THE SITE HAS
For more information on visiting the site, and site winter closure dates (not applicable to Main Bruce Trail), see Credit Valley Conservation’s website.
WHAT ARE THE BADLANDS?
The exposed bedrock at the Cheltenham Badlands is Queenston Shale, and this iron-rich shale was deposited over 445 million years ago. Due to the removal of vegetation during land clearing and livestock grazing in the early 1900s, the shale has eroded into a series of hummocks and gullies, producing the distinctive landscape. The striking landscape of the Cheltenham Badlands is one of Ontario’s geological treasures and is one of the best examples of Badland topography in the province. Today, the Cheltenham Badlands is recognized as a provincially significant Earth Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest, and is owned and managed by Ontario Heritage Trust.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
Over the years, the distinctive landscape of the Cheltenham Badlands has been attracting increasing numbers of visitors, resulting in accelerated erosion of the sensitive red shale surface and permanently changing its unique appearance.
THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE BADLANDS FEATURE
Although the Badlands site re-opened in September 2018, to protect the fragile and picturesque topography of the Cheltenham Badlands, the exposed red shale landscape is still closed to the public .
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR HIKERS?
The Bruce Trail has been rerouted back through the Cheltenham Badlands. Although the Badlands site will close for winter, the Main Trail will remain open to hikers.
The parking area and Badlands Trail are now maintained by Credit Valley Conservation and provide access to a wheelchair accessible platform which offers views of this significant landmark. A 230 m roadside walkway leads from the viewing platform to the parking area. You can get more information about accessing the Badlands site from Credit Valley Conservation’s website.
A flat rate parking fee of $10 is charged. Roadside parking is available on the east side of Creditview Road, near the Trail access into the Badlands. Parking is limited to three cars.
A map and more details are available on the BTC website.