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Chasing Light at Canterbury Falls

February 21, 2017

The hike to Canterbury Falls is one of my favourites in the autumn. If you arrive early, you’ll find yourself walking through a sea of gold as morning sunbeams shine through the forest canopy, illuminating a valley of fall colours.

It’s been a funny winter in Ontario, so we’ve been privy to a brown leafy landscape all February. On this spring like day (10 degrees!), we ventured out for a trek in the valley and were delighted to find Canterbury falls (often a tiny ribbon) in full cascade with the melting snow. The bright moss reminds me of a land where gnomes may live, and I forget we are in dreary winter. Spring is coming!


Location Notes: Canterbury Falls is located in Dundas Valley on a stretch of the Bruce Trail peppered by many waterfalls (Little Canterbury, Hermitage Falls). We used to access it via Sherman Falls, but connecting segment of the Bruce is now private property. Alternate access begins at the Dundas Valley Trail Centre. Take the east side of the Main Loop, continue south and look for signs for the Bruce Trail Merrick Side Trail which will take you to Canterbury Falls. This is a short segment of the 14km Dundas Valley Waterfall Hike, courtesy of Toronto Hiking.

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