It’s time to take a trip up the Grand River to our next featured community! This month, we’re highlighting a beautiful part of Haldimand County, Caledonia. With stunning views and a welcoming small-town feel, this community shouldn’t be missed. Ready to find out why? Read on to see why we think Caledonia is a must-visit destination in the area and the perfect place for families to consider when it comes to their forever home – or the next stop on their journey!
Enjoy the Outdoors
Being located on the Grand River means that you’ll have an incredible array of outdoor activities to participate in and spaces to discover. If you’re ready to get out on the water, you’ll enjoy fishing, boating and kayaking. Of course, those who prefer their adventure a little more on the relaxing side can take advantage of Grand River Dinner Cruises, which provide a fun time out on the water while enjoying delicious food, entertainment and incredible views. On Saturdays during December, you’ll also be able to enjoy their dockside Christmas Marketplace, featuring unique gifts and handmade options. While out on the water, be sure to check out the Grand River Bridge and Dam.
There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the outdoors in Caledonia. If you want to get active, you’ll find lots of ways to do so, with easy access to the Aaron & Devin Koocher Memorial Skateboard Park, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts and more. The Kinsmen Park Trail is popular with locals; enjoy outdoor sports, have a picnic and take in the views as you walk the trail that runs alongside the Grand River. Another spot you won’t want to miss is LaFortune Park, a 160-acre park with many amenities, including disc golf, for you to discover. Finally, horse lovers should stop by Big Creek Stables, perfect for seasoned riders and those who have always wanted to try.
In the mood for something fun to enjoy with the family? It’s time to visit Killman Zoo! During the warmer months, visitors can stop by to see the big cats, small cats and animals of all sizes. The zoo is home to one of the largest lion families in Canada, giving locals a chance to see their strength and beauty up close.
Fall in love with the community
Caledonia is a community full of exciting historical spots and newer additions that will keep you busy throughout the year. If you’re ready to take a step back in time, you’re in for a treat – many historic destinations are worth discovering during your visit or as you get settled into the area. Start with Haldimand House, the oldest building in the area (est. 1837). Once a thriving mercantile, it’s now home to The Haldimand House Marketplace, featuring a fun selection of boutiques. Next door, you’ll find The Oasis Drive-In, Ontario’s oldest drive-in theatre, operating since 1927.
Other beautiful historical spots to explore include the Caledonia Grand Trunk Railway Station & Museum, a cultural landmark built in 1908 that houses fun exhibitions and artifacts, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, The Toll House and The Old Caledonia Mill and Caledonia Town Hall, all beautiful heritage buildings with amazing history for you to discover.
Ready to shop ‘til you drop after all that fun? Local businesses are the heart of Caledonia and there are so many to fall in love with! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special or a little addition for yourself, stop by A Day in My Closet, Bella & Coop, Cats N’ Dogs Cafe, Biker’s Haven, For the Love of Bling, Second Chance Records or The Coach Pyramids, where you’ll surely find something unique. If you’re in the mood for something to spruce up your new home in the community, don’t forget to check out Caledonia Furniture Finds, Caledonia Garden Centre and Ryn’s Furniture and Mattress.
Ready to spend the night? Rest up before another day of adventures at one of the community’s beautiful bed and breakfasts, including Le B&B and The Grand Corbel B&B (temporarily closed due to COVID-19). Support local businesses, enjoy delicious meals and rest easy knowing that you’ll have even more to discover in the morning!
If you’re looking for some delicious food after all that adventuring, you’re in luck! Caledonia has some incredible restaurants to check out during your visit. Add these to your list and discover a local favourite while you’re in town! Popular spots in town include Grand Jia Xing Restaurant, Oasis Drive-In for their famous hot dogs and fries, Tastebudz Pizza, The Argyle Street Grill and Victor’s Cornerstone. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t forget to stop by Jones Bakery (since 1904) and the Caledonia Candy Company. On your way out, pick up some fresh sausages from Wally Parr Sausages to enjoy later!
Winter fun for the family
Getting festive with the family is one of the best parts of the upcoming holiday season and Caledonia has a couple of great activities to join in on. For four nights in November, Santa’s Snowflake Tour will be coming to town! The big guy in red will be bringing his illuminated sleigh to the community to say hello – check out the pre-set routes and make sure you’re ready to wave to Santa!
Keep the festive spirit going that weekend with a visit to the Caledonia Fair Christmas Market on Saturday, November 27th at the Caledonia Fairgrounds. While there, you’ll have a chance to find perfect gifts and decor from more than 70 vendors, enjoy tasty local treats, participate in games and contests, visit Santa and more! It’s a ton of festive fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Afterwards, enjoy a Countdown to Christmas as local businesses unveil their Advent Windows. Each evening will see the reveal of a different business’ festive window until Christmas arrives.