Caledon Ontario, Canada
Caledon is a town, large in size but mostly rural, in the Peel region of the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment and the Credit River run through the town, and there are many areas of natural beauty.
In terms of land use, Caledon is somewhat urban, though it is primarily rural in nature. Many of Toronto's wealthiest citizens own large country estates in the area, among them many members of the Eaton Family, Norman Jewison, and the inventors of the board game Trivial Pursuit. It consists of an amalgamation of a number of urban areas, villages, and hamlets; its major urban centre is Bolton, located on its eastern side adjacent to York Region.
Caledon Ontario Attractions
By T. Payne
Boasting a population of about 60 000 residents, Caledon can be found in the municipality of Peel, Ontario. Caledon is home to an emerging urban centre, but is primarily rural in nature.
Caledon has become known as a retreat for the rich. Many of Toronto's wealthiest residents have country homes in Caledon. This list includes Norman Jewison and the Eaton family. Although not from Toronto, Elton John is also rumoured to have an estate in the area. It is also Canada's safest town as rated by Maclean's.
Caledon is not just an escape for the rich though, it has a wealth of attractions geared towards a more everyday lifestyle:
1. Cheltenham Badlands: "Badlands" is a geological term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. This type of formation is not very prominent in Ontario, which makes this site very rare.
Areas like this are much more popular in Southwestern USA. This particular "badlands" is full of red hued rolling hills. It feels like you are on the surface of Mars. The badlands are a popular hiking destination that offer a beginner-intermediate level hike coming in at 11 km. It is also a very popular spot for photographers since this geology is so rare in Ontario.
2. Belfountain Conservation Area: No one will blame you for hyperbole if you called this one of the 519 area codes most beautiful places. This conservation area includes waterfalls, gorges and the stunning forks of the credit river area.
Where the badlands offers a beginners hike, Belfountain offers something for more experienced hikers. The trail includes a suspension bridge across a river gorge. Once across the bridge, the trail winds along the steep sides of the Escarpment. You definitely want steady feet for this one.
3. The Caledon Trailway: This trailway follows the path of an unused rail line that at one time stretched from Barrie to Hamilton. In 1989 Caledon purchase 35 km of the rail line for a trail. In 1995 that stretch became the first officially designated portion of the Trans Canada Trail.
Caledon's (east) Stationlands Park has a Trans Canada Trail pavilion, which is also the first of it's kind. Here you can check out commemorative panels, ponds and a developing arboretum. You can also peruse Caledon's very own Walk of Fame!
It is no surprise that the three attractions I mentioned all involve nature. That is the allure of Caledon. It is a quick drive to Toronto, but it offers a completely different landscape. That is the reason why Torontonians seem to flock to the Caledon countryside. It is Canada's most earth friendly city as well, that means the residents are keen on keeping Caledon a green retreat.
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