Why we love Caledonia and Haldimand County…
In just a day in Haldimand County one can experience the beauty of the Grand River, the fun-filled shoreline of Lake Erie, scenic rural landscapes, and the charm of each of its small towns.
Caledonia is one of the county’s larger communities. Situated on the Grand River, it’s not only packed with charm but also interesting heritage.
The village of Caledonia was incorporated in 1853 just under twenty years after its Scottish founder Ranald McKinnon settled in the area in 1835. He came to work on the Grand River’s fifth dam, lock and canal, Oneida Village. This and Seneca Village, the dam that was constructed to the east would come together to form Caledonia. McKinnon’s Scottish heritage lives on in Caledonia today, down to the name “Caledonia.” As you can imagine, a historic village like Caledonia has many historic sites. The Town Hall, which is now Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre, was built in 1857. They also have their Old Mill, and their Grand Trunk Railway Staion which was built in 1908. Caledonia’s nine-span bridge is the only one of its kind in Canada.
After a tour of Caledonia, visitors and residents of Haldimand County can enjoy a drive through the country side with the view of scenic farmland, a visit to one of the county’s many annual festivals and events or a race at their Toronto Motorsport Park or the just recently re-opened Jukasa Motor Speedway. Cyclists covet a ride along the Waterfront Trail as Haldimand County boasts over eighty kilometers of Lake Erie shoreline.
What’s not to love about Haldimand County?
Fun fact: Haldimand County is where the Grand River meets Lake Erie!