Take bird watching to the next level and help save endangered species. Banding birds with a unique 9-digit number allows for birds to be identified if found in the future, and allows conservationists to gather information such as species, sex, age, wing length, fat stores, weight, muscle mass, and overall condition of the bird. The banding information gathered helps conservationists determine trends and at-risk populations.
Ruthven Park National Historic Site
Bird migration in spring and fall makes for a hive of activity at Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s licensed bird banding station. Using large mist nets to safely trap birds, you can hold a bird while an expert bands a tracking tag on its leg. Help discover new species in the area. In 2018, Ruthven Park added these nine species to its sightings list: Lesser Yellowlegs, Chimney Swift, Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Eastern White-crowned Sparrow.
Create memories on one of several of Haldimand’s guided equestrian tours! Take lessons or hone your advanced skills with professional training. This is your opportunity to hit the trails on a leisurely trek along a forest path. Forge a relationship with these highly sensitive animals that are used both for recreation and for therapy.
Fox Lair Stables
No matter if you’re a city slicker or seasoned rider, Fox Lair Stables has an equestrian adventure that will suit your needs. Enjoy great guided trail rides through the bush on the 100-acre property. Rides are by appointment for individuals or groups and vary in length from 1-4 hours. Sign up the kids for pony rides or summer camp.
Iron Spirit Services
Experience some one-on-one time with one of Iron Spirit Service’s happy horse friends or jump in on one of their “Me Days” where you can enjoy time with a group working with horses, chatting over light refreshments, and experiencing a relaxing art project. Beginner riding lessons, and handling, and barn safety including tacking up and obstacle work are also available.
Explore the Grand River and Lake Erie
The nature in Haldimand is second to none. Explore the mighty Grand River and Lake Erie for aquatic wildlife on these guided adventures.
Grand River Dinner Cruises
Take a relaxing dinner cruise down the Historic Grand River and appreciate the beautiful river scenery. Grand River Dinner Cruises offers lunch or dinner excursions for individuals or groups. Sunsets are especially lovely and the promenade deck that surrounds the dining area allows everyone to stroll the deck or sit in the cabin and enjoy the views.