Explore Fall Colours Responsibly at Credit Valley Parks

The fall season is officially underway and with fall temperatures expected to be above the seasonal average, it’s a perfect time to get out and explore local conservation areas responsibly. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has several parks that offer an ideal backdrop to take in the beautiful fall foliage.

“Some of the most vibrant fall colour change happens in the heart of our watershed,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager, Property, Assets, Recreation and Conservation Area Services. “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.”

Terra Cotta Conservation Area, located in Halton Hills, is a short drive from the city and offers 485 acres of park space to explore in the Niagara Escarpment. The park has several trails that wonder through mature forests where vibrant fall colours can be seen. Visitors can purchase daily admission online for contactless pay.

The Cheltenham Badlands, located in Caledon, is one of the most recognizable and visited natural heritage landmarks in southern Ontario. Due to its popularity, visitors must make a reservation to visit.

While at a park, visitors are asked to respect the hours of operation, all posted signage and enter through sanctioned access points only. Dogs are welcome at CVC parks, however they must be kept on a leash of two metres or less at all times for safety. Visitors are asked to remain on designated trails and use waste stations to avoid littering.

CVC expects the fall season to be busy at the parks. Visitor and parking capacity limits are in place to ensure physical distancing. Visitors should be prepared to turn back if a property is full. CVC recommends that visitors check its park advisories before leaving home for the latest updates and fall colours report at each park.

“We welcome everyone to our parks and ask visitors to responsibly follow the rules and instructions provided by our dedicated staff,” continued LeRoux. “We also remind you to respect all municipal parking regulations as illegal parking is subject to fines and towing.”

Visitors can also enjoy fall colours as CVC’s other parks. To learn more about the parks, visit cvc.ca.

Park visitors walking a trail in the fall at Terra Cotta.
Hiking Terra Cotta Lane in the fall

About Credit Valley Conservation

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.


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Credit Valley Conservation
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