Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas in Caledon

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Major river systems, the Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment shape Caledon's landscape. With a Provincial Park and many Conservation Areas, thousands of acres are preserved for your outdoor enjoyment.

Our natural escapes are popular. Don't be disappointed. Check with your destination below to see if you can reserve your spot in advance.

Conservation Areas



Cheltenham Badlands

Scheduled to re-open June 19th. RESERVATIONS ONLY.

Reservations open June 11th.

The Cheltenham Badlands is one of Ontario’s geological treasures, first formed at the base of an ancient sea over 400 million years ago. The site is a provincially significant area of natural and scientific interest and one of the most recognizable and visited natural heritage landmarks in southern Ontario.

The Badlands trail connects directly with the Bruce Trail, south of the property.

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Albion HillsAlbion Hills Conservation Area

OPEN. Entrance payable by Debit or Credit ONLY.

16500 Regional Road 50, Caledon

Set on the banks of the Humber River, Albion Hills is a 486 hectare Conservation Area offering dramatic scenery, exciting activities and excellent facilities.

This Conservation Area is the outdoor enthusiast dream.  With exceptional amenities and great camping, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking and more!

In the winter enjoy 26 kilometres of groomed and track-set trails suited to beginner, intermediate and expert level skiers. Enjoy a heated chalet available with a cafe.

Cross country ski, snowshoe, toboggan, skate or check out the fat bikes - bring your own equipment or rent on site, the fresh winter air and fantastic trails await you! Check snow conditions at Ski Ontario.

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Palgrave ForestPalgrave Forest and Wildlife Area

OPEN. There are no washrooms at this site.

Regional Road 50, south of Finnerty Side Road, Caledon

Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area sits on 306 hectares within the Humber River watershed on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Most of the area is covered by forest that provides much-needed habitat to many plants and animals, including about 200 species whose populations have been declining in the Greater Toronto Region.

Enjoy 33 kilometres of trails by foot, bike, skis, snowshoes or on horseback (2 of 3 trails).

Parking is available off Highway 50, Duffy's Lane or Finnerty Side Road.

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Glen HaffyGlen Haffy Conservation Area (April 24 - October, 2021)

OPEN for the season.

19245 Airport Road, Caledon

This 304 hectare Conservation Area offers some of the most panoramic views in southern Ontario. Wander into Glen Haffy's trails, and find yourself entering a natural escape. Wide trails weave through a landscape of trees that reach far into the sky. Surrounding you is nothing but the soothing sound of nature's tune.

There are three serene hiking trails: the Green Trail (0.85 km or 30 minutes), the Red Trail (2.7 km or 60 minutes), and the Blue Trail (2.5 km or 45 minutes).

Glen Haffy also offers a trout pond stocked with rainbow trout, what a great way for recreational fishers to enjoy a summer afternoon, close to the city. This park is also home to a fish hatchery. Each year, thousands of rainbow trout are raised for stocking the ponds here and at Heart Lake Conservation Area. The Headwaters Trout Ponds are available for groups who wish to reserve them for a fly fishing event.

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BelfountainBelfountain Conservation Area (CLOSED)

CLOSED for 2021, including access from the Trimble Trail, due to multiple restoration projects underway.

There is plenty to see and do at Belfountain. A nature trail spans the river gorge using a suspension bridge and then winds along the steep sides of the Escarpment requiring steady feet and approximately 30 minutes to walk. 

A short distance downstream is the juncture of the West and main Credit Rivers, the scenic "Forks of the Credit" area. These can be reached by a rugged hike down into the valley along the Trimble Trail that will take you out of the Conservation Area. 
Walkways, a beautiful fountain, gardens, historic stonework including a cave and a grinding stone from a gristmill that once stood beside the river add interest to this beautiful site.

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Ken WhillansKen Whillans Resource Management Area (April 24 - November, 2021)

OPEN for the season.

16026 Hurontario Street, Caledon

This 88 hectare property offers a diverse range of recreational opportunities and is a unique Conservation Area in CVC's system. 

As a Resource Management class Conservation Area, Ken Whillans is managed primarily to provide natural resource related benefits such as fish and wildlife opportunities or flood protection initiatives.

The area sports a great view of the Niagara Escarpment's 'Devils Pulpit' area and offers two ponds for anglers to catch bass, perch and recently stocked trout. ( NOTE: Bass season opens the fourth Saturday in June). CVC has recommended catch and release policies within these ponds.

Access to the Credit River allows anglers even more opportunity for fishing. The area provides direct access to the popular Caledon Trailway, a rail-trail offering walking, cycling and equestrian use, though no horses are allowed in the Conservation Area off the Caledon Trailway. 

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Upper CreditUpper Credit Conservation Area

OPEN with limitations.  Check on Park Conditions before you go.

20073 Porterfield Road, Caledon

Upper Credit Conservation Area is 162 hectares of land popular for hiking, bird watching and snowshoeing. 

This unique area is also made up of over 12 acres of provincially significant wetlands and is part of the Alton Wetland Complex. Wetlands improve source water protection and provide homes for a wide variety of amphibians and mammals.

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Terra CottaTerra Cotta Conservation Area

OPEN with limitations. Check to see if the park is at capacity. Admission must be paid online before you go.

14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Terra Cotta

This Conservation Area consisting of almost 200 hectares of unique natural environment is an excellent representation of the Niagara Escarpment. A variety of trails take you past forests, fields, lakes and ponds and accommodates all levels of trail users, from beginner to expert with a variety of terrains and distances.

Take part in a series of year-round programs that range from guided nature hikes, wildlife drawing classes, presentations by accomplished authors, hands-on workshops and fascinating demonstrations. All programs are open to the public and educators and take place in the newly renovated Watershed Learning Centre. Programs are generally included with regular admission.

While in the area don't miss the historic Terra Cotta Inn, a lovely restaurant located in the hamlet on King Street.

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Forks of the CreditForks of the Credit Provincial Park

The park is OPEN with limitations. 

Hours: Mon. - Sun. 8am to Sunset *Park gate may close at any time if Park capacity is reached.

Guarantee your parking spot and book a Daily Vehicle Permit. Available 5 days in advance.

McLaren Road, south of Charleston Sideroad, Caledon

This 282 hectare Provincial Park is a favorite for cross-country skiing, hiking, and fishing. 

Part of the Niagara Escarpment biosphere, the views are spectacular and the Credit River offers the sounds and beauty that only a river can bring.  
Several trails meander through the property including the Bruce Trail and the Trans Canada Trail (which allows horseback riding). 
  • Ontario's Provincial Parks offer Summer or Annual Day-Use Vehicle Permits. You will need to reserve ahead, but you can enjoy unlimited day-use at Ontario's Provincial Parks with one of these passes.

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