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Haldimand County is located in the southern portion of the province and encompasses a number of small communities, including Caledonia, Jarvis, Hagersville, Dunnville, Cayuga, Nanticoke, Port Maitland, Lowbanks, Fisherville, and Canborough. The county has a population of over 44,000 people, who live within the 1,251.57 square kilometres bordered by Lake Erie in the south.
The Grand River cuts through the middle of the county, and there are other bodies of water scattered throughout the region, including Nanticoke Creek, Mill Creek, and Dry Lake. Major roadways running through the county include Highways 3, 6, and 54.
Area: 1,251.57 km2
The western section of Haldimand County is made up of residential areas, agricultural areas, churches, post offices, parks, a generating station, shops, restaurants, schools, a hospital, an arena, libraries, service providers, government offices, and community centres.
Churches, parks, service providers, shops, residential areas, agricultural areas, museums, restaurants, schools, government offices, post offices, a fire hall, a medical centre, industrial areas, community centres, accommodations, recreation centres, a zoo, an historic site, an arena, campgrounds, a police station, and a motorsports park can all be found in the county’s central section.
In the eastern section, there is a fire hall, residential areas, agricultural areas, shops, service providers, parks, industrial areas, conservation areas, restaurants, a hospital, schools, churches, accommodations, a library, and government offices.
The Haldimand County Museum & Archives, located in Cayuga, provides displays and exhibits on the history of the area, up to around the 1960s. Artifacts including photographs, documents, textiles, furniture, and tools and equipment are showcased in both the museum, as well as an 1835 log cabin that is also on the museum grounds. The log cabin was home to an early settler family who lived in the area. The archives provide public access to local historical information such as census records, newspapers, church records, family histories, birth/marriage/death records, and local histories.
Haldimand County has many parks within its boundaries, including Jarvis Lions Park, with ball diamonds, greenspace, a walking path, a playground, and outdoor tennis courts; Townsend Ball Park, with ball diamonds, greenspace, a playground, a walking path, and treed areas; and Hagersville Park, featuring outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, greenspace, a playground, walking paths, a pavilion, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Provincial parks in the county include Selkirk Provincial Park, James N. Allan Provincial Park, and Rock Point Provincial Park. Most of the provincial parks include beach areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, and amenities such as restrooms and showers.
The main industries in Haldimand County are manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance, retail trade, construction, transportation and warehousing, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting. The county’s largest employers include Stelco (iron and steel manufacturing), CGC Inc. (gypsum product manufacturing), Imperial Oil (petroleum manufacturing), Original Foods (food manufacturing), Haldimand County (public administration), Grandview Lodge (nursing care facility), Children’s Aid Society Haldimand Norfolk (social services), and Community Living Haldimand (social services).
The Haldimand County Economic Development and Tourism department provides various services to local businesses and investors in the local economy, as do the chambers of commerce located in many of the Haldimand County communities.
The western section of Haldimand County has mostly mid-priced single-family homes on large, rural-style lots. Vacant land is usually affordable here, and there is also plenty of commercial space, both retail and industrial.
Single-family homes in the central section of the county tend to be more expensive than those in the western section are. They are often also found on large, sprawling lots, similar to those in the western section. Vacant land can also be more expensive in this section, and there are sometimes commercial spaces available.
In the eastern section of the county, there is plenty of commercial space at a variety of price points. Single-family homes here come at range of prices, and condo options can also be found here. Vacant land is mostly affordable in this section.
Schools in Haldimand County include Fairview Public School, Seneca Central Public School, Dunnville Secondary School, J.L. Mitchener Public School, Saint Mary Catholic Elementary School, Oneida Central Public School, St. Stephen’s School, Walpole North Elementary School, Cayuga Secondary School, Jarvis Community Christian School, Saint Michael Catholic Elementary School, Hagersville Elementary School, Rainham Central School, and Jarvis Public School.
There are no post-secondary institutions in the county, so residents must travel to nearby communities to access options such as Summit College, Fanshawe College, St. John’s College, Conestoga College, and Wilfrid Laurier University.