Ontario’s Rolling Red Hills Are Like Taking A Trip To Mars

This spot will abduct your heart!
Ontario's Cheltenham Badlands Will Transport You To Mars
Associate Editor

Ever dreamed of visiting outer space? It turns out you don't need to become an astronaut to visit some otherworldly landscapes. This spot in Ontario will transport you straight to planet Mars, no spaceship required. You'll be over the moon as soon as you set foot in Ontario's Cheltenham Badlands

Less than an hour drive from Toronto, you can find a little piece of space that's landed itself on planet Earth.

The Cheltenham Badlands were formed millions of years ago at the base of an ancient sea, and are now the perfect place to go exploring. 

The unique red colour of the land is caused by iron oxide. You can even find green bands stretching across the hills surfaces, which is a result of groundwater changing the oxide from red to green.

These barren, clay hills stretch into the distance, creating the illusion that you've rocketed away from Earth for the day.

Two trails wind their way through this rust-coloured land. The Badlands Trail will lead you along the boardwalk to a viewing area, where you can take in the vast landscape of hills and gullies.

Due to erosion and destruction of the clay hills, walking on the badlands themselves is not permitted.

However, you can still enjoy the scenery from the boardwalk, which runs right along the area.

There is a spacious parking lot available at the trail, and it costs $10 to use it. The area is normally open from April to October each year. 

However, it's important to note that due to the provincial lockdown, the area has been shut down since March 24, and will remain closed until further notice.*

If you're looking for some more out-of-this-world spots, you can check out some of these natural wonders across the province.

From twinkling star gazing spots to ancient caves, the province has endless adventure opportunities to offer.

Hop in your shuttle and jet off to this galactic spot which is sure to rock your world!

Cheltenham Badlands

Price: $10 parking

When: April - October

Address: Cheltenham Badlands, Caledon, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a trip to Mars by visiting these rolling red clay hills.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.