INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HAMILTON
Niagara Falls might be the most visited waterfalls in North America but the true ‘Waterfall Capital’ of the world lies 50 miles to the west, in the Canadian city of Hamilton. Situated in the heart of the most highly industrialised region of the country, Hamilton is also a place of great natural beauty. Its most famous natural feature are its waterfalls.
Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls, one of the highest in any urban area of its size.
The abundance in waterfalls is due to the city’s location along the Niagara Escarpment, an arcshaped ridge that passes through the middle of the city as it runs from New York, through Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Any river, creek or stream that flows towards the Great Lakes over the Niagara Escarpment results in one or more waterfalls.
Typical of a large industrial city focused on making steel, Hamilton’s waterfalls went largely unnoticed by its half million residents until 2008, when Chris Ecklund, a Hamilton native, founded the City of Waterfalls, a non-profit initiative aimed at promoting the city’s cascades.
The locals knew about some of the city’s larger falls and visited them on the weekends as swimming holes and picnic sites, but nobody knew the true extent of Hamilton’s watery asset.
Even today, nobody can give a true count of Hamilton’s waterfalls. Ecklund’s website mentions by name some 130 waterfalls, but some sources claim figures as high as 150-plus.
The uncertainty could be due to the fact that only about 50-60 of the waterfalls flow year round, so the count could vary depending on the season of the year. Then, some waterfalls are on private property whose count might have or have not been accounted for.
Furthermore, many waterfalls in central Hamilton has slowly been vanishing with the rise in population and construction.