Sometimes, the path less travelled leads to magical sights. So, if you’re ready for a summer full of new adventures, you need to check out these hidden waterfalls near Toronto that only locals know about. You’ll be falling in love with these spots in no time. 

We all know and adore the great Niagara Falls, but if you’ve been there and done that, then these lesser-known falls are just what you need to start your summer off with a splash. 

Ontario is home to some truly impressive cascading waters, but it’s not always easy to drive five to 10 hours just to discover these natural wonders.

Which is why we’ve rounded up five waterfalls that are all less than three and a half hours from the 6ix for an ideal day trip with your bestie. 

Of course, with any adventure, you will want to first check for updates on current safety conditions before heading out. 

It’s also worth noting at the time of writing, some conservation areas require reservations before showing up.

Now all that’s left is to queue up that iconic TLC track, grab your favourite person, and get ready to go chasing waterfalls. 

Rivers and lakes? Who needs 'em.

Rock Glen Falls

Price: $4 per person

Address: 8680 Rock Glen Rd., Arkona, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can hunt for fossils in the gorge at the base of this magical waterfall. Just be sure to stick to the designated trails and staircases for your safety. 


Jones Falls

Price: Free

Address: Owen Sound, ON

Why You Need To Go: Hidden within Pottawatomi Conservation Area, this is one section of the Niagara Escarpment that you won't want to miss. Who needs a tropical vaycay when you can visit waterfalls like this one right here in Ontario?


Hilton Falls Conservation Area

Price: $6.50

Address: 4985 Campbellville Rd., Burlington, ON

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous waterfall flows through old mill ruins and it's sure to take your breath away. Just remember to make a reservation before showing up and stick to the designated trails. 


Billy Monkley Cascade

Price: Free

Address: Mt. Albion Trail, Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This little gem looks like a natural staircase and the sounds of rushing water here are so calming.


Elora Gorge Falls

Price: Free

Address: 77 W. Mill St., Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located just behind the gorgeous Elora Mill you'll find this rushing waterfall. Talk about a small-town gem.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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