Oakville, Burlington Area Attractions - Webster’s Falls
A short drive from Oakville and Burlington, down Dundas Street and near the village of Greensville, lays an enchanting historical park known as Webster’s Falls.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, we decided to explore the section of the Bruce Trail that runs through there and were more than taken with the magnificent beauty that we found.
Webster’s Falls is known as a ‘curtain or plunge’ waterfall.
With a height of 22 m (72 feet) and a width of 30 m (98 feet), it is one of Canada’s most photographed waterfalls.
Located within the Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls Conservation Area of Hamilton, Ontario, Webster’s Falls is one of the prettiest areas along the Niagara Escarpment.
Webster Falls was originally known as Dr. Hamilton’s Falls after Dr. James Hamilton purchased the falls and surrounding land in 1818.
In 1820, Joseph Webster, upon arriving in the area from England, purchased the falls with 78 acres of land. He had a beautiful stone house built not far from the falls and the area became known as Webster’s Falls.
The stone manor stands to this day and the original cemetery of the Webster family can be seen along a trail that leads to the falls.
In 1933 the falls and grounds were made into a public park.
A beautiful cobblestone footbridge was built across Spencer Creek and visitors can still stand on this bridge and admire the lovely park today.
The park has picnic, shelter and washroom facilities and there are many trails with breathtaking views looking out over the Town of Dundas and the picturesque valley.
There is an old series of 122 steps leading down to the bottom of the falls where hikers used to be able to view Webster’s Falls from below. Unfortunately the stairs became too dangerous and the Conservation Authority closed them off to the public.
If you live in the Oakville or Burlington area or are coming to visit, make sure you plan to visit Webster’s Falls. Bring a picnic lunch and some good walking shoes.
Oh, and make sure to pack your camera. Webster’s Falls has some of the best photo opportunities you’ll find in the Oakville/Burlington/Hamilton area.