About Devil’s Punchbowl Falls
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.
This waterfall was where Stoney Creek would typically make a high 40m plunge into a semi-circular amphitheater, which was how I’d imagine the Devil’s Punchbowl Gorge got its name.
However, as you can see from the photo above, we happened to catch the falls with little flow, which made it especially difficult to see given its free-falling characteristic.
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 Devils Punchbowl Falls from the limited viewpoints on the rim of the 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, it seemed like the city was really trying to rebrand itself as the City of Waterfalls.
By the way, we could definitely appreciate its Mordor-like reputation as we were definitely able to see some hideous smoke stacks in the distance.
There was even a Niagara Falls border guard questioning us as to why we would even bother visiting the city.
Nevertheless, we found the view over the city was beautiful, especially since it was backed by the vast Lake Ontario.
Devils Punchbowl Falls resides in the City of Hamilton in the province of Ontario, Canada. It is administered by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.
To drive to Devil’s Punchbowl Falls from Hamilton, we headed east on the Lincoln M Alexander Parkway through Hamilton.
We took this freeway to its end where it became Mud St.
We then followed Mud St past a couple of lights towards the Upper Centennial Parkway.
Turning left at this light, we then continued for 1.5km towards a fork where we left the main road for Ridge Road on the right.
Next, we followed Ridge Rd for about 1.4km towards the car park for Devils Punchbowl on the left.
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