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Wheelie Exciting Bike Routes in Haldimand County

Join me in this blog post as we delve into the world of cycling and camping in Haldimand County. With many cycling routes to choose from, even the most avid cyclists will find something to satisfy their thirst for adventure. In this post, we’ll explore three of the most popular cycling routes, highlighting the scenic views, recommended stops, and nearby campgrounds that offer an unforgettable experience in the County. Get ready to pack your bags, hop on your bike, and discover the beauty of Haldimand County.

The Blue Route – River Route

The first route we will depart on is the blue route, or what is called the River Route. This route begins at Cayuga Kinsmen Park. If you need to refuel, there are plenty of options nearby where you can grab a quick bite. The Carolinian Café offers tasty sandwiches and coffee, while Cravings by Brittany is a gourmet bakery with delectable cupcakes, scones, and pastries. Since we will be burning calories during our bike ride, indulging in these treats without guilt seems appropriate!

The initial section of the route takes us through the back roads of Cayuga until we reach Dunnville. Just before arriving in Dunnville, I recommend stopping at the Country Chip Wagon for lunch. They serve delicious burgers, sandwiches, fries, and the best fish and chips I have ever tasted.

After lunch, we can take some time to explore the shops in Dunnville as well as visiting the No. 6 RCAF museum, which was used as a training base for pilots during WWII (check for hours of operation on their website).

On our return journey to Cayuga, we will follow a similar route through the back roads of South Cayuga. Keep an eye out for the various bird and wildlife species inhabiting the trees in the area. Additionally, we can opt to take the Cayuga Grand Vista Trail, which provides a breathtaking view from the bridge at its end. A perfect spot for a selfie or to watch the sunset.

After completing the blue route, we will head to our campground. I suggest staying at Sun Retreats, which is only two minutes away from the Cayuga Court House and is located right on the Grand River. You can bring your canoes or paddleboards and leave them at your campsite while you go cycling. Sun Retreats also has a swimming pool, and showers, and is a gated property, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long day of cycling.

Yellow Route – Lowbanks Loop

If you’re looking for a scenic and leisurely cycling route in Haldimand County, the yellow route, also known as the Lowbanks Loop, is a must-try. Starting from Dunnville Kinsmen Park, this route takes you through some of the county’s most picturesque countryside roads. As you pedal along, you’ll be surrounded by lush farmland and fields of local crops, providing a serene and relaxing atmosphere.

One of the highlights of this route is the stop at Blueberry Knoll Berry Farm in Lowbanks. This farm offers a unique opportunity for visitors to pick their own fresh and juicy berries. It’s a great way to break up the ride and enjoy a tasty snack. Blueberry Knoll also has a farm market, where you can purchase a variety of locally grown produce and homemade jams and jellies.

As you continue on the route, you’ll reach Lowbanks, a quaint community located right on the shores of Lake Erie. Take some time to relax at the public beaches and enjoy the stunning views of the lake. If you’ve packed a lunch, I highly recommend stopping at one of the scenic spots by the lake for a picnic. There’s something special about enjoying a meal while surrounded by the natural beauty of Haldimand County.

If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, Hippo’s at Mohawk Marina is a great option. This restaurant is located right along the route and serves up delicious fish and chips, hamburgers, and salads. The menu has something for everyone, and the lakeside views make it a perfect spot to refuel and recharge.

On your way back to Dunnville, you’ll pass by Feeder Road, where you’ll find Lock 27, a historical site built in 1846 to create a transportation link between the Grand River and the Welland Canal. It’s a fascinating piece of local history and well worth a stop. Learn more about the Locks of the Welland Canal here.

When you eventually arrive back at Dunnville, I highly recommend camping at Byng Island Conservation Area. With over 300 campsites and a wide range of activities, it’s an ideal spot to unwind and relax after a day of cycling. The park is home to Canada’s largest outdoor pool, perfect for a refreshing swim. Remember to come back for a visit with your canoes or kayaks and launch them on the river, or drop a line in the river and see what you might catch. Byng Island also has a variety of trails to explore, making it an ideal place to spend several days.

Overall, the yellow route or the Lowbanks Loop is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a relaxing and enjoyable cycling trip in Haldimand County. With stunning views, delicious food options, and plenty of activities to do, it’s a trip that you will remember.

