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DOG BEACH PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 May 2010 12:25
Huron County has always been very animal-friendly, but about five years ago, Goderich officially went to the dogs.
Goderich’s greatest tourism asset, its Lake Huron shore, began welcoming dogs, officially to walk, run and even swim out in the water, while keeping parts of the beach just for humans as well.
While the county currently plays host to one of the biggest dog shows in the area, the Bluewater Kennel Club’s All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial, every year in Blyth, it’s Goderich which has opened the doors for our furry friends, literally.
Travelling east on your way down to the beach, you will notice one of Goderich’s most distinct and unique features, after leaving the town square (really an octagon) you’ll travel down to its beach (which is actually three beaches). It’s nothing, if not quirky.
Across the harbour from the salt mine, is the first beach, which is its most expansive and it’s for humans only, but just a little bit further down the road is St. Christopher’s Beach, which is dog-friendly. Now, man’s best friend still has to be leashed, but on St. Christopher’s Beach, dogs are free to run through the sand, swim in the water, or simply walk on the boardwalk or the grass, or even find some shade to lie in.
However, travelling even further south, past Goderich’s third beach, is a dog run, where leashes can be freed and dogs are able to run to their hearts content as long as their owner is able to keep them under control and well-behaved.
“We have always been very dog-friendly here,” says Goderich Tourism’s Bob Marshall. “And this makes it so that anyone is free to use the waterfront.”
Marshall says that he thinks Goderich’s waterfront is perfect for just about anyone, providing beaches for people who might not want to be disturbed by dogs and people who do have dogs.
“When you limit who can use the waterfront, that makes it tough. Now anyone can use the waterfront,” he said. “I mean we want everyone to be able to enjoy it. It’s accessible to everyone and now dog-owners can enjoy it just as everyone else does.”
Marshall says, as a dog owner himself, that he feels the community is very dog-friendly, even if it’s just residents walking their pets around town.
He says that the pet-accessible beach is just one more attraction to help bring people to the area.
“Everyone cares about what the town looks like, so most people clean up after their dogs,” he said. “It’s very pet-friendly here.”
GODERICH'S DOG BEACH LETS POOCHES HAVE FUN TOO
Huron County has always been very animal-friendly, but about five years ago, Goderich officially went to the dogs.
Goderich’s greatest tourism asset, its Lake Huron shore, began welcoming dogs, officially to walk, run and even swim out in the water, while keeping parts of the beach just for humans as well.
While the county currently plays host to one of the biggest dog shows in the area, the Bluewater Kennel Club’s All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial, every year in Blyth, it’s Goderich which has opened the doors for our furry friends, literally.
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MARINE HERITAGE WALKING TOUR PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:52
By Shawn Loughlin
Your tour of Canada’s prettiest town starts on Hamilton Street, at the tourism centre. There you’ll find pamphlet guides that will take you all over Huron County, not just Goderich.
One of the newest pamphlets, which was just launched at Huron County’s annual brochure swap, is the new hiking guide, which features over 25 trails throughout Huron County that will take you up and around and through some of the most beautiful country in Ontario.
However, while there might be too much to choose from, the diamond in the rough is the map of the Marine Heritage Walking Tour. This detailed guide will direct you where you need to go and tell you all you need to know to find Queen Elizabeth II’s reasoning behind calling Goderich Canada’s prettiest town.
There are new, redesigned maps featuring all four walking tours, as well as the Marine Heritage Walking Tour. Right now, the pamphlet consists of over 40 different points of interest along Goderich’s beautiful view of Lake Huron.
The tour, as pointed out on the walking tour map, spans several different points of interest from the remains of a ship, to the breathtaking, elevated view from Goderich’s lighthouse to the black hole in Lake Huron; and these are just the beginning.
While it is hard to imagine that visitors may need one more reason to visit the beach, the jewel of the town, the walking tour guide provides history and background for history buffs, curious visitors and even long-time residents who are always eager for more knowledge of their town.
A short drive down Harbour St. and then Cove Rd. takes you to the south end of the beach where the walk can begin. Walking north begins the historic and beautiful walk through the history of Goderich.
