The Hamilton area is blessed with an abundance of easily accessible waterfalls and is host to many visitors throughout the summer who come to take pictures and enjoy the natural beauty.Although visited by many in the summer months, these waterfalls become much less frequently visited in the fall and winter months.
In my opinion, this becomes an ideal time to explore as the area takes on a whole different feel during these seasons.Taking advantage of a mild fall day, I recently headed out, with kids and dog in tow, to explore Ancaster's Sherman Falls. This waterfall is named after the Sherman family, who had a farm in that area. The Sherman’s are a well known name in the Hamilton area, as Clifton Sherman founded Dofasco Inc. in 1912.
Easy to get to, the trail starts right where Old Ancaster Road meets Lions Club Road in Ancaster and meanders over reasonably easy terrain for the short distance to the base of these falls. It is somewhat amazing that although it is located just a short hike away from the road and is fairly large in size, many people pass by this hidden treasure without ever knowing of its existence.There is a wooden bridge that crosses the stream right near the base of the falls that presents a great vantage point for photo taking.
Sherman Falls is a 17 metre (56 foot) multi tier waterfall surrounded by rugged limestone, mossy rock and natural forest. It has two cascading drops with a wide flat ledge that divide the upper and lower falls. This stunning waterfall, also known as Fairy Falls or Angel Falls is absolutely beautiful in the summer but in my opinion is great to visit all year.
An easy hike, consider Sherman Falls when looking for a place to day hike or to take amazing pictures.
The following pictures were taken on a hike earlier this year accompanied by friend and photographer, Vasily Ryabov.