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Belfountain Conservation Area (Caledon)

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A tiny 1.5-km trail goes around Belfountain Conservation Area. The park boasts a fountain, a pond, a "cave", rumbling waterfall and a suspension bridge. The winding path starts up the escarpment and leads us into the depths of the ravine towards a bridge crossing the crystalline river. Nice picnic spots lie at the bottom of the steps, by the water. Swimming is not allowed but you can fish. The cold, spring-fed water of the West Credit River is the perfect habitat for trout and other fish.

The man-made Yellow Stone "mini-cave" (in which we can get get into) fires up fertile imaginations and the suspension bridge just downstream from the dam is long enough to impress children. When we visited, a path began beside the fountain. It disappeared under the trees and ran alongside the roaring river that lies 25 metres below. (This was a good time to hold on to the little ones! At times, the path's incline was quite steep.) It brought us to a bridge standing one metre over the stream, where kids played a good while. It continued on the other side of the river and led us back to the suspension bridge along a challenging trail filled with roots.

Wondering what lies beyond the Belfountain trail (past the suspended bridge)? See this blog with photos and informative captions!

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