On our way home from our PEI trip this summer we stopped by Magnetic Hill in Moncton. That night I was surprised to learn via Google that there are “magnetic” hills all over the world, with a few in Southern Ontario. And so the idea was born to try out as many as we can. Today, we picked the closest one to our house (in Caledon) and set out to find it, should it truly exist at all.
We had very little to go on, and knew we’d possibly have to try out a number of spots along the road. It turns out it was pretty easy to find. Now let me preface with this: I totally understand why this magnetic hill doesn’t have a theme park and national monument surrounding it like in Moncton. It is not nearly as impressive. However, this is what happened…
When you turn right onto Escarpment Sideroad from Highway 10, the street immediately turns north and appears to slope down, where it bottoms out and slopes every so slightly up again. If you stop your car and put it in neutral where it appears to bottom out, you will roll backwards up the hill. Unlike Moncton, though, you don’t pick up speed and make it to the top. Instead, you stop in the middle of the “hill” and hang there…no foot on brake. Of course, this is the neutral ground, the car is technically level. But if you look out the window, you see yourself as hanging in the middle of a hill. It’s cool. It’s an optical illusion. It qualifies as a magnetic hill.
Of course, in Moncton you pick up speed as you roll “up” the much bigger hill and you get right over the top. That is more impressive.
So if you want to give it a go we sussed out the exact details: Turn right onto Escarpment Sideroad and stop your car at the yellow “20” sign. Put it in neutral, foot off the brake, and roll up the hill till you “hang”. And if I’m not sitting in a kiosk to collect $5 , then you can mail it to me. 🙂
Next closest hill….Burlington….we’ll keep ya posted….(and remember the camera!)