Discover the Hidden Gems of Haldimand County: A Perfect Weekend Getaway


Haldimand County © Dudek Photography

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and embark on a journey to Haldimand County, a charming destination, part of Ontario’s Southwest, where the Grand River gracefully meets Lake Erie. Just under a two-hour drive from Toronto, this picturesque region is home to peaceful countryside, small quaint towns, and countless unique local experiences waiting to be discovered.

Slow Down and Soak in the Views

In Haldimand County, the local mantra is to slow down and enjoy the view. As you stroll through the quiet wooded trails or pedal along flat, paved roads hugging the shoreline of Lake Erie and the Grand River, you’ll be treated to breathtaking landscapes.

For those who prefer guided experiences, Forest Fit provides immersive forest adventures, inviting you to connect with nature in a whole new way. From vigorous hikes to slow fitness combined with thoughtful meditation, Forest Fit understands that the great outdoors is the best kind of gym, and they invite adventurers of all skill levels to take on the trails with them.

Calling all biking enthusiasts! Haldimand offers some of the finest riding experiences around. No bike? No problem! Dixon Cycle in Caledonia offers bike rentals, ensuring you can tour Haldimand on two wheels without hassle.

For a one-of-a-kind two-wheeled adventure, check out The Dunnville Grand Tour, a weekend-long event for cyclists of all skill levels. Explorers can take on Haldimand’s scenic routes at their own pace—this year’s tour takes place in August, and there’s still time to register!

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Delve into Local History at Museums

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Haldimand County by visiting its captivating museums. Ruthven Park National Historic Site, with its grand Greek Revival estate, promises an awe-inspiring journey through time. Explore the scenic grounds, take part in bird banding activities and events like themed afternoon teas and their Celtic Festival.

Cottonwood Mansion Museum invites you to tour its Italianate-style mansion or book their Victorian House Guest Experience, where you will travel back in time to catch a glimpse of Victorian-era life. From immersive, hands-on programming to fully costumed hosts, this quaint museum experience will leave guests with a better understanding and appreciation of Haldimand County’s unique history.

Explore Culinary Delights and the Freshest Produce

Indulge your taste buds in Haldimand’s culinary scene, where local food and beverages take center stage. Award-winning Twisted Lemon Restaurant & Boutique Inn now offers unique experience packages that include accommodations and more. Partnering with establishments like Concession Road Brewing, Toronto Motorsports Park, and Drip Hot Yoga ensures unforgettable experiences for every visitor.

For a true taste of Haldimand, visit one of the three local farmers’ markets to discover the freshest farm produce. These markets are a haven for locally sourced goods and a genuine farm-to-table experience.

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Before embarking on your adventure, don’t forget to book accommodations. Haldimand County offers a range of options, ensuring a comfortable and cozy retreat after a day filled with exploration.

For the latest updates and more fun things to do in Haldimand County, follow Tourism Haldimand on Facebook and Instagram @TourismHaldimand or visit

Find out what responsible travel means to Ontario’s Southwest by reading their Responsible Travel Pledge at

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We are located in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Here, the waters of the southern Grand River meet Lake Erie. Come and explore.


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