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Little Village, Big Charm

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Little Village, Big Charm

What can you say about Bayfield that hasn’t already been said? The community seems to have an ability to speak to guests without saying anything at all, otherwise why would so many visitors fall head over heels in love with this historic little village with a cosmopolitan flair? Unabashedly, the secret behind the village’s charm lies in its people.  They are a group of individuals who live in the present, preserve the past and look to the future. They express their ideals through activism, cuisine, art, fashion and music.

Where else but Bayfield would you find two privately owned public parks? Pioneer Park came to fruition in 1945 when several friends of the community joined forces to preserve the last piece of undeveloped lake front property on the bluff overlooking the Bayfield River and Lake Huron. More than 70 years on, inspired by the success of the Pioneer Park mandate, a group of citizens rallied together in 2017 to purchase a piece of property along the Bayfield River within the village limits to provide their community and guests with yet another natural gem – the Bayfield River Flats.

Bayfield is a “Blue Community”. A “Blue Community” recognizes water as a human right, as a result, visitors won’t find bottled water in public facilities or at events but they will find a portable refillable water bottle station operated by pedal-power and five water bottle refill stations at public facilities located throughout the village. The internationally recognized, Blue Flag also flies overhead at both Bayfield’s Main Beach and Marina. The Blue Flag, an International program, is awarded to marinas and beaches that meet high standards around water quality, environmental education and management, as well as safety and services.

“This small village boasts more than 20 eateries, plus a weekly farmers’ market.” 

People who come to Bayfield for the food will not be disappointed. This small village boasts more than 20 eateries, plus a weekly farmers’ market. Foodies can also now enjoy a pint of locally produced craft beer as local entrepreneurs dive into this new cultural experience and once the grapes have reached maturity glasses of wine will be sure to follow.

Artists of all kinds are drawn by Bayfield’s magnetic pull.  The Bayfield Concert Series and the Bayfield Town Hall have hosted many Juno Award winning musicians. The Village Bookshop welcomes best-selling and Nobel Prize winning authors (yes, Alice Munro has been known to drop in occasionally) and local art galleries feature the works of some of the most talented local and Canadian artists. And then there is the shopping! Everything eclectic, vintage, trendy and fun can be found along the village’s Main Street. Don’t forget to check out those specialty stores along the side streets too!

So, whether you come for a day or come for a longer stay, one thing is for certain: village residents will give you a little piece of themselves to take on your journey.

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    Founded in 1832 by Carel Lodewijk, Baron van Tuyll van Serooskerken
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Bayfield Farmers’ Market 
Held on Friday afternoons in Clan Gregor Square, the Bayfield Farmers’ Market offers only the freshest locally grown and produced goods.
Pioneer Park world famous Sunset Views
Visit Pioneer Park’s website for information on events including Yoga in Park, Paint the Sunset and more!
Bayfield Flea Market
Located in Agricultural Park on Sunday afternoons this market is a favourite amoung collectors and treasure hunters.
Canoe and Kayak Rentals in the Bayfield Marina
Stop into the office at the Village of Bayfield Marina for more information on canoe and kayak rentals.
Art classes for kids and adults 
Bayfield has been inspiring artists for over a century and at Kryart you can drop-in anytime to turn that inspiration into creation!
Heritage Walking Tours
Visit the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives to participate in guided and self-guided walking tours of Historic Bayfield
Swimming at Bayfield’s Blue Flag Beach
Bayfield proudly flies the Blue Flag, an international symbol of excellent water quality, over both Bayfield’s Main Beach and Marina. www.BlueFlag.Global
Hike the Bayfield River Valley Trails
Everyone who enjoys the adventure of walking in natural surroundings can savour the beauty of the Bayfield River Valley, and the many varied hiking trails that can be found in and around the village.
Explore Heritage Main Street
Dozens of boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants line Bayfield most famous street.
Gourmet Dining
Plan to arrive in Bayfield with an empty stomache because this town loves to eat!  Bayfield is home to more than twenty restaurants, from roadside burgers shacks to the finest gourmet fare, these restaurants feature locally produced, delicious culinary options! Don’t forget to try a local brew!
Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park
Enjoy wakeboarding, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, and more at Bayfield’s Eco park, located just five minutes outside Bayfield.

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Located on the shores of Lake Huron on Ontario's West Coast

“Bobbing boats, charming boutiques, and ringing bicycle bells make it easy to think you’re in some kind of fairytale when you’re walking through Bayfield.”