It's been a long and dark winter.
The forecast for this past weekend spun like a roulette wheel. Rain, sun, rain, snow, rain..SUN!
Gas prices being what they are, "left-right tours" are not advisable. So the idea was to pick somewhere with a lot of sights in proximity. Niagara is always at the top of that list...except we're two of the few people who recognize and care that covid didn't just get up and flounce out the door. A large number of people who feel otherwise swarmed over Niagara yesterday, so we didn't/
Instead we drove to Hamilton. "The Hammer"'s official nickname is "The Ambitious City" (and it is that: real estate there is actually more expensive than in Toronto as of this writing. It's also known as the Pittsburgh of Canada, and has deep working class roots. But the nickname that has drawn us today: The City of Waterfalls.
It comes by that nickname honestly. Hamilton has over 100 waterfalls within city limits, with many more in the immediate surrounding area. Most are tiny cataracts, but there are several seriously impressive cascades.
First up: Tiffany Falls. 21m (68 ft) tall. This is a short and easy hike (10 minutes or so and suitable for people of all ages) over some bridges criss-crossing a stream:
before you walk around a corner and behold this:
Without a drone, it's hard to do justice to this place. The valley you're in feels considerably deeper than it is. These falls apparently roar in early Spring. What we saw was a hypnotic mix of power and delicacy.
Parking is $7.50 and it's money well spent.
Next: Felker's Falls.
The foliage mostly obscured this one, which is a pity as it's actually a meter taller than Tiffany. The flow was weaker, too. On the plus side, this one is free to access (and even easier than Tiffany).: