Start your adventure with a round-trip journey to the iconic Devil’s Punch Bowl Falls, part of an ancient gorge that is considered one of Hamilton’s true natural wonders. After taking in this stunning ribbon waterfall, you can hike or bike your way through the day, and choose to visit local wineries or take a historical journey to Erland Lee (Museum) House or Battlefield House Museum and Park in Stoney Creek, a national historic site that brings alive the War of 1812.
The hamlet of Stoney Creek, home to one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops, is your base to hit the Bruce Trail for a hike along the base of the escarpment. The second day of this itinerary takes you to three waterfalls that flow from the vertical rock formations down the escarpment of east Hamilton. Day two also brings more opportunities to visit local wineries in this emerging wine-producing area, or to take in a museum with a visit to the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology. Yet another option is to visit the shores of Lake Ontario and take the scenic route along the Lake Ontario shoreline on the Waterfront Trail.
- Suggested Itinerary: 2 days, 1 night
- Trails Included: Bruce Trail, Dofasco 2000 Trail, Escarpment Trail, Waterfront Trail
- Trail Types: groomed trails, packed earth, paved pathway, road pavement, wooden boardwalk
- Waterfalls Included: Devil’s Punch Bowl Falls, Dewitt Falls, Fifty Road Cascade, Puddicombe Falls
- Points of Interest: Niagara Escarpment, Devil’s Punch Bowl Conservation Area, Vinemount Wetland and Swamp, Bruce Trail, Ridge Road Winery, Erland Lee (Museum) House, Puddicombe Farm and Estate Winery, Leaning Post Winery, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
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Niagara Escarpment Waterfall Trip Series
Courtesy of its location along the Niagara Escarpment, a landmark ridge that runs through Southern Ontario, Hamilton and its environs are home to over 100 waterfalls. Hikers have endless options for single and multi-day hikes that put these stunners front and centre. If you’d like to explore more of these natural works of art, we’ve got a series of Niagara Escarpment waterfall trip itineraries to guide you in your discovery: