Nature Trails near Port Dover, Ontario

Port Dover is located in the amalgamated community of Norfolk County.

Norfolk County’s most popular tourist attractions are the beaches, ports, towns and villages along Lake Erie, known as Ontario’s South Coast. These towns include Port Dover, Turkey Point, Long Point, Simcoe, Delhi, Waterford and Port Rowan. Fishing is another key attraction for tourists, as well as birding, hiking, camping and cycling.

Main festivals include the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show in Simcoe (October), Canada Day Celebration in Port Dover (July), Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival (August), Delhi Strawberry Festival (June), Port Dover Summer Fest (August), Norfolk Studio Tour (September), BayFest in Port Rowan (September), Waterford Pumpkin Fest (October), PD13 (the Port Dover motorcycle enthusiasts’ event every Friday the 13th), Delhi Harvest Fest (September) and Simcoe Christmas Panorama (December).

These events, as well as places to stay and eat, can be found in the Ontario’s South Coast Experience Guide, available by contacting Norfolk County through

Agritourism and culinary tourist are expanding attractions for tourists coming to Norfolk County, with four wineries and a distillery, as well as a microbrewery in development. There are numerous farmgate retailers, featured on the Norfolk County Map and Local Food Guide, available by contacting Norfolk County through or calling 1-800-699-9038.

Motorcycle tourism is also a popular activity in Norfolk County, and Ontario’s South Coast, which includes Norfolk, Haldimand, Elgin and Chatham-Kent. For more information, visit

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The Carolinian forest offers a spectacular backdrop for the trail system. This trail loops through wooded areas and past the Hay Creek Reservoir, providing opportunity for bird watching and viewing a variety of plants. There are signs that describe some of the trees....


This trail follows the path of the former LE & N Electric Rail Car Route that travelled from Galt, through Brantford and Mt. Pleasant to Port Dover. The stone dust trail travels through the City of Brantford ending at Rotary Park where it joins Veterans Memorial...


The Lynn Valley Trail is an 11km old rail line trail that starts in Port Dover and ends in Simcoe. In Simcoe this trail meets up with the Norfolk Sunrise Trail, giving you the option of continuing on to Waterford, or heading towards Delhi. Starting at Silver Lake in...

Shirley & George Pond Nature Reserve

Once fully restored, Shirley & George Pond Nature Reserve, a 80-acre nature reserve along the Lake Erie shoreline will connect inland woodlands with coastal marshes and help connect 1.2km of forested stream corridor. The project will create an important wildlife...

Strongman – Guiler Nature Reserve

On the Lake Erie shoreline in Norfolk County, Strongman – Guiler Nature Reserve is a beautiful 52-acre site along Fisher’s Creek. It includes Carolinian woodlands, deep ravines, 1400 feet of shoreline and impressive bluffs and beaches. With intensive development...


The TH & B Trail was developed on the former trail bed of the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo rail line. Travel the trail from Brantford to Port Dover (45.5 km). This section of Trans Canada Trail joins the Waterford Heritage Trail (18 km) and Norfolk Sunrise Trail...