Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area

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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PMCFJZ
Beaumont, TX5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
There was no waterfall. It was bone dry May 2024. Cost $8 to park. Nice overlook though of the city. Has a large cross at the base
Written May 23, 2024
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Mike from Rival Town
Niagara Falls, Canada849 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great hiking area! Excellent views! Nice waterfall. I come here often for photo/video projects. Be careful not to slip!
Written March 3, 2024
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erinjessicabaker
Cambridge, Canada1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Beautiful place with good hikes. Went years ago with family and it was a fun day with good views, passed some train tracks and has the cool graffiti tunnel. Went again in summer of 2023 and it was closed for weeks. When it finally opened again it must have been a cloudy day because we were the only ones on the trail. Erosion was present and I was pretty sure some of what used to be the trail had washed away so that was unnerving. Even more unnerving was the growing evidence along the trail that someone had driven their car over the cliff. Smashed glass everywhere and personal belongings at the bottom, including a paper with the persons name and information on it in a sealed plastic bag, seemingly forgotten by the cleanup crew. Haven’t gone back since, too eerie.
Written February 16, 2024
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Mary M
Peterborough4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
No picnic tables no bathrooms minimal space. No recycling bin. Steep price for a 20 minute stop to see a Great view . Side trail for Bruce trail.
Written June 14, 2023
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TriniSultress
Toronto, Canada535 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Decided to take a trek out to Devils punch bowl a Saturday afternoon mid November and to our disappointment there was no water flowing. You can literally see it from the road. We decided not to spend the $7.50 to pay for parking to walk to the cross and “lookout” area. It was way too windy and cold. We ended up at the Devil’s Punchbowl Market which is across the street. They have LOTS of yummy baked goods there and smells great inside! However, if you have nut allergies, you will not be able to purchase any of the baked items. The front of the store has some vintage toys for sale and packaged snacks and drinks. Kind of a waste to drive an hour to spend about 10-15 mins.
Written November 28, 2022
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Ravichandran H
Mississauga, Canada209 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It was a disappointment as there was not a drop of water in the falls. The view of Stoney Creek and Hamilton from the Ridge is nice on most days. The park charges for car park but the pay machines for some reason did not accept Credit card or Debit card. Perhaps the conservation park folks knew the state of the falls.
Written August 8, 2022
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DestinyEngineer
Aurora, Canada65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful area with great view. Dry weather seems to have reduced the flow to a trickle. I would reccomend a couple of rainy days before I would head out next time. The observation platform has a great view. The parking was a bit expensive at $7.50 for the short time that we stayed. I bet it is beautiful with more water.
Written July 29, 2022
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Seppie
Leamington, Canada54 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
So…we went out of our way to see this going back to Leamington from Toronto. The internet has a bunch of cool pictures but I’m not sure where they went to get those pictures because the lookout at the cross looks out over the city and the two lookouts along the fence show you kind of the wall edge but not the whole ‘punch bowl’. You can go out to the road and stand above the falls (which weren’t flowing and that’s ok) but then you still lookout on the city. There’s a trail you can take but we didn’t go because of the ‘high tick density’ signs. The map didn’t indicate that you’d get any better of a view if you did the trail. So I guess I’m just confused why I paid $7.50 to park and see this. Very disappointing. If you still want to go see it just stop along the road and hop out of your car real quick unless you want to take the trail. Nature is beautiful at any rate I’m just upset having to pay the $7.50 for a sub par view. The attached picture was the best view I could see.
Written June 24, 2022
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada1,208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The carpark was small but fortunately - we were able to park since it wasn't very busy. We checked out the cross and the lookout which is 2mins from the parking lot.
The lookout is ok - with city view.
We then walked on the bruce side trail (it was on the side of the road) - allowed us to get to the base of falls - trail was mucky, little narrow but fairly easy.
Falls were pretty, very cool and it is a great spot for photos
Worth visiting when you get a chance.
Written June 12, 2022
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Jonathan
Toronto, Canada1,524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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