365 Canadian Sights | Day 337: Cheltenham Badlands

| Image from Flickr/Paul Gorbould via CC BY NC ND 2.0 |

In Canada, the term badlands (for me) always referred to parts of Alberta, but Torontonians actually have some interesting geology just north of the city.

The Cheltenham Badlands were actually exposed due to human activity about 80 to 90 years ago. Once exposed, the red rock (a type of shale) was a pretty shocking colour, compared to the surrounding green forest around it.

This is actually part of the Niagara Escarpment, a geological formation running through Ontario and northeastern states.

It was shut down for a couple years due to conservation concerns. I don’t think they’ve (the concerns) gone away completely, so it’s one to see while you can, in case it gets shut down again.

This isn’t actually that far from Toronto, but you’ll have to drive to get there. About an hour outside of the city, and much less if you’re travelling from Brampton, it’s a decent day trip if you’re living there, or staying for an extended time.

It’s not open year-round, and was closed to the public for a bit a little while ago, so check before heading out. Cost shouldn’t be an issue, though, as it’s just parking that you’ll have to pay for.

The top thing to do in the region, according to TripAdvisor , it’s a bit of a natural wonder so that isn’t a big surprise. This site is full of technical details, so if you’re heading there now, check it out. For an overview, some history and more photos, check out this article.

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