Cheltenham Badlands, Ontario’s Painted Dessert, Caledon Ontario

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Cheltenham Badlands
Caledon, Ontario
Access: Easy

Address: 1501-1901 Olde Base Line Rd, Caledon, ON L7C 0J2

The Badlands is a great find! This was highlighted in the book (The Most 125 most unusual things to see in Ontario) and I was worried it would disappoint and it did not! Just drivign down a regular road you then hit the “Badlands” and it feels like your in a movie! A great site for a photoshot, to explore for human interest or for any geology enthusiasts.

The Cheltenham Badlands is an almost other-worldly place; a seven-hectare area of exposed iron-rich Queenston Shale bedrock deposited over 445 million years ago.

The formation was exposed by poor farming practices in the 1930s that led to soil erosion and exposed the underlying shale.[1]

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[2] with some faint green streaks due to ground water percolation changing the red iron oxide into green iron oxide

Close to: Belfountain Park, BelAir Ontario, Forks of the Creidt Provincial Park (Cataract Falls)

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