Your journey begins and ends at Devil’s Punchbowl Falls, a ribbon waterfall, 37 metres high and 3 metres wide. The Punchbowl is a significant geological formation carved by the swirling action of glacial meltwater 10-12,000 years ago. Battlefield Creek is a mere trickle in comparison. Note the exposed layers of the Niagara Escarpment formed by inland seas over 400 million years ago.
Continue along the gorge’s edge to the lookout and 10 metre high metal cross, which serves as a beacon over Stoney Creek. Follow the tree-line to the far side of the parking lot to the Devil’s Punchbowl Access Trail. Follow this footpath down the escarpment, where it will meet the Bruce Trail. Here, you have the option to view Lower Punchbowl Falls via a short side trail. Heading west along the Bruce Trail, take the Battlefield Park Access Trail which will lead right and to the 32 acre Battlefield Park and Museum. Enjoy a picnic lunch before venturing back. Allow lot’s of time for the climb.
The Gage Homestead in Battlefield Park was built in 1796. It retains its early 19th century charm. The Gages worked the land with their 10 children and became strong voices within Stoney Creek hamlet. During the War of 1812, the family fled to the cellar as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside. The Battlefield Monument stands as a symbol of peace, commemorating those soldiers who died on June 6, 1813. There is a modest entrance fee.
Along the Way:
Devil’s Punchbowl Falls
Lower Punchbowl Falls
Battlefield Park and Museum
Tip:Visitors can make this a full-day family outing of outdoor recreation, nature appreciation and historical discovery. Check the city museums’ website for special events.
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