One of the early stops on the tour is the “bone yard”. Several ships are laid to rest in this deep corner of Lake Huron.
Soon after, the tour reaches St. Christopher’s Beach, the middle of Goderich’s three beaches.
St. Christopher’s Beach is where the stops along the tour become abundant. Perhaps the best view of the harbour is just a short trip up some stairs from St. Christopher’s Beach to the Goderich lighthouse. This plateau provides a perfect bird’s eye view of the water. Also accessible through town roads by car on Cobourg St., the elevated view is easily the town’s most breathtaking.
After dark, the lighthouse is outlined with thin red lights, with the traditional rotating lighthouse beam sweeping across the beach.
As the walk continues north to the main beach, this area is often busy as there are snack shops, a restaurant and other attractions at the mouth of the harbour.
All along the trail and Goderich’s famous boardwalk are public beaches and plenty of places to stop and cool off. There are also several children’s playgrounds for the youngsters who aren’t so inclined to sit down and take a quick rest.
Along the walk are blue information plaques that feature stories about the area in that specific spot to keep you on course. However, in recent years, the plaques have begun to be replaced with classic brown and white plaques greeting you along the way.
The plaques provide a wider scope to the tour, filling in blanks that may have been left by reading the pamphlet alone.
The descriptions in the pamphlet are meant to peak your interest, while the story will be told in full by the plaque at the actual port and the experience that accompanies actually being there to see for yourself.
If you don’t believe the Queen, see for yourself. If Goderich is the prettiest, the beach has to be the feather in its cap, so grab a pamphlet and see the prettiest of the pretty.
DISCOVER GODERICH'S MARINE HISTORY WITH A WALKING TOUR
By Shawn Loughlin
Your tour of Canada’s prettiest town starts on Hamilton Street, at the tourism centre. There you’ll find pamphlet guides that will take you all over Huron County, not just Goderich.
One of the newest pamphlets, which was just launched at Huron County’s annual brochure swap, is the new hiking guide, which features over 25 trails throughout Huron County that will take you up and around and through some of the most beautiful country in Ontario.
However, while there might be too much to choose from, the diamond in the rough is the map of the Marine Heritage Walking Tour. This detailed guide will direct you where you need to go and tell you all you need to know to find Queen Elizabeth II’s reasoning behind calling Goderich Canada’s prettiest town.
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DUNGANNON ZOO PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 15:35
Dungannon zoo
For nearly  25 years Huron County residents, as well as visitors, have been able to enjoy visiting with exotic animals, all without charge.
The Dungannon Zoo is located on Hawkins Road, just west of County Road 1 between Nile and Dungannon.
Here in spacious enclosures on both sides of the road, you’ll find llamas, alpacas, elk, goats and deer. Swimming in ponds you’ll see swans and ducks and, dropping in from the wild, Canada Geese.
The park-like zoo was created in the mid-1980s by Harry and Gerda Burgsma who had a poultry farm on the land. Harry Burgsma dug ponds in a swampy area which attracted waterfowl. Later he fenced in an area and added deer to keep the grass down.
Soon people began to stop on the roadside to see the animals and the collection grew, including zebras and a camel at one time.
The collection of animals isn’t quite so broad today but there is still an opportunity to get close to animals you’ll seldom see elsewhere.
To get to the zoo go to Carlow on County Road 25 and turn north on County Road 1 (left if you’re coming from Goderich, right if from Blyth). Go north through Nile and turn west on the first sideroad, Hawkins Road.
KIDS CAN ENJOY DUNGANNON ZOO FOR FREE
For nearly  25 years Huron County residents, as well as visitors, have been able to enjoy visiting with exotic animals, all without charge.
The Dungannon Zoo is located on Hawkins Road, just west of County Road 1 between Nile and Dungannon.
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HURON'S GOLF COURSES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 15:30
By Shawn Loughlin
Huron County is like a golfer’s paradise. Across the county there are 10 courses to choose from, each with its own personality, characteristics, history and tradition, something else Huron County is famous for.
