Head out on the open roads and breathe in the fresh air. Beat your own time or just set your own leisurely pace and enjoy the view.
Enjoy your self-guided routes below or check out the Dunnville Grand Tour event for a supported ride.
Lake Erie River Run
This two-day ride begins and ends in the town of Caledonia, taking riders through a mix of rural landmarks and riverside views.
Make sure to plan a stop on the sandy shores of Lake Erie at Knights Beach Resort, a certified bicycle friendly business, for a bite to eat before heading inland through rural landscapes rich in Haldimand’s agricultural bounty.
This route is suitable for cyclists with experience and comfort in riding on roads with low traffic at low speeds, and includes bikes lanes and paved shoulders. Cyclists should bring spare bicycle parts, extra water and light snacks for longer rural stretches of road. Parking is available at accommodations or at the Caledonia Fairgrounds.
- Total Distance: 135 km
- Suggested Ride and Touring Itinerary: 2 days, 1 night (extension for a 3rd and 4th day offered)
- Daily Ride Distance Average: Day 1 – 51 km, Day 2 – 84 km
- Experience Level: Moderate to experienced
- Route Surface: Paved roads
Lowbanks Loop – Yellow Route
Travel along parts of the Feeder Canal and watch for birds and other wildlife. Visit the site of Lock 27 by following Feeder Canal Rd. all the way to the lock. The lock was built in 1846 to create a transportation linkage between the Grand River and the Welland Canal. Or visit the Port Maitland Cairn, which commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Grand River Naval Depot.
Explore the Carolinian Forest at Rock Point Provincial Park, or enjoy Lake Erie and go for a swim at the beach. The Mohawk Island lookout is also located in Rock Point Provincial Park.
- Please use caution when riding on narrow lanes and in high traffic areas
- Terrain: paved, mostly flat
- Distance: 52 kms
- Trailhead: Dunnville Kinsmen Park, 985 John St., Dunnville
River Route – Blue Route
Travel along the scenic banks of the Grand River and Lake Erie. Camping and B & B’s also located along the river and lakeshore. Stop into the No 6. RCAF Museum at the Dunnville Airport for a tour, and stroll along the pier at Port Maitland.
Cayuga Grand Vista Detour – Take a detour down the Cayuga grand Vista Trail while traveling this route.
- Use caution when riding on Highway 17 and Talbot St. W
- Terrain: paved, mostly flat with some rolling hills
- Distance: 69 kms
- Trailhead: Cayuga Kinsmen Park, 61 Ouse St.S., Cayuga
Hagersville Area Tour – Pink Route
Explore some of Townsend’s walking trails, Concession Road Brewing in Jarvis, or grab a bite to eat at one of the great restaurants in Hagersville
- Use caution when riding on the short section of Highway 3 and Highway 6
- Terrain: paved, mostly flat
- Distance: 51 kms
- Trailhead: Grant Kett Park, 38 Sherring St.N., Hagersville
Lakeview Tour – Orange Route
The Lakeview Tour follows a beautiful country road lined by quaint waterfront cottages and frequent views of Lake Erie. Camp at the Haldimand Conservation Area, Selkirk Provincial Park, private campground or relax at one of the B&Bs along the way. Food stops in historic Selkirk, Fisherville and Sweets Corners. Many picturesque views along the lake, but please be careful to only access the water from public beaches.
- Note: much of the beach property on Lakeshore Drive is privately owned, please only use public access points
- Terrain: paved, mostly flat
- Distance: 70 kms
- Trailhead: Selkirk Athletic Field, 17 Main St.W., Selkirk
Haldimand Tour – Green Route
Some of the best scenic back-roads in the County. Journey across Haldimand county as you follow the rolling hills on the rivers edge. Soak in the scenic rural landscapes and the communities of Caledonia, Cayuga and Selkirk. Choose to access the Rotary Riverside Trail south of Caledonia to take you off-road until York.
- Terrain: paved, rolling hills
- Distance: 71 kms
- Trailhead: McKinnon Park, 100 Haddington St., Caledonia
If you are looking for connecting routes and trails as part of a larger ride, here are the ways to connect into Haldimand County.
The Haldimand section of Waterfront Trail winds along quiet country roads lined by quaint waterfront cottages. It also passes through Dunnville, one of the larger Lake Erie Waterfront Trail communities.
Heading east from the Norfolk boundary near Port Dover, the Trail passes by Nanticoke Power Plant and Peacock Point. The Trail east of Selkirk follows a beautiful country road with frequent views of Lake Erie and on to Port Maitland at the mouth of the Grand River. Heading north, you enter Dunnville with many amenities including places to stay, eat and shop.
Chippewa Trail – Connecting to Hamilton
This 15-kilometre abandoned rail corridor links Hamilton with Caledonia as part of the Niagara-Haldimand branch of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail). Riding from Hamilton to Haldibrook Road and back makes the journey 26 km round trip.
The Haldimand Chippewa Trail connects the Hamilton Chippawa Trail at Haldibrook Road and runs 2.7 kilometres south along the old Georgia-Pacific rail line to Haldimand Road 66 near Caledonia.
The on-road portion of the trail then runs east on Haldimand Road 66 to McClung Road and south on McClung and connects to the Caledonia Riverside Rotary Trail at Seneca Park in Caledonia which takes trail users to the Grand River and then off-road again along the Grand to the hamlet of York.
This trail is likely the only part of the Trans-Canada Trail where you might catch a glimpse of a lion or a tiger as a portion of it runs alongside the Killman Zoo.
Lynn Valley Trail
Connections to the Lynn Valley Trail can be made via the following:
- Stone Quarry Road in Townsend
- Lynn Valley Road
- New Lake Shore Road
Grand Valley Trail
The Grand Valley Trail is a marked footpath both off and on-road, stretching about 275 km between Port Maitland to the town of Alton near Orangeville. A hiker can identify the main Grand Valley Trail by the white blazes approximately 5 cm wide by 15 cm high.
Caledonia’s Highway 54 running Northwest of the town towards Brant County will connect with Brant’s Grand River Trail part of this larger trail system.
Blue Heron Way
Blue Heron Way is approximately 1.1 kms of off road trails connecting Dunnville to the Niagara Region. This trail links up to the Gord Harry Trail to Niagara a 13 km trail which has barrier-free access with gated entries at each road crossing. The Gord Harry Trail connects directly to Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area, and passes near Long Beach, Morgan’s Point and Wainfleet Bog Conservation Areas.