I LOVE Outdoors

Nature Lovers – Vacation Itinerary

Calling all nature lovers! Spend a day exploring the natural beauty in Haldimand County. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Women Paddle-boarding

Start your day in a Grand way— you can experience the beautiful Grand River by kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board. Whether you want to take a guided tour or go exploring on your own, there are lots of options to suit your needs.

A variety of rental options can be found at Grand River Marina & Cafe and Byng Island – Grand River Conservation Authority.

If you’re interested in discovering the Grand on land, be sure to stop by and visit Ruthven Park National Historic Site. Situated on a 1,500 acre property, there is much to explore.  With a number of hiking and walking trails, visitors can enjoy the natural landscapes in a quiet environment.

In between your outdoor adventures grab lunch in beautiful Cayuga at the Twisted Lemon Restaurant & Flavour Junkies, stop in downtown Dunnville to  dine at Debb’s Cuisine on Queen, or take a scenic drive along the shoreline to Lowbanks to try out Hippo’s for a casual licensed patio along the shoreline of Lake Erie.

Ruthven Park
Two women hiking

If you like to hike, be sure to take a drive to Rock Point Provincial Park. On the shores of Lake Erie, the Rock Point hiking trail will lead you through the park to the shoreline, and you can enjoy a view and get a selfie on the platform overlooking Lake Erie. Ancient fossils can be found in the limestone shelves along the shores.  Also check out our other provincial park in Selkirk which boasts a long boardwalk perfect for birdwatching or listening to the frogs sing.

Whether you are interested in hitting in the trails for a short stroll or a hearty hike?  View the Cycling and Hiking Map to find your perfect trail.

End your day at your own campsite and roast some marshmallows over an open fire.  There are many place to pull in your trailer or set up a tent either along the Grand River or Lake Erie shoreline.  Find a campground for your home away from home.

Girl in Tent