173 Colborne St, Brantford, ON N3T 2G8

February 16 - March 30

Artful Moments: Art By Phone for Persons with Low Vision

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Wednesdays, 1 pm – 2:30 pm. Registration Deadline: February 6.

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

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