Hiking the Bruce Trail & the Dundas Valley

Yesterday Nick and I decided to do a five hour hike along the Bruce Trail and through the Dundas Valley. Before yesterday, I didn’t even know that the Dundas Valley existed. We found three waterfalls, a pack of deer, met lots of people, I fell flat on my face and smashed up my knee, and we got lost. It was awesome.

We parked at Tiffany’s Falls, which is along Wilson St. E in Dundas. I recommend going early to ensure a parking spot and also remember that it is paid parking so you’ll need to bring change or a credit card. I think it was $10.00 for a whole day or $2.00 for an hour. Tiffany’s Falls is only a five minute walk along a trail from where you park your car and it is pretty beautiful. There is a big Pine tree that is growing out over top of it and its a nice place for photos. Luckily we went early and there was no one else there yet, which is always a bonus when you want to enjoy something in peace and get some nice pictures.

On the trail to Tiffany Falls

On the trail to Tiffany’s Falls

At Tiffany Falls

At Tiffany’s Falls

Tiffany Falls

Tiffany’s Falls

Tiffany Falls

Tiffany’s Falls

After spending some time gazing at Tiffany’s Falls we decided we had better continue on our journey since we had a lot of ground to cover before the end of the day. We walked back to where we parked the car and then crossed Wilson St. E into a little opening off of the road, which was the Bruce Trail. We hiked the Bruce Trail to another street and crossed over to Sherman Falls.

Bruce Trail

Bruce Trail

Bruce Trail

Bruce Trail

Once we got to Sherman Falls, we stopped again to take more photos of course. There weren’t many people when we got there but within ten minutes it was getting busy. This waterfall was just as nice as Tiffany’s Falls and pretty much right off the side of the road.

Gazing at Sherman Falls

Gazing at Sherman Falls

After Sherman Falls we hiked the Bruce Trail up to Canterbury Falls and stopped to have some lunch. On our way there we passed a big house with a big yard and there were about ten deer grazing in a field. We walked as close as we could without scaring them and continued on our way. We stopped to take photos on some cool big moss covered rocks and when we were done I was trying to figure out how to get down. I tried to jump to another rock and landed right on my face and knee. Nick just looked at me and I said, “I don’t think I am okay” but I was definitely fine. I just had a little cut on my lip and my knee was scraped in four spots but wasn’t bleeding thankfully. The picture was still worth it.

Canterbury Falls

Canterbury Falls

On the moss rocks

On the moss rocks

This is where the Bruce Trail connects to The Heritage Trail and then to the Main Loop. The Main Loop is pretty and has some old ruins from the 1800’s called The Hermitage. The Main Loop is also where we got lost. We were hiking on the trail and then all of the sudden the trail just ended… we kept hiking off of the trail and Nick made me risk my life scaling down a steep loose muddy hill (really loose mud). We made it to the bottom and walked along Sulpher Creek. We had no idea where we were for a while until we came across some cyclists who gave use directions back to a main path. We ended up finding a field and then a road, which spit us back out to where we first came from at Sherman Falls and the Bruce Trail… thankfully! We got back on the Bruce Trail and hiked back to Tiffany Falls where we started. By the time we got back it was 4:30PM and it was crazy busy. There were tons of cars parked all along the road and tons of people at the waterfall.

I definitely recommend doing this hike because it was a good workout and the scenery was epic. Even if you do get lost, you’re never really lost as long as you follow the creek and you can still hear cars in the distance and see houses (I should give Nick credit for saying that – I was freaking out the whole time telling him we were going to be stuck in the woods all night long). If you’re planning on going for as long as we went, you should start around 11:00-11:30AM so you’re done around 4:30-5:00PM.

Enjoy!

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The map we followed - from Hamilton Conservation

The map we followed – from Hamilton Conservation

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3 thoughts on “Hiking the Bruce Trail & the Dundas Valley

    • Yes this is Canada! It’s really nice going for hikes around where I live because there are tons of trails and waterfalls however… I wish I lived out west in British Columbia with the mountains and oceans. Also, if you’re from Australia you’re pretty lucky too. It’s so gorgeous there!

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