Bayfield Ontario is a small town on the Lake
Huron Shore found between Grand Bend and Goderich.
Its population is around 500 through the off season but more than
doubles through the summer cottage months.
The town is know for its 2 mile long sand beach, harbour, vibrant
downtown and events like the Bayfield Fair and Christmas in Bayfield.
There are two marinas in Bayfield of which the Bluewater Marina is
operated by the municipality. Here there is a gas bar and room for 60
seasonal dockages and 20 transient docks.
The Harbour lights marina is larger and is where many of the local
community keeps their pleasure craft. There is room for 250 boats and 40
transient boaters. There is a tennis court, laundry facilities,
swimming pool and even a 1940's fire truck that will give you a ride
The population of Bayfield in the summer months are mostly tourists
which means you have a choice of hotels and bed and breakfasts in
Two of the hotels date back to the 1800's of which the Little Inn is
the oldest continually running hotel in Ontario. The Albion Hotel is
also know for its ghost and unusual drink concoction that is set at a
limit of three.
In addition there are cottages to rent, trailer parks, campgrounds and
motels in the surrounding area. Bayfield campgrounds include
the Bluewater Golf course and campgrounds, Wildwood by the River, Sugar
Bush Campground and Paul Bunyan Lake front resort.
Considering the size of Bayfield it has a surprisingly diverse downtown
shopping area. Littered with boutiques and art galleries this tourist
town is one that shoppers will enjoy.
In addition to having an abundance of boutiques the area is also
designated historic site and traditional cement or paved sidewalks are
forgone for the original dirt trails.
This small town may not be party central like close by Grand Bend but
it isn't exactly sleepy either. Some of the hotels and large patios can
get quite lively in the summer months.
Bayfield Ontario epitomizes the dramatic change small Ontario lake
towns experience through the tourist fueled summer months. A blossoming
population that can experience everything this historic cottage town
has to offer.
A special thanks to Ruth
Claessens for all the pictures of Bayfield.