Here, listed alphabetically, are some of the memorable events and historical tournaments that have helped to put Huron County on the golf map.
Bayview Golf Course
This course, located on RR2 in Zurich, is a par 72 18-hole course, with a total yardage of 6315.
Located 11 km north of Grand Bend on Hwy. 21, this course features power carts, club rentals and a golf shop, which can be reached at (519) 236-4030.
Jim Masse, co-owner of the course, recalls a charity tournament his course used to hold, to benefit a cause very close to his heart.
“The most fun we’ve had here is when we used to have the charity tournament to benefit the neonatal intensive-care unit. Over the five years we held the tournament, we donated over $150,000 to them,” he said. “Over the last 27 years, I would say that was the most fun and the most gratifying. I have had two grandsons born prematurely, so this is something that’s very close to my heart.
Bluewater Golf Course
This course is located on the Bluewater Hwy. in Bayfield. It’s a challenging course that features a lot of bush, water and sand traps along the way.
Bluewater offers power carts, rentals, a golf shop and a snack bar.
Open from April 1 to Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., this course can be reached at (519) 482-7197.
Manager Krista Jefferson says the clubhouse getting a facelift was one of the most memorable events of the last few years, because it was completed by her and the rest of the family that owns and runs the course.
“We’re going into our third summer with our new clubhouse. We do weddings here now and we built it basically by ourselves,” she said. “We had a contractor, but we were the ones doing the work on it. So that was a big accomplishment for us here. Our old clubhouse was quite a shack.”
Exeter Golf Club
This course is located in Centralia. It’s a par 36, nine-hole course, featuring a charming clubhouse, which was constructed from an century-old barn.
For five of the course’s nine holes, the area’s winding creek comes into play. The course also features a driving range, power carts and rentals.
The course is located 2 km east of Hwy. 4 on County Rd. 6 and can be reached at (519) 235-1517.
Owner Bob Mason says that a corporate tournament, the JMR Tournament, which his course has hosted for over 20 years, is one of his most memorable events.
In fact, last year, the event was memorable without event hitting the course.
“Last year we must have had seven inches of rain and the tournament was rained out, but all the boys brought out portable pumps and hoses when our basement got flooded out,” he said. “So they all pitched in and helped us out that year.
Goderich Sunset Golf Club
This course is located just 7 km north of Goderich on Hwy. 21. It features an 18-hole regulation course, a new nine-hole course as well as a driving range. The club also features a clubhouse and a patio to relax on after your round.
The club is located on 33937 Golf Course Rd. and can be reached at (519) 524-8047.
Owner and director of golf, Gary Gravett says one of his fondest memories of the course if the Junior Girls Championship that his course has held twice.
“It’s great to see these young players develop and then we’ve seen about six or seven of them go on to play in LPGA events, which is pretty nice,” he said.
There is also the annual community living tournament, which the whole community typically gets behind, he said.
Ironwood Golf Club
This course is located at 72 Wellington St. in Exeter. It features 6179 yards of rolling landscape that is described as very user-friendly.
This  par-71, 18-hole course is open from April to October, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can be reached at (519) 235-1521.
Manager Karen Pfaff says that two tournaments held at Ironwood are memorable for her. The first tournament is the Ron Westman Memorial tournament, which has become so popular that it has been split into two tournaments, one in the spring and one in the fall. The Golf For A Cure, held annually, aims at raising money to combat breast cancer.
Maitland Country Club
This Goderich course features nine spectacular holes threaded throughout the scenic Maitland River valley.
The club features a fully-stocked pro shop, power carts, pull carts, club rentals and CPGA golf lessons.
The nine-hole course is a par 34, with a total yardage of 2835, and it’s open from April to November, from 8 a.m. to dark.
Manager Dave Bedour says one of the biggest years in the club’s existence was its 75th anniversary in 1996. The club was incorporated in 1921 and that special year came with several special events to highlight the history of the course.
Maitland Country Club also holds several annual events that members and guests can look forward to. There is men’s opening day and women’s opening night dinner, a three-man invitational scramble, a couples’ invitational and the Oktoberfest scramble, which is repeatedly one of the club’s biggest events of the year.
