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Cheltenham Badlands, Caledon

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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. A visit to Cheltenham Badlands represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Caledon trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We went there on a sunny day of March. The access to the place is not allowed at the moment. We watched it behind the frame but it was fantastic. My friend said that coming here she was always feeling...  more »
  • The site is clise now for the season but is an amazing place to see, this is a rare land formation due to the iron oxide on the soil. Is good to be aware that walking on this soil will destroy the pla...  more »
  • This is an area where no big vegetation grow. The soil color is reddish. It is out of bounds for visitors but can get a view from the road.  more »
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  • A hidden gem. And perfect to show visitors that have never been to this area before. Didn't give it 5 stars because it's really busy on weekends, and you have to pay for parking.
  • It's been closed to visitors for the last little while and set to reopen in summer 2018, however, probably with more restrictions on where people should and shouldn't go. It's such a unique spot to stopover if you find yourself in the area or passing by and really nothing else like it around the GTA.
  • That's amazing but not open yet. So don't waste ur time and I will come back during summer
  • The Cheltenham Badlands are worth a quick visit if you find yourself in Caledon or you are seeking a random stop as part of a drive. The Badlands are a rare example of exposed (Queenston) shale of a former river bottom (and shores of an inland sea before that. The land is eroding because the vegetation was cleared in the 1930s and shale is highly prone to erosion. The red colour is from iron oxide in the soil. The site is considered one of the best examples of badlands topography in Southern Ontario. You used to be able to go out on the site, but people were ignoring the conversation rules. So, you can only see them from the perimeter now. Plans are being developed to create a way of better viewing the site while still protecting the shale formations. Parking has been restricted to discourage people from trespassing. So, its best to plan on just a quick look until the site is fully opened again.
  • An absolutely beautiful spot. I went here for a geography field trip, and while I honestly don’t remember much of what I learned I won’t soon forget the beautiful, almost Martian quality of the cheltenham badlands! Be careful as some of the hills are quite steep.
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