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One of Ontario’s most unique landscapes has been closed off to tourists since 2015. Years of visitors caused damage to the area because of vandalism and erosion. The area has been fenced off since.
Now, thanks to the hard work of conservationists, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) and a federal grant of $115,000, the Cheltenham Badlands are set to reopen this summer.
Only one section of the park is set to open as the rehabilitation continues in the area. However, a significant portion will open once the parking facilities, viewing area, and recreational trails are completed. The rest of the Badlands will reopen through a series of phases over the next few years.
“The development of the Master Plan for the site is ongoing,” said an Ontario Heritage Trust member, Kimberley Murphy. “The plan will outline the long-term vision for the site as well as identifying major projects, new trails and other potential site enhancements to be implemented in phases.”
So, get ready to visit this remarkable part of the province. But, let’s take care of it this time.