Map of Long Point Bay. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Long Point Bay with cities and towns

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Map of Long Point Bay. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Long Point Bay with cities and towns

Long Point Bay


From the fertile tobacco belt around Delhi, Simcoe, and Tillsonburg across the Haldimand Clay Plain toward the Grand River valley, this becalmed stretch of the Lake Erie shoreline is only broken by the graceful sweep of Long Point, where hundreds of birds stop during their spring migrations. This area has much to offer, from car racing to genealogy, bird-watching to family-fishing festivals. The new center of these agriculturally productive plains, New Norfolk, came into existence on January 1, 2001, and is made up of the former townships of Norfolk and Delhi, and the town of Simcoe.


Cayuga [A7] Situated on the banks of the historic Grand River, between Caledonia and Port Maitland, Cayuga has a split personality. On one hand it is known as "The Auto Racing Capital of Canada" because of Dragway Park and Cayuga International Speedway located just outside town, where you can see Championship CASCAR stock-car racing in all its high-octane glory. For the more historically inclined, the Haldimand-Norfolk Museum and Archives and aristocratic Ruthven Park National Historic Site explore the ties Cayuga has with Native history. Ruthven Park is a 650-hectare estate with a 32-room Classic Greek Revival mansion built in 1845 by David Thompson of the Grand River Navigation Company and home to five generations of his family. It can be viewed on guided tours.


Long Point Provincial Park [E3] Recognized as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations, this 32 km peninsula of beaches, dunes, marshes, and wetlands is the habitat of hundreds of migrating birds, 90 species of rare plants, and numerous fish, reptiles and amphibians. Except for the park at the base of the point, much of the point is only open to the general public on guided tours. Ц North of the park, past Port Rowan is Backus Heritage Village, a superb collection of 20 historical buildings, including the Backhouse Mill (1798), the longest-running water-powered grist mill in the province.


Port Dover [C5]

Located on Lake Erie's north shore, the small but dynamic town of Port Dover is a bustling summer place with a calendar full of special events and a great summer theater. The Dover Rover, a tractor-pulled passenger train, is a fun way to explore the town and learn the fascinating history. Port Dover is famous for the best perch and pickerel dinners in the area.


Simcoe [B4] Simcoe is dead center of a rich agricultural area noted for tobacco, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, and ginseng. The town is also the commercial center for the summer-cottage communities along Lake Erie's north shore. Simcoe is a gracious place with many stately old homes, maple tree-lined streets, and beautiful parks. The Lynnwood Arts Centre, once the home of Simcoe's first postmaster, Duncan Campbell, is an 1851 Greek Revival home that houses exhibitions and permanent fine art, surrounded by a sculpture garden and rare Carolinian trees. In December, folks from the region flock to see 60 illuminated scenes billed as the Christmas Panorama.


Tillsonburg [B1] Set in fertile tobacco country, this town has one of the widest main streets in Ontario, aptly named Broadway. Worth a visit in the downtown area is the Station Arts Centre, housed in two historic railway stations joined together. The Tillsonburg Museum/Annandale House features impeccably furnished 1880s period rooms, hand-painted ceilings, original woodwork, and stained and painted glass. Doll collectors will want to visit Dolls in Toyland, a museum that displays over 1,000 dolls from 1860 to the present.




Cayuga International

Speedway Cayuga International

Dragway Park Haldimand-Norfolk Museum and Archives Ruthven Park National Historic Site



Lighthouse Festival Theatre



Long Point Provincial Park Long Point Bird Observatory Backus Heritage Village



Lynnwood Arts Centre Lake George Park

Eva Brook Donly Museum



The Tillsonburg Museum/Annandale

House Station Arts Centre Lake Lisgar Waterpark Dolls in Toyland


Map of Long Point Bay. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Long Point Bay with cities and towns