It’s summertime, we’ve been cooped up in the house and sometimes we want, nay, need a break from the city. Don’t get us wrong, we love our concrete jungle. But there’s really nothing that compares to an afternoon spent hiking and admiring beautiful waterfalls. Lucky for us, there are tons of waterfalls within driving distance of Toronto.
Whether you want a full-on hiking experience or just a little glimpse at nature, there’s something on this list for you. So hop in that car and hit the road, these waterfalls are calling your name.
Here are 13 of the most stunning waterfalls to explore near Toronto.
This waterfall (quite obviously) gets its name from its super unique shape, as it looks like a massive punch bowl carved into the ground. It’s a seriously stunning sight to see in person. And that’s why we recommend adding it to your bucket list of waterfalls to hit.
Where: Ridge Road, Stoney Creek, Ontario
If you’re looking for a great hike, stunning view, and some waterfalls then Beamer Falls is for you. What’s also extra cool about this hike is that it has three wheelchair-accessible viewing platforms. You’ll come for the sweet hike and stay for the gentle rolling waterfall and amazing views. Oh, and it has the oldest forested ecosystem in eastern North America!
Where: Grimsby, Ontario
Rumour has it you can even swim in the little pool at the bottom of these incredible falls. The waterfall stands at 18 metres high and its gorgeous flow moves all year long. So pack a bathing suit and hike up to this unbelievable spot for stunning views and an unforgettable summer swim.
Where: 474- 1G7, 480 Scenic Dr, Hamilton, Ontario
This Hamilton spot is a classic for waterfall enthusiasts, how can you say no to those picturesque falls? You can stop by here for stunning views of the 22 metre curtain falls and it’s not far from the gorgeous Dundas Valley. So we recommend adding a little hike to your afternoon here.
Where: Webster Falls, Hamilton, Ontario
So this one is technically a “cascade” not a waterfall but we’re including it because it’s beautiful and also because it’s located within a bird sanctuary. So you can have your cake and eat it too at this spot, see some beautiful falls and also some wild birds. Doesn’t get much better than that if you ask us.
Where: Hamilton, Ontario
This one’s another Hamilton location. It is the city of waterfalls after all! When you hit up Borer’s Falls, you can expect a 15 metre-high beautiful stream. Fun fact, it used to be used to power a sawmill. The mill is no longer in use, but now you can explore the scenic botanical gardens on your next visit. So we think that’s a win.
Where: Borer’s Falls, Hamilton, Ontario
These gorgeous falls are off of Canterbury Creek and are a whopping 9.5 metres high. The falls are flowing all year round, but as per usual, we’d recommend sneaking a summer trip in to see them in their full glory. Plus, you can explore some seriously stunning scenery when you visit this amazing spot.
Where: 3J3, Bruce Trail, Ancaster, Ontario
This stunner waterfall is a 17 metre high curtain that you don’t wanna miss. It’s super close to two other falls on this list, the Canterbury Falls and Tiffany Falls. So you can hit all three while you’re in the area! Might as well bring some snacks and make a whole day out of it.
Where: Sherman Falls, Old Dundas Rd, Hamilton
This cascading waterfall is one of the most popular in the province. It’s almost as wide as it is tall, measuring in at 18 metres by 19 metres. Plus it comes with a gorgeous scenic hike through nature. Seriously, this is the place to pack a picnic and make a day of.
Where: 763-767 Mountain Brow Blvd, Hamilton, Ontario
This gorgeous spot is close to both the Canterbury Falls and the Sherman Falls. So we recommend hitting all three in one day. It’s part of a massive conservation area that is ripe for exploring. We’re big fans of this one’s bowl formation as it allows you to get up close and personal with the falls, just don’t slip.
Where: 900 Wilson St E, Ancaster, Ontario
Stop by these smaller falls on your way to Niagara for a more quaint and quiet experience. They’re surrounded by gorgeous scenery that makes for a beautiful hike. Plus, they’ll give you the distance you’ve been craving from all that city hustle and bustle.
Where: 2714 Decew Rd, St Catherines, Ontario
Rockway Falls will rock your world when you pay them an afternoon visit. They’re a whopping 19.5 metres in height. Plus, they’re super close to our next list item, Ball’s Falls. Do we see a two for one afternoon in your future? Yes, we do.
Where: 2021 Pelham Rd, Lincoln, Ontario
Yea we know this one has a funny name but once we all get past that, it’s actually a super pretty spot! First of all, it’s super close to Rockway Falls. So you can probably squeeze in both on the same day. And secondly, its rushing waters and surrounding foliage is truly a sight to be seen.
Where: 317 Dundas St W
Get out there, grab that camera, and hit the road. You’ve got some incredible waterfalls near Toronto to take in. Be safe and happy exploring!