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Itinerary: Midweek Meander

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There’s something special about exploring hidden gems when most people are at work.  You feel like a special guest enjoying popular sights while everything feels more spacious and serene.  If you like to take the time to experience your adventure at a slower pace, visit the gorgeous Caledon countryside during the week; enjoy its many outdoor experiences and wander its small villages with plenty of opportunities to browse for interesting finds.  Get lost in Caledon’s hills as you find a different view round every corner! 

Midweek Meander

Traveller tip: Get your personal copy of Explore Caledon map & guide - email or pick one up at Barrie, Niagara or Toronto Ontario Travel Information Centres

Day 1 

Start you day with one of our outdoor, farm-fresh experiences where you can browse farm markets, and perhaps pick-your-own apples. Try Albion Orchards (open 10 a.m.), Dixie Orchards (open 10am), or Downey's Farm (open 9 a.m.). 

Or enjoy a walk through 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.  

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Head to the famous Cheltenham Badlands on Olde Baseline Road.  This popular site will be busy at weekends and on holidays so take your time browsing this unique natural feature with fewer visitors around.  

Why not take a leisurely lunch at the Brampton Flight Centre Restaurant Café, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and watch the airplanes take off and land!  Take a short walk to the Great War Flying Museum, open 11 to 4 Tues & Thurs and explore first world war aviation history.  

Explore some truly local food and drink surrounded by apple orchards at Spirit Tree Estate Cidery (closed Mon/Tue), which offers homemade, award-winning cider, bread & pastries. Take a tour and, if you didn’t pick apples earlier, now’s your chance! 

If the museum doesn’t fit your meandering schedule, you could play a round of golf at the Caledon Country Club, which offers mid-week rates.  

Head into Inglewood and explore the heritage of the village with a walking tour.  Alternatively, rent bikes from Caledon Hills Cycling and take a gentle ride along the Caledon Trailway! 

Enjoy dinner at one of our country inns and fine restaurants before you head to your accommodation where you more likely to find a midweek deal!  Settle down and enjoy a relaxing stay before you embark on the second day of your midweek meander.  

Day 2 

Our parks and conservation areas are sure to delight the senses. The Forks of the Credit Provincial Park has a beautiful kettle lake, the Credit River, trails and Hoffman Lime Kiln ruins; here you can enjoy fishing, cycling, hiking, or picnicking.  

Head north to the village of Alton.  Take some time to browse the Alton Mill (closed Mon/Tue).  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.  You could chat with the artists and even see some works being created as you watch! 

Have lunch either in the village at Ray’s 3rd Generation Bistro (closed Sun/Mon) or head over to Millcroft Inn & Spa where you can dine in the Headwaters Restaurant on French classical cuisine with country flair.  

If relaxing and pampering is your thing, spend the rest of the afternoon luxuriating in Millcroft’s spa and outdoor hot springs pools – during the week, day passes are available. 

Or if you prefer a leisurely stroll, take a Heritage Walking Tour and learn about some of the historic buildings of Alton.  The village was settled in the early 1800s on the banks of Shaw's Creek (a tributary of the Credit River) and was a thriving industrial centre. 

But if you are a golfer, now’s your chance to enjoy one of the area’s top courses!  TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley has several well-priced options for mid-week visits.  Choose from the Hoot, North or Heathlands courses.  

If you’re not a golfer, take a walk in Upper Credit Conservation Area, or head down 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! 

Pick up some treats at one of our village stores or country markets before you head home full of Caledon country air, refreshed and excited for your next adventure!