Courtesy of Erinn Lawrie


The Port of Goderich has been known nationwide since Victorian times as the ‘Prettiest Town in Canada’. There is much to see and do in this architecturally-rich port town which sits on the bluffs overlooking the shores of Lake Huron. Goderich’s natural setting along Ontario’s West Coast provides an incredible number of recreation and leisure choices.

As a port town, Goderich is fortunate to be graced with not one, not two, but six beaches! When not walking our 1.5 km of scenic boardwalk, playing with your pooch at St. Christopher’s Beach, fishing at the Maitland Marina, or capturing one of our gorgeous sunsets, we encourage you to explore the heart of Goderich, the Square.

Embrace Goderich’s rich downtown core’s history, as you wander one of our heritage walking tours or listen to the South/ East Street heritage audio tour,  while also appreciating its many locally owned businesses and restaurants. When your hunger hits after all of your adventuring, visit Cait’s Café for a hearty Big Salad, or an order of Wicked Wings from West Street Willy’s. To wash it all down, you’re going to want to swing by Cravings for a chocolate milkshake or Square Brew for one of their IPAs.

For a more subdued evening, after a day of shopping at Fincher’s for the latest bestseller, antiquing at C’est la Rose Antiques, getting decked out at Something Irresistible, or visiting our Saturday BIA Farmers’ Market, we suggest that you drop into West Street Sushi for some California Rolls, Thyme on 21 for grilled Huron County beef tenderloin, or Beach Street Station for their Great Lakes Pickerel.

For those looking for a workout during their weekend adventuring, we encourage you to try your hand at one of many hiking trails (the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail, the Maitland Woods Trail, or the Tiger Dunlop Trail), golf at one of our two courses (The Maitland or Goderich Sunset Golf Club), or go for a climb at Maitland Valley Grotto.

For those looking for a relaxing weekend, rent a bike from 360 Bikes ‘N Boards or the Goderich Bike Shop to take a leisurely spin around town, pick up a paddle board from 360 Bikes ‘N Boards, head on over to the Yoga Den for one of their outdoor yoga sessions (including stand up paddle boarding yoga), sign up for one of Elizabeth’s Art Gallery’s workshops or Linda Wiebe’s Encaustic Workshops, or take to the skies with an aerial tour with Papple Aviation!

Courtesy of the Yoga Den

Courtesy of Goderich BIA

Courtesy of Greg Presseault Photography