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Itinerary: Photography in the Fall

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You love the outdoors and never leave home without your camera, or hey, at least a smartphone to share your finds on Instagram. You relish opportunities to see something new and take any opportunity for fresh air, outdoor fun and the perfect picture.  Fall is a stunning time in Caledon and our unique countryside promises you beautiful views, natural sights and incredible wonders. 

Fall Photography Fans!

Traveller Tip: Instagram tag us @yourcaledon #visitcaledon #explorecaledon 

Day 1 

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.  With beautiful lakes, tons of trees and an expansive boardwalk, you’re sure to find the perfect picture.  

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. 

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, treat yourselves to some fresh pies or Spirit Tree’s signature stone-baked pizza.  The apple orchards make for some interesting photographic opportunities.  

Take some time to explore the historic village of Belfountain.  Stop for coffee at the local favourite, Higher Ground, walk the Bruce Trail, watch bike riders and motorcyclists ride through the windy roads, and explore the unique stores. 

Head west to scenic Shaw’s Creek Road and along the Grange Side Road to go north where you can stop in at Heatherlea farm shoppe & butcher.  Black Aberdeen Angus cattle have been raised by this owner since the 1970s, with the herd now numbering about 140. 

As your day winds down, head to your choice of accommodation and enjoy a tasty dinner and relaxing night ready for the next day’s adventure. 

Day 2 

Visit the village of Alton and discover several architectural gems.  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.  Take Alton’s Heritage Walking Tour and enjoy the history of the village. 

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. 

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.  

To see views for miles over Caledon, head to Highpoint Side Road and take a short drive up Willoughby Road. 

Traveller Tip: Our Explore Caledon map includes scenic view suggestions.  Request one at vistcaledon@caledon.ca or pick one up at area attractions.      

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk in Upper Credit Conservation Area with its beautiful winding river views where the fall colours are sure to shine.  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! 

Round off your visit with treats at the newly opened Inglewood Village Store and relax in the gardens before you head home.  

Come back and visit Caledon again soon!