Oakwood Inn Resort, Golf and Spa
This resort has a lot to offer at its location, just north of Grand Bend on Hwy. 21.
It offers a 126-room hotel as well as a newly-built pub to complement its 18-hole, par-70 golf course.
The 5356-yard course is the jewel of this 1922 model, offering a fully-stocked pro shop, lessons and memberships to complement the course.
The course is open from April until October, from 7 a.m. to dusk.
The course can be reached at 1-800-387-2324 or at (519) 238-2324.
Golf pro Colin Scatcherd prides himself on the Inn’s family management and the history behind the business. The course was originally designed  and built by Fred Walker in 1922 and has been thriving ever since, growing to accommodate an extensive hotel and spa experience, incorporated with Walker’s original golf vision.
Seaforth Golf and Country Club
This course is an 18-hole, par 71 gem which measures 5970 yards. The course has been family-owned and operated for 50 years and is open from 7 a.m. to dark and can be reached at (519) 522-0985. It offers power carts as well as lessons.
For Cam Doig, director of golf, choosing a memorable experience was not a tough decision. The club hosted the Seaforth Country Classic last year, for the first of three years, bringing a Canadian tour event to Huron County for the first time.
“The big thing for us was that it was never a dream of my father and my uncle’s to hold a Canadian tour event. They started a golf course because they had a love of the game and they just kept working away at it,” he said. “We’ve had some good players come out of here and we’ve contributed to the sport of golf over the last 50 years. Having my dad here to see the event and play in the pro-am was amazing and having my brother play in the event and my sister plan it was pretty special too.”
Wingham Golf and Curling Club
This course, located on Jamestown Rd. (take County Rd. 4 to the first road south of Wingham) features a par-35, nine-hole course, in addition to its restaurant, patio and curling facilities.
The club also features a driving range, carts, rentals, a pro shop as well as lessons. It’s open from April 15 to October 15, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can be reached at (519) 357-2179.
General Manager Dave Meriam, while he has only been with the club for four years, says one of the most memorable events he can remember the club having is the Potty Cup.
The tournament is typically held in the last weekend of July and started several years ago.
“It began as an eight-man tournament and now it’s grown and materialized into a 64-person tournament,” he said. “It’s just a bunch of guys who came out to golf and it materialized into this huge event. It’s a bunch of local guys who have since moved away, so they all come back for this tournament, so it’s a bit of a reunion.”
Woodland Links
This is a shotmaker’s course where no two holes are alike. It is located on Hwy. 8 just west of Clinton.
This 18-hole course is 6561 yards long and a par 71. It’s open from sunrise to sunset, featuring championship links and a practice facility.
Director of Golf Todd Delmage says the two-day invitational tournament Woodlands holds alongside Black Horse Golf and Country Club, north of Lucknow is the club’s most memorable event every year.
While there are plenty of invitationals, pairing up with another course is something unique that Delmage thought may help to set the event apart.
One memory that Delmage says he will never forget is when the Blyth Inn played its corporate tournament at the course and a hole was sponsored by an insurance company, which had offered a golf trip to Scotland in the event of a hole-in-one, which was achieved by one of the players.
“It was pretty neat to see that, it clearly doesn’t happen very often, and the guy played here a lot, so that was great,” he said.
Woodland Links can be reached at 1-866-853-6369.
HURON CAN BE A GOLFER'S PARADISE
By Shawn Loughlin
Huron County is like a golfer’s paradise. Across the county there are 10 courses to choose from, each with its own personality, characteristics, history and tradition, something else Huron County is famous for.
Here, listed alphabetically, are some of the memorable events and historical tournaments that have helped to put Huron County on the golf map.
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MENESETUNG BRIDGE PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 December 2009 16:49

A WALK ABOVE IT ALL AT GODERICH
The twin attractions of the natural beauty of its setting and its sense of history has always made Goderich a popular tourism destination. For a new perspective on both, however, visitors should make a trip over the Menesetung Bridge and along the Tiger Dunlop Heritage Trail.

 

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