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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 766 Week 12 Vol 15

March 13, 2024


Issue 766 Week 12 Vol 15
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Work on the sidewalk which runs from the corner of Cameron Street at Hwy 21 to the shopping plaza began on March 6.

The Bayfield “Foodland” Sidewalk project is underway!

Work on the sidewalk which runs from the corner of Cameron Street at Hwy 21 to the shopping plaza began on March 6. This sidewalk, which will safely allow people to walk to the shopping area rather than drive, has been long requested by village residents

According to Bayfield Councilor, Bill Whetstone, the project has been “led by a great Municipality of Bluewater team.”

The Bayfield Foodland Sidewalk received grant funding from the Active Transportation Fund through Infrastructure Canada (federal level). The municipality received 60 per cent funding for the project. Additional project partners included: BM Ross, Bayfield Lions Club and Skyline Retail Real Estate.

“Some came through with donated funds while others did the work pro bono to get this much needed project underway,” said Whetstone. “It is another great example of how businesses, community and levels of government can partner together to make things happen.”

Editor’s note: The images of the sidewalk construction were taken between March 6-12. 


The 2023 Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe’s Sugar Bush Tour was the first one held since 2019 due to the pandemic. The 2024 instalment will be held on Apr. 6. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

On Saturday, Apr. 6, it will be pancake breakfast time!

Volunteers with, and friends of, Trinity St James Anglican Church, are joining together to host The 12th Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Pine Lake Campground.

On the menu for brunch will be genuine Maple syrup poured over hot pancakes and sausage accompanied by coffee, tea and juice.

For those who can’t get enough of the sweet stuff Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Maple Syrup will be available for purchase. Folks will also be able to purchase a box or two of Classic Girl Guide Cookies as members of Bayfield Guiding will be in attendance as well.

Before or after partaking in the brunch served in the Campground’s Recreation Hall, people can hop on a wagon for a short tractor ride from the campground through Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Sugar Bush to the shanty. Once at their destination they will see first hand how Maple Syrup is produced.

Tickets will be sold at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12; and preschoolers free.

Over the past year the public was invited by the congregation of Trinity St James Anglican Church to help them reimagine their place in the community. The reimagining continues with the church transitioning to a Chapel of Ease as of Apr. 15. Although regular Sunday services will cease at Trinity St James, it is not closing! The chapel will be hosting special services throughout the year as well as still being available for family events such as weddings and funerals. The Parish Hall will be evolving into a space run by a Community Committee and its name will change with the times as well becoming known as the TSJ Hall. The Pancake Brunch is the first fundraiser for the Community Committee with all proceeds being used to support the hall and work of the committee. Another chapter in the life of the 175 year old village church has begun!

Pine Lake Campground is located at 77794 Orchard Line, Bayfield.


Organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Lambton area naturalist and author Larry Cornelis will be making a presentation at the Bayfield Town Hall on March 19. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Forests with an evening at the Bayfield Town Hall on Tuesday, March 19.

Organizers are delighted that Lambton area naturalist and author Larry Cornelis will be making a presentation starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Cornelis is a Horticulturist, Naturalist and Ecological Restoration Consultant. He is also vice-chair of Ontario Nativescapes, a conservation-ecological restoration non-profit organization which has done thousands of acres of habitat restoration work in Southern Ontario specializing in Tall Grass Prairie restoration. He has worked with Ontario Nature and Nature Conservancy Canada, protecting ecologically significant lands and consulting on stewardship and restoration plans for these properties. He is a popular speaker for clubs and associations across Southwestern Ontario and Michigan.

Cornelis’ presentation will include: “The Story of Our Local Landscapes” and “Reflections on Our Future Path”.

For the first part of the evening, the naturalist will take attendees on a journey through time, from the last ice-age to present day, focusing on the impacts of climate change, Indigenous land-care, colonialism, and industrialism on the local Great Lakes landscapes. To conclude the evening he will share his personal reflections for the future considering the multiple crises that both humans and Mother Earth are facing. His path is one of value change.

