As we welcome summer amid reopenings, we can all indulge in notions of traditional summer fare like patios, barbecues…and road trips!

Of course, Barrie’s central location makes us a prime hub to launch car voyages through the warm weather months.Β  Every Thursday through September, we’ll bring a new Ontario destination you can reach in a reasonable amount of travel time. And if you’ve got some suggestions, we want to hear them!

Road Trippin’ – Part 4

Cheltenham Badlands

The closest you might come to exploring Mars is a trip to the Cheltenham Badlands. The area is currently fenced off. But you can still take in the views of the undulating red hills and gullies of iron-rich Queenston shale. The shale was deposited 445 million years ago and the shape it takes now is due to questionable farming practices in the 1900s that led to erosion of the red shale bedrock.

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Did you know we have badlands here in Ontario? I didn't. The Cheltenham Badlands is an unusual sight near Caledon. While not nearly as impressive as other badlands I have seen, it is an interesting formation to see here. If you decide to visit, please don't breach the fence and climb on the formation. I saw a couple people trying to figure out how to get in there. Told them there is a fence for a reason. ______________________________________________ #badlands #ontario #canada #caledon #cheltenhambadlands #discover #discoverontario #landscape #clay #erosion #nature #sony #a7iii #bealpha

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In and around Caledon, the badlands were in fact closed off in June of 2015 due to “massive overuse” and concerns that human activity would erode the relatively soft, red shale surface of their rounded hills and gullies. They finally re-opened late in 2018. The added enhancements to the area, such as bridges and fences, now give members of the public access to the site in a way that supports long-term conservation efforts.

It’s FREE to view The Badlands, however paid parking is in effect. These parking fees go towards the maintenance and conservation efforts so your dollars are needed and appreciated.

Approx. Driving time from Barrie: 1 hr, 35 minutes.

What did you think of Road Trippin’ – Part 4? Let us know in the comments, or let us know if you’ve been there! We’d love to share your pics! And if you are a business in Barrie that is open during Stage 2, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.Β