Small Town Charm

Visit any one of our quaint towns and you’ll soon discover small-town atmosphere at its best. The quiet tranquillity of these communities holds much to explore.  Take time to stop and explore our charming small towns and villages, you will find boutiques, good-eats and one-of-a-kind shops.

Learn more about Jarvis’ proud natural agricultural heritage with visit to the Walpole Antique Farm Association. Selkirk’s celebration of the rural one-room schoolhouse tradition at the Wilson MacDonald Memorial School House Museum.  Explore the tasty treats found in Caledonia at Jones Bakery, or the Argyle Street Grill and explore its downtown shops. Fuel your need for speed in Cayuga, and in Townsend, you’ll find the stunning beauty of Nanticoke Creek and three kilometres of paved and lit trail to traverse.

Caledonia

Caledonia is a picturesque community on the Canadian Heritage Grand River, just 15 minutes south of Hamilton and less than 10 minutes from the Hamilton Airport.  Parks and green spaces throughout the community provide a place to enjoy a range of sports: fishing, camping, walking, swimming, picnicking and birdwatching.

A walk along the old Towpath from the bridge to the dam is a highlight and a tangible reminder of the river’s navigation heyday. The railway bridge, once a wooden trestle, converted to iron in 1886 and later to the solid deck bridge, is still in use today.

Today, a nine-span bridge, the only one of its type in Canada, links the whole community. Historic sites include the Town Hall, built in 1857 ; and the 100+ year old Grand Trunk Railway Station, built in 1908. The old Town Hall, known as Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre, preserves and profiles the history of the community. The renovated Railway Station is open on a daily basis as a museum, office of the Chamber of Commerce and Travel Information Centre.

The community’s development stems from the Grand River Navigation System days. Founder Ranald McKinnon arrived in the area in 1835 to work on the fifth dam, lock and canal, which became known as Oneida Village. Seneca Village was to the east where the fourth dam, lock and canal was constructed. These two villages, in a very short few years, amalgamated to become Caledonia. McKinnon made it happen. His Scottish heritage resounds throughout the town even today. The choice of name for the community “Caledonia” and the naming of streets follow McKinnon’s Scotch tradition.

Cayuga

Cayuga is located on the banks of the Grand River between Caledonia and Dunnville.  When you visit Cayuga, be sure to enjoy a picnic in the pavilion next to the river or take a relaxing stroll through the many parks along the river’s edge. Boating and other water sports draw visitors to this area year after year. Boaters can launch from the public boat ramp on the river located right beside the bridge on Hwy 3.

While you’re here, stop in and journey back in time at the Haldimand County Museum & Archives. Those interested in genealogical research will find this centre very useful and informative.

Ruthven Park, a National Historic site, is another exciting location that visitors to the community should not miss. Tours of this historic mansion come complete with an incredible snapshot of what life was like back in the days when the Grand River was a vital shipping route. The Park has many nature trails on the grounds with guided tours offered throughout the year. Ruthven Park also offers the area’s best bird banding programs, where many devoted conservationists come to participate.

The village is home to several car racing facilities. Every weekend during the summer months, Cayuga plays host to thousands of car racing enthusiasts. Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly Cayuga International Speedway) offers NASCAR racing, and the Toronto Motorsports Park caters to drag racing fans, and gives you the opportunity to get behind the wheel of your dream car.

Be sure to visit the conveniently located tourist information centre sponsored by the Cayuga & District Chamber of Commerce. Located on Highways 3 beside the Home Hardware. The booth is open seasonally from Victoria Day through to Labour Day.

Dunnville

A friendly welcome awaits you in the relaxed, down-home atmosphere of the downtown Dunnville business section. Spacious streets feature rustic coach light lanterns and many planters overflowing with flowers, inviting you to browse through the unique shops and restaurants.  The Grand River and nearby Lake Erie offer a host of aquatic activities, from swimming, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and feature prime locations for fishing.

If you happen to visit Dunnville during the summer, you’re in luck – the town bustles with events, activities and festivals during the season. In June, the annual Mudcat Festival is held to celebrate one of the Grand River’s most well-known inhabitants. The festival includes a parade, strongman contests, midway, fireworks and more. Another popular event is the Dunnville Agricultural Fair, held in late August.

Dunnville has tennis, golf, lawn bowling and swimming facilities and many Bed & Breakfasts for those looking to rest and relax. The community’s camping experience is also second to none.

