Whether it’s your first time camping in a pop-up tent or you are a seasoned camper with a large travel trailer with all the amenities, this is the place to set-up your temporary residence. Haldimand is home to approximately 3,500 campsites, on Lake Erie and along the Grand River including two provincial parks.
Grand River Conservation Authority’s Byng Island Park offers campers, boaters, anglers, and other visitors a chance to explore the Grand River and Lake Erie. The 190-hectare park encompasses Carolinian forests, the river, wetlands, and creeks. Byng Island has the largest outdoor swimming pool in Canada, which can hold up to 1,000 people and has a diving board.
Operated by Long Point Region Conservation Authority the park is located minutes west of Selkirk, centrally located to nearby museums, community events, and boat launches. Looking for on-road cycling routes? The winding roads along Lake Erie’s shoreline are some of the most scenic. Haldimand Conservation Area is located along the Lake Erie Cycle Route and is a perfect home base for cycling tours and overnight stays.
Rock Point Provincial Park is known for it’s mature wooded and secluded campsites. Take an afternoon stroll on their 2 km Woodlot Trail or get the perfect selfie on the viewing platform above the sand dunes overlooking the lake. Exposed fossils of a coral reef dating back to over 350 million years ago can be found embedded in the limestone shelf along the beach.
Selkirk Provincial Park is a quiet campground with grassed campsites. The pristine 1.5 km Wheeler’s Walk Trail takes you across a marsh wetland, via a wooden boardwalk, the perfect spot to hear the frogs and spot rare birds. The Lake Erie waterfront tends to be pebbly but turns sandy shortly after entering the water.
Private Trailer Parks and Campgrounds
There are also plenty of options for your next adventure in one of our privately owned parks and campgrounds.
From kid-friendly Knight’s Beach Resort which offers organized events, a recreation hall, horseshoes, volleyball courts, ½ mile groomed beach, playground, games room, and basketball court to the quieter, kid-free living at Blue Heron Trailer Park, an adults-only, upscale seasonal trailer park that is a perfect retreat for the professional or active retired couple looking to have a summer get-away.
Sanitation Service Locations
For a resource indicating locations accepting RV waste, visit this website – Sanidumps
If “roughing it” is not your style, rent a cottage and just kick back and relax on your deck overlooking the expansive Lake Erie shoreline. From your base camp explore the area on day trips. The quaint towns and hamlets are the perfect backdrop to some unique local shopping. Take part in fun experiences that can only be found in Haldimand, like taking a high-performance vehicle out on the track, skydiving, or learning to paint the beautiful landscapes you will find here.
Looking for something completely different? Hanna’s Irish Vacation Farmhouse is a prefab Halliday Home purchased from the Eaton’s catalogue and built in 1927. It has been in the same family since it was built and has been renovated to have all the modern amenities while still retaining its original charm. One bedroom on the main floor with two additional bedrooms upstairs. Set on a 75 acre hobby farm and a short ride from Lake Erie, you can sit on the front porch and watch the barn swallows swooping to eat bugs. If you want to experience farm life you can help with chores and groom Lucy the friendly donkey.
My Lighthouse Cottages is situated in a perfect location for enjoying the best of both river and lake vacations. Right across from Port Maitland Esplanade and Pier, where the Grand River meets Lake Erie, the location is a fishing hotspot. 10 rental units from 1-3 bedrooms accommodate groups of all sizes and they are a one minute walk to a beautiful sandy beach with a shallow entry for the kids.