Dunnville & Area

Dunnville is a small, picturesque outdoor lover's paradise. Ideally located on the Grand River close to it's exit into Lake Erie, you will find quiet river, expansive marshes, swimming, paddling, camping, and more. Add to that the proximity of Lake Erie, the shallowest and most-southern of the Great Lakes, and you have opportunities for all levels of kayaking, from sea kayak adventures to fishing trips to recreational, relaxing afternoons. View Larger Map Distances to Dunnville: Hamilton - 56 kms Toronto - 120 kms London - 160 kms Niagara Falls - 61 kms Buffalo - 70 kms Brantford - 72 kms We are located in Haldimand County, adjoing regions are Hamilton-Wentworth to the north, Niagara Region to the east, and Norfolk County to the west. Haldimand County is made up of several communities including Dunnville, Cayuga, York, Caledonia, Hagersville, Canborough, and Lowbanks. Dunnville is a quiet, picturesque community of 12,000 in Haldimand County. Located along the beautiful shores of the Grand River, our community is situated right on Hwy # 3, between the Niagara and Hamilton regions, and less than an hour away from the U.S. border crossing at Fort Erie. The Grand River is one of the best kept secrets in Ontario's South Coast. So rich with history and culture that it was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1994. Dunnville is your gateway to the Southern Grand River Valley. The community is directly accessible by boat from Lake Erie, just a few kilometers upstream from Port Maitland. The Dams at Dunnville and Caledonia create enough depth so that boating on the Grand has become a very popular source of fun. Unfortunately no locks are installed so navigation along the whole length is not possible. However, by kayak there is only one short portage around the Dunnville Dam along the entire stretch from Caledonia to Port Maitland. A nature lover's paradise, the area features one of the largest expanses of provincially significant wetlands to be found anywhere in Ontario - perfect for bird watching, and nature photography. The rest of the river is famous for it's variety of scenic terrain, history and culture. To learn more about the Grand River visit the Grand River Conservation Authority Web Site.