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Consisting of colourful layers of stratified rock, Devil’s Punchbowl is widely considered to be one of the Niagara Escarpment’s most unforgettable sights. The conservation area itself consists of two separate falls, Upper and Lower Punchbowl Falls, ranging from 5.5-metres to a towering 33.8-meters; a cascade that makes Upper Punchbowl Falls the third highest waterfall in Hamilton. 

Fun fact! Within the Hamilton community there are several legends circulating as to how Devil’s Punchbowl truly got its ominous title. One popular story follows the legacy of Ontario Bootleggers whose home-brew, which was prepared in the surrounding forests, was illegally sold over the boarder during the American Prohibition of the 1930s. It is said that the Falls ‘punchbowl’ shape looked like the pails used by these early Entrepreneurs who conducted their illegal craft in the shadow of the Devil’s own punchbowl. 

Devil's Punchbowl is truly a beautiful site but, listen carefully, you may still hear the faint clank of pails in the forest surrounding! 

Access to Devil's Punchbowl is free to all users.

Parking rates may apply. 

Devils Punchbowl

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