Caledon promotes visitor etiquette for farms, rural areas

Media release

June 3, 2021 --  As the pandemic continues and the weather warms up, our community is looking for safe, local options to spend their evenings and weekends.  Many Peel residents are choosing to visit the beautiful villages and hamlets in the town of Caledon. 

Caledon welcomes visitors with open arms so long as they respect some basic farm etiquette. There have been increased instances of visitors trespassing on to farm property causing damage to crops and property. This can also  be unsafe for the visitor who is trespassing.

“As someone whose family has been farming for generations it is really hard to see the blatant disregard for private property and deliberate lack of respect by a careless few,” said Mayor Allan Thompson. “As farmers living in an increasingly urban environment, we are incredibly proud of the farm businesses we have invested blood, sweat and tears into. We just ask that visitors treat our property as they would their own.”

Farms and livestock are part of the rural experience and should be enjoyed as part of the scenery, but remember:

  • a farm is someone’s home and should be considered private property;
  • farm animals eat special food and should only be fed by their owners; and
  • working farms use large equipment that may be dangerous for visitors.

If you are planning a trip to Caledon, here are some things to know before you go:

  • Discover which farms are open to the public and welcome visitors (details).
  • Make a reservation before visiting a scenic or conservation area to avoid overcrowding (details).
  • If you plan to go on a hike, find out where public parking is available and obey parking restrictions (details).

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Media contact:
Catherine McLean
Director, Customer Service and Communications
905.584.2272 x. 4146 | | @YourCaledon