Urban Ice Cave Capital of the World

Hamilton Canada, a city of more that a half million people, is located along the Niagara Escarpment (sometimes referred to as The Giant's Rib) and it is this escarpment which has created more than 100 waterfalls and cascades within the city limits.

Due to Hamilton's location in a northern climate, these waterfalls can freeze over in winter, either entirely or partially, resulting in spectacular ice formations including numerous Ice Caves. Six of these waterfalls and the resulting Ice Caves are depicted in the following photos.

Lower Punchbowl Falls frozen over with Ice Cave behind the ice
Lower Punchbowl Falls frozen over with Ice Cave behind the ice
Ice Cave behind Lower Punchbowl Falls
Ice Cave behind Lower Punchbowl Falls
A Selfie of Myself in the Ice Cave at Buttermilk Falls
A Selfie of Myself in the Ice Cave at Buttermilk Falls
Borer's Falls had ice extending the full height creating an Ice Cave behind the frozen waterfall.
Borer's Falls had ice extending the full height creating an Ice Cave behind the frozen waterfall.
My snowshoes and tracks at the base of Borer's Falls which I used to reach the falls
My snowshoes and tracks at the base of Borer's Falls which I used to reach the falls
The Ice Cave behind Borer's Falls
The Ice Cave behind Borer's Falls

Often the ice formation at a waterfall may not extend the full height, but resemble an ice volcano rising from the bottom. An excellent example of this is the Devil's Punch Bowl and even with this ice formation, an ice cave forms behind this formation as can be seen in the accompanying photos.

At the Devil's Punch Bowl, an Ice Volcano had formed around the waterfall and behind this ice is an Ice Cave as seen in the next photo.
At the Devil's Punch Bowl, an Ice Volcano had formed around the waterfall and behind this ice is an Ice Cave as seen in the next photo.
The Ice Cave behind the Ice Volcano of the Devil's Punch Bowl
The Ice Cave behind the Ice Volcano of the Devil's Punch Bowl

Another feature of Hamilton's waterfalls and Ice Caves is the www.cityofwaterfalls.ca group whereby they often will light up one of Hamilton's waterfalls, especially in the winter when there are amazing ice formations. The colours that they choose can vary as seen in the following pictures.

The lights that they use are battery powered spotlights with a coloured gel fabric on the spotlight. At times they may use up to 50 spotlights with different colours giving dramatic images, especially if one is placed inside the Ice Cave.

The next photo shows Sherman Falls lit up with blue lights while the ice around it with other lights. Note the Ice Cave to the left of the waterfall. In the second picture, the camera catches both the inside of one of the Ice Caves with the base of the waterfall in blue.

The following photos depict Great Falls in the Waterdown section of Hamilton lit up with blue on the water and green inside the Ice Cave located behind the waterfall. The second picture was taken inside that Ice Cave directly behind Great Falls and shows the amazing Ice Cave with three spot lights in it..

This article shows six of Hamilton's numerous waterfalls in winter with their ice formations. I personally have been in Ice Caves at 12 of Hamilton's waterfalls to date (including these six), but there are more to be explored.

Now that you have read this Hub and seen the pictures, you can see why we consider Hamilton to be the Urban Ice Cave Capital of the World!

An added experience is to watch the following video of my recent visit to the Ice Cave behind Great Falls.

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