Nature Trails near Dunnville, Ontario

Dunnville is a picturesque community of 12,000 people located along the Grand River on Highway #3, between the Niagara and Hamilton regions, and less than an hour away from the U. S. border.

A friendly welcome awaits you in the relaxed down-home atmosphere of the downtown Dunnville business section. Spacious streets feature rustic coachlight lanterns and many planters overflowing with flowers, welcoming you to browse through the unique shops and restaurants.

There are many events and natural attractions. In June, the annual Mudcat Festival is held to celebrate one of the Grand River’s most well-known inhabitants. The festival includes a parade, strongman contests, midway, fireworks and more. Another popular event is the Dunnville Agricultural Fair, held in late August, which includes heavy, light and miniature horse shows, sheep and goat shows and much more.

Dunnville has tennis, golf, lawn bowling and swimming facilities and many Bed & Breakfasts to stay in while enjoying these activities. The community’s camping experience is also second to none. Tuesday and Saturday are Farmers Market days.
The former World War II RCAF Training Base, the Dunnville Airport, offers a unique window on history with its massive hangars and runways now used for recreational flying and skydiving. The airport is also home to Haldimand County’s newest museum, the No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum.

The Grand River and nearby Lake Erie offer a host of aquatic activities, from swimming, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and feature prime locations for fishing.

Hike through Byng Island Conservation Area or Rock Point Provincial Park or enjoy a stroll along Port Maitland’s beautiful, brand-new pier. In the fall, Rock Point hosts thousands of Monarch butterflies heading south. Dunnville is also the site of one of the largest expanses of provincially significant wetlands in Ontario and is perfect for bird watching and nature photography.

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BYNG ISLAND CONSERVATION AREA TRAIL A two kilometre nature trail on the west side of the park offers an opportunity to discover a Carolinian forest. Link to trail map:  Click to access byng_map2021.pdf We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL...


The main Grand Valley Trail is a marked footpath stretching about 275 km between Port Maitland (42.866035,-79.565699) [near Rock Point Provincial Park] on Lake Erie, south of Dunnville to the town of Alton (43.860379,-80.068796), near Orangeville. A hiker can identify...


Hedley Forest Conservation Area is a diverse 17 hectare (43 acre) deciduous and coniferous forest. The red, silver and sugar maples, white and red oak and white ash provide a sheltered habitat for local wildlife including songbirds and white tailed deer. The NPCA...


Woodlot Trail – 2 km Explore a variety of forest and wetland communities including Carolinian, Oak Savanna and old farm fields that are slowly being reclaimed by the forest. The trail will lead you to a viewing platform built on top of the park’s sand dunes...


Ruigrok Tract protects a large tract of interior forest acquired in 1963 and located in the town of Dunnville. It is home to a diversity of tree species including, white ash, white oak, red oak, swamp oak, and hard maple. This site is a wildlife and forest management...


The 136-hectare Taquanyah Conservation Area has a network of trails through forests and near wetlands and the coldwater Mill Creek. There are interpretive signs along the trail to help you understand more about the property. It is in the Carolinian zone, which means...