When traveling to Huron County, Ontario, be sure to visit a Goderich beach or park. Known as "Canada's Prettiest Town," Goderich boasts sensational sunsets which can be seen from any of its three main beaches or Provincial Park. Goderich was initially founded in 1827 and as of 2011, the town has a population of around 8,000 residents.
Town of Goderich
57 West Street
Goderich, Ontario N7A 2K5
If you visit a Goderich beach while in town, you'll have three main locations to choose from. There is no cost to visit any of Goderich's beaches, and parking is free as well. Not far from your Goderich bed and breakfast, you'll experience breathtaking views of Lake Huron and the many boats that travel the lake daily. All three beaches feature amenities such as children's playgrounds, public restrooms and picnic areas. Along the beachfront there is also a strolling boardwalk that spans for almost two miles.
Main Goderich Beach
Located next to the town harbor, the Main Beach features a mixture of finely ground sand and gravel. Visitors will also have the best views of all boats coming into port as they dock in the harbor. Local tugboats offer tourists rides around the lake and along the shoreline.
St. Christopher's Beach
Situated a short distance from your Goderich inn is St. Christopher's Beach. It can be found at the end of the local boardwalk just south of the pier. This Goderich beach is family-friendly and features on-duty lifeguards, barbecue pits and picnic pavilions. St. Christopher's Beach has large rocks along the shoreline where visitors can sit and enjoy the spectacular views.
Rotary Cove Beach
Sponsored and created by the local Rotary Club, the Rotary Cove Beach is another family-friendly location that offers on-duty lifeguards, playground equipment and finely ground soft sands. This particular Goderich beach is most popular with those who like to swim, as the beaches and waters are well-maintained.
Point Farms Provincial Park
RR #3, 82491 Bluewater Hwy.
Goderich, Ontario N7A 3X9
Approximately a hundred years ago, the Point Farms Provincial Park was home to a posh Victorian resort. This Goderich park is located just north of town and features picturesque bluffs that look out over Lake Huron's blue waters. Located within the park is an additional beach area and several trails and tree orchards.
Laithwaite Apple Park
RR #2, 35563 Huron Road
Goderich, Ontario N7A 3X8
This landmark park attraction, which is located just outside of Goderich, features a number of stone statues created by artist George Laithwaite. Statues found among the park's apple trees include political figures and characters from well-known comic strips. The statues were sculpted out of a mixture of fieldstone, various metals and a number of other scrap materials.
Another landmark located on a bluff above Lake Huron's beaches is the Goderich Lighthouse. Originally built in 1830, it was first made of logs instead of stone. However, the initial structure didn't last, so it was rebuilt again in 1847. The Goderich Lighthouse is the oldest in the Lake Huron area and was fully restored in 2009. There were once lightkeeper's outbuildings and a house as part of the original structure plans.