The Bruce Trail is a public footpath running from Niagara to Tobermory. It is entirely built and maintained by volunteers for the purpose of protecting the Niagara Escarpment, the most significant landform in southern Ontario.
In the Caledon Hills section, the Trail follows the glacial moraine deposits on top of the buried Escarpment. Mature hardwood forests and wetlands allow for wonderful birding opportunities. This section is also very popular for its fall colour display.
“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. They are formed with Queenston Shale and the reddish colour is the iron oxide in the shale. This site was acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 2000 and is under the care of the Bruce Trail Association. The Ontario Heritage Trust and its partners are undertaking a project in 2017-18 to improve access to the site, upgrade the trails, and enhance public safety. Read more about the work being done here.
Please note: The Cheltenham Badlands are currently closed to all visitors (May 2017). Please help protect this sensitive environment from degradation, visitors are requested to comply with the following: no sliding or digging, stay on the flat area in the vicinity of the interpretative signs, stay off the trail during wet conditions, no tobogganing, no motorized vehicles, no bicycles, no horses and please, do not litter. The Side Trail is closed due to erosion. Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but your thanks.
|Name||The Bruce Trail Caledon|
|Description||The Caledon Hills section of the Bruce Trail starts close to the Badlands near Cheltenham, ascends slowly to the top of the escarpment before descending steeply down the Devils Pulpit to the Forks of the Credit. It then continues through the village of Brimstone and follows the Credit River past the well known Cataract Waterfall with its hydro station ruins. The trail then turns first south and then east to follow the edge of the escarpment. At Airport Road it turns north to pass through the Glen Haffy Conservation. The final section takes the hiker into the beautiful Hockley Valley and along quiet country roads to the picturesque village of Mono Centre.|
|Location||The Badlands is located on the southside of Old Base Line Road (between Highway 10 (Hurontario) and Creditview Road/Peel Regional Road 12)|
|Maps||Caledon Hills Website|
|Trail Head||Creditview Road or Mono Centre|
|Trail End||Mono Centre or Creditview Road|
|Surfaces||Crushed stone and packed earth.|
|Amenities||Present where trail runs through parks.|
|Landmarks||Hardwood forest and wetlands.|
|Cost||No cost. Membership is $50 yearly for Bruce Trail Conservancy|
|Trail Web Site||Bruce Trail Conservancy
Walk and Roll Peel
|Closest Town||Caledon Village|