CULTURE ABOUNDS IN GODERICH
1. Go Directly to Jail
2. It’s Hip to Be Square
The Square is an octagonal traffic circle that surrounds Court House Park and forms the heart of Goderich. Lined with dozens of restaurants and boutiques the Square is a hub of activity and a great spot to stop for lunch.
Can’t miss stops on the Square include; Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, a commercial gallery run by Goderich landscape artist, Elizabeth Van den Broeck. Downstairs from Elizabeth’s you’ll find the Goderich Co-op Gallery, a collectively run gallery run by artists from across Huron County working in a variety of media. Book lovers can find the current bestsellers and a selection of books on local history at Fincher’s and The Book Peddler offers a wide selection of used books, as well as current and out-of-print books dedicated to local history. Just off the Square on West Street, you’ll find Goderich Makers Mercantile, a retail and creative workshop space that features a wide variety of unique, one-of-a-kind crafts and locally produced food products made by the talented artisans, producers, and makers found in Huron County and area.
3. Go Nuts for Donuts
As you continue down West Street toward the lake be sure to stop in at Culbert’s Bakery for one of their world famous cream puffs! Culbert’s has been baking these tasty treats in their original brick oven since the early 1800s!
4. Take a Historic Walk
At the end of West Street you’ll find the Park House Restaurant (A), which was originally built in the late 1830s as the home of Thomas Mercer Jones, the first Commissioner of the Canada Company. Located beside the Park House Restaurant you will find the historically rich Lions Harbour Park (A) overlooking Lake Huron. Tiger Dunlop’s “castle” once stood in this location. The park also contains two Provincial Heritage Plaques on the settlement of Goderich as well as a memorial to the devastating 2011 tornado that severely damaged much of Goderich.
Continuing down the hill towards the lake and Goderich’s busy harbour you can pick up the Waterfront Boardwalk (B), a 1.5 km of scenic lakeshore boardwalk that has heritage plaques that tell the story of the marine heritage of the port. From the Boardwalk find the stairs that lead back up the hill to the Goderich Lighthouse (C). This lighthouse was erected in 1847 and even though the tower is just 20 feet tall its light has a focal plane of 150 feet above Lake Huron.
5. The Sounds of Summer
If you’re lucky enough to be in Goderich on a Friday evening, do not miss Piping Down the Sun in Rotary Cove. The Celtic Blue Highlanders Pipe Band will play by The Wheelhouse at least one hour before sunset. What better way to watch some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world than to the skirl of bagpipes in the background?
On Thursday evenings during the summer you can attend one of the free BIA’s Thursday Evening Summer Concerts on the outdoor performance stage located in Court House Square Park (2). On Sunday evenings, enjoy music by a variety of concert, jazz and rock bands at the bandshell in Lions Harbour Park, sponsored by the Goderich Laketown Band (4A).
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Interesting FactThe Square is actually an octagon.