Nature Trails near Cataract, Ontario

Cataract is located in the amalgamated community of the Town of Caledon.

The story of this Caledon hamlet begins with just that – the cataract, a large, sheer downpouring of rushing water; a waterfall that best shows off the essence of the Niagara Escarpment. It sits on the very edge of the spectacular Credit River Canyon, as the river drops a dramatic seventy feet and becomes a thunderous source of power.

The Forks of the Credit area that Cataract is in was an important centre in the 19th Century. Three stone quarries employing 400 men provided stone for the Ontario legislative building at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Casa Loma, the Old City Hall on Bay Street and many majestic University of Toronto buildings.

The hamlet fell largely silent before becoming an exclusive residential area, set in its spectacular geography.  In recent years the former railway line that played such a role in the development of this boom town was removed, and the bed became the popular Elora-Cataract Trailway.

Some of Ontario's best hiking trails and nature trails are near Cataract.

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The 47 kilometre (29 mile) Elora Cataract Trailway links the Grand and Credit watersheds and follows the old Canadian Pacific railroad bed. It runs through rolling countryside east of Elora, through the historic community of Fergus and past Belwood Lake to the Forks...