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Seeking Input: Lower Grand River Visitor Experience

HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON –Haldimand County is currently developing a Lower Grand River Visitor Experience Strategy. As part of the consultation process, Haldimand County is inviting community members to participate in an online survey to gather insights that will shape the strategic direction of tourism development in the region.

The Grand River is woven into the fabric of Haldimand County, having served as a vital artery for commerce, and recreation. It holds a deep connection to the area’s cultural heritage.  Celebrating its 30th year, in 2024, as a recognized Canadian Heritage River, the Grand River stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of Canadian history. The Lower Grand River Visitor Experience Strategy aims to unlock the river’s potential while ensuring that we are mindful of our local ecology, and sustainability and are in alignment with the needs and interests of the public.

The online survey is currently open for all members of the community including business owners, operators and community organizations. The survey closes June 7th 2024 and can be accessed at businesshaldimand.ca.

“We are committed to ensuring that the tourism developments in Haldimand County are inclusive, innovative, and environmentally sustainable,” stated Lidy Romanuk, Manager Economic Development & Tourism Division. “The community’s contributions will play a vital role in shaping a tourism framework that shapes Haldimand’s vision for tourism and the Grand River moving forward.”

The development of this strategy was made possible with financial support from; Ontario’s Tourism Development Fund (2023), as well as the Haldimand County Business Development and Advisory Committee, Grand Erie Business Centre and Regional Tourism Organization 1 – Ontario’s  Southwest.

As the Lower Grand River Visitor Experience Strategy begins to take shape, it’s clear that a collaborative effort lies at its core. “The Grand River represents significant potential for Haldimand County’s tourism sector, drawing responsible visitors and creating unforgettable experiences. It’s through our collective efforts that we can maximize its allure and ensure sustainable growth for the region” said Joanne Wolnik, Executive Director, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation.

Tauri Caputo, General Manager of the Grand Erie Business Centre, stressed the significance of community engagement in this endeavour.”We recognize that the voice of the community is paramount in shaping the future of tourism in Haldimand County,” Caputo affirmed. “That is why we are calling on residents, businesses, and organizations to share their perspectives and ideas as we begin to shape the strategy.”

Provide your feedback in our online survey.

For more information on the survey and to contribute to the Lower Grand River Visitor Experience Strategy, please visit businesshaldimand.ca or contact tourism@haldimandcounty.on.ca