Explore Fall Colours at Credit Valley Parks

Fall is in full force and it’s the perfect time to head out to a Credit Valley Parks location to explore and enjoy the changing colours. Some of the most vibrant colour change happens in the heart of the Credit River Watershed.

Visitors can see a spectrum of colours at Terra Cotta Conservation Area or the Cheltenham Badlands because of the variety of trees at these locations. Each tree species has its own unique colouring. Silver maple leaves turn yellow and then brown before dropping to the ground. Sugar maples, the most common tree species in the Credit River Watershed, turn yellow in the shade and red in the sun. Depending on the tree’s genetics and the amount of sun and shade, sugar maples can change hourly from yellow to red to orange.

A pond surrounded by fall colors and a wooden bench
Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Terra Cotta Conservation Area is a short drive from the city and offers 485 acres of park space to explore on the Niagara Escarpment. There are several trails that wander through mature forests where vibrant fall colours can be seen. Trail difficulty ranges and there are difference trail surfaces. You can purchase daily admission online for contactless pay.

The Cheltenham Badlands is one of the most recognizable and visited natural heritage landmarks in southern Ontario. This 91-acre site is a provincially significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest because of its unique natural land features. Due to its popularity, visitors must make a reservation to visit. Reservations are available up to two weeks in advance.

Cheltenham Badlands

What you Should Know Before You Go to a Park?

Visitor and parking capacity limits are in place to ensure physical distancing. Be sure to check our park advisories page before heading out to a Credit Valley Parks location. We’ve also added fall colours icons so you can see the latest updates on the colour change for each park.

This icon represents 80% colour change at the park.


Here are a few tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit:

  • Respect the hours of operation and follow all posted signage
  • Dogs are welcome at the parks, but they must be kept on a leash of two metres or less at all times
  • Stick to designated trails, stepping off only to let others pass
  • Please use waste stations to avoid littering
  • Respect all municipal parking regulations as illegal parking is subject to fines and towing
  • Have an alternative plan in mind is case a park is full when you arrive
  • Please responsibly follow the rules and instructions provided by our dedicated staff

To learn more about all Credit Valley Parks, visit cvc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

By CVC’s Jamie Williams, Specialist, Marketing and Communications

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