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May 4 - October 31, 2020

#StepIntoNature with Cathy & Cee

We would like to welcome Cathy and Cee to Healthy Hikes! Both are in their 20s and have enjoyed outdoor adventures over the past few years. They have a popular blog, Bitten Escapes, about their outdoor adventures where they share tips and help others have fun while exploring the outdoors locally and abroad. In this multi-part series, they’re visiting Conservation Areas to let others know what to do before going on their healthy hike.

Looking for a different kind of adventure? If you love hiking and rock climbing, Old Baldy Conservation Area might be the perfect spot for a beautiful day outside.

The conservation area has three short trails: Main Trail (1.2 km), Bruce Trail – Main Trail (1.4 km) and Bruce Trail – Side Trail (0.6 km). A 15-minute hike from the parking lot will lead you through open fields and forests to the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Beaver Valley and the Village of Kimberley.

Past the beautiful panoramic views, there is a trail leading down to the base of the escarpment where you can find over 100 bolted climbing routes from beginner to expert. Many of the routes are for moderate to advanced sport and traditional climbers, with most of them starting at the 5.10 level or higher.

If rock climbing isn't your thing, don't worry! You can still spend some time hiking the trails. One of our favourite parts of Old Baldy were the amazing views you can see from the top of the escarpment, 200 metres above Beaver Valley. Pack a lunch and sit on the top of the cliff overlooking the farms and woodland below.

Nestled on the scenic Niagara Escarpment, Old Baldy Conservation Area is a great place for a hiking and rock climbing adventure. Pack your rope, hiking boots and helmet, and get ready for a fun day out admiring the breathtaking views.

Old Baldy Conservation Area Q&A:

  • Where is it located?
    It's located at Sideroad 7B, Grey Highlands, Ontario.

  • What are the hours of operation?
    It opens at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

  • Is there an admission fee?
    Yes. There is a day pass for $6 or a season's pass for $40. The parking fee is included in both passes. The zone is 3004. There are a few ways you can pay:

    1. Online or through a smartphone/tablet
      Download the MacKay Meters app or use the website to pay.

    2. By calling 1-844-334-7078

  • What's the difficulty of the trails?
    All of the trails range from easy to difficult levels. There are some steep cliffs with rocky terrain. The trails are fairly short with only about three kilometres of hiking trails.

  • Can I bring my dog?
    Yes, just make sure they’re leashed.

  • What can I do or see here?
    You can go hiking or rock climbing.

We hope this information is helpful to you while you Step into Nature and boost your health. Remember to snap a photo and share it on social media with #HealthyHikes and #StepIntoNature. We want to see what fun adventures you get yourself into!

If you're planning a visit and need more information about this Conservation Area, please visit ontarioconservationareas.ca.

Happy adventuring!
Cathy & Cee