Caledon and its lush, unspoiled rural countryside, repurposed 19th century buildings and equestrian associations draw in visitors from all over the world. With few people relative to its large size, there’s plenty of space to flock to its relaxing retreats and scenic getaways. Many of Caledon’s old historic industrial structures have either been kept or maintained by their local communities and converted into modern fixtures. Case in point: the Alton Mill Arts Centre, a mill converted into an art gallery and community centre. Visitors will also love exploring Caledon’s many gorgeous conservation areas and trails, some of which welcome pets and offer horseback riding options. After a day of exploring, visitors can rest in the quaint bed and breakfasts located all over the city and spend their afternoons perusing the produce grown in many local Caledon farms and orchards.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Caledon, scroll down or visit the town's tourism website.
Where is Caledon?
Caledon is a municipality in the Peel Region, at the northwest border of Brampton. It attributes much of its famous topography to the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment converging into the Caledon Hills. Being mostly rural, Caledon has yet to have its own universal transit system, but it is easy to reach by bus (50 minutes from the Brampton Bus Terminal) and by car (60 kilometres and under an hour’s drive away from downtown Toronto). It also has an expansive network of railroads that make it easy to get around the city.
Things to Do in Caledon
Caledon is known for stunning landscapes, farms and relaxing wellness retreats, perfect for weary travellers seeking a quiet refuge from the urban hubbub. Whether you’re an avid gourmand, hiker, angler, equestrian or simply a curious traveller, you can find something exciting and new in Caledon.
Visit the Cheltenham Badlands, a fascinating topographical feature of Caledon that consists of exposed and eroded shale. Visitors will also love the Belfountain Conservation Area and its many photogenic waterfalls, cliffs, fountains, suspension bridges and caves. Anglers will appreciate Glen Haffy Conservation Park, with its rainbow trout-filled ponds and fish hatcheries, set amid a backdrop of dramatic hills and forests.
Get to know Caledon’s heritage of farming by visiting its many farm markets and estates. Indulge your gastronomical and beverage inclinations at a cidery, winery or orchard - many have a bit of everything. Visitors can also get their hands on Caledon’s freshest apples plucked straight from a tree, the finest raw honey and maple syrup at the Albion Orchards and Country Market.
Caledon also has a thriving equestrian community and a reputation as one of the foremost equestrian centres in Canada. Horse enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Caledon’s many horse breeding farms, stables, ranches, riding schools and equestrian events. The Caledon Equestrian Park welcomes all visitors to participate and admissions are free. Visitors will grow familiar with the many horses galloping along the many trails of Caledon, a perfect opportunity to observe their majesty up close.
Caledon Neighbourhoods & Districts
Caledon, despite its physical size, is a collection of rural townships with small populations. This lends every Caledon attraction a quaint and laid-back atmosphere that visitors will find homey and inviting. From the forested landscapes of Belfountain to the more fast-paced vibe of Bolton, You’ll be sure to find something unique in every hamlet and village you visit.
The urban heart of Caledon, where most of its restaurants and shopping centres are located.
A small and historic Caledon community with 19th century buildings.
A Caledon village that still has its 19th century general store and railway. It’s home to the Caledon Trailway, which runs around all of Caledon, making it an easy favourite among bikers, horseback riders and hikers.
Things to Know About Visiting Caledon
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Caledon, you'll appreciate what the locals recommend.
Cheltenham Badlands or “the red clay hills” is a geological treasure. Formed at the base of an ancient sea about 450 million years ago, the red and wavy texture of the earth here is some of the most unique topography in Canada.
There are 21 ghost hamlets located in Caledon and the surrounding area. Ghost hamlets are places that once housed a small community but were unable to sustain a large enough population to maintain village status.