Cheltenham Badlands

Cheltenham Badlands – Caledon, Ontario

Cheltenham Badlands is a small example of Badlands formation in Caledon, Ontario. The site is located on the southside of Old Base Line Road (between Ontario Highway 10 and Creditview Road/Peel Regional Road 12) and features exposed and eroded Queenston Shale. The formation is located along the Niagara Escarpment. The formation was exposed by poor farming practices in the 1930s that led to soil erosion and exposed the underlying shale. The formation is mostly red in colour due to iron oxide deposits with some faint green streaks due to ground water percolation changing the red iron oxide into green iron…