Saturday, September 22, 2018!
For more information on visiting the site, 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 CURRENTLY NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE BADLANDS FEATURE
To protect the fragile and picturesque topography of the Cheltenham Badlands, the exposed red shale landscape is currently closed to the public (but re-opening Saturday, September 22, 2018) while a Master Plan is in progress.
Public input and dialogue were an important component of the ongoing Master Planning efforts for the Badlands. As such, surveys and public consultation meetings were held in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
In 2017, a parking lot was constructed, which, when it is opened, will accommodate 33 cars. Additional features have also been constructed at the site, including an accessible viewing platform and some trail improvements.
The site will be re-opening Saturday, September 22, 2018. When it does, Credit Valley Conservation will be responsible for the management of the site, and you can get more information about accessing the Badlands site from their website.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR HIKERS?
There is currently a reroute of the main Bruce Trail in the area. When the site re-opens, the Main Trail will be re-routed back through the Badlands site.
The re-route now takes the main trail straight along Boston Mills to the Caledon Trailway. From there it turns north east on the Caledon Trailway to Chinguacousy Road, then north to Olde Baseline where it meets the current trail. The Olde Baseline Side Trail was also closed and will not be re-opening.
Effective June 11, 2015, a by-law has been passed restricting ALL parking along Olde Base Line Road between Chinguacousy Road and Creditview Road, both on the north and south side of the road.