Charles Mack Park

Set in the 13-acres of Belfountain Conservation Area is Charles Mack Park, one of the more unusual spaces you’ll come across. Although surrounded by stunning natural landscape, it’s the man-made element here that’s interesting, as visitors walk along a series of tunnels and suspension bridges. The park was founded by Charles Mack, the somewhat eccentric inventor of the rubber stamp. Having bought the property at the start of the 20th century, he set about building all kind of quirky attractions, including a miniature Niagara Falls and a Yellowstone cave, complete with stalagmites of concrete.

Terra Cotta Conservation Area

From the Italian for “baked earth,” Terra Cotta conservation area is known for its winding roads, natural vistas and clay rock formations. On a visit to the Terra Cotta conservation area you’ll see everything from bird watching and yoga in the park in the summer, to ice-skating, cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter.

Open daylight hours in summer. Entrance: adults $5, kids $3.

Island Lake Conservation Area

The Island Lake Conservation Area is dripping in outdoor Canadiana: it hosts bass fishing derbies, a 400-acre reservoir with canoeing and kayaking, a nearly kilometre-long bridge, heated ice fishing hut rentals and more.

Located just north of downtown Orangeville, Island Lake will provide every outdoor adventure one can desire, just a short drive away.

Summer hours: Monday — Friday 8 a.m. — 9 p.m., weekends and holidays 6 a.m. — 9 p.m. Entrance: adults $5, kids $3.

The Bruce Trail Off The Gore Road

Caledon is known for its trail system, and part of that includes offshoots of the Bruce Trail. The 22-kilometre-long Palgrave Trail running from The Gore Road east brings some spectacular views of Caledon’s natural forest as you climb northeast toward the Albion Hills.


Palgrave Millpond

One minute north of downtown Palgrave on Highway 50

The millpond is known as the home of a famous community ice rink created by Ken “Ice Angel” Hunt. But during the summer months this pond, caused by the damming of the main Humber River, is teeming with life.


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