Devils Punchbowl Falls

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 1
Devil's Punchbowl Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Devils Punchbowl Falls (or simply Devil's Punchbowl) was probably the lone disappointing experience we had of the six waterfalls we visited in the Hamilton area during our October 2013 trip. As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, Stoney Creek (on which the falls belonged to) had little flow, and for a tall 40m plunge waterfall like this, these factors made the falls difficult to see (let alone photograph). We were aware that our visit was late in the season so I'd imagine that late Spring and early Summer would be better times to see this otherwise thin falls.

Given the low flow, we only bothered to view the falls from the limited viewpoints on the rim of the deep and semi-circular Devil's Punchbowl Gorge. The gorge itself was interesting and the surrounding Autumn colors would've been the real icing on the cake had the falls flowed better. In addtion, we also noticed there was a trail that descended on the north side of the escarpment (facing Hamilton) before swinging around towards the punchbowl amphitheater itself. Since we didn't do this latter option, we can't really say more about it.

Perhaps what we appreciated more about this waterfalling experience was the gorgeous view over the City of Hamilton near some kind of tower shaped like a cross. Although Hamilton was better known as the City of Steel (a reputation that seemed fitting as we were definitely able to see some hideous smoke stacks in the distance as well as a Niagara Falls border guard questioning why we would even bother visiting the city), it seemed like the city was really trying to rebrand itself as the City of Waterfalls. And the view over the city from this vantage point seemed to reflect that focus on beauty while attempting to move beyond its Mordor-like reputation.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Full contextual view of the Devil's Punchbowl though the falls itself was hard to seeFull contextual view of the Devil's Punchbowl though the falls itself was hard to see
Panoramic view over the City of HamiltonPanoramic view over the City of Hamilton from the park dedicated to Devil's Punchbowl Falls. As you can see, it's a fine place to appreciate the context of the city against Lake Ontario
Less than an hour's drive northeast of Hamilton is Toronto, which is Canada's largest city. It's a fine place for a visit, especially around the CN Tower and the downtown areaLess than an hour's drive northeast of Hamilton is Toronto, which is Canada's largest city. It's a fine place for a visit, especially around the CN Tower and the downtown area
There was a parking fee for the car park at Devil's Punchbowl as this self-help pay kiosk would attestThere was a parking fee for the car park at Devil's Punchbowl as this self-help pay kiosk would attest

Walking on the lawn towards the cross tower where there was the view of HamiltonWalking on the lawn towards the cross tower where there was the view of Hamilton

Our first glimpse under some pretty harsh lighting conditions of Devils Punchbowl FallsOur first glimpse under some pretty harsh lighting conditions of Devil's Punchbowl Falls.

Getting closer to the cross towerGetting closer to the cross tower

We spotted this eagle or hawk flying above Hamilton with Lake Ontario in the distanceWe spotted this eagle or hawk flying above Hamilton with Lake Ontario in the distance

Tahia and some other kid about the same size as her both enjoying the view over HamiltonTahia and some other kid about the same size as her both enjoying the view over Hamilton

This was the start of the trail leading down to the base of Devil's PunchbowlThis was the start of the trail leading down to the base of Devil's Punchbowl


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Checking out the somewhat trickling waterfall through some foliage


Right to left sweep checking out the view over Hamilton with Autumn colors


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Heading east on the Lincoln M Alexander Parkway through Hamilton, take this freeway to its end where it becomes Mud St. Follow Mud St past a couple of lights towards the Upper Centennial Parkway. Turn left at this light, then continue for 1.5km towards a fork where you leave the main road for Ridge Road on the right. Then, follow Ridge Rd for about 1.4km towards the car park for Devils Punchbowl on the left.

For context, Hamilton was 70km (an hour drive) southwest of Toronto, 73km (under an hour drive) west of Niagara Falls, and 309km (over 3 hours drive) east of Detroit, Michigan.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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