The Hamilton Conservation Authority says more than 3,000 cars have been diverted from parking near the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls conservation area in Greensville during the first five weekends since a shuttle service began.
The shuttle service, which operates from a parking lot on Hwy. 5 and costs the same as parking and entry, was set up to mitigate congestion caused by on-street parking in the neighbourhood. The falls have been getting increasingly popular with many Toronto region visitors coming to the area.
When a 21-year-old man fells and died at Albion Falls on the east Hamilton Mountain earlier this month, police were called to help move cars and divert traffic so firefighters had a clear path to perform a rope rescue.
The city vowed to step up enforcement in that area where parking is already prohibited on shoulders and boulevards.
So far, there have been no rope-rescue calls to Webster's or Tew's Falls this year.
The Webster's Falls shuttle leaves from a parking lot at Mizener's Antiques and Flea Market, 367 Hwy. 5 W., in Dundas. It first stops at Greensville Optimist Park for access to Webster's Falls and then to Tew's Falls for access to Dundas Peak.
The shuttle runs weekends and holiday Mondays until Oct. 29.
All conservation authority parking lots at these sites are closed while the shuttle is running, with the exception of visitors with accessible parking permits who can access the Webster Falls lot.