Advance reservations for Hamilton fall colour season in Dundas Peak, Tew Falls and Webster Falls open soon


Published September 12, 2022 at 3:05 pm

No matter how much you adore autumn, you will soon need to have an advance reservation in order to take in the fall foliage at Spencer Gorge in Hamilton.

Advance reservations to visit Spencer George Conservation Area, which includes Dundas Peak, Tew Falls and Webster Falls, will begin on Saturday (Sept. 17). The Hamilton Conservation Authority says this is necessary due to to “overwheming popularity” of the area that includes Dundas Peak, Tew Falls and Webster Falls. The online reservation system began in 2020, when major COVID-19 health protections were in place before vaccines were available.

Reservations are available in two-hour blocks, and separate advance reservations are required for each area.

“(This is) so that visitors will choose either the Dundas Peak and Tew Falls hike experience, or the Webster Falls hike experience,” HCA says.

Admission fees are $10.50 per car and $5 per passenger, plus a $10 reservation fee. HCA membership pass holders will receive free admission, but must pay the reservation fee to book. The reservation portal is at

“Reservations are rain or shine and must be made online in advance,” HCA adds. “Visitors without an advance reservation will not be permitted entry. No walk-up or drive-up entry will be admitted without an advance reservation.”

Guidelines and measures posted onsite include:

  • Follow directional arrows on loop trails
  • Remain on marked trails
  • Stay behind fences and barriers
  • Pets must be leashed at all times
  • Pack out what you pack in, do not litter
  • No drones are permitted

City of Hamilton bylaw officers will be patrolling the neighbourhoods surrounding the areas to enforce parking restrictions, including tow-away zones, HCA adds. Parking tickets in those enforcement areas carry a $250 fine.

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