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July Happenings in Haldimand County

July Happenings in Haldimand County

There is always something to do in beautiful Haldimand County! This peaceful, scenic area throws lots of fun events for the community, including the following.

Mysterious Night Skies
July 6-7
Visit Rock Point Park in Haldimand County for Mysterious Night Skies.  Be led by park staff and special guests from the Royal Astronomical Society through an information and viewing session of the twinkling night sky. Visit www.ontarioparks.com/park/rockpoint for more information.

No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum Open House
July 7
For anybody new in town who wants to learn a little about Dunnville, they may want to visit No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum Open House. Tour historical exhibits and vintage aircraft while visiting arts and crafts vendors from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission.

Pool Days!
Cool off in the pool and get a bit exercise too!  Visit www.haldimandcounty.on.ca for the full aquatic event schedule. Choose from aquafit, public swim, and fitness swim times.  Dip into your local community centre and find out how.  Parents can also bring the little ones to cool off at the Splash pad in Hagersville or the Dunnville Wading Pool.

Summer days at the library
Parents and children can meet up at the library for lots of activities, story times and Lego Ukulele Club and more. Visit www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/ to learn more.

Dunnville BIA Sidewalk Sale
July 8
Calling all shopaholics! Dunnville BIA Sidewalk Sale is taking over downtown.  Dine and shop away your SundayFunday in Dunnville. This annual event is a great way to support and interact with local business owners in the community.

Charm of Haldimand County

Charm of Haldimand County

Haldimand County is a vast and beautiful region with plenty of great small communities located along the Grand River and Lake Erie.

Hagersville is small community located along Highway 6 that has everything a growing family could possibly need.  It’s a great rural neighbourhood perfectly situated between both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Hagersville is home to Catholic and public elementary schools, a secondary school and West Haldimand General Hospital.  Residents can be at the lake or river in minutes or they can go for a dip at Hagersville Lions Pool.  Hagersville has its own arena and public library branch for all sorts of extra curriculum programs for all ages. Be in downtown Hamilton or with feet up in the sand within an hour in either direction.  A great mix of home styles, big box retailers, franchise eateries and amenities makes Hagersville a must see for homebuyers!

Peacock Point is a hidden gem along the Lake Erie coastline.  This small hub is  surrounded by shoreline and the Haldimand Conservation Area and Selkirk Provincial Park.  Being more of a cottage community, Peacock Point doesn’t have schools and is essentially supplied only by Peacock Point Variety Store.  However, it shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re looking for your next summer home or vacation spot. Take a cruise along South Coastal Drive and see the properties for yourself.  Peacock Point has so much to offer seasonally and exclusive vantage points to Lake Erie.

Haldimand is a vast county with so much conservation and farmland.  Great fishing, beaches, conservation areas and provincial parks make it a wonderful place to call home.

Local Animal & Wildlife Experiences

Local Animal & Wildlife Experiences

A day trip to the zoo is always fun, no matter how old you are. In fact, being able to enjoy the experience seeing the wild animals through a young child’s eyes makes it all the more fun. Gather the family, pack some snacks in the car and go on a local safari!

Haldimand County boasts its own zoo: the Killman Zoo. The founder, Murray Killman opened the zoo in 1988.  There are approximately 25 species on the 33-acre property. It has one of the largest collections of ‘big cats’ in Ontario. You’ll be able to see lions, tigers and jaguars, among the many other beautiful animals. Looking for a unique party venue? The zoo will happily host your social event.

The Killman Zoo offers a range of programs, including those geared to children and also guided sessions. You can tour the zoo with experienced staff and learn all sorts of exclusive information to enhance your visit. Tours run weekend mornings. Extend your experience of the area and bring your bikes and ride on the rail trail between Unity Road East and Haldibrook Road. For more information on all that’s happening a Killman Zoo, visit: facebook.com/killmanzoo.

Not too far away is the Brantford Twin Valley Zoo. Just a short drive away, this 25-acre facility showcases a wide variety of native and exotic animals. The zoo was established in 1991 as a place for families to enjoy the outdoors in a quiet and clean environment. There’s an indoor party room, a great place to host your next broker meeting or any birthday party. If you’re visiting with family, bring a picnic and take a stroll on the forested nature trail. For more information and to plan your visit, go to twinvalleyzoo.com.

Heading north, just outside of Cambridge is Ontario’s famous African Lion Safari. This massive exotic animal park has so many ways to keep kids busy all season long. Experience the grounds by train, boat or bus, and remember to bring your bathing suits for the water park and splash pad. There is a food pavilion on site but also an area to rest and enjoy your own picnic. Visit lionsafari.com to learn more about programs and upcoming events.

Haldimand County and the surrounding area have many opportunities to experience nature and wildlife, making it easy to plan many adventures to these exotic destinations this summer. No plane ticket required!

Haldimand County offers many opportunities to enjoy nature

Haldimand County offers many opportunities to enjoy nature

Those living in Haldimand County have an excellent opportunity to interact with all kinds of marine life. Whether you’re canoeing or kayaking or out on a vessel on Lake Erie, the fishing can be as extreme as you like in Haldimand!  There is also magnificent conservation and birding along the Grand River and Lake Erie shoreline. Marine activities are about to get a little more vibrant as we gear up for the spring season.

Getting out onto the river in Haldimand is not difficult. Gather up your fishing license or renew it online at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/renew-replace-or-update-outdoors-card  and get out on the water. Visit the Haldimand County online and discover its #FishingGuide! Read about the top 10 spots, overlook hiking maps, cast into a nearby hole or hire a charter this April in Haldimand!

A hidden gem of Haldimand County is Ruthven Park. This nature centre serves brunches after touring The Migratory Bird Banding Station April 22. Visit Get Wild Baby Earth Day Shower, and roam the historical buildings and Greek mansion at this beautiful destination ground. Before heading out, read the Bird Banding Blog at: http://www.ruthvenparknatureblog.com/

Caledonia is loaded with trails and paths. Caledonian Kinsmen Park and Towpath, Patterson or Ramsay Walkway are all great strolling spots. The Rotary Riverside Trail with access from Seneca Park and Thistlemoor Park Pathway make Caledonia a hiker and dog walker’s paradise. For all future X Games and Olympians, Haldimand is also  home to the Aaron & Devin Koocher Memorial Skatepark.

From Port Dover to Lowbanks, Haldimand County has a stunning shoreline to reel in big game fish. The Grand River, beaches and conservation also offers recreational outlets unlike big city living. Haldimand County offers loads of amenities as well as great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors!

Join in on the winter activities in Haldimand County

Join in on the winter activities in Haldimand County

Join a club or lace up your skates for some stimulating winter fun in Haldimand County!

Get your brain working with Lego Fridays and Saturdays. Dunneville Lego Club runs Fridays 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. through January. The Cayuga Lego Club drop-in takes place on Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through the month. 

Test your wordsmith skills by joining the Scrabble Club 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. This informal and entertaining afternoon is a great way to combat your winter blues! This drop-in program takes place at Caledonia Public Library located at 100 Haddington St., Fridays throughout January in Haldimand County.

Join some pleasant company while working on your knitting and/or crochet projects. All experience levels are invited to Dunnville Library (please bring your own supplies). Contact 289-674-0400 for more details about this Feb. 8 group date.

Visit Haldimand County website at: http://www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/calendar.aspx?eventid=43546 for the full schedule and details on public skates, adult, woman and youth shinny hockey and open figure skates happening around Haldimand.  Also, if you love to skate don’t miss the Tim Horton Public Skates happening in Hagersville, Cayuga, Dunnville and Caledonia on multiple occasions throughout January in the region!

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