Lower Tews Falls
Hopkins Ravine postcard from 1906. Courtesy of Joe Hollick. Click to
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.
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
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
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. Photo by Dan Court. Click to enlarge
Lower Tews Falls. Photo by Caroline Nutter. Click to enlarge.
Lower Tews Falls in summer. Photo courtesy of Joe Hollick. Click to enlarge
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