Managed by the CVC Caledon’s Cheltenham Badlands will reopen …
UPDATE: Although at the April public meeting the CVC said the Badlands will reopen the first week of August the opening has been moved to the middle of September just in time for the fall colours.
A Public Meeting held on April 5, 2018, at the Caledon Community Complex, revealed that Cheltenham Badlands are expected to be opened to visitors the first week of August, 2018 at which time the Bruce Trail will also reopen in the area. Although construction is complete with the parking lot and viewing platform, the trail improvements are still ongoing as new side trails are also been constructed.
The newly made 60 mitre wood ‘accessible boardwalk’ will keep visitors off the badlands and enjoy them from a distance to help preserve them. The newly made parking lot will have 33 car, 2 school bus and 6 bicycle parking spots. This will help in keeping everyone safe and off the road. The speed limit will remain at 40km in the area. There is also an accessible trail from the parking lot to the viewing platform so that everyone can visit the badlands. There will also be a washroom and picnic area on site.
The parking lot will be opened sunrise to sundown and along with the site it will be managed by the CVC (Credit Valley Conservation). A parking attendant will be on site most hours to make sure parking fees are paid by visitors. Fees will be per car. There is also a discussion to allow CVC membership holders to visit the site with their card, but that’s still to be determined.
The Cheltenham Badlands have been closed for almost 3 years due to traffic congestion, safety, protection of the badlands and the concern by nearby residence. That is all about to change as construction is complete with the parking lot, viewing platform “accessible boardwalk” and trail improvements.
Located on the Niagara Escarpment in Caledon, on the south side of Olde Base Line Road, between Chinguacousy and Creditview Roads, the Cheltenham Badlands, owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and previously managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy, had been visited by thousands of visitors. They were one of Caledon’s most visited sites as its natural beauty has captured the attention of many. Anyone that has visited this site, prior to May 2015, had enjoyed walking through the badlands not necessarily knowing the damage being caused. On any given day, during the spring, summer or fall months, cars could be seen parked along side the road, right beside the NO PARKING signs, to get a glimpse of natures beautiful creation, causing congestion to the road and danger to themselves and oncoming vehicles as the rolling hills of the road make it hard to see the parked cars and crossing pedestrians. Signs were placed changing the speed limit to 40 km in the area in hope of slowing traffic down.
Below are the boards that were presented at the meeting …