For more information on BRVTA and the Bayfield Trails please visit:


In its third annual Candlelight Memorial Walk, Huron Hospice invites families and friends to remember loved ones who have passed by donating to light a memorial candle that will line the Taylor Trail by Varna’s Community Centre.

“This event is both celebratory and soulful. The candlelight walk through Taylor Trail offers time for pause and shared memories, while the event provides an opportunity for everyone to gather in remembrance,” said Roger Mather, who is chairing the walk.

This year, the event will feature an opening procession led by the Clinton Legion Pipe Band followed by reflections on Huron Hospice’s impact in serving families, and the memorial reading of names of people who have passed and have a candle lit in their honor.

“Our volunteers have included additional elements this year including stations along the walk to pause and reflect, as well as hand crafted tables and warming quilts for guests to huddle with during the reflection ceremony while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. We are once again appreciative of the support of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for their volunteerism in preparing the trail and lighting candles,” he said.

Each candle represents a remembered family member or friend.

The event will take place on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Trail located at 38572 Mill Road, Varna.

The Memorial Candlelight Walk welcomes sponsors in support of the event. Funds raised will be directed to Huron Hospice’s capital campaign to expand to a six-bed hospice facility.

People may donate online at: 2024 Candlelight Memorial Walk — Huron Hospice to have a candle lit in remembrance of a loved one. Anyone who may wish to support through sponsorship is asked to please reach out to Roger Mather at 905 630-3571.

For almost 30 years Huron Hospice has provided compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. Care can be provided in a home, a hospital, a long-term care setting or at the hospice residence. Volunteers offer relief to enable primary caregivers to feel comfortable to take time away or rest. Support is also provided to caregivers and families who are grieving the loss of their loved one.


This week’s story from Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) illustrates the importance that foster families can play in the success of the organization.

The Adopt a BFF cats of the week are Dash and Angus.

These two boys have been featured before and deserve to find a loving home or in the interim a foster who can help them thrive.

Dash is an orange and white Tabby with a supersized personality and a face that can melt hearts. He has food allergies. These prohibit him from roaming freely at the Rescue where he could get into the wrong food and thus experience a breakout. He must stay consistently on his special diet so either being an only cat or another cat in the home also needing special food would be a requirement of fostering him. .

“Dash had a tough life on the streets, and has become such a loving boy. It would be wonderful to see him flourish outside the confines of the shelter. He must, at this time, be contained in a kennel and this makes him very sad,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Angus seems to have a chronic upper respiratory situation and is waiting for a nasal scope. He has had a nasal flush and the vet feels removing him from the shelter environment, because of the high volumes of litter dust, would go a long way in his recovery.

“He will need to be on medication for several weeks once he has left the shelter to see if we can finally clear up his respiratory situation while waiting for his scope,” said Penhale. “We would have liked to have this scope done by now. There is only one clinic in the area that actually has a scope and it is down at this time. It is also a very expensive procedure, but is necessary for this boy. He is an older cat, but so deserving of finding his happily ever after, if you would be interested in possibly fostering one of these two boys, please contact us and we will explain how the fostering program works.”

Dash and Angus are a reminder that ensuring these cats are happy and healthy comes at a financial cost.

Financial donations may be sent via E-transfer to or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered.

In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.

To view the items on the list please visit:  BFF Wish List.

Pet Valu in Goderich is another location where donations can be made or items purchased for the benefit of BFF. The business is located at 35400 Huron Road.

BFF has a Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view more of the fur babies ready for homes. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on  March 4.

  • Adopted the 2024 municipal budget.
  • Directed Staff to work with the Bayfield People and Canine Community Inc. (Bayfield P.A.C.C.) for an off-leash dog park at the Stanley Community Complex at the septic bed location. Staff are to bring back a three-year license agreement with P.A.C.C. for Council approval that stipulates there be no additional funding cost to the Municipality outside of staff time to develop the agreement.
  • Approved the collection of costs for the Visscher Municipal Drain.
  • Adopted a borrowing by-law for the Hensall Water Tower Replacement.
  • Adopted a rural mailbox policy.
  • Awarded the Fire Master Plan and Station Location Review/Community Risk Assessment RFP to Emergency Management Group in the amount of $84,095 including HST.
  • Received the 2023 Fourth Quarter Water Systems Operational Reports as presented by Ontario Clean Water Agency.


