Hamilton is widely known as “The City of Waterfalls”.
With its location on the Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton has over 100 waterfalls in its urban area.
Waterfalls on a Lunch Break?
Hamilton is often called the “Waterfall Capital of the World” and the “City of Waterfalls”, because of the more than 100 waterfalls found along the Niagara Escarpment. Living and working in the Hamilton area, waterfalls become a backdrop to everyday life. Often, though, Hamiltonians take them for granted or totally forget about taking time to visit them.
Luckily for visitors, and citizens alike, almost all the waterfalls in the Hamilton area can be easily accessed and viewed. Visitors to city parks, conservation areas and the Bruce Trail can gain access to waterfalls along walking trails and view waterfalls from safe viewing areas and vantage points.
Two Waterfalls on a Lunch Break?
With so many waterfalls in Hamilton, I wondered if it was possible to visit more than one on my lunch break. I work in Stoney Creek, on top of the Niagara Escarpment. There are a number of waterfalls located within a few kilometres of my workplace. The other day, I challenged myself to a bit of an adventure. I was determined to set out and try to visit two waterfalls during my hour-long lunch break. I’m happy to report that I was successful in my quest. I was able to visit the Devil’s Punch Bowl and Felker’s Falls in the span of just under an hour.
Devil’s Punch Bowl Conservation Area —TripAdvisor.ca Ranked#1 of 19 things to do in Stoney Creek
My first stop was at Devil’s Punch Bowl Conservation Area. This conservation area is home to two waterfalls. The Upper Punch Bowl Falls is a 37 metre high ribbon waterfall. The Lower Punch Bowl Falls is a 6 metre high overhang classic waterfall. The Upper Falls are easily viewed from the path that runs adjacent to the parking lot. The Lower Falls are about 100 metres downstream. Although they are accessible, I wasn’t able to view them on this visit because of time constraints.
This small conservation area has a fair-sized parking lot, ($2 pre-paid parking), a number of well-maintained walking trails and an outlook with a 10 metre high steel cross. After a bit of research, I found out that this cross has stood on this spot since 1966. It is lit every night with over 100 light bulbs. Taking the path to the left offers views of the Upper Falls, and the Punch Bowl. Following the path out to the lookout provides amazing views of Hamilton, Hamilton Harbour, Lake Ontario and even Toronto. At the time of my visit the autumn colours were just getting started. I’m sure they will be beautiful in the coming weeks.
Across the road from the Devil’s Punchbowl, is a bright red barn that houses a farmer’s market and bakery. The Punch Bowl Market and Bakery, features an old-fashioned general store, a produce market and bakery and is worth a visit. I stopped in to test out the butter tarts. I wasn’t disappointed.
Felker’s Falls Conservation Area:–TripAdvisor.ca Ranked #11 of 19 things to do in Stoney Creek
My second stop of this adventure was at Felkers Falls Conservation Area. Tucked into a suburban sub-division, this small conservation area is home to Felker’s Falls, a 20 metre high ribbon waterfall. The park has a large parking lot, well-maintained walking trails and a scenic outlook for viewing the waterfall. Also located within the conservation area, is the Peter Street Trail, a wheelchair accessible trail. Felker’s Falls is surrounded by a beautiful forested area. I’m sure it’s a great area for a walk. My tight timelines, didn’t allow me any time to wander around during this visit. I will plan on more time to explore on my next visit.