Looking for a great place to pitch a tent and make some family memories this month? You’re in luck! Haldimand and its surrounding areas boast dozens of excellent campgrounds, many that are ideal for first-timers and seasoned pros!
Knights Beach Resort was voted Campground of the Year in 2010, 2012 and 2015 by Camping in Ontario. Overlooking Lake Erie, Knight’s Beach features 450 campsites for tents and trailers, a group picnic area, a 10,000 square foot recreation complex, a bar and grill, arcade, volleyball courts, ball diamonds and horseshoe pits. Visit the website at http://www.knightsbeach.com to book your site!
Brant Park is a great place to set up shop if you’re planning on exploring the area. Situated at 119 Jennings Road in Brantford, this Grand River Conservation Authority site is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts. Campers enjoy access to the 1.25-acre pool, canoeing, excellent fishing holes, trails for hiking and biking and much more! Visit https://www.grandriver.ca for more information.
The Grand River Conservation Authority oversees eight parks offering various forms of family camping. To find out more about the parks’ facilities, visit them online at https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Camping.aspx
Just slightly west of Haldimand County, you’ll find Shore Acres Trailer Park in Port Dover. It is a great place to access the Norfolk County trail system and enjoy all the summer season has to offer. This private park is located minutes from downtown Port Dover, where you can visit the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, wineries, golf courses, shopping, recreational fishing, marinas, restaurants, beaches and more! They offer just over 20 overnight RV sites from April until mid-October – visit http://www.shoreacrespark.ca for more info.
Always wanted to visit Scotland, Ontario? Willow Lake is a great spot for family campers and sports lovers! Kids will have a blast playing baseball, horseshoes, swimming, watching live bands and enjoying long weekend entertainment all summer long. Visit http://www.willowlakervpark.com to book your site.
This summer, enjoy camping – just a short drive from home!
Compliments of Tourism Caledonia, another series of free summer concerts in Caledonia Kinsmen Park will begin this month. Concerts start at 7 p.m. at the Tom Spratt Gazebo. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets!
On July 23, don’t miss Naomi Bristow, performing all your country favourites. On August 20, Hype Band will be rocking to classic top 40 and finally, on August 27, Narissa Kay will get the crowds dancing to the best of Motown jazz!
For more information, call 905-765-0377.
It’s hard to believe that June has arrived already. With a season of sunny, warm days on the horizon, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Take a look at some of the upcoming events:
Dunnville Mudcat Festival June 8 – 11
‘Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday’ is the theme of this year’s Mudcat Festival! Highlights of this fun-filled weekend include a parade, children’s entertainment, live musical acts, amusement rides, a car show, street dance, vendors, a perch fry, food trucks and a fabulous fireworks show. Don’t forget to wear your red and white!
Blast to the Past Workshop for Kids – June 9
Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre will host this crafty workshop for kids. Creative Kids Blast to the Past is a fun way to spend the day painting, drawing and enjoying traditional games and crafts. Suitable for kids 6-10. Call 905-765-3134 to preregister. Cost is $24.95 per child per day.
Caledonia’s Diner’s Club – June 13
Head to Riviera Retirement Lodge at 339 Argyle Street on June 13 for the Caledonia Diners Club. Lunch will happen from 1 – 2 p.m. Call 905-765-0877 for more info.
16th Annual Fire & Ice Auction Night & Soiree – June 17
You’re invited to enjoy this special fundraising evening at Dunnville Community Lifespan Centre. There will be a performance by Jace Martin, a live auction of award winning artwork, live glass working demos and an amazing array of donated silent auction packages! Appetizers and a light buffet will be provided by Deb’s Cuisine, and a cash bar is available. For more information call 905-772-7000.
High Tea: Downton Abbey Style – June 17
Enjoy a lovely afternoon at beautiful Cottonwood Mansion! Don your finest Victorian costume (not required) and relax in this Cayuga landmark with a pot of tea, sandwiches, sweets and more! Reservations required by June 10 – call 905-776-2538. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under.
Spring has officially arrived! As a homeowner, the arrival of each new season usually brings with it a few maintenance chores that will need to be tackled, so wait for a nice, sunny day and check these jobs off your to-do list!
1. Repaint windows, siding and doors if needed. While wood will always be a popular material in home building, unfortunately it does require regular maintenance to keep it looking its best and realizing its life span. As with any job, take the time to gather the proper materials before getting started – it will make things run smoothly. Scrape away old, chipped or peeling paint from window and door frames and wood siding. Sand if necessary and finish by pressure washing on a low setting. Prime and paint as needed with a good quality exterior paint.
