Day Hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area.

Belfountain Dam and Waterfall on the Credit River.

Belfountain Dam and Waterfall on the Credit River.

This Thanksgiving Day weekend was eventful, between catching salmon on the Don river and double turkey dinners, the girlfriend and I found some time to get out of the city to see some fall colours and to hike. I decided to surprise Tyler but taking her to one of my favourite places within a hour’s drive of Toronto, the Belfountain Conservation Area in Caledon. Located in a small community of Belfountain just south of the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park on the aptly named Forks of the Credit Road. The drive up to Belfountain was a bit of a hassle, the highways were packed and once we drove north on the 410 and Hurontario towards Forks of the Credit road we were once again meet with droves of like minded people who were out for a sunny fall drive. Forks of the Credit road is one of the most scenic roads in the GTA in my personal opinion. It winds through a tree laden valley, nestled next to the Credit river all the while engulfed by the Niagara escarpment. As the river runs through valleys and climbs steep escarpment banks, the fall views were just stunning. 

The escarpment starting to change colours.

The escarpment starting to change colours.

The pond on the Credit River at Belfountain.

The pond on the Credit River at Belfountain.

Once we battled our way through the hordes of sightseers and made our way to Belfountain, we were treated to some stunning scenery on the West Credit River. We spent our time exploring the Trimble side trail as it winded along the river as well as the Gorge loop trail, a short steep climb that takes you above the river bed and onto the escarpment. Belfountain is not a big conservation are and it can easily be explored in a span of an afternoon, but what it lacks in size it does make up in pristine views. Fall weekends like this past Thankgiving weekend get very crowded, the convenient location ensures that there will be plenty of people on hand on the trails. Regardless of the crowds I’d suggest to everyone if you have a day or afternoon free, Belfountain Conservation Area is worth the look.

Bright falls colours.

Bright falls colours.

The pond on the Credit River at Belfountain.

The pond on the Credit River at Belfountain.

A small brook is born on the Escarpment.

A small brook is born on the Escarpment.

Credit river running down a series of rapids.

Credit river running down a series of rapids.

Finally we ended our day by going to check out the Caledon Badlands. I haven’t been out to the badlands since 2013 and I really wanted to show it to Tyler as she’s never been there. I remember the last time I was there I scurried up and down the peaks and gullies of the shale formations taking pictures. But once we arrived there this time around the entire area was fenced off and closed to the public. It would appear that the high amount of foot traffic was having a detrimental effect on the land formation.

The badlands with their distinctive iron red peaks.

The badlands with their distinctive iron red peaks.

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10 thoughts on “Day Hiking at Belfountain Conservation Area.

  1. We visited Belfountain a few years ago. It is truly beautiful! And Badlands are one of my favourite places in the Toronto area. It is so unusual and otherworldly. I heard that they are planning to close them off to prevent further erosion.

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