People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2024.

The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2024 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $120. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.


Bayfield resident Sam Robinson recently won a Youth in Action grant sponsored by the Perth Huron United Way to create a microscope lending program through the Huron County Library. He is shown here with Avery Greaves from the Bayfield Branch Library who has been acting as his supervisor for this project. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield resident Sam Robinson recently won a Youth in Action grant sponsored by the Perth Huron United Way to create a microscope lending program through the Huron County Library.

To celebrate the start of the program Sam will help youngsters discover the magic of the unseen by leading activities at six Huron County Libraries over the course of March Break. Sam would like to thank Avery Greaves for acting as his supervisor for this project.

Designed for curious minds, aged six and up, this interactive adventure introduces kids to the wonders of microscopy through easy-to-follow lessons and exciting activities, making science fun and accessible for budding young scientists.

Microscope 101 will be touring to the following: Goderich Branch, Wednesday, March 13, 1-2 p.m.; Clinton Branch, Thursday, March 14, 4-5 p.m.; Exeter Branch, Friday, March 15, 3-4 p.m.

Those who wish to participate are asked to please register by calling the branch they wish to attend.

For branch contact information visit: Huron County locations.


Everyone is invited to celebrate World Water Day by taking part in a guided hike along the shores of Lake Huron hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).  Their special guest presenters will be Jen and Shaun, co-founders of “Love Your Greats” (

World Water Day has been held every year since 1993 and focuses on the importance of freshwater. This year’s theme is “Water for Peace”.

The hike will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Hikers are asked to meet at Deer Park Lodge Cottages, just north of Bayfield at 76803 Bluewater Highway. All are welcome!

People are invited to mark their calendars as Love Your Greats Day will take place on Aug. 10 this year.

This hike is free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page or the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar. Or people can contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) currently has 35 households accessing the food bank for a total of 80 people on a monthly basis, with 23 of these people in need of food being children and teens.

Since last Autumn, the BAFB has been providing snack packs for children in their distribution. These packs consist of granola bars, crackers, tuna/cracker packages, juice boxes, oatmeal packets, hot chocolate, and fruit.

“We have now run out of these snacks and would appreciate your support in helping children in our community,” said Trepanier.

People can contact the BAFB by phone at 519 525-8286 or email at

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFBs gmail account listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


The Bayfield Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Apr. 15 at the Bayfield Lions Club building.

The business portion will start at 11 a.m. and conclude with a short presentation by guest speaker Ben Woodward, a University of Waterloo student who has been studying the history of lake levels and bluff erosion between Grand Bend and Goderich. A light lunch will follow.

Only paid-up members can vote on BHS business. BHS membership runs from January to December; people are encouraged to renew (or sign up) before the end of February. The membership fees are as follows: individual $20 or family $30. Cheques can be sent to the Bayfield Historical Society, 20 Main Street North, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0; or e-transfer to


Spring is in the air and this often gets people thinking about their garden.  Communities in Bloom has announced that their color of the year is orange, so for those who choose to support the theme, this color is sure to brighten up people’s flowerpots.

The Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) has another exciting year planned with several garden tours and speakers.  Purchasing a $10 membership will provide people a discount at most garden centres…as well as helping to beautify the village.  The BCG maintains several gardens in town and is now looking for more volunteers. Anyone who feels they could spare an hour or two a week to assist, is asked to please call Lori Hill at 519 565-5278.

Stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze for more information about the BGC coming soon.


The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church invites those in the community to worship with them on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Wednesday services are held starting at 10:30 a.m. while Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.

Dates and times for additional special services at Trinity St. James include: Maundy Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m.; Good Friday, March 29, 2 p.m. and Easter Sunday, March 31 at 11 a.m.

Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield welcome all to join in weekly services at Knox Bayfield on Sundays at 11 a.m.

Knox Bayfield generally holds their Book Study on Mondays at noon (excluding holidays) on the lower level of the church. The reading is a launching point for their discussions.

Their current focus is “Shalom Sistas – Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World” by Osheta Moore. All are welcome to join. For those who wish to take part, the book can be purchased at: The Village Bookshop.

Members of the congregation are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions, for example, the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. These mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers clean outer milk bags that have been previously washed and dried, used stamps, empty egg cartons and eyeglasses.  Items can be dropped off at the church from 10 a.m, to  2 p.m. on Sunday and Monday (excluding holidays). People’s generous contributions are warmly accepted and will change lives.

“The congregation would like to sincerely thank the community for their ongoing generous donations of clean outer milk bags, used stamps, empty egg cartons and eyeglasses.  It truly is appreciated. You are making a difference in the lives of others.  From our big hearts to yours, we say thank you!” said Teresa Steel representing Knox Church, Bayfield.

Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing for more information.

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North. To learn more visit or follow them on YouTube – Knox, Bayfield.


The members of St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield would like to invite community members to join them for the next session of their Lenten Book Study held on Fridays at 10 a.m. in the church hall.

The group will be discussing the book “The Great Spiritual Migration” by Brian McLaren. Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is necessary. Even those who are unable to access the book or read the chapters ahead of the sessions are welcome to join in the discussions or just come and listen. Rev. Sheila Macgregor will summarize the chapters and also provide a video presentation and some brief handouts.

The book argues that the Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. In this study, McLaren invites people to reimagine the Christian life and focus on new ways of reading scripture and on living the life of love to which Christ calls them.

For more information please contact Sheila Macgregor via email at or call 519 235-0613.

McLaren is a popular author, gifted speaker, and one of the leading voices in contemporary spirituality. On Saturday, May 11, he will be speaking at Wesley-Knox United Church in London, ON. And so the book study is in preparation for his visit. For those interested in the event but not wishing to travel, McLaren’s presentation will also be available that day via ZOOM.

The event entitled, “Life After Doom – Wisdom and Courage for a World Falling Apart” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $75 per person (additional $25 for lunch). The ZOOM presentation cost is $30.

Wesley-Knox United Church is located at 91 Askin Street, London, ON.

Looking ahead, St Andrew’s Annual Meeting is set for Sunday, March 24 following the 11 a.m. church service.


The Bayfield Lego Club celebrated its first anniversary on the morning of March 9 with a record breaking attendance. Organizers were delighted to have so many young builders and their adult assistants take part. The next instalment of Bayfield Lego Club will be held on Apr. 13 at Trinity St James Anglican Church from 10-11:30 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library has reconvened following a summer break. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members.  The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion!

The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will extend until the end of June 2024.

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!


Mah Jongg is now being played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.

For more information please email Pat Lewington at


Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.

“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!


Attention Bridge playing enthusiasts the cost to attend an afternoon at the Bayfield Bridge Club has been reduced by half – the cost to join the fun is now just $2.

That is quite a bargain that includes coffee, tea and a yummy snack plus a prize for both the winner and the loser.

Players do not need to attend with a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. New people are invited to join in this great opportunity to make new friends as partners are switched after every four hands. There are weekly reviews on bidding responses at the beginning of each session for example, responses to a No Trump open etc.

The games are played on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building located at 6 Municipal Road.  The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m.  All levels of players are welcome to take part in these games that are played year-round.


Council for the Municipality of Bluewater adopted the 2024 budget at their Regular Meeting of Council held on March 4 after five budget meetings were held to discuss how Bluewater could strategically invest in critical services while keeping the tax rate increase as low as possible.

“As Council, we carefully consider the services we provide to our community, the cost to provide those services, and the impact of any tax increase on our residents,” stated Mayor Paul Klopp. “While we’d like to see zero increase to the tax rate, that isn’t realistic with inflation and current interest rates as they are, and our obligation to provide important services to our community and maintain all the critical assets we own. I’m confident that this budget balances community ‘asks’ with service delivery needs in a fair and sustainable way.”

