The Devils Punch Bowl is a great spot for a nice picnic, to stretch your legs, or for some unique photography. It's history begins to date back to 450 million years ago. And I will provide a detailed link for those of you who are interested in geology.
A number of stories circulate as to how the Devil's Punch Bowl got its name. There is the possibility that it was named for the pails of home-brew which, at one time, could be bought by the gallon in the woods surrounding the Punch Bowl. Another story suggests that people who saw the beautiful sight as a true work of God, but knew that God would not want something named after himself, decided to name it after the devil instead.
Although it may not have been named after God, one monument located in the Devil's Punch Bowl is a large, 10 meter high steel cross. This cross was erected on December 18, 1966 by a man named William Sinclair (1925 - 1994). He felt he could bring a little light to the world by building the huge steel monument which has 106 light bulbs along its edges and since 1991, the cross has lit up every night of the year.
There is a trail nearby for those who wish to walk or bike the 2.2 kilometre loop. Some parts are not protected by rail guards, so keep a close eye on children and pets at all times. Allow about 10-15 minutes to view, or 30 minutes for maximum impact.
Free parking, no admission. Hours: Sun up until sun down. Gorgeous views of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour, bring your camera and good tred-sneakers. Family orientated orchard nearby.
If you look at my Winona tip, you will see mention of the abundence of fruit that grows in the area. When the berry season hits, locals and groups from Toronto and even Asia (a new trend that has hit the area in the last couple of years) will come to farms in the area to pick fresh strawberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, raspberries etc.
E.D. Smith has some of the biggest farms, but are one of the most expensive to pick at. Ask the locals their favourite farms. Or just pick up a pre-picked basket at one of the side road stalls.
Founded in Hamilton by the hockey player Tim Horton's. This is a Canadian classic, with great food, doughnuts, and of course coffee! I love TIm's because they give you straight up fresh coffee every time (No coffee sits for more than 20 mins), unlike the Starbucks and Second Cup which gives you funky (or gross) flavoured coffee that is 4 times the price!
It's a great place to get a hearty lunch, quick breakfast, or a deserving break. There's more than just coffee and doughnuts though. Tim's has specialty teas (all Canadian's know that "Steeped" Lady), sandwiches, wraps, soups, chilis, hot and froze cappucinos, Tim Bits (the best!), bagels, mini cakes, large cakes, cookies, tarts and bars, juices, and much, much more. If you come to Canada, you have to come to Tim's (even Condaleeza Rice stopped at one!)
Favorite Dish: Large Double Double is the standard. I love the Everything bagel with garlic cream cheese, double chocolate doughnuts, all their cookies etc. They are now serving breakfast too!
This is the main mall in Stoney Creek. Smaller than most malls found in other parts of Southern Ontario, Eastgate has all the basic stores found in larger malls. Also has a big Fortino's (supermarket) connected to it.
Adjunct to Stoney Creek, Winona is where you will find all the produce you need. Affectionately call the "Fruit Belt", this area produces large amounts of fruit and veggies. Unfortunately, lots of the land is being lost to developers who are using this fertile plain for housing developments.
In the summer, if you take a drive along Highway#8 from Fruitland Road to Fifty Road, there will be dozens of fruit and veggie stands, with produce most likely picked that day. Along the way you can also see E.D Smith, the largest jams and preserve producer in the area.