2. Organize the garage. After a long winter, your garage may have become a drop-zone for gardening supplies, sporting equipment, toys, broken items, etc. Enlist the help of kids to help create piles, including one for items to throw out, one for items to sell and a third for items to keep. If storage is an issue, assemble some heavy duty shelving or hooks. If your garage floor has seen better days, consider sealing and painting the floor for a tidy, clean look that will also extend its lifespan.
3. It’s likely been a few months since your air conditioner saw the light of day, so remove the cover on your outdoor unit, shut off the power and give it a good cleaning, removing any dust and debris. Inside the house, you’ll want to change the air filter and check for any leaks in the ductwork. Almost every HVAC company offers maintenance packages, so if you’re not up to the challenge or just don’t have time, schedule an appointment with a professional. Proper A/C maintenance will extend the life of your cooling unit and keep your energy bills down all summer long!
4. Clean or pressure wash deck. Canadians certainly spend as much time as possible during the summer months enjoying their outdoor spaces, so start off the season with a fresh slate! Take great care when pressure washing soft wood surfaces – one would rarely need more than 1500 psi to complete this task – any more can damage the wood. You can skip the pressure washer and buy a good quality wood cleaner and use some good, old-fashioned elbow grease to get your deck gleaming for the season ahead!
Happy spring, everyone! April is shaping up to be a busy month in Haldimand, so mark your calendars for these upcoming events and take advantage of all the community has to offer.
Community Volunteer Income Program – Various dates in April
If you need a hand preparing your tax return, the Haldimand County Public Library has you covered! This month, the library is offering a free income tax filing service with trained volunteers in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency. Tax clinics will be by appointment only. Call 289-674-0400 or drop in at the Library to leave your name and phone number. A volunteer will contact you to book your appointment.
Annual Variety Show – April 6, 7, 8
The Fisherville Lions invite you to their Annual Variety Show at the Fisherville Community Centre. Tickets are $15 per person.
Crafternoons: DIY Bath Products – April 10
Nothing beats soaking in a relaxing bath after a long, spring walk! The Caledonia Library will host this adult craft program, teaching participants how to use simple household ingredients to create luxurious bath products. Program cost is $2. Registration is required. Call 289-674-0400.
Make Your Own Fascinator – April 12
If you love these spectacular headpieces made popular by glamourous women all over the world, don’t miss your opportunity to create your own masterpiece! Haldimand County Museum and Archives will host a workshop where participants will let their creativity shine as they fashion a one-of-a-kind fascinator to take home. Cost is $10 per person. Workshop runs from 1 – 3 p.m. For more information, call 905-772-5880.
5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt – April 14
Children 13 and under are welcome to attend this fun event, happening once again at Henning Ball Park. There will be 20,000 chocolate eggs to hunt for, face painting, live bunnies, prizes, raffles and the opportunity for kids to have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Register online at http://www.caledoniaeasteregghunt.com.
LaFortune Park Clean-up Day – April 22
Celebrate Earth Day with neighbours, family and friends and help make Caledonia a little greener! All are invited to join the Friends of LaFortune Park for a clean-up day. Volunteers are asked to meet at the front gates at 9:30 a.m.
With the first day of spring coming up, we have a lot to look forward to this month. Residents of Haldimand County will be pleased to hear that there are also some terrific events on the agenda in March, so get set for a busy month!
Public Skating – March 18, 25
Bring the whole family to the Haldimand County Caledonia Centre for a little Saturday night skating fun! Held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
St. Patrick’s Country Dinner – March 12
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day a little early at beautiful Cottonwood Mansion! This heart-warming dinner will include baked ham, colcannon, Barm Brack and all the trimmings. Stick around after dinner for a performance by students from the McGinley Academy of Irish Dance! Meal begins at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required by March 9 – call 905-776-2538.
March Break Mansion Tours – March 13-17
Ruthven Park National Historic Site will welcome visitors during March Break to tour this stunning Greek Revival Mansion, located at 243 Highway 54 in Caledonia. Ruthven was built between 1845 and 1847 and was home to five generations of the Thompson family. Tours will be offered daily from 1 – 3 p.m. – admission is half price! Visit http://www.ruthvenparknationalhistoricsite.com.
March Break at the Library – March 13-17
Haldimand libraries will host a variety of fun programs during March Break. Here in Caledonia, don’t miss the Finding Dory Party on March 15 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m., Toothpick Painting on March 16 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and No-Sew Mini Pillows on March 17 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Cayuga, Hagersville and Selkirk branches also have an assortment of exciting programs planned – visit the website at http://www.haldimandcounty.on.ca for more info. Registration is required.
Architectural Treasures Along the Grand – March 27
Visit Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre this month for a chance to peruse its latest exhibit. Architectural Treasures Along the Grand will be open during regular museum hours, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.