Each of our communities, counties, and towns have contributed their unique piece to the tapestry that can collectively be called Ontario, and there is no better way to chart a course towards the future than by glancing back to honour the past.
Settled in the late 1700s, the quaint village of Selkirk, located near the shoreline of Lake Erie, is a great destination for a day touring in Haldimand county. The beautiful fields and proximity to the waterfront make for a relaxing visit. Don’t Miss: The newly opened Fresh Market Kitchen in Selkirk which uses locally sourced ingredients to make delicious meals-to-go and locally crafted gifts. Just a short distance from Selkirk are the hamlets of Fisherville and Nanticoke. History buffs and seekers of knowledge will love Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum, an 1872 red brick School Museum (open by appointment). Learn about their regularly changing exhibit and what is currently on display.
Heading east follow Lakeshore Road from Selkirk towards Dunnville. You may pass a cyclist or two as you tour this portion of the Great Waterfront Trail. Enjoy the view as you travel along Lake Erie, soak in quiet country roads lined by quaint waterfront cottages. Arriving in Dunnville you will find a charming community located along the Grand River, the revitalized downtown offers many unique shops and dining experiences including outdoor dining terrariums found at Debb’s Cuisine on Queen. Tuesday and Saturday mornings are Dunnville Farmers’ Market days, shop for local produce at the iconic Market building along the waterfront in the downtown core. The market has been in operation since 1860.
Travel a short distance further to Port Maitland East Park (at 628 Feeder Canal Road) and view the memorial cairn which commemorates the rich history of the Grand River Navel Depot, Feeder Canal and Lock, Commercial Fishing Industry, and the Naval Depot Cemetery. For many years Port Maitland was used as part of the Welland Canal’s lock system.
Nearby Rock Point Provincial Park (amenities close on Thanksgiving weekend but trails are open year-round), hosts a beautiful lookout platform for an excellent view of Mohawk Island (on a clear day). This small island in Lake Erie contains the ruins of the Gull Island Lighthouse, built in 1848 to guide ships into the Welland Canal. It was automated in 1933 and decommissioned in 1969.
As you leave town, stop in at Bains Road Cider Company. Nestled on a quiet gravel road in South Cayuga, Bains Road is Haldimand County’s original cidery and fruit winery. Their aim is simple: to produce a uniquely tasty and locally sourced line of ciders. By purchasing excess fruit from local farmers, harvesting fence-row fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and growing their produce, they create delicious ciders that have an extremely small environmental footprint. Expect to find unique blends from their on-farm selection of heritage apples, black currants, blackberries, pears, sour cherries, and old-world grapes – as well as seasonal specialties such as Pumpkin Pie Liquor. Farm winery store hours vary, contact before visiting; and keep your eye out for them at the Dunnville Farmers Market as products can also be purchased there.
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