Tews Falls

Spencer Gorge / Dundas / Waterdown, Ontario, Canada

About Tews Falls


Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2013-10-13
Date last visited: 2013-10-13

Waterfall Latitude: 43.28062
Waterfall Longitude: -79.97827

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Tews Falls was a very attractive plunge waterfall dropping about 41m (said to be the tallest in Southern Ontario besides Niagara Falls).

Although we’ve seen in the literature that this waterfall tended to have lower flow given its tiny watershed, we happened to see it in a pleasantly wider and more full state.

Tews_Falls_024_10132013 - Tews Falls
Tews Falls

We suspect that its flow might have been rejuvenated from the rains of the previous night and early morning prior to our visit.

Meanwhile, beautiful October Autumn colors adorned the cliff near the top of the falls which made the scene more vibrant.

So given all these circumstances around our visit, we also thought of Tews Falls as one of the better waterfalls around the Hamilton area.

Visiting Tews Falls

Visiting Tews Falls was literally a breeze as we walked from its nearest car park (see directions below) along a short path to its overlook.

Tews_Falls_005_10132013 - The short walk to the overlook of Tews Falls involved crossing over East Spencer Creek (or Logie's Creek)
The short walk to the overlook of Tews Falls involved crossing over East Spencer Creek (or Logie’s Creek)

This short path went past the Webster’s Falls side trail before going past a bridge over East Spencer Creek.

After going past a junction with the Dundas Peak Trail, we ultimately arrived at a lookout affording us the view you see at the top of this page.

The walk only took us less than 5 minutes round trip.

In fact, we easily spent most of our 25 minutes away from the car simply taking waterfall photos as well as basking in the view downstream towards the Greater Hamilton area.

Tews_Falls_026_10132013 - Context of the lookout area for Tews Falls
Context of the lookout area for Tews Falls

That view hinted at what our view might have been like had we summited Dundas Peak at the end of one of the side trails we didn’t do.

Once A Niagara-like Waterfall?

Contrasting our observations of Tews Falls’ relatively light flow, a sign here suggested that this waterfall was once as large as the Horseshoe Falls segment of Niagara Falls.

Indeed, the explanation of Spencer Gorge’s depth and curved bowl-like depression was that Logie Creek was once a much larger watercourse.

Typically, you get that horseshoe shape at the brinks of wide and powerful waterfalls, and that was the prevailing theory behind Spencer Gorge’s shape.

Websters_Falls_017_10132013 - Nearby Webster's Falls was also part of the same conservation area, especially since Tews Falls seemed to have a shared history with it
Nearby Webster’s Falls was also part of the same conservation area, especially since Tews Falls seemed to have a shared history with it

These days, the Spencer Gorge was now a Y-shaped gorge where the East Spencer Creek was what was left of this ancient flow.

Meanwhile, most of the rest of the gorge and Spencer Creek’s volume occurred at the nearby Webster’s Falls.

It was possible to extend an excursion to Tews Falls by going on the 4.5km Webster’s Falls Side Trail, which connected the two falls.

Of course, we didn’t do that because there was an even shorter path from a separate parking lot, which we detail in our Webster’s Falls write-up.

Tew Falls and the HCA

There was a per-vehicle fee of $10 for our visit in October 2013.

Tews_Falls_017_10132013 - Looking downstream from the lookout for Tews Falls
Looking downstream from the lookout for Tews Falls

However, this fee also covered the car park for Webster’s Falls so we didn’t have to pay a second time to go over there.

Proceeds from this fee went towards the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) which seemed to be the entity responsible for most of the restoration and conservation work pertaining to the many waterfalls in and around the City of Hamilton.

Unlike many of the other waterfalls we encountered in both the Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe areas, the view of Tews Falls was best seen from the official viewing deck.

Access to its steep gorge to improve the view was not necessary, especially given the danger involved in going down there.

Authorities

Tews Falls resides in the Spencer Gorge / Webster’s Falls Conservation Area in the City of Hamilton in the province of Ontario, Canada. It is administered by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Tews_Falls_004_10132013 - The well-established walkway leaving the car park and heading towards Tews Falls
Tews_Falls_007_10132013 - After the trail junction with the Dundas Peak Trail, we then followed some fencing leading to the viewing platform for Tews Falls
Tews_Falls_011_10132013 - Looking towards the beautiful Autumn colors adorning the top of the Tews Falls

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To drive to Tews Falls from Hamilton, there are a couple of ways to get to the Hwy 6 north exit leading towards the town of Dundas, where Tews Falls can be found.

The first driving route from Hamilton to Dundas

The first way would be to take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) along the shores of Lake Ontario towards its junction with Hwy 403 west.

This would bypass the City of Hamilton on its east side.

Once on the Hwy 403 East, we’d continue for about 7km then take the Hwy 6 north exit.

The second driving route from Hamilton to Dundas

The other way would be to take the Hwy 6 north from western downtown Hamilton from one of its many onramps.

Then, we’d continue towards the Hwy 6 north exit, leaving the highway’s transition into becoming Hwy 403 east.

The Hwy 6 north exit leaves the freeway, which continues north for just under 3km towards its intersection with Hwy 5.

Continuing to the Tews Falls Parking Area

We’d then turn left onto Hwy 5 and continue for about 5.4km towards Ofield Rd.

Turning left onto Ofield Rd, we then continued for about 1.5km turning right onto Harvest Rd.

Tews_Falls_001_10132013 - Parking for Tews Falls
Parking for Tews Falls

After just under 400m on Harvest Rd, the well-signed car park for the Tews Falls section of the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area was on the left.

The best place to park was at the part of the lot nearest to Harvest Rd.

There was more parking past the fee collection kiosk, but that would mean you’d have to walk along either the Webster’s Falls Side Trail or towards the lot by Harvest Rd to get back to the short trail to Tews Falls.

We also could have come to the car park from Webster’s Falls.

See that page for directions for its waterfall.

However, at the intersection of Harvest Rd and Short Rd, we’d continue east on Harvest Rd for another 400m or so towards the Tews Falls car park on the right.

For context, Hamilton was 70km (an hour drive) southwest of Toronto, 73km (under an hour drive) west of Niagara Falls, and 309km (over 3 hours drive) east of Detroit, Michigan.

Looking up and down the falls before briefly sweeping to the left and the gorge

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