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Itinerary: Caledon with Kids

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Fall is a great time to explore with kids in Caledon, especially if they love the outdoors.  We promise a variety of family-friendly adventures, from animals to hikes and bikes, farms and outdoor parks.  Pack up your vehicle (loaded with bikes maybe) and head off to the beautiful Caledon Countryside for a day of family exploring!

Caledon with Kids

Traveller tip: leashed dogs are welcome in the Equestrian Park, most conservation areas and along the Caledon Trailway. 

The Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave has real live horse action, which you can watch for free during the event season (ends September 30th), and learn a bit about equine competition while you’re visiting!  

Depending on how your kids like to explore, you could head just a little west of the Park to hike the Bruce Trail and learn about some of the area’s natural treasures. 

If you love to mountain bike, don’t miss Albion Hills Conservation Area where you can explore many trails through the woods.  If you don’t have bikes, you can rent them here.  As the weather cools, you could try fat bikes!   

A less challenging option is to park at the Caledon Trailway, a 35km hard-packed trail, safer for younger riders.  Ride to Caledon East & stop for lunch, ice cream or treats and a little browsing – check out the Great Trail Pavilion and Walk of Fame. 

Traveller tip: there’s bike parking and a bike repair station along the trail, just east of Airport Road. 

Or how about trying your hand at fishing!  The Glen Haffy Conservation Area fish hatchery raises rainbow trout.  You can see them growing in the hatchery ponds before they are released for catch and keep sport (limit of two).  If you’ve never tried it before, you can borrow a fishing rod here!  It’s also a great place to hike and you could take some gorgeous pictures along the trails. 

Maybe it’s time to get on the water!  Head to Ken Whillans where you can rent a canoe and take a short paddle.  Hike along the Harvest Trail around the ponds and linger at the northeast corner to enjoy a view of the Niagara Escarpment’s Devil’s Pulpit! 

There are many farm markets and can often pick your own seasonal produce at the farm! 

Traveller tip: check out the farms’ websites for apple and pumpkin picking times. 

Many farms also offer family activities, animals and other attractions.  Try Downey's Farm where you can also visit the farm market for fresh produce; treats such as maple syrup, cheese, jam and fresh bakery; and the grown-ups can shop for fruit wine from the winery!  

At Dixie Orchards,  pick your own apples (try the Bubble Gum flavour apples!) through early September to mid-October, visit Billy the goat or take a weekend hay ride through the orchard! 

Or you could visit Albion Orchards experience farm fresh produce in the country store, and explore the beautiful apple orchard while you decide which variety to take home.  

Be sure to pick up some local produce and tasty treats to remind you of your visit.  

Now, everyone should be thoroughly tired but full of fresh, Caledon country air and ready to head home. 

Come back and visit Caledon again soon!