located at 181 Victoria Street North. This unique and imposing octagonal building served as the Huron County Jail from its opening in 1842 until 1972. The Gaol is now a National Historic Site. The Governor's House added on to the Gaol in 1900 clearly illustrates the important status of this position within rural Ontario at the time.
Flea Market at the Gaol: Sundays - May to October. Closed November to March.
Snug Harbour Municipal Marina
Located at the Goderich Harbour. Restaurant, ice, beach, fishing, and fuel available nearby.Goderich offers 3 marinas to greet and service our visitors by water.
The HURON COUNTY MUSEUM located at 110 North Street - is a first class community museum offering modern exhibition galleries and professional support spaces in a climate controlled atmosphere. Permanent exhibits depict the early settlement and development of Huron County.
The County Archives are also located at the Museum. Admission charged. Wheelchair accessible.
Goderich makes shopping a great experience and is the regional shopping centre for Huron County. The three main shopping areas include:
The downtown "Square" is a most unique and historic outdoor shopping mall, featuring over 80 quaint specialty shops and restaurants overlooking Courthouse Park.
The Suncoast Mall is situated on Hwy. #21 at the south end of Goderich. This regional shopping centre features 21 of your favourite retail stores including Zellers and Food Basics. Phone 519-524-8300.
The Zehrs/ Wal-Mart Plaza is located on Hwy. #8 at the east end of Goderich. Shoppers delight in the selection provided by Zehrs Food Plus, Wal-mart and Canadian Tire.
Located in the wheel house of the "SS Shelter Bay," this small museum is dedicated to the men and women who made their living on Lake Huron. The Great Storm of 1913 is highlighted. Admission is included with admission to the Huron County Museum or the Huron Historic Gaol. Open July and August.
Formerly built as the C.P.R. railway bridge in 1907, it was the time of its construction, the longest railway bridge in Ontario. The rail line between Guelph and Goderich was abandoned in 1989 and converted to a walking trial in 1992.
The bridge offers fantastic and unique views of the Goderich Harbour, Lake Huron and the Maitland River Flats.
The Tiger Dunlop Heritage Trail starts right by the harbour, and takes the hiker high above the Maitland River on the Menesetung Bridge. There are superb views out over the harbour and Lake Huron to the West and the river valley to the East. For those with a more energetic frame of mind there are twelve bicycle trails, some on paved roads, some on gravel tracks, but all guaranteed to take the cyclist by quiet byways through Huron County.
Interested in hiking? Then follow our link to the Maitland Trail!
For those wishing a more leisurely stroll, Goderich offers more than a mile of boardwalk fronting the beaches of Lake Huron. Take your time to enjoy the beautiful sunset from the shore or view it from one of several parks along the embankment.
Equipment: Marine Heritage Tour - From the Boardwalk on the Waterfront and along the Bluffs.
"The Port of Goderich waterfront and harbour areas have a rich marine history dating back to the days before the first European Settlers arrived in the late 1820s.
An intriguing blend of maritime, manufacturing, and social history combines to create a special heritage chronicle. Walking the waterfront walkways will permit you to immerse yourself in the vivid memories from years ago in the very locations where these special actions took place."
Goderich boasts two excellent golf courses.
Maitland Country Club
A challenging and scenic nine hole course located on the shores of the Maitland River. The club provides a fully stocked Pro-Shop, power carts, pull carts, and club rentals.
Goderich Sunset Golf Course
An beautiful 18 hole course located 4 miles/6.5 km. north of Goderich on the Lake Huron shoreline. Fully stocked pro shop with clubs, golf bags and clothing. Driving range.
Point Farms Mini Golf located 5 km. north of Goderich.
GODERICH FARMERS' MARKET. Outdoor farmers market selling Ontario grown fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, plants and flowers, some pork products and fish, homemade baked goods, homemade preserves and handmade locally produced crafts. Each Saturday, June to October, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. South side of Courthouse Park.
Fondest memory: (519) 524-4816