Goderich

General Comments

Small boats can tuck around either end of the two long breakwaters - or enter through the main opening used by the huge lake freighters coming and going for salt and grains. The main marina areas are north of the rock rubble wall (north of the salt mine). You can enter by staying outside the north breakwall structure and follow the markers in. Or, you can also sneak between the inside end of the north break wall and the rock wall (right near the small light tower) and make your way in to the River Maitland marinas. There is a small, municipal marina in the main commercial harbour.

By car, head for "Shoppers Square". Just follow the signs starting at the main '5-points' intersection. Travel down West Street to Harbour Hill and make a full tour of the charming waterfront. Talk a walk on the boardwalk. Check out the 'marine heritage' signs. To visit the North side, proceed past the historic Gaol and the salt cairn on the side of Hwy. 21. Turn West to proceed down Salt Mine's Road - and tour.

Historic Information

Goderich Lighthouse: The lighthouse at the top of the bluff is actually the second Goderich lighthouse, built in 1847. The first, built in the early 1830s, was a log structure, located further East along Cobourg Street. These light stations were the first and second ever built on the Canadian side of Lake Huron. A light keeper's house and some ancillary buildings were part of the original structure. A tall yardarm stood at the edge of the bluff. It sported a flag but was probably also used as a storm signal tower. Electricity was not installed until 1914 - just after the fateful 'Great Storm' of 1913.

Pictures

Historic drawing of Goderich Lighthouse

Historic drawing of Goderich Lighthouse

North Pier Range

North Pier Range

Rear Range

Rear Range

Aerial Picture of Goderich Harbour

Aerial Picture of Goderich Harbour