Friday, June 5, 2015

Caledon’s Cheltenham Badlands, Canada

We drove a couple of hours to reach Caledon to see the bizarre spectacle, Badlands.  "Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water." 

When we learned that the place was going to be fenced down and its going to be close to the public, we hied off right away.  We arrived early morning and there were no guards so we were free to roam and walk around the reddish grounds.  The place reminded me of the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines.  

"The reddish hue of the Queenston Shale is caused by iron oxide, while narrow greenish bands show where groundwater has transformed the rock from red to green iron oxide. The cause of this phenomenon was poor farming practices in the 1930’s which caused overgrazing of this land and the resultant exposure of the Queenston shale that supports little or no vegetation."

A vertical panoramic shot of the beautiful barren landscape...

After our visit, we got the news form the Ontario Heritage Trust:

The Cheltenham Badlands are temporarily closed to the public. A protective fence has been erected to restrict access and prevent further damage to the Badlands while a Master Plan is being developed to guide future conservation and public access to the site. The area will remain closed for several years while consultation, planning and fundraising are underway. For more information, visit:

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