One of the most stunning natural formations along the Niagara Escarpment, this deep multi-coloured gorge is a history lesson in geology. A nearby lookout offers spectacular views of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour.
- Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area in the city’s east end offers visitors two separate waterfalls: Upper Falls, a 33.8 metre ribbon waterfall and Lower falls, a 5.5 metre classical waterfall.
- The Devil’s Punchbowl Falls can be ebb to a trickle when it hasn’t rained in a while, but don’t worry if it’s a slow day when you visit. The steep gorge with colourful layers of rock that encircles the falls is photo-worthy in and of itself and dates back a million years.
- On a clear day, you can see the Toronto skyline from the observation platform
- If you’re wondering about the 10 metre high steel cross, it was constructed in 1966 by a local resident to “bring light to the community.”
PARKING AND PROXIMITY TO FALLS
- The conservation area parking lot, located off Ridge Road, is $5 a day and a very short distance to the viewing platform (around 200 metres or a two-minute walk).
- There is a short path from the parking lot off Ridge Road to the viewing platform.
- The Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Authority is part of the Dofasco 2000 Trail, an 11.5 kilometre trail through upper Stoney Creek. It passes through rural countryside of Stoney Creek with a boardwalk trail passing through the Vinemount South Swamp, the biggest natural forest area south of the Niagara Escarpment.