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Lower Tews Falls

 

Hopkins Ravine
Hopkins Ravine postcard from 1906. Courtesy of Joe Hollick. Click to enlarge.

Lower Tews Falls is located on Logie's Creek in the Spencer watershed, about 200 metres downstream of Tews Falls. It is a twin curtain falls measuring 3.7 metres (12 feet) in height and 6.7 metres (22 feet) in width.

History

Joe Hollick has a postcard of Lower Tews Falls dated 1906, and at that time it was called Hopkins Ravine. The reason for this particular name was that the Hopkins family owned the property at that time. A few years later the Tews family acquired the property, and it's name was changed.

What amazed Joe was that over 100 years ago, a photographer had to somehow get to this site with a camera and tripod when there was no trail, yet he did it. Another impressive fact connected to this postcard is that it proves waterfalls in Hamilton were popular, as Lower Tews Falls was one of Hamilton's smaller falls. Many of Hamilton's waterfalls made it to postcards at that time. Today you have to look very hard to find a postcard showing even one waterfall in Hamilton!

How to get there

For anyone wishing to go to the base of Tews Falls, Ferguson Falls, or Lower Tews Falls, the trail in from the train tracks is now marked with yellow paint. Park at the bottom of Hwy 8 (King Street) on Woodley Lane in Dundas at the train bridge.

Follow the old Bruce Trail up the stairs, crossing the tracks and turn right and continue beside the tracks uphill till you come to the first marked tree on your right. Take extra care crossing the tracks and do NOT walk on the tracks as there has been an accident here before. Turn left into the forest on the path, and keep the marked trees on your right till you come to the campsite. Lower Tews is just below it to the left.

The trail is not marked between Lower Tews and Tews because all you have to do is keep Logies Creek on your left as you are heading upstream towards Tews. At no point do you have to get your feet wet on this route. Watch for Ferguson Falls on your right as you head towards Tews. It looks quite nice when it is covered in ice or flowing after a storm.

On your return trip you can bypass Lower Tews by climbing over the hill to get back to the campsite and onto the trail. The return trail is also marked on the trees, again keeping the marked trees on your right.

Please note this walk is not for everyone as you will have to scramble over some downed trees and climb some hills as well.

Expect this hike to take about 3 hours round trip including stopping for photos.

Lower Tews Falls
Lower Tews Falls. Photo by Dan Court. Click to enlarge
Lower Tews Falls
Lower Tews Falls. Photo by Caroline Nutter. Click to enlarge.
Lower Tews Falls
Lower Tews Falls in summer. Photo courtesy of Joe Hollick. Click to enlarge

 

 

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