Nestled on the Niagara Peninsula, Haldimand County is a quiet, rural hamlet where the Grand River meets Lake Erie. A perfect spot for a weekend getaway, Haldimand County offers the chance to enjoy un-spoilt Ontario wilderness as well as a variety of fun activities both kids and adults can enjoy. From exploring Haldimand County cycling routes to getting behind the wheel of a race car at the Jukasa Motor Speedway, here are some of the top things to do in Haldimand County.

Haldimand County Cycling Routes

Strathroy Trails Cycling

Photo courtesy of Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation

One of the most fun things to do in Haldimand County is to embark on a scenic cycling tour along the shores of Lake Erie. There are a variety of Haldimand County cycling routes to explore, ranging from beginner-friendly day trips to multi-day treks through the scenic rural back country.

The Lowbanks Loop runs along the historic Feeder Canal to Rock Point Provincial Park, which offers access to the areas famous Carolinian Forest, one of the few of its kind in North America. The Lakeview Tour offers the chance to ride right along the lake with access to a number of public beaches, as well as Selkirk Provincial Park.

More experienced riders looking for more challenging routes can take on the Lake Erie River Run, a two-day course that offers the chance to see a little bit of everything Haldimand County has to offer.

Motorsports Action

Gearheads can enjoy pulse-pounding action at two world-class motorsport facilities located in Haldimand County. Jukasa Motor Speedway in Hagersville has hosted events like the Canadian Short Track Nationals and the NASCAR Pinty series since it opened its doors as the Cayuga Motor Speedway in 1966. Amateur racers can try their hand at getting behind the wheel of a stock car and hitting the track, or riding along with an experienced driver with a Jukasa Motor Speedway driving experience.

One of the centres of Canadian drag racing, the Toronto Motorsports Park is famous for hosting the Canadian Nitro Nationals every Canada Day. They also offer full day racing courses and the chance to get behind the wheel of luxury vehicles ranging from Lamborghinis to Ferraris and pushing them to their limit as part of their Exotic Dream Car Experience.

Fishing on Grand River and Lake Erie


Photo courtesy of Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation

Enjoy a peaceful day on the water and catch a whopper or two at some of the best fishing spots in Ontario. The Grand River is home to some 80 species of fish ranging from largemouth bass to steelheads. You can head out by yourself or charter a fishing trip with Hall’em In Sport Fishing, who will not only take you to some of Lake Erie’s best fishing spots, but can take you and your catch to a local restaurant to fry up your haul with a side of chips.

Visit Husky Alpaca Ranch

Husky Alpaca Ranch 2

Photo courtesy of Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation

Husky Alpaca Ranch is a family-owned and operated Alpaca farm, as well as an SPCA-registered kennel for purebred Siberian Huskies where visitors can get up close and personal with their residents. They offer interactive walking tours with their animals, where visitors can feed and learn about the unique characteristics of the noble Alpaca, or just play with the dogs. They also offer a farm shop featuring fresh farm goods and accessories made with soft Alpaca fur.

The Best Breweries in Haldimand County

Haldimand County features a vibrant craft brewing and cider scene. For instance, Concession Road Brewing offers a gorgeous beer garden housed within a historic fire station, a favourite watering hole for locals and visitors alike. For unique, small batch beer you can’t find anywhere else, visit Oranje Son Brewing. Don’t dawdle! Because once one batch is sold out, they move on to their next creation. Enjoy a true taste of the county at Bains Road Cider, featuring sumptuous ciders and fruit wines made with fresh, local fruit.

Local Restaurants in Haldimand County 

After a day exploring the wilds (or just the breweries) of Lake Erie, relax and visit some fine local restaurants in Haldimand County, offering fresh fair and locally sourced ingredients. For instance, Fresh Kitchen Market features a seasonal menu of sumptuous farm-to-table cuisine prepared around an open kitchen concept. They also host an open-air market where you can check out goods from local artisans ranging from jams and jellies to hand-crafted jewelry and recycled goods.

Haldimand Twisted Lemon MAR1397 JPG 1

Photo courtesy of Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation

Twisted Lemon is one of the highest rated restaurants in Haldimand County, featuring a gorgeous patio and casual fine dining atmosphere. For a truly unique experience, try out Chef Dan Megna’s blind tasting menu. For delicious, locally sourced snacks and sandwiches as well as refreshing all-natural flavoured lemonades, visit Carolinian Café and Eatery in Cayuga, featuring an art gallery with works from local artists.

Always follow Canada and local health authority COVID-19 guidelines for travelling or visiting attractions. Learn more about current restrictions and travelling within Canada.

Choice Hotels in Southwest Ontario