The Hamilton Escarpment Project & Why it Matter

What is the Escarpment Project?

The Escarpment Project started as a single waterfall clean up at the Devil’s Punchbowl 6 years ago in Stoney Creek with 75-100 volunteers.

Today, it’s the largest volunteer environmental cleanup in Ontario, and the largest one day environmental cleanup in Canada.  Volunteers gather at various locations across the Hamilton escarpment from Dundas through Hamilton and Stoney Creek to Grimsby and remove the litter and debris that has been left.

After the cleanup event, at the Punchbowl Market, there’s a volunteer appreciation BBQ festival that volunteers and the general public can attend. The BBQ festival has a beer garden, local live music, food and green vendor booth and sales of rain barrels. 

Volunteers along with the general public are invited to drop off recyclables (tires, electronics, scrap metal, paint cans and batteries) and stick around and enjoy the BBQ, beer and bands and purchase rain barrels. 

Why does it matter?

The city of Hamilton  is home to more than 100 waterfalls and cascades, most of which are on or near the Bruce Trail as it winds through the Niagara Escarpment. These scenic views not only serve as visiting sites for tourists, they are also iconic landmarks that residences of Hamilton often turn to to unwind and relax near with a hike.

How can you participate?

Here are a couple of important details:

Date: Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Cleaner Up Locations: There are over 10 clean up locations to choose from including INSERT and INSERT that can be found on The Escarpment Project website.

BBQ Festival: 
Punchbowl Market (136 Ridge Rd, Stoney Creek)
: 10 am – 5 pm
: Admission is free for everyone but a 5$ donation would be appreciated to help our clean up expenses.

Beer & Entertainment

Beer: Muskoka Brewery Beer Tent – $5/beer

Musical Entertainment 
12 pm – Robin Benedict & Friends
2 pm – Brad James

Green vendors:

All Things Hemp Seed
Bruce Trail Conservancy
Cleaner NRG

Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre
Hamilton Conservation Authority
Hamilton Conservation Foundation
Hamilton Naturalists

For full details and to sign up visit

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