Some very nice scenery, rocks, escarpment, views of the landscape, Niagara Escarpment, but unfortunately a very visited area. Dangerous trail for hikers in places. There are mountain bike trails and some bikers are very irresponsible.
In the winter a ski resort Glen Eden with a very small slope (for kids) Lake Kelso was built for flood control of Sixteen Mile Creek and has a sandy beach for swimmers in the summer.
This park has an area of 3.97 square kilometres
Kelso Conservation Area is located on the former Alexander family farm. A notable family member was Adam Alexander III, who harnessed the power of a stream running over the Niagara Escarpment to generate enough electricity for his house and his farm machinery. This was at a time when his contemporaries still used coal, kerosene, and horse powered machinery.
Around 1830, Charles Christie had settled in the area from Scotland and saw the potential for quarrying at the site. His son, David Darling Christie, expanded on the quarry interest at Kelso when the Credit Valley Railway was built through the area in 1879. The present kilns were built in the 1880s and continued operation until 1929.
Considered the best preserved lime kilns in Ontario, the Christie-Henderson lime kilns are located within Kelso Conservation Area. In the 19th century, the lime mortar industry was vital to the growth of towns. Lime was used in the building industry, glass manufacturing and as a disinfectant.
The Amabel Dolomite forms the cap rock of the Niagara Escarpment and extends along the western margin of the map-area from Milton to Cheltenham.
Photography Mik Herman for GeonMagazine
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