Two major waterways, magnificent forests and vast areas of farmland naturally attract people to the Township of Alnwick-Haldimand.
Stretching from the north shore of Lake Ontario to the south shore of Rice Lake, it includes the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine land formation that regenerates drinking water supplies for people who live in this part of the province. It also provides fantastic views, trails and nature preserces.
Highway 401 traverses the municipality, Oshawa and Toronto are within commuting distance to the west. To the east, Belleville and Kingston are within a reasonable commuting distance. Peterborough lies a short distance to the north.
Rice Lake is a magnet for tourists, cottagers, full-time residents and developers interested in the area's tourism potential. To the south, redevelopment is occuring in the area's original settlements close to Lake Ontario
The autonomous Alderville First Nation near Roseneath hosts cultural events like the annual Pow-Wow, unique shops, various businesses, a new art gallery and modern day trading posts dot County Road #45 in the reserve. The rare Black Oaks Savannah and Tallgrass Prairie of Rice Lake Plains have been given preserve status by the local band council.
Nearby in Roseneath, a well-preserved historical carousel is open most Sundays to the public from spring to fall. It is the centre piece of the agricultural fair site that draws people every September.
The hamlet of Grafton serves as the administrative centre of Alnwick-Haldimand Township. The picturesque hamlet has unique specialty shops and services. Historic Grafton Village Inn offers fine dining and special events catering, and at it's nearby inn, all the comforts of home.
North of the hamlet, the prestigious and internationally acclaimed Ste. Anne's Inn and Spa welcomes clients for day, overnight, and extended stays. There are numerous recreation resorts along the shores of Rice Lake.
Approximately 25 new houses are constructed annually, offering gradual growth at the pace of this municipality's rural lifestyle.
Just minutes from downtown Grafton are three spectacular golf courses.
There are three elementary schools in Alnwick-Haldimand - Grafton Elementary School and St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School (in Grafton) and Roseneath Centennial Public School.
Three library branches - Grafton, Centreton and Roseneath - are available to residents of the municipality.
There is a busy municipal arena in Grafton, cultural and community centres in Roseneath, Alderville and in the smaller hamlets, ball diamonds, golf courses and informal recreation opportunities.
Since it's first settlement, the natural beauty of the area has drawn many authors, musicians and artists to the municipality to share the landscape with farmers and others dedicated to the land, many fourth and fifth generation.