Its newly revived farmers market and waterfront park provide visitors and locals the opportunity to buy fresh from the farm produce and hand-made goods.  While your shopping, be sure to connect with the knowledgeable locals who can guide you to hidden gems in Haldimand; such as the Port Maitland Pier.  Tuesday and Saturday are Farmers Market days.

The former World War II RCAF No6 Training Base, the Dunnville Airport, offers a unique window on history with its massive hangars and runways now used for recreational flying and skydiving. The airport is also home to Haldimand County’s newest museum, the No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum.

Hike through Byng Island Conservation Area or Rock Point Provincial Park or cycle along the waterfront trail. In the fall, Rock Point hosts thousands of Monarch butterflies heading south. Dunnville is also the site of one of the largest expanses of provincially significant wetlands in Ontario. The area is also perfect for bird watching and nature photography.

Dunnville is a picturesque community located along the Grand River on Highway #3. Nestled between the Niagara and Hamilton regions, it’s less than an hour away from the United States border.

Welcome to Dunnville, “Grand Living in a Great Town.”

Hagersville

When you visit Hagersville, you’ll quickly discover that it’s renowned for its community Farmers’ Market (founded in 1892), which runs on Wednesday mornings from April to October. The local urban community is surrounded by prime agriculture land, creating an abundant supply of fruits, vegetables, flowers and even baked goods at the market. The warmth and friendliness of Hagersville are witnessed every day, but especially on market days, when farm and community come together.

Hagersville Rocks an annual concert series is held at Grant Kett Memorial Ballpark featuring local artists alongside nationally recognized musicians.  Held every summer  keep your eye on HagersvilleRocks.com for the announcement line up.

Hagersville boasts a park and pool, an arena, ball diamonds, community centre, two elementary schools and one secondary school. The West Haldimand General Hospital is located in Hagersville and the community is presently experiencing residential development growth.

Hagersville is a small urban community on Highway #6 west of Caledonia. The history of the community is preserved in many of the older, well-kept homes and commercial buildings, such as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Building.

Visit Hagersville and you’ll immediately notice a relaxed and small community-oriented atmosphere.

Jarvis

Strategically located at the crossroads of Highways 3 and 6, Jarvis is a quiet community featuring some intriguing brick architecture.

Visit Jarvis and you’ll discover many shops, stores and businesses. Among them are restaurants, brewery, a butcher and bakery, antiques, hand crafted toys,  and much more. Most of the community’s restaurants and shops are clustered around the main intersection. Many of its historic homes were built after a devastating fire in 1873.

The Jarvis Lions Club holds its annual variety show the first weekend in March, as it has for 58 years. The Walpole Antique Farm Machinery Association is open to the public to learn the area’s agricultural heritage. The Association holds many events throughout the year to sustain and promote their purpose.

Jarvis’ active Board of Trade is an organization with the objective to promote and improve trade and commerce and the economic, civic and social welfare of the District.

Townsend

Townsend features some stunning beauty with Nanticoke Creek flowing through the community and a pond at the village centre, complete with boat dock. Tennis courts, ball diamonds, skateboard facility, playground and the Townsend recreational trail are highlights of the community. The trail offers three kilometres of paved and lit pathway winding through beautiful Townsend over the Nanticoke Creek. Available for walking, biking and roller-blading.

A quiet community just north of Highway 3, Townsend was originally conceived in the 1970s as a planned community. It became the civic centre of the former Regional Municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk in 1983 until the dissolution of Regional government in 2001.

Selkirk

Come to the quaint little town of Selkirk, where you and your family can enjoy a stay at a nearby campground or relax in a charming bed and breakfast.

Enjoy swimming or relaxing on Lake Erie’s sunny shores, but be sure that you are not accessing via private property. Take a hike on one of our nature trails, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along Lake Erie or Stoney Creek. Selkirk is a bird watcher’s paradise. Don’t miss the murals on the town’s main corners.

For nature lovers, Selkirk Provincial Park and Haldimand Conservation Area have excellent camping and picnicking facilities. The park borders Lake Erie, well known for its sports fishing. Docking facilities and boat launches are located near the community in Nanticoke at Hoovers Marina.

When you visit Selkirk, you’ll soon discover the community is home to many heritage attractions, such as Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum, an 1872 red brick Schoolhouse, the Canadian Drilling Rig Museum and Cottonwood Mansion, a 19th Century red brick structure open for guided tours.

Activities throughout the year include Heritage Day in February, the Selkirk Gas Festival and the Firefighter’s annual Fish Fry in August. The Canadian Drilling Rig Museum Open House takes place in September. Drop by one of our attractions or museums and satisfy your appetite at one of our restaurants.

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