Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area

Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area, Stoney Creek: Address, Phone Number, Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area Reviews: 4/5

Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area

Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area
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The Devil’s Punchbowl is one of the Niagara Escarpment’s most amazing sights, created at the end of the last ice age by huge melt-water rivers that plunged over the Stoney Creek Escarpment, thus carving the Punchbowl and gorge. From the bottom of the falls, one can see the many different coloured rock layers of the Escarpment. The Punchbowl is the only area where one can view such a large vertical display of Ordovician and Silurian stratified rock. Some of the layers include Queenston Formation red shale, Cabot Head grey shale, limestone and shale dolomite. There is a spectacular view of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour from the lookout, not to mention the view down into the seemingly bottomless gorge.
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Jonathan S
Toronto, Canada1,106 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Small carpark. Suggest visit on offpeak periods. Parking ticket required to open exit barrier. Walking distance to the pastry shop selling homemade tarts and pies. Punchbowl created during the iceage. Walking trails around the site including to the falls below.
Written December 9, 2021
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pramod J
Toronto, Canada115 contributions
Nov 2021
You cant get near the falls. you can just view it from above and the view from the above is good (I won't say breath taking...). There is a parking fee of $7.5. Overall, if you are on a tight schedule, you may skip this.
Written November 29, 2021
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Kara B
Toronto, Canada124 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful fall photo ops. We walked along Ridge Rd. to find the side trail entrance, which there is a small sign for. Steep incline into the deep woods leads to smaller waterfalls, and train tracks. Lots of bugs, bring repellant. A tick did bite my hand at the look out, so the warning sign is accurate, be prepared.
Written November 23, 2021
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MaraFromToronto
Toronto, Canada3,539 contributions
Oct 2021
What a pretty spot! A short stroll takes you to several places for great viewing of the falls, Hamilton and Lake Ontario. Next time we will go to the bottom, too.
Written October 30, 2021
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Samuraiword
Toronto, Canada194 contributions
Jun 2021
Worth a visit but not worth the price paid for the parking. A bit breezy better leave hat or cap in the car. If you’re planning a visit better park free of charge at the punch bowl market and bakery provided you buy something at their place.
Written June 27, 2021
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Mike T
Mississauga, Canada2 contributions
May 2021
Great view from the top and bottom. The lower bowl side entrance is found just at the guard rail by the market. From there you can walk down to see the lower bowl and then walk back up to see the top part of the bowl. No need to pay for parking. Great trail and not too hard. Worth a visit
Written May 15, 2021
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Cat
3 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Devil’s Punchbowl Trail is a scenic albeit difficult, short, uphill trek. Good footwear and an aversion to heights is a must!
Across the road, the Dofasco Trail, which extends for kilometres, is a more flat footed, easygoing, less challenging trail where one can enjoy the outdoor beauty of farmland. The Bruce Trail which borders the below the Punchbowl is also a option. While in the area be sure to take in a panoramic view of Stoney Creek at the Look Out. Overall a great outing outside the city!
Written December 11, 2020
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John M
Hamilton, Canada199 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
This park is one of Hamilton's most popular. Due to mandatory reservations in Dundas Peak this fall, people flock to other areas such as Albion Falls and Devil's Punchbowl. Parking is severely limited and therefore forced people to park along the side of the road. This causes a pair of officers slap $250 fines at the windshield of every car parked on the road. Most of the vehicles in the area (based on dealer plate covers) are from the virus hotspots of Toronto and Peel, almost none of the cars are Hamilton locals.

During our time, the falls are dried up, making the base accessible. The side trail to the base is actually located away from the main parking lot, so there is a dangerous walk along Ridge Road so just be careful of passing vehicles.

Written October 25, 2020
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Lorenzo el Jefe
Barcelona, Spain3,084 contributions
Sep 2020
Wing Commander landed without water and a 5 buck parking fee.
Q-Trip: The Defasco Trail was boring in all aspects.
We came for a hike. Lots of free parking down
the road which is used by the locals.
Little shade offered, farm lane path shredded through
shrub brush (For the most part.).
Boring when we compare the walking outside
our home address.
Q-Trip: A first with no photos.
(Even the mushroom and fungi population was missing.)
Written September 27, 2020
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Michele G-W
London, Canada407 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Spent the day seeing some waterfalls and this was first on our list.
Parking was $5 basically for nothing because there was no water due to lack of rain and it was packed. You can pay using debit or credit.
The views are beautiful and there were many people going down over into the hole. From above you have to cross under the barrier to get a good look down.
Written August 9, 2020
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