Day Trip: Insta Worthy Beauty Less Than 1 hr Away GTA
One of the many benefits to being new to a city is the 'pass' you get for acting like a tourist. Getting into nature at the end of the week is a must for us to reboot, refresh and disconnect so we are always looking for fun places to visit. Something we fondly like to refer to as a "staycation" – that feeling of "getting away" without actually going anywhere. We are happier, healthier and live longer when we up our doses of vitamin N (as in nature).
Less than 1 hour away from Toronto, Tew's Falls and Webster Falls are just what the doctor ordered. The minute you step out of the car it feels as though you have been transported into the middle of an English countryside oasis.
Talk about Insta worthy! In fact, View The Vibe Magazine named Tew's Falls and Webster Falls as one of the most Insta Worthy places to visit in Ontario (full disclosure, how we discovered it).
Tew's Falls towers at 41 metres, only a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls. It is almost hidden and has stunning views of the lush, green gorge below. An easy 1.5K walk takes you to Dundas Peak, which offers stunning panoramic views of the lush green gorge and a welcome breath of fresh air.
Not far from Tew's Falls / Dundas Peak is another gem, Webster Falls, a magnificent tiered waterfall, surrounded by large green grass/gardens. Although the HCA website advises against it, we all agreed it is a perfect spot for a picnic. We were also told that at one point you could swim in the falls. PS - Don't! Due to safety issues they have restricted that and one look at Webster Falls and you will understand why!
The parking lot to both falls is CLOSED on weekends and holidays, so here are a few tips before you head out to dose up on your Vitamin N:
- There are shuttles that run every 15 mins to and from the falls from Mizener’s Antiques and Fleamarket (367 Highway 5 West in Dundas). Shuttles run from 10am to 6:30pm allowing you to take as much time as you like at each location.
- There is a $10 per car parking fee (cash only) and $5 per person admission fee (children under 5 are free).
- Bring your own water and food. And don't leave anything in the conservation area, please!
- Make sure to visit Big Scoops Ice Cream truck (cash only) at Mizener's Antiques and Fleamarket. They live up to their name "Big Scoops" and the ice-cream is deeeelish!
- There are port-a-poties at the falls and parking lot.
You can find more info on the falls, parking, directions etc here.