Length of stay: 1 days
Visited: October 2021
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park is located in Caledon. It is a day-use park that features a few trails, including the Bruce Trail which extends from Niagara to Tobermory. It is especially scenic in the fall when all the leaves are changing colour.
We initially planned to spend the weekend at the cabin to celebrate our anniversary, but the forecast wasn’t looking ideal. It rained overnight and all morning, but by the early afternoon the clouds were starting to clear and we even got a bit of sun. So we decided to go to the Forks of the Credit to get some fresh air. Given the weather we figured the park would be empty. This was not the case. We had to park in the overflow parking lot since the main parking lot was full.
At the trailhead there’s a map of the entire trail system. There are a few different routes depending on how long you want to spend hiking.
We first hiked along the Meadow Trail, which as the name suggests, winds through an open meadow and up a series of sandy ridges (this was just a preview for what was to come). It also passes Kettle Lake and another smaller pond. Despite all the rain from earlier in the day, the trail wasn’t overly muddy or wet. It was, however, very crowded.
There’s a few more ups and downs (but mostly ups), until we reached the Bruce Trail. At the junction, the trail splits off into a few different directions, we followed the signs towards the falls. From here it’s a steady descent down a series of steps into the valley. This would be super fun to climb back up on the return trip. On the plus side, all the ups and downs seemed to have deterred the hoards of hikers and this portion of the trail wasn’t very busy.
At the bottom of the valley, we turned right and hiked along the Cataract Falls Trail, which leads to the falls. The trail is marked by a series of blue blazes and requires another steady ascent up a ridge. There used to be a viewing platform at the end of the trail, but this has all been blocked off and the platform has been removed.
Back in the day there were three main quarry operations in the Credit Valley, including the “Forks” Quarries. The provincial parliament buildings at Queen’s Park and Old City Hall in Toronto are two prominent buildings that used the rock found and quarried at the Credit Forks. Due to greater demand for cheaper materials like concrete and steel, the last local quarries were abandoned in the 1920s.
We turned around and walked back the way we came, but turned off to complete the rest of the loop along the Cataract Falls Trail. We passed a couple of scenic lookouts of the Forks of the Credit River and had more opportunities to just enjoy the fall foliage.
The trail loops back to the Bruce Trail, which leads to the stairs in the valley. Dark clouds were rolling in and the threat of rain was in the air. At least we were over halfway done the trail. And then it started to rain. It was a slow and steady slog up the steps. Once we reached the junction we turned right and continued along the Bruce Trail for a few hundred metres.
The trail connects with the Trans Canada Trail, which we followed back to the parking lot. Much of the trail winds through an open meadow and provides zero protection from the rain. By the time we returned to the car we were soaked.
But it didn’t matter so much since we were heading home and could change into dry clothes. For now we turned our seat warmers on and blasted the heat. Despite the rain, it was still nice to go on a hike to enjoy the fall colours.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here