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Devil's Punch Bowl

Left: Devil's Punch Bowl and Gorge Below (photo taken by Olekander), Top Right: Devil's Punch Bowl when almost completely dry (photo taken by Rayvnne), Bottom Right: Lower falls of Devils Punch Bowl (photo taken by Kenneth)


General information

The Devil's Punch Bowl is located off Highway #20 in Stoney Creek is also referred to as the Horseshoe Falls. The land is owned by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. It is a rainbow waterfall approximately 40 meters in height. It is located along the Bruce Trail on the very outer edge of the Niagara Region boundary. It is complemented by a lower level falls that is situated only a few metres from the north reaching only 7 metres in height. 


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This destination is also part of the Niagara Greenbelt Geological Tour.



From Toronto:
QEW Niagara - approximately 60km
Take Exit 88 for Cenntennial Parkway S (south) approximately 0.9km
Merge onto Centennial Parkway N approximately 3.2km
Continue onto Regional Rd- 20 approximately 1.4km
Left (north) at Ridge Rd approximately 1.2km
Parking for Devils Punch Bowl is on the right hand side
From Fort Erie:
QEW Toronto towards Exit 1A approximately 76km
Take Exit 78 for Fifty Rd approximately 0.6km
Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Fifty Rd S approximately 0.1km
Left (southwest) at Fifty Rd approximately 1.3km
Left (southwest) at McNeilly Rd approximately 1.6km
Right (west) at Ridge Rd approximately 5.6km
Left to stay on Ridge Rd approximately 1.3km
Parking for Devil’s Punch Bowl is on the left hand side


Similar to the rest of the Niagara Region the rocks comprising the Devil’s Punch Bowl are from the Ordovician and Silurian periods dating back approximately 450 million years ago. The land started to take its current form after the retreat of the third Wisconsin Glacier. After the glacier began receded there were high levels of melt water remaining and several streams were created. These streams were powerful enough to carve the landscape into what it is today. The run-off melt water over the Niagara Escarpment was supported by enough pressure that it etched the bottom of the Punch Bowl which appears to be a bottomless gorge from some angles. Over time the water pressure receded and the erosion of the rock slowed. This gave the area receives its fame, as it is now possible to view the exposed layers of stratification which date back nearly half a billion years.


Hiking, Walking



Google Paths

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Ownership & Management

Hamilton Conservation Authority




Municipality Stoney Creek

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.211698
Longitude -79.755700

Surface features 

Grass/natural, Rock, Gravel, Soil Compacted

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