Magical Winter Hiking Spots in Caledon
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head over to Caledon for a magical winter hike! Here in Caledon, we have an abundance of beautiful trails and conservation areas that will allow you to connect with Mother Nature. During winter, these six locations are particularly stunning for a hike:
Upper Credit Conservation Area
The Upper Credit Conservation Area is Caledon's hidden gem. Located in the Alton village, this 400-acre property provides excellent views of the Credit River, natural wetlands, forests and meadows throughout the park. This location is also great for spotting wildlife and birding due to the green corridor. This conservation area is open throughout the winter, and parking and admissions are free at this location.
Albion Hills Conservation Park
Located in the rolling hills of Caledon, the Albion Hills Conservation Park is a 1200 acre property with over 50 km of trails that you can explore for as long as your heart desires. This location also has a lot of amenities such as accessible facilities, washrooms, and ski and fat bike rentals available throughout the winter. For parking and admissions information visit CVC's website.
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
The Forks of the Credit Provincial Park is one of the most popular hiking spots in Caledon all year round. A portion of the famous 900 km Bruce Trail (from Tobermory to Niagara) runs through this park. Along this trail you can enjoy amazing views of the Credit River and view the frozen Cataract Falls. There are also many other scenic trails at this park including Dominion Trail, Kettle trail, Meadow trail, and the Trans Canada Trail. Due to this spot's popularity, reservations are required for admission — please visit Ontario Parks’ website for more information.
Terra Cotta Conservation Area
Located in the Niagara Escarpment, the Terra Cotta Conservation Area is a 485-acre park with a variety of trails that wander through mature forests, streams, and ponds. The park has well groomed trails that vary in levels of difficulty from Easy to Strenuous so there's something for everyone. Besides hiking, this location is also popular for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and skating. Visit CVC's website for more information on admission fees.
Location: Terra Cotta
Bolton Resource Management Tract
The Bolton Resource Management Tract (BRMT) is located along the Humber River and partially within the Oak Ridges Moraine. This 973-hectare property has a mix of rolling terrain, forests and wetlands for you to explore. The BRMT has many trails including the 6 km long Humber Valley Multi-Use Trail. While trails are open to the public all year round, they are not winter maintained. Hence, it is recommended that visitors stay on designated trails and off frozen rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands and marshes.
If you are up for the challenge, you can explore most of Caledon with a hike along the Caledon Trailway. Spanning Caledon from Terra Cotta to Palgrave, this 35 km multi-use trail follows an abandoned rail line built in 1877. The trail offers a variety of different scenic views as it goes through various townships. Caledon East is a popular rest-stop amongst hikers/bikers for enjoying some baked treats or coffee. Parking for at least a few cars is found at most road crossings. Larger parking areas are found at: Gore Road north of Old Church Road, Caledon East (Town facilities lots on Old Church Road), Ken Whillans RMA on Highway 10, east side of McLaughlin Road in Inglewood, and on Winston Churchill Blvd near Terra Cotta.
Location: Terra Cotta to Palgrave
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