Be Good to the Badlands

Be Good to the Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands is a geological gem in southern Ontario, first formed at the base of an ancient sea over 400 million years ago. For the past three years, the Cheltenham Badlands has been closed to the public because high visitor volume had caused accelerated erosion. On Saturday, September 22, the site will re-open to the public.

Credit Valley Conservation, the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Town of Caledon, the Region of Peel and Bruce Trail Conservancy have conducted conservation work and site improvements to enhance your visit and better preserve the historic site. Visitors can expect several exciting changes, including upgraded trails, an accessible boardwalk, educational and interpretive panels, 33 public parking spaces and one accessible parking space.  

With the re-opening we remind visitors to please be respectful of nature and the local community. The re-opening is expected to draw a lot of public interest to one of the most recognizable and visited natural heritage landmarks in southern Ontario.

Interpretive signage on the accessible boardwalk.

A $10 parking fee is in place to support management and upkeep of the site. The payment machine accepts credit and coin, no debit. If you plan to visit, consider weekdays or during off-peak hours (early morning or late afternoon) to avoid congestion and lineups. For a better weekend experience, try the shuttle service departing from nearby Terra Cotta Conservation Area starting Saturday, September 22 until October 28. The shuttle service will also run on Thanksgiving Monday. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes or less, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The service is complementary with paid admission to Terra Cotta Conservation Area.

Payment machine in parking lot.

A reminder there is no stopping or parking anywhere along Old Base Line Road where the site is located. Only persons with a valid permit are allowed to use the accessible parking space near the feature.

To continue to preserve the Badlands, visitors must remain on the trails and accessible boardwalk at all times. The boardwalk is elevated to give visitors a clear view of the landscape, and that perfect selfie.

Here’s what else you can see and do at the Cheltenham Badlands:

  • Historical Badlands landscape feature/ nature viewing
  • Hiking trails (Bruce Trail)
  • Dog walking (dogs must be on leash of three metres or less at all times)
  • Photography (a permit is required for commercial photography. No drones. Please contact 1-800-367-0890 for details).

We need your help preserving the beautiful Badlands. Visitors are not allowed on the feature at any time. Biking and equestrian/horseback riding are not permitted.

To learn more about the history and how you can help conserve the Badlands, visit Ontario Heritage Trust at www.heritagetrust.on.ca/badlands.

For more information and hours of operation, please visit www.cvc.ca/badlands.

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