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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Interesting FactFounded in 1832 by Carel Lodewijk, Baron van Tuyll van Serooskerken
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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.” Expedia.ca