10 Things to Do Outdoors During Winter in Haldimand County

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South of Brantford and Six Nations, Canada’s largest First Nations Reserve, Haldimand fronts on Lake Erie and offers lots to explore from trails to parks to historic spots perfect for a family picture.

 

1. Go Birding on the grounds of a Historic Mansion

 

Hike the grounds of 1840s Greek Revival Mansion at Ruthven Park National Historic Site and identify birds that winter in Ontario. The site to see fall and spring bird migrations is also a great visit for winetr hiking or a nature walk that boasts a diversity of ecosystems that provide essential habitat for an amazing variety of wildlife. (Currently closed due to COVID-19. Visit when restrictions are lifted.)

Address: 243 Haldimand Hwy #54 Cayuga

2. Ski the Gypsum Mine Tract Trailhead

This 12.2-kilometre trail gives you a few options so you can mix it up on different visits. You can go east to Haldimand Road #9 then south on #9 to Highway 54. Another day, you can take the Rotary Riverside Trail west back to Caledonia or go across the Grand River to reach the same destination or Cayuga. You can also switch up your approach by hiking, skiing or wearing snowshoes.

3. Get a Winter Picture at Grand Trunk Railway Station

Get a picture perfect winter family picture with the historic Grand Trunk Railway Station as your backdrop. Do not forget to drop-in to get tourist information so that you can explore Haldimand county armed with all the latest information.

Address: 1 Grand Trunk Lane, Caledonia

 

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4. Stunning sights of the Grand River

The Cayuga Grand Vista takes you on a 3.2-kilometre breath-taking tour with two loops and two lookouts – one to the east and one to the west. Park at the courthouse in Cayuga then take the restored CN Bridge to King George Street and Maple Road. You can return to your car via Talbot Street East and Munsee Street North.

Address: 55 Munsee Street, Cayuga

 

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5. Look out from Rock Point

Come see Carolinian and oak savanna forests taking back farm fields at Rock Point Provincial Park as you walk on its two-kilometre trail. Plan to stop for selfies at the viewing platform with Lake Erie in the background at the top of the sand dunes. Fees cost $11.80 to $18, depending on your age and the size of your party.

Address: 215 Niece Rd, Dunnville

 

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6. Check out Chippewa Trail

Take a 2.7-kilometre jaunt from Haldimand Road #66 to the edge of the county and continue towards Hamilton on a connecting trail if you wish. Skiers, hikers and snowshoes are welcome on this natural trail.

Address: 208 Haldimand Road #66, Caledonia

 

7. Peace out in the pines

Selkirk Provincial Park features the 1.6-kilometre Wheeler’s Walk Trail that takes you through old-growth forest and into a 50-year-old white pine plantation. You’ll also discover a boardwalk to the wetland on the west side of the park. Bring your dog for a run too.

Address: 151 Wheeler’s Sideroad, Selkirk

 

8. Follow Blue Heron Way

Start your outing on this trail at Hutchinson Road south of Mt. Carmel then shoot east to connect with the Gord Harry Trail to Niagara. The first leg of the journey within Haldimand runs for 1.1 kilometres.

9. Walking to market

The Dunnville Walking Path is a two-kilometre tour of the lovely town and its Lions Park and Wingfield Park. The final stretch takes you along the Grand River and ends at the Farmers Market, which runs Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Centennial Park

Address: 98 Robinson Road #2, Dunnville

10. Checkout the Winter Wildlife

Discover winter wildlife as you hike the network of trails through forests and near wetlands and the coldwater Mill Creek in the 136-hectare Taquanyah Conservation Area has a. There are interpretive signs along the trail to help you understand more about the property.

Address: 870 Townline Rd W R.R. #4, Cayuga

 

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