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Cheltenham Badlands, Caledon

(4.2/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Witness thousands of years of geological history at Cheltenham Badlands. While the rock formations reveal the history of the river, magnificent red hills and gullies with green rocks testify to poor farming practices in 1930s. The presence of iron oxide gives the badlands a natural red color, but due to cultivation in the area, groundwater transformed the red into green iron. Years of excessive tourism have damaged the formation. Today, you can't go down the trail, but you can see the strikingly colored rocks from the viewing area, accessible by road and including a parking lot. Bring your camera to capture the Mars-like landscape. Make Cheltenham Badlands part of your personalized Alton itinerary using our Alton trip itinerary maker.
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  • This area of Caledon, Ontario is very scenic in the spring and during the fall colors, some of the horse farms have, very exceptional architecture, with homes, barns and ridding arenas all in the same...  more »
  • Too many police and speed bumps patrolling, no parking... you literally can't do anything here now, just drive by. Climbing the badlands was fun and good exercise but now there's a fence, although it ...  more »
  • Badlands are worth a visit when in the Toronto area. Can get crowded on the weekends especially in Fall. Would've given it 5 stars. but they put up a fence that blocks most of the view. Still worth a ...  more »
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  • Beautiful example of soil erosion due to farming. Scenery is like being on another planet. Due to humans, the site has been permanently closed to visitors. Tourists were littering, speeding up erosion because of foot traffic, digging into the clay, having campfires, and more. There is currently no access to the site, and parking on the road will result in your vehicle possibly being towed. Stay off the land here and allow it to heal.
  • Closed. Total waste of time. What's the use of conservation if no one can enjoy it?? It's been there forever. My foot steps would hardly cause harm. The politically correct world is insane.
  • When I went there last year it was a great experience. The scenery is amazing. I'm glad that they've decided to close the park down for a little while due to the pollution that was being brought in by tourism. It's a beautiful place but it also needs to heal. Hopefully in a few years when it opens up again I'll go for a visit.
  • Take pics from the road.. Thats it. It has been blocked off.. No more access. I drove an hour to get here... Was disappointed. Yes it looks awesome though... Micro version of badlands national park of USA.
  • Like being on another planet. Can't wait to show my family. Amazing! Update May 7/16 - Seeing updates that it is permanently closed & fenced off. I'm happy I got to see this amazing place before it was too late!