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Norfolk

Description of the Area

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Download Norfolk and Haldimand Trail Maps 5-8 

 

Norfolk - Burning Kiln Winery - Patio GWTA2013 DAY05 WEB-25Norfolk’s shoreline is dotted with provincial parks, conservation areas, three public beaches and marshes that make it a naturalist’s haven. The Trail follows mostly quiet rural roads and passes through a couple of small towns and the larger Port Dover.

From the western boundary with Elgin, the Trail follows Lakeshore Rd/Highway 42. This section feels somewhat remote as there are not many services until you reach Port Rowan – make sure you bring plenty of water and a snack to eat. Port Rowan is a big birding center given its proximity to Long Point and the national headquarters of Bird Studies Canada. Long Point is one of three World Biosphere Reserves along the Waterfront Trail. Long Point Provincial Park features marshland that is home to many bird species and long sandy beaches. For those who wanting to give angling a try, fishing rods are available for loan at the park.

There is camping available at Long Point Provincial Park and nearby Turkey Point Provincial Park. Long-Point Eco Adventures is located just west of Turkey Point and is a worthwhile stop offering bicycle tours, ‘glamping’ and ziplining.

There are a few hills in the river valleys between Long Point and Port Dover. Port Dover is a fun beach town with plenty of dining options and places to stay. From Port Dover, the Lynn Valley Trail provides a mostly off-road connection to Brantford and the VIA Rail Station.  

As you tour Norfolk you'll see over 66 wind turbines. The white towers stand out elegantly against the open blue sky. A visit to the Erie Shores Wind Farm interpretation centre offers great information about these structures and how they produce enough power to supply 12,000 homes.

Wineries on the Route

Blueberry Hill Estates
1195 Front Road St. Williams, ON N0E 1P0
Best known for great blueberries and fresh baked blueberry goods. Offer farm tours, winery store and farmers market. New in 2014--a cafe.

Burning Kiln Winery
1709 Front Road, St. Williams, ON N0E 1P0
Overlooking Long Point Bay enjoy fresh, local meals and awarding wines on the sun-soaked patio.

Local Map

Main Access Points (with parking) 

  • Port Rowan, scenic hamlet with loads of shops and restaurants. Municipal parking located on Wolven St just off Front Rd (County Rd 42)

  • Long Point Provincial Park- 350 Erie Blvd. Port Rowan, N0E 1M0 Camping, beaches available. 

  • Turkey Point Provincial Park-194 Turkey Point Rd. N0E 1T0. Camping available.

  • Port Dover-Wide range of accommodations, eateries and stores. Great beach with ample parking.

Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails

Norfolk’s trails are listed along with maps on their website here:

Explore Norfolk's Trail lists other on-road cycle touring routes in the County--check out the left margin.

The Lynn Valley Trail follows an old rail right of way from Port Dover to Simcoe.

Tourism Information  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Southwestern Ontario Tourism
www.ontariossouthwest.com

How to Get there and Public Transit Information

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VIA Rail - The Waterfront Trail is located 40 kms from the London VIA Rail Station.
National Passenger Rail service. Bike racks are available on select trains equipped with baggage cars.

www.viarail.ca

 

Contact Information

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