Cheltenham BadlandsCheltenham Badlands

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    This spot is very singular, already a bit renonwn in the region. Thanks for your contribution "autourdelucie"!
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      Hello autourdelucie. Very cool description and tips! Great job!
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      Yes! Useful information are very detailed! Just a plan more and it would be really perfect!
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      Yes, 1 picture!
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      Yep! The location seems to be ok!
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Feel like going to Mars? This might be your closest bet, about an hour's drive from Toronto.

My experience, Explo description: 

The Cheltenham Badlands are a reddish geographical curiosity located in the Caledon Hills that gives you the impression of being on Mars. The best location to view the Cheltenham Badlands is along Old Base Line Road, just east of Creditview Road.

“Badlands” is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. Such areas are rare in Ontario and this is one of the best examples. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them; the iron oxide in the shale produces this colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide to green iron oxide brought on by the circulating groundwater. The relatively soft shale is essentially clay and is easily eroded by water. This site was acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 2000 and is under the care of the Bruce Trail Association.
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My personal recommendations: 

In order to protect the sensitive environment of this site from degradation, visitors are requested to stay off during wet conditions. No sliding, no digging, no toboganning, no motorized vehicles, no bicycles, no horses and please do not litter.

How getting there: 

From Brampton, Ontario: travel north on Hwy 10, turn left on Olde base line Road. Once you have passed Caledon Country Club you will see the Badlands appear on your left hand side. Parking is available on the road.

A tip to eat: 

After your visit, what about a nice, luxurious break at The Millcroft Inn & Spa ( or a meal at The Consultate Dining Lounge on Innis Lake ( or Belfountain Inn ( or The Caledon Inn (

A tip to sleep: 

The Millcroft Inn & Spa (

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

The Badlands is open to the public

Visit duration: 

An hour or two

Entry fees: 

Free and open to the public


Information can be obtained by contacting the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club at info [at] caledonbrucetrail [dot] org.