Bluewater’s key investments this year focus on supporting service delivery and maintaining key infrastructure.

Roads and bridges: $3.3 million will support infrastructure needs, including the expansion of the Stanley Public Works Shop.

Recreation and Parks: $729,000 will be invested in the parks and facilities that allow residents to lead healthy, active lifestyles and come together as a community.

Fleet, Equipment, and Fire: $1 million will allow Bluewater to maintain the vehicles and machinery that is key to municipal operations.

Pending hopeful grant funding, $9.2 million will support the expansion of the Bayfield Wastewater Treatment Plant.

What will this mean for taxpayers? The 2024 budget includes $21.6 million for operating and $15.6 million for capital. This sets the total Bluewater tax levy at $10 million, resulting in an overall municipal property tax rate increase of 6.7 per cent.

Said Mayor Klopp, “Creating a budget that promotes sustainable growth and meets the needs of our community requires collaboration between Council and staff. Keeping these themes in mind has allowed us to work together to create a budget that is fair, responsible, and forward looking.”


Regulations Coordinator and Provincial Offences Officer with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Daniel King presented at the Annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting about components of the flood forecasting and warning program including monitoring of rivers, ice jams, and river ice breakup as well as monitoring of real-time weather conditions, weather forecasts, and monitoring of snowpack and snow water equivalent. (Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hosted its annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting on March 5.

The flood emergency planning meeting was held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, RE Pooley Branch 167, on William Street in Exeter. This was the first time ABCA has hosted this meeting at that location. More than 30 people attended. Those taking part were: police officers; representatives of counties and municipalities, including municipal Community Emergency Management Coordinators; and local public health staff.

Marissa Vaughan, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors, welcomed the attendees.

ABCA General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer, Davin Heinbuck spoke about ABCAs flood forecasting and warning program for municipalities. He spoke about roles and responsibilities of the Province of Ontario, municipalities, conservation authorities and other agencies during flood events. He also spoke about watershed conditions and the current flood outlook. He provided examples of local flooding over the years. He explained how ABCA protects life and property through programs that manage natural hazards such as flooding and erosion.

Historically, some of the worst flooding in the watershed has been during a spring freshet, when warming weather, rain and melting snow combine to cause flooding.

“Those types of events now, when they do happen, seem to be happening more often in January and February,” Heinbuck said. “The traditional flooding periods … are basically year-round now. Flooding does happen and it happens throughout the year.”

The risk of flooding, around the time of the meeting, was low, as there was little or no snow on the ground, which is unusual for early March. There has not been a major flooding event this year but Heinbuck cautioned that “…flooding can happen at any time.”  Some areas of the watershed are more flood-prone than others but “…just as flooding can happen at any time it can also happen anywhere.”

Regulations Coordinator and Provincial Offences Officer, Daniel King presented to the meeting about river watch monitoring and about ice jams and river ice breakup. The monitoring of ice presence and thickness, and the potential for ice break-up, is a component of the flood forecasting and warning program. This part of the program is especially challenging, King said, given the unpredictability of ice formation and breakup. Forecasting ice-jam events is still an ongoing area of study, which is why ABCA relies on staff observations for this component of their flood forecasting and warning work.

In addition to monitoring ice in watercourses, ABCA staff collect data in the field with ‘boots on the ground’ and ‘eyes on the ground’ through river watch monitoring and by measuring, in the field, the extent of the snowpack and the snow water equivalent. They also monitor real-time weather conditions and incorporate weather forecasting into their models. The combination of all these data streams, along with the operation and calibration of ABCAs flood modeling, allows the conservation authority to provide important and timely information to municipalities, especially those that may be downstream, leading up to and during a flood event.

