Being interested in the local geology and desirous of a little trip this morning, Maggie, Chester and I headed southwards from our Guelph home toward Hamilton and the famous Webster’s Falls.
I recall my first discovery of this feature some years ago when I had visited the nearby town of Dundas – looking for the infamous “Satan Tunnels”. I had been speaking to the lighthouse keeper at the mouth of the Hamilton Harbour. He had told me of a memory from his youth, tunnels leading into the clifface above Dundas – crowded with abandoned quarrying machinery and on one ocassion where he saw satanists sacrificing a goat.
Scouring along the clifface I had followed up a gorge which eventually branched, one arm following up Logie’s Creek to Tews Falls and the other up Spencer Creek to Webster’s Falls.
Webster’s Falls (as pictured above) displays an interesting crossection of the local geology. As can be seen it is a two tier’d falls, the step being marked by the resistant blue-grey limestone of the Irondequoit Formation. Though here it is but a narrow ledge that crops out, Balls Falls, some 30 minutes drive along the escarpment edge displays the ledge as two distinct waterfalls, several hundred metres apart – Upper and Lower Balls Falls.