Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tiffany Falls is named after Doctor Oliver Tiffany who was the first medical doctor in an area that included Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, Guelph, and Galt. Oliver was born in Massachusettes in 1763 and graduated from Philadelphia Medical College. He came to Upper Canada in the 1790’s and settled in Ancaster in 1796. There is a small paid parking lot on Wilson Street East where you can access both Tiffany Falls Trail and the Bruce Trail. The main trail leads to the falls while a second one will take you to the remains of an old kiln.
Doctor Tiffany was known to keep horses stabled around the countryside so that he could always have a fresh mount wherever he was in the case of an emergency. For forty years he looked after the needs of the people in his vast community. He kept a medical ledger where he recorded the services that he performed at each household. The doctor prescribed quinine for malaria and kept laudanum for pain. The rest of his treatment tended to be naturopathic and compounded from things he grew in his herb garden. His ledger records payment in the form of pumpkins or the mending of a pitchfork. Four days worth of ploughing was given in exchange for the doctor’s services as well as whiskey, hay and oats. Oliver Tiffany was so well loved that when he died on May 7th, 1835, the buggies of 600 people who attended the funeral made a historic traffic jam. Tiffany Falls, as seen in the cover photo, is a ribbon falls 21 metres tall and 6 metres wide. The various layers of the escarpment can be seen beside Tiffany Falls in the picture below.
Across Wilson Street, The Bruce Trail continues to make its way toward Sherman Falls. The parking situation is poor at this second attraction and will possibly leave you with a ticket. Therefore, we suggest parking at Tiffany Falls and hiking to Sherman Falls. The area around Ancaster was one of the earliest settled in Upper Canada and the land shows signs of many different uses over the years. A set of old stairs leads up the side of the escarpment.
Along the Bruce Trail between Tiffany Falls and Sherman Falls, there has been an extensive retaining wall installed. The wall is made from local limestone blocks like many of the older buildings in Ancaster.
Sherman Falls is 17 metres high and is classified as a terraced ribbon waterfall. A ribbon waterfall is much taller than it is wide, in this case, only 8 metres. Sherman Falls was featured as one of seven falls we visited on the coldest day in February 2016 in a post called Frozen Waterfalls of Ancaster. This tributary of Ancaster Creek is spring fed and so the falls have a much more consistent flow of water than some of the other local ones. Sometimes known as Angel Falls or Fairy Falls it takes its name from Clifton Sherman who once owned the property and was the founder of Dominion Foundry and Steel Company (Dofasco).
Google Maps Link: Tiffany Falls
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