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Cheltenham Badlands- Experience surreal nature's beauty!

Updated: May 26

These red badlands are such a perfect place to roam around on a sunny day near Toronto. You can hike, click some pretty pictures and enjoy the diverse things nature has to offer. It's less than an hour away from downtown by car, and it's a great place to explore in the vicinity of Toronto! It has been reopened after almost 3 years and it's a chance you shouldn't miss. They have developed a new parking lot just minutes away from the badlands along with a brand new boardwalk so you can enjoy the badlands without worrying about erosion and degradation.


Poor farming practices in the 1930s led to soil erosion and exposed the underlying shale and the formation of badlands.

At one point in time, the Cheltenham Badlands were occupied by a large river. The hills signify the riverbed and as you follow the trail, you begin to see the river history of the badlands. Thousands of years ago, this lake dried out resulting in today's version of the Cheltenham badlands.

The formation is mostly red in colour due to iron oxide deposits with some faint green streaks due to ground water percolation changing the red iron oxide into green iron oxide.

Location: Caledon, ON L7C 0K6

New trails and a boardwalk offering perfect views of the Queenston Shale hills awaits you this summer! Go experience this bewildering and bizarre natural wonder in Caledon, Ontario.

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