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Former Town
Town of Dunnville
St. Michael's Catholic Church
St. Michael's Catholic Church
Grand Living in a Great Town
Dunnville is located in Ontario
Dunnville is located in Canada
Coordinates: 42°54′10″N 79°37′00″W / 42.90278°N 79.61667°W / 42.90278; -79.61667Coordinates: 42°54′10″N 79°37′00″W / 42.90278°N 79.61667°W / 42.90278; -79.61667
Regional MunicipalityHaldimand
Incorporated as Village of DunnvilleJanuary 1, 1860
Incorporated as Town of Dunnville1900
Joined Haldimand CountyJanuary 1, 2001
 • Mayor of HaldimandKen Hewitt
 • Governing bodyThe Council of the Corporation of Haldimand County
 • Ward 6 (Dunnville) CouncillorBernie Corbett
 • MPDiane Finley (Conservative)
 • MPPToby Barrett (PC)
 • Former Town5.39 km2 (2.08 sq mi)
183 m (600 ft)
 • Former Town5,759
 • Density1,068.4/km2 (2,767/sq mi)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)905, 289, 365

Dunnville is an unincorporated community located near the mouth of the Grand River in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada near the historic Talbot Trail. It was formerly an incorporated town encompassing the surrounding area with a total population of 12,000.


Dunnville was the site of a Cayuga settlement called Detgahnegaha'gó:wah.[1] The European settlement was originally built as the entrance to the Welland "feeder" canal and the town once boasted several water-powered mills and a once-bustling canal port. The feeder canal closed in the late 1880s and the last mill was destroyed and replaced with a condominium complex about ten years ago. There is an impassable dam at Dunnville which regulates the level of the Grand River at Port Maitland which, in the 19th century, also helped regulate the level of the Welland Canal (from 1829 until 1887 when the third canal began to intake its water directly from Lake Erie). Dunnville was incorporated as a village in 1860 and then as a town in 1900. In 1974, the town amalgamated with the townships of Dunn, Canborough, Moulton and Sherbrooke when the Regional Municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk was formed. In 2001, Dunnville and all other municipalities within the region were dissolved and the region was divided into two single tier municipalities with city-status but called counties. What was the incorporated town of Dunnville now consists of Wards 5 and 6 in Haldimand County.

Census Population
1871 1,452
1881 1,808
1891 1,776
1901 2,105
1911 2,861
1921 3,224
1931 3,405
1941 4,028
1951 4,478
1961 5,181
1971 5,576
1981 11,353
1991 12,131
2001 5,686
2006 5,729
2011 5,626
2016 5,759

Only a few kilometres from Lake Erie, Dunnville has many private vacation properties.

The Mud Cat of Dunnville

There are many events and natural attractions. In June, the annual Mudcat Festival is held to celebrate one of the Grand River's most well-known inhabitants. The festival includes a parade, strongman contests, midway and fireworks. Another popular event is the Dunnville Agricultural Fair, held in late August which includes heavy, light and miniature horse shows, sheep and goat shows. Dunnville has tennis, golf and swimming facilities and many Bed and Breakfasts and camp sites to stay in. Tuesday and Saturday are Farmers Market days since the relocation of the local arena Dunnville is currently constructing a new Farmers Market Pavilion providing more protection from the elements while helping to support what the local farming has to offer (heating may still be an issue).

RCAF Memorial, Dunnville Public Library

The former World War II RCAF Training Base, the Dunnville Airport, offers a unique window on history with its massive hangars and runways. Previously used for recreational flying and skydiving, the airport is now closed due to six large wind-turbine power generators on the airfield.[2] The airport is also home to Haldimand County's newest museum, the No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum. It has also been the home of the Driver Rehabilitation Centre for the reality television program Canada's Worst Driver since 2010. The Grand River and nearby Lake Erie offers aquatic activities including swimming, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and features prime locations for fishing. Nearby are Byng Island Conservation Area, Rock Point Provincial Park and Port Maitland's new pier. In the fall, Rock Point hosts thousands of monarch butterflies heading south. Dunnville is also the site of one of the largest expanses of provincially significant wetlands in Ontario; bird watching and nature photography are practised there. Smuckers Foods of Canada Co., which operates the Bick's Pickle Plant (Dunnville's largest factory), provides employment for a small percentage of the town's population, mainly students. In 2001, Bick's head office facility in Scarborough, Ontario was shut down and operations were transferred to the Dunnville location, where it remained until the end of November 2011, at which point it closed. This community is the easternmost city that belongs to the Green Energy Hub of Southern Ontario.

2009 Grand River flood[edit]

On February 13, 2009, the Grand River flooded when the river ice thawed, damaging Cayuga and Dunnville.[3] The next day, the CCGC Griffon proceeded up the river to help clear ice.


Public education is administered by the Grand Erie District School Board. Schools located in Dunville include:[4]

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  1. ^ Carrie Dick. Personal correspondence. Op. cit. GeoNative. "Iroquois: Mohawk, Cayuga, Wyandot". 1 Jan 1999. Accessed 20 Apr 2012.
  2. ^ Wind Turbines Close Flight Operations at Historical Dunnville Airport
  3. ^ Cathy Pelletier (2010-02-10). "The Flood --One Year Later". Dunnville Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2010-02-21. It was Friday the 13th, 2009 when the Grand River awakened from its winter hibernation and began to unleash an unprovoked assault upon its neighbours. Melting snow and the accumulation of waters flowing into the 300-km length of the Grand suddenly, and without warning, spelled disaster for Cayuga and Dunnville. A repeated cycle of ice jams and releases caused the crest of the water to rise and fall, spilling over the banks at various locations. Very early in the morning, the water began its considerable, rapid ascent in Cayuga, and emergency personnel embarked upon what would become a very long, intensive rescue effort.
  4. ^ "School Boundary Map". Grand Erie District School Board. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Poitras, Cameron. "Pete DeBoer fired by Devils". CBC Sports. The Associated Press. Retrieved 16 May 2015.