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Great Falls

Great Falls, also known as Grindstone Falls, has a height of 10m or 33 feet, and a crest width of 5m or 16 feet. It is located on the Grindstone Creek in Waterdown section of Hamilton just off Mill Street, and has year round flow. A viewing platform has been built beside the waterfall as well as a parking lot.

History

This area, known as Smokey Hollow, was once heavily industrial, as the Grindstone Creek was a power source for a sawmill at the base of Great Falls, as well as other mills that appeared over the years. By 1912, however, the mills had all closed, as the water level in Grindstone Creek had gone down and the steam engines that propelled the waterpower were acknowledged to be too dangerous. Today, thanks to a rehabilitation program implemented by Waterdown residents, the locality is a beautiful and well-kept park.

Great Falls is one of thirteen Hamilton area waterfalls to be featured regularly on postcards. it waterfall has also appeared on the three Joe Hollick posters titled "WATERFALLS OF HAMILTON" "SEASONS", "AUTUMN" and "SPRING". On the Seasons and the Autumn posters, it was called " Grindstone Falls" and on the Spring poster it was called " Great Falls".

How to get there

To reach Great Falls by car, drive along the 403 toward Toronto, exiting on Hwy 6 North. You will then exit on Hwy 5 North (Dundas Street East). Head east, then turn right on Mill Street. Keep driving until you come to Smokey Hollow Park on the right. Great Falls is close to the parking lot.

To reach the waterfall by walking trail, you can take the Waterdown section of the Bruce Trail.

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Great Falls
Great Falls
Photo by Ralf Nowak. Click to enlarge
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Great Falls aka Waterdown Fall in a 1909 postcard
courtesy of Joe Hollick. Click to enlarge
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Great Falls
Photo by Robert Rice. Click to enlarge
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Great Falls in Winter. Photo by Joe Hollick . Click to enlarge
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Great Falls in Winter. Photo by Ray Riddell. Click to enlarge
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Great Falls in Winter. Photo by Ray Riddell. Click to enlarge
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Great Falls in winter. Photo by Caroline Nutter. Click to enlarge.
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Great Falls in frozen silence. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
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Great Falls in frozen silence. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
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Great Falls in winter. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
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Great Falls. Photo by Deb Cole. Click to enlarge.
Great Falls
Great Falls. Photo by Deb Cole. Click to enlarge.
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Great Falls in winter. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
Great Falls
Great Falls in winter. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
Great Falls
Great Falls in winter. Photo by Chris Ecklund. Click to enlarge.
 

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