Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. They are characterized by steep slopes, minimal vegetation, lack of a substantial regolith and high drainage density. Okay, whatever, they're just pretty cool.
The Caledon site, located along the picturesque Niagara Escarpment, features exposed and eroded Queenston shale. At one point in time, the Cheltenham Badlands were occupied by a large river. 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 oxide.
It's a great place to bring kids, because they run up and down the hills and totally tire themselves out. Plus you can pretty much see them wherever they wander, so Mom and Dad don't have to run after them (except if they are really little, obviously).
If you visit the badlands, be sure to watch out for red bums before getting back in the car!
What sites would you like to visit this summer?