UPDATE: May 16, 2016

OHT Public Consultation Mtg Badlands

The third public consultation meeting regarding the Cheltenham Badlands Master Plan is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Inglewood Community Centre, located at 15825 McLaughlin Road in Inglewood, Ontario. At this meeting, preliminary site design concepts for the Badlands will be presented.

For more information, visit the website of Ontario Heritage Trust here:

If you would like to receive information about future public consultation opportunities, or if you have any questions, please contact Ontario Heritage Trust at programs@heritagetrust.on.ca or 416-325-5000.


UPDATE: May 4, 2015

Caledon's Cheltenham Badlands temporarily closed:
Plan in development to protect sensitive natural landscape

A protective fence has been erected (May 2015) along Olde Baseline Road in the Town of Caledon, temporarily closing the Cheltenham Badlands to visitors while a long-term plan guiding future conservation and public access to the site is prepared.

Temporary closure of the Badlands will not affect sections of the Bruce Trail passing through other areas of the property, which will remain open to hikers. The main Badlands feature is not visible from the Bruce Trail.

For more information, visit http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/News-and-Events/2015/May/Caledon-s-Cheltenham-Badlands-temporarily-closed.aspx


Signs at the Cheltenham Badlands site advise the public that accessing the Badlands is considered trespassing. In support of the closure and to ensure public safety, trespassing is being enforced by the Ontario Provincial Police. Anyone who witnesses trespassing or vandalism at the site is asked to call the police directly at 1-800-310-1122.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy and its partners on the Cheltenham Badlands Management Planning Team appreciate the support of the community and the public in ensuring the protection of this important natural heritage site while we work towards a long-term conservation plan.


About the Cheltenham Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands are located on the Niagara Escarpment northwest of Brampton, near the villages of Inglewood and Cheltenham.  The 36.6 hectare property was secured in 2000 by The Bruce Trail Conservancy, ensuring the protection of this Provincially Significant Earth Science ANSI (Area of Natural and Scientific Interest). The Bruce Trail skirts along the southern end of the Badlands for 1.4 km. 

The Badlands also lie within the Inglewood Slope Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA), which is an important groundwater discharge area. The coldwater stream on the property at the foot of the exposed badlands ridges is a tributary of the Credit River.

The property has one of the best examples of "badlands topography" in southern Ontario. Badlands topography is rare in Ontario. In most areas, the reddish shale is protected from erosion by overlying hard rock (limestone, dolostone or sandstone), sand or gravel. In this area, poor farming practices in the past have exposed the shale, causing it to erode into a series of striking ridges and gullies.

Managing the Badlands

Balancing the use of the area with protecting the sensitive environment is a constant challenge.  A Management Plan for the Cheltenham Badlands Property is underway to define the goal, objectives and long term direction for the protection, development, management and use of the property's resources. In particular, management issues such as access to the site and protection of the property's sensitive earth and life science features will be addressed in the planning process.

Badlands Background Document - updated October 2012 (.pdf, 3.9 MB)

Management Planning presentation for the Cheltenham Badlands, June 18, 2014 (.pdf, 2.9 MB)


Interested in filming in the Cheltenham Badlands?

Commercial filming/photography at Cheltenham Badlands is no longer allowed.