The Forks of the Credit is located in Caledon and is part of the Niagara Escarpment biosphere. It is a day-use park that features a few interconnecting trails that weave through meadows, open fields, lush forests and near the Credit River. It is especially scenic in the fall when all the leaves are changing colour.
We’ve been to Forks of the Credit twice:
At the trailhead by the main entrance there’s a map of the entire trail system. There are a few different routes depending on how long you want to spend hiking.
(1) A section of the Bruce Trail leads through Forks of the Credit and is signed with white markers on the trees. There are many side trails that criss-cross along the main trail, which provide plenty of different options for hiking.
(2) Cataract Side Trail (1.1km one-way), which follows the rim of the gorge to a view of the Cataract Falls. This was once used as an industrial waterfall. It is now surrounded by concrete ruins. There is a viewing platform closer to the falls, but it has since been removed due to erosion.
(3) Dorothy Medhurst Side Trail (440m) leads up the steep wall of the valley and connects back with the larger Bruce Trail to form a 3.9km loop.
(4) Meadow Trail winds through an open meadow with rolling hills, passing by Kettle Lake. The landscape in this park was shaped by the deposits and depressions left behind by glaciers from many thousands of years ago.
(5) Trans Canada Trail which is a short connector path that leads from the Bruce Trail back to the main parking lot. Much of the trail winds through an open field.
Other Activities and Attractions
Besides hiking, there are no other activities or facilities at Forks of the Credit, however there are a few other provincial parks and conservation areas nearby including:
- Belfountain Conservation Area
- Cheltenham Badlands
- Silver Creek Conservation Area
- Terra Cotta Conservation Area
- Mono Cliffs Provincial Park
Since this is a non-operating park, camping is not permitted.