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Cheltenham Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands are  located near the villages of Cheltenham and Inglewood on the southeast side of Olde Base Line Road in Caledon, Ontario. In the early 1900's this land was productive farmland but poor farming practices caused the shallow topsoil to erode away and expose the underlying Queenston shale. Weather conditions over time caused rapid erosion of the shale, resulting in the ridge and gully landscape we see today.  In 2015 these lands were fenced off and closed to the public due to the excessive amount of visitors which caused damage and accelerated the erosion. In 2018 the area re-opened with limited access that includes an accessible boardwalk observation area, educational signage and a new parking lot. This gallery contains images I created of the badlands prior to 2015 when walking on the landscape was still permitted. Hover over image for file number and description. Click on image to enlarge. 

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