country road in the fall

Itinerary Fall Driving Tour WEST

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It’s no secret that Caledon is a beautiful destination in the fall and a place to view some of the most regal autumn foliage in Ontario.  You love to explore unique hamlets and winding roads and the chance to snap some perfect pictures.  Caledon offers many incredible views, natural sights and unique wonders throughout our scenic countryside.  We encourage you to follow one of our itineraries to see the best of Caledon in the fall.

Fall Driving Tour: West

Traveller tip: Winston Churchill Blvd to Olde Baseline Road is currently closed.  Diversions are in place so please plan to access Terra Cotta from the south. 

Start your day with a hike at the Terra Cotta Conservation Area.  Choose from a variety of loops, explore the restored wetland ecosystem or connect with the Bruce Trail.  The fall colours reflecting in the ponds and the leaves falling along the trails make for some stunning photographic opportunities.  

Traveller Tip: Given the high popularity of the Badlands and the limited parking, we strongly suggest that you take the shuttle bus at weekends.  

A short drive along Olde Baseline Road is the famous Cheltenham Badlands.  There are stunning views of this unique natural feature from the brand new boardwalk.  Either take the shuttle back to your car, or turn right out of the parking lot, first right and first right again to travel west along Boston Mills Road.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, explore some truly local food and drink surrounded by apple orchards at Spirit Tree Estate Cidery (Wed-Sun), which offers homemade, award-winning cider, bread, and pastries.  Take a tour and treat yourselves to some fresh pies or Spirit Tree’s signature stone-baked pizza.  Or take a short hop along King Street to the Brampton Flight Centre Restaurant Café, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and watch the airplanes take off and land! 

Drive north on the scenic McLaughlin Road towards Inglewood. Stop for treats at the Inglewood Village Store and enjoy the grounds and gardens.  

Depending on how energetic you feel, you could rent bikes from Caledon Hills Cycling and ride The Caledon Trailway – a 35km hard-packed trail, great for cycling, horse riding and hiking. 

Maybe you’d rather keep driving a little further, in which case we will take you to the end of McLaughlin Road, left on Forks of the Credit Road (one of the most scenic in Caledon) then right on McLaren, a brief drive left on Charleston Side Road and north (right) on Main Street into Alton.  

Spend some time at the Alton Mill.  Built in 1881, the Mill houses a unique blend of studios, galleries, shops, café and event space, as well as a fascinating heritage exhibit. Plan ahead and register for a class or workshop – from painting and drawing to photography and pottery.  Or simply discover the perfect piece of art, hand-crafted objects in clay, glass, wood or fibre, and exquisite jewellery.  There are many interesting vignettes to snap in the area – be sure not to miss the Millpond. 

If you’re heading home to the south, take Highway 10 and make sure you end your day’s exploring by visiting the Inglewood Antiques Market, on the east side just south of Grange Side Road.  This old apple barn houses several antique dealers offering a fabulous inventory of furniture, including Canadiana, English and French formal as well as shabby chic decorative pieces for the creative decorator. 

Or take Highway 9 instead and drive down Airport Road, making sure you stop off at two local favourites – Awesome Blossom, on the east side just south of Escarpment Side Road, and, just south of Patterson Side Road on the other side is Rock Garden Farms. 

Enjoy dinner at one of our country inns or fine restaurants before heading home. 

Traveller tip: Share your pictures with us on Instagram @yourcaledon #visitcaledon #explorecaledon 

Come back and visit Caledon again soon!