We’ve been spending far too much time in the city lately and sometimes we want, nay, need a break from the hustle and bustle. Don’t get us wrong, we love our concrete jungle, but nothing compares to an afternoon spent hiking and admiring beautiful waterfalls. Fall is almost here and it’s the perfect time to experience the outdoors! There are tons of waterfalls in Ontario that are ideal for a day trip.
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 cascading waters are calling your name.
Here are 15 of the most stunning waterfalls to explore near Toronto this fall.
Standing tall at a whopping 40 meters, Kakabeka Falls is the second-highest waterfall in Ontario.
Yes, that makes it the second highest after Niagara Falls.
To get the most out of your visit, make sure to take a stroll along the boardwalk that wraps around the top of the falls.
Trust us, the views from up there are absolutely jaw-dropping.
Where: Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, Ontario
Ontario is home to a few spectacular suspension bridges, but this one is in a league of its own. The White River Suspension Bridge Trail crosses a rushing waterfall!
You need to embark on an 18-kilometre trek and eventually cross the White River Suspension Bridge.
This swaying bridge soars 23 metres above the powerful Chigamiwinigum Falls, providing jaw-dropping views as you cross.
Where: Pukaskwa National Park, Heron Bay, Ontario
The real draw is without a doubt the falls at this park. Kap-Kig-Iwan has an incredible hike that takes you right up close to them.
The Hell’s Gate trail might sound scary from its name, but this easy path along the Englehart River is the hike to do if you want to see some incredible waterfall views.
You will see multiple waterfalls along this trail that are connected by rapids.
Where: Kap-Kig-Iwan Road, Englehart, Ontario
If you’re looking for a great hike, stunning views, and some waterfalls then Beamers 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
This waterfall stands at a soaring 18 metres high and its gorgeous flow moves all year long. So pack your camera and hike up to this unbelievable spot for stunning views and unforgettable memories.
Where: 474- 1G7, 480 Scenic Drive, 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
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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 Canterbury Creek and are a whopping 9.5 metres high.
The terraced ribbon 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 Road, Hamilton
This cascading waterfall is one of the most popular in the province. It’s almost as wide as it is tall, measuring 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 Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario
This gorgeous spot is close to both Canterbury Falls and 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 provides a unique panoramic view that makes for some great photo-taking.
Where: 900 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ontario
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This tall and narrow waterfall tumbles 41 metres down into the valley below. In the summer, the cascading water against the lush green valley is truly a sight to behold.
The falls mark the beginning of the hike to Dundas Peak and are one of many majestic falls in the Hamilton and Dundas area.
Where: 581 Harvest Road, Dundas
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 Road, Lincoln, Ontario
Yeah, we know this one has a funny name but once we all get past that, it’s actually an incredible spot to visit!
First of all, you can hike here from 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: 3292 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln
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!