DescriptionGoderich (GOD-rich), the site of the largest harbor on the Canadian side of Lake Huron, was established by John Galt, the founder of the Canada Co. Galt selected the area to be the terminus of the Huron Road (Hwy. 8), which he built from Guelph to Lake Huron. The Canada Co., a British-owned land company, was responsible for the settlement of the vast area of Ontario known as the Huron Tract.
On a bluff facing westward toward the lake, Goderich has wide tree-lined streets radiating like spokes from the courthouse. Recreation includes boating; golfing; hiking; swimming; windsurfing; fishing and canoeing on the Maitland River in spring and summer; and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter. The Clinton Raceway, 20 kilometres (12 mi.) southeast of town at 147 Beech St., offers live harness racing Sundays from early May to mid-September; phone (519) 482-5270 or (519) 482-7540.
Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.
The Blyth Festival, 25 kilometres (16 mi.) east in the village of Blyth at 423 Queen St., offers professional summer theater from mid-June to late August. The productions have a decidedly nationalistic flavor—all plays are written, produced and acted by Canadians; phone (519) 523-9300 or (877) 862-5984. Closer to home, the Goderich Little Theatre presents live theatrical productions in the historic Livery at 35 South St.; phone (519) 524-6262.
Visitor InfoTourism Goderich 91 Hamilton St. GODERICH, ON N7A 1R1. Phone:(519)524-6600 or (800)280-7637
Self-guiding toursInformation about architectural and historical walking tours is available at the tourism office.
Things to SeeHuron County Museum