Tiffany Falls in Winter is a Magical Frozen Wonderland

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

Transport yourself into a winter wonderland at Tiffany Falls.

It’s amazing how a waterfall transforms from season to season. In the city of waterfalls, the ones in Hamilton change their appearance between summer and winter. It’s hard to believe you’re stepping foot into the same place.

With 150 waterfalls to explore, you could spend a lifetime discovering every waterfall in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. And you should definitely hike to each of them at least once in the summer and once in the winter.

Tiffany Falls is no exception. In the summer, it’s a 21 metre high ribbon waterfall, with a gentle cascade of flowing water. In the winter, it’s a frozen, enchanting wonderland.

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Located just off the Bruce Trail and a small parking lot off Wilson Street in Ancaster, Ontario, it doesn’t take long to reach the falls. On the Tiffany Falls side trail, it’s only 360 metres from the parking lot to the waterfall. The trail crosses two short bridges and continues along a short path to the main attraction. It takes only about five minutes to reach Tiffany Falls by foot.

It’s a big reward for very little exercise, which usually isn’t always the case!

The parking lot isn’t very big and it might be difficult to find a parking spot as this natural marvel grows in popularity. If you do manage to snag a spot, it’s $2 an hour to leave your car there. You shouldn’t need any longer than an hour unless you plan to hike to other nearby waterfalls, like Sherman Falls.

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

TIFFANY FALLS IN WINTER

While Tiffany Falls can dry up in the summer months, you’re nearly guaranteed a glimpse of this frozen scene in the winter. In fact, the Hamilton Conservation Authority allows ice climbing here if you’re feeling adventurous. Ice climbers must take a class with OneAxe Pursuits or be a member of the Alpine Club of Canada to climb here.

For the rest of us, we can enjoy Tiffany Falls in winter from the base of the waterfall. This year, it’s completely frozen due to the unseasonably cold temperatures in southern Ontario.

There’s a wooden viewing platform for a higher vantage point, or feel free to walk right up to the waterfall itself. The ground is a sheet of ice. Be sure to wear proper footwear so you don’t slip.

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

PHOTO GALLERY OF TIFFANY FALLS

Here’s a collection of photos that I took at Tiffany Falls in winter. It’s fascinating how the water freezes into gigantic clumps of icicles. The waterfall could be covered in a light dusting of snow, depending on the weather. Some of the ice varies in colour. You’ll see shades of orange and blue. Edges of the escarpment peek out from behind the waterfall, topped with tall trees that miraculously grow out of solid rock.

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

 

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

 

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

 

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

 

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

 

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

 

WHEN TO GO

While this waterfall is a great place to hike all year long, the water flows the most during the spring as the ice thaws. And of course, it’s absolutely stunning during the wintertime. As soon as the temperature drops below the freezing mark, the waterfall freezes, too.

Tiffany Falls in winter is marvelous and totally Instagrammable. Grab your camera and your favourite hiking buddies to check out this beautiful natural wonder.

Check out more photos of Tiffany Falls. You can also purchase prints, housewares, canvas wall hangings, and more of this gorgeous place directly from my photography page.

Tiffany Falls in Winter - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Ancaster)

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14 Responses

  1. Paul
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    Great post! We love visiting falls all over Southern Ontario in the winter – awesome spots to explore. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Farenexus
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    This place is looking freaking awesome in these pictures.. wow what a great post .. must see destination in winter season..

  3. Jill
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    Beautiful! There’s just something about waterfalls in winter that make the cold trek to see them worthwhile!

  4. Julie
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    I love Canada but haven’t had the chance to see it covered in snow. Tiffany Falls looks like a lovely hike. Great photos of the frozen falls.

  5. Aleney
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    This is incredible. It looks beautiful at the best of times but those frozen falls are surreal. Definitely worth braving the elements to see.

  6. Fairuz
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    Wow! This place looks magical. Reminds me of ‘Frozen’, or maybe ‘Game of Thrones’. Your pics are amazing. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. Mimi & Mitch
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    No way! This look so wonderful, didn’t know it was in Ontario. Will have to check how long is actually a road trip from Montreal because if it is far might have to spend more days around Ontario then! Magical Canada!

  8. Punita Malhotra
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    The frozen falls give the impression that someone waved a magic wand and paused the water flow midway! You’re right, it does look like a wonderland 🙂 I have yet to see frozen falls face-to-face.

  9. Siddhartha Joshi
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    Tiffany falls are truly majestic, even more so in winters! I remember I once did a trek in Ladakh (India) and were rewarded by falls like these at the end of a week of walking in -15 degrees Celsius…it was all worth it 🙂

  10. Paige
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    This would be my husband’s dream. He’s a waterfall fanatic and I don’t believe he’s ever seen a frozen one. Nor have I for that matter. Tiffany Falls just looks like a winter wonderland. I would love to give ice-climbing a try as well!

  11. Cat
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    I remember seeing pictures of Tiffany Falls in the summer! I didn’t know it is accessible in winter as well. It really is a cool photo spot!

  12. Medha Verma
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    I have never seen a frozen lake or a frozen waterfall and this looks absolutely stunning! Just the pictures are making me feel cold. Haha. I can only imagine how much it must be freezing at this time when you visited and took these pictures. I am not much of a winter person but I’d definitely visit a frozen waterfall sometime. Tiffany Falls look perfect for a winter visit 🙂

  13. Kalyan Panja
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    Nice reading your adventures in tiffany falls. In winter it looks heavenly. Lovely captures too.

  14. Sam
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    Wow, the falls are so pretty in the snow and I bet they’re even more beautiful in the summer!

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