6,000 acres in the heart of Canada’s 5th largest city with more than 3000 acres controlled by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. Simply beautiful:
When considering the Dundas Valley it is important to understand just how rare and unique it truly is. It is a vast and deciduous forest stretching from Southern Ontario to the Carolinas, known as the Carolinian Forest. This Carolinian Forest can be found nowhere else in Canada and accounts for only 1% of Canada’s geographical area but contains 1/3 of Canada’s endangered species. The Valley became home to the region’s first settlers: Ancaster in 1790 and Dundas in 1798. As part of the Niagara Escarpment, the Valley is an area which has taken 450 million years to evolve.
UNESCO has declared the Escarpment a world biosphere, putting it in the company of such incredible natural areas as the Serengeti, the Everglades, the Amazon Rain Forest and the Galapagos islands.
We hiked from marker 45.0 to 55.2 in magnificent weather. A cool plus 9; no bugs; very little mud and more friendly people than we encountered in all of last year. We saw our first butterfly:
Our first golfer:
We enjoyed Sherman Falls where Carol ignored the “no climbing sign”
We were amazed at the private property sign. It’s wonderful that private land owners allow access to their property but disappointing that such a magnificent area could be in private hands. Sherman Falls is 19 meters high and 8 meters wide:
Canterbury Falls is described as a “ribbon cascade” and is 9 meters high and 4 meters wide:
The sight and sound of waterfalls enrich our hiking experience immensely and those contained within the Dundas Valley did not disappoint.
We hiked a total of 19kms but of course can only count 15 (remember the 2 out and 2 back that were as a result of a wrong turn). Not bad for our first hike of the season and definitely left us wanting more!