There are several access areas on the escarpment where you can experience
the unique nature of this habitat. The following are just a few
that are in or near the Hamilton area (listed from south to north).
You will find the Hamilton Naturalists' Club's Guide 'Naturally
Hamilton' to be a useful tool in your exploration of these sites.
See also Waterfalls
in the City of Hamilton
Memorial Conservation Area, near Grimsby, is managed by the
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and is a designated
HawkWatch site with majestic views from the escarpment ridge.
From Hamilton take Hwy 20, turn onto Ridge Rd and go east 15km.
Continue past Wolverton Rd 2km, and turn left onto Quarry Rd.
Go 100 metres to the entrance to Beamer.
Albion Conservation Area, located at the head of the Red Hill
Valley in Hamilton, and managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority,
is notable for the beautiful Albion and Buttermilk Falls. It can
be accessed from either the Chippawa/Escarpment Rail Trails, or
from the Red Hill Valley/King's Forest: park off Mud St west of
Hwy 20. Nearby along the escarpment are also Felker's Falls and
the Devil's Punch Bowl.
Dundas Valley (HCA), is a deep-cut valley along the escarpment,
and contains a 1,200 hectare natural Carolinian area which includes
the The Dundas Valley Conservation Area itself plus the Governer's
Road Conservation Area. Enter off Governer's Rd in Dundas for
the main valley area. Tiffany's Falls is located off Hwy 2, and
Borer's Falls off Rock Chapel Rd, west of Hwy 6.
Falls & Tews Falls/Spencer Gorge, Flamborough: Connected
by the Bruce Trail, Webster's Falls is one of the regions' largest
waterfalls and a must-see., from the top or bottom (access is
at the end of Short Rd off Harvest Rd) and Tews Falls, with Spencer
Gorge at its base is spectacular (on Harvest Rd).
north of Burlington, is managed by Conservation Halton, and contains
one of the best examples of cliff ecosystems on the escarpment.
Access from Hwy 1 (Guelph Line). Other Halton conservation areas
on the escarpment worth visiting include Rattlesnake Point, Crawford
Lake and Hilton Falls
Habitats of Hamilton and Halton © Hamilton Naturalists' Club