Devil's Punchbowl Waterfalls

Photo Credit: 
Rafal Nowak

This waterfall area contains two separate falls, Upper and Lower. The Upper Falls is a classical waterfall, and the main Lower Falls is a ribbon waterfall. 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 meltwater rivers that plunged over the Stoney Creek Escarpment, thus carving the Punchbowl and gorge. From the bottom of the falls, you can see the many different coloured rock layers of the Escarpment. The Punch Bowl is the only area where you 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.

From the QEW, exit onto Centennial Parkway South. Head up the escarpment until you reach Green Mountain Road. Turn left onto Green Mountain Road and left again at First Road East. Follow the signs to the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Location (Approximate): 
185 Ridge Rd
Stoney Creek, ON
Average: 5.8 (8 votes)

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