Orange Route – Lakeview Tour

Our cycling adventure culminates with the Lakeview Tour, also known as the orange route. Starting in the charming town of Selkirk, one of Haldimand’s smallest hamlets, this tour takes you along the scenic shores of Lake Erie, offering breathtaking views of the water. The town of Selkirk is a quaint and friendly place, and visitors are sure to feel welcome here. The town’s small size makes it an excellent choice for a starting point, as you can easily get your bearings and set off on your cycling adventure.

If you are stopping for a quick bite, The Sunflower Café or The Social Coffeehouse and Marketplace are great options.

As you make your way along the lake, you’ll be struck by the beauty of the area. The water sparkles in the sunlight, and the sound of waves lapping against the shore is soothing and calming. There are plenty of places to stop along the way, whether you want to take a picture or simply take in the view. Be sure to use public access if you decide to venture out onto the lake, as there are many private properties along the way.

Leaving the lake behind, you’ll weave your way through some beautiful country roads. You’ll pass through small towns such as Sweet Corners and Rainhaim, which offer a glimpse into rural life in Haldimand County. These towns are charming and picturesque, with friendly locals and a relaxed pace of life. In Rainhaim, you’ll find the Canadian Drilling Rig Museum, which is definitely worth a visit if you have time. The museum tells the story of the oil industry in Canada and features exhibits and artifacts that are sure to fascinate visitors of all ages.

As you pedal through the countryside, you’ll eventually come to the town of Fisherville. This small town has a lot to offer visitors, including The Fisherville Hotel & Tavern. Affectionately known as ‘The Tav’, this pub serves up classic pub dishes that are sure to satisfy any craving. Grab a pint of a wide selection found on tap. After a hearty lunch, take a short ride to Cottonwood Mansion Museum. This historic estate was the home of William Holmes Jr. and was built in the 1860s on farmland north of Selkirk. If you have time, be sure to book a tour of the mansion, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Haldimand County. Their gift shop sells the most delicious tea blend made especially for the museum.

Back on your bike, you’ll cycle through some quiet back roads, completely immersed in the natural beauty of the area. You’ll feel a sense of peace and tranquility as you pedal along, surrounded by fields and forests. Eventually, you’ll find yourself back on the shores of Lake Erie, where a stop at Selkirk Provincial Park is a must. This lovely park offers a wide range of hiking trails, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore the area on foot. Travel the favourite Wheeler’s Walk Trail with boardwalk across marsh wetland and enjoy the frogs singing. The park also has access to Lake Erie shoreline, which is perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot day.

After a relaxing break at the park, it’s time to make your way back to Selkirk. The route is a short one, and you’ll soon find yourself back in town, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest. To fully enjoy this route, consider staying at Haldimand Conservation Area. This campsite is located on the lake and offers 230 campsites, as well as picnic tables and campfire pits. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of cycling, and you’ll be able to enjoy the natural beauty of Haldimand County at your leisure.

In conclusion, the Lakeview Tour is a must for anyone visiting Haldimand County. It offers a perfect mix of natural beauty, history, and small-town charm, and is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. So pack your bags, grab your bike, and get ready to explore one of Ontario’s hidden gems.


As you prepare to embark on your solo or accompanied journey to explore Haldimand County’s cycling routes and campsites, I have a few more helpful tips and insights to offer before bidding you farewell.

All of the routes we discussed begin in various areas throughout Haldimand County, and if you’re staying at a campsite in the region, note that all trailheads are easily accessible by car. With this in mind, you could easily spend an entire weekend or week of vacation cycling and camping in Haldimand County.

In addition to the three cycle routes we reviewed, Haldimand County boasts two more routes, the pink and green routes. The Green route starts in Caledonia and takes you around Selkirk and behind Hagersville before returning you to Caledonia. The Pink route is shorter, and it takes you through Hagersville and Jarvis, with a stop at Haldimand’s first brewery and taproom, Concession Road Brewing Company.

In Caledonia you will also find Dixon Cycle which is a local bicycle shop that offers accessories and repairs if needed before your big day. They also offer rentals if you are unable to travel with your own bike.

It’s worth noting that all of these routes form a loop, so you can begin at any point that’s convenient for you. Lastly, please observe all road rules and exercise caution when riding on busier streets.

Visit these links to download maps, see camping locations and view our events calendar

Route Maps

Camping locations

Events Calendar