Tim Cumming, Communications specialist, explained the levels of flood messages. Flood messages include Watershed Conditions Statements (Flood Outlook and Water Safety); and Shoreline Conditions Statements, for flooding and erosion. The more serious levels of flood messages are Flood Watches; and Flood Warnings. A ‘flood watch’ has the ingredients that make a flood event possible and the ‘flood warning’ indicates the ingredients are mixed together and are imminent or occurring. To learn more visit the flood messages page: Flood Messages.


Six million Canadians live in rural and remote communities, making up almost 20 per cent of the population. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that less than ten percent of physicians practise in those areas, but that number has been on the steady increase since 2013.

With the recent announcements of emergency room closures due to staff shortages, the spotlight continues to shine on the need for an increase in a variety of healthcare professionals.

Discovery Healthcare is a summer camp that provides a unique learning opportunity for high school students who have an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, dentistry, paramedics, kinesiology or other healthcare professions.

“Through a dynamic blend of interactive workshops, expert lectures and fun, Discovery Healthcare Camp not only strives to ignite a passion for health and medical sciences, but it also cultivates a spirit of curiosity and leadership in our participants,” said Assistant Dean, Distributed Education at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Victor Ng. “The positive impact of this program extends far beyond the summer, shaping the future of healthcare by mentoring the talents and inspiring the bright and ambitious healthcare professionals of the future.”

The camp is led by first and second year medical students from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. These future medical professionals spend the week providing mentorship and learning opportunities for the campers.

Discovery Healthcare aims to be a socially accountable initiative supported by the Office of Distributed Education at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. By fostering a passion for healthcare among our local youth, Discovery Healthcare will serve as an initiative to encourage sustainability of our future healthcare system.

Discovery Healthcare is being offered in eight communities over one week.These include Goderich, Sarnia, Chatham, Stratford, St. Thomas, Windsor, Owen Sound and Woodstock.

The Goderich camp is being held in partnership with Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health.

Campers engage in a variety of activities allowing them to learn hands-on clinical skills, gain understanding of local health issues and social determinants of health, learn about the pathways to different careers, and see healthcare professionals in action through shadowing opportunities.

Campers participate in unique learning opportunities such as:

  • Clinical skills sessions (suturing, casting, stethoscope activities, wound dressing)
  • Talks from healthcare professionals and opportunities for clinical exposure (job shadowing)
  • Discussions involving the path to various healthcare professions (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, EMS, and dentistry)
  • Stand Up for Health (teaching Social Determinants of Health)
  • An introduction to case-based learning and sample diagnostic cases
  • Recreation sessions incorporating fun and team-building activities

The pandemic has shone a light on the need for youth to explore careers in the healthcare field. Discovery Healthcare hopes to build confidence and a passion to explore all healthcare career opportunities.

Additional information can be found by visiting:  Discovery Healthcare. 


Huron Shores Area Transit logoHuron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) has teamed up with Lambton, Huron, North Middlesex and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Public Libraries to launch its Smart Card Library Pass that provides library cardholders unlimited free rides during a five-day loan period.

The new Smart Card Library program is designed to encourage residents who have not yet tried local public transit to experience convenient and affordable travel options and access various destinations and venues without worrying about transportation or parking costs. The program is planned to be in place for the full year and may be extended into 2025.

Regular HSAT rides cost $5 or $10, depending on a passenger’s starting location and destination. For example, from Grand Bend, Bayfield, or Exeter, the fare to London or Sarnia is just $10. The 2024 Canada Revenue Agency mileage (combined gas and maintenance value) allowance of $0.70 per kilometre means the average car owner’s 63-km jaunt to London or Sarnia costs $44 one-way!

Smart Card Library Passes can be borrowed from libraries in Arkona, Bayfield, Exeter, Forest, Goderich, Grand Bend, Hensall, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, Port Franks, Sarnia, Thedford, and Zurich. The pass is non-renewable, enabling as many cardholders as possible to borrow the pass and try out local public transit.

“We are proud to partner with local libraries in offering Smart Card Library Passes,” said Susan Mills, Transit coordinator from HSAT. “This collaboration aligns perfectly with our mission to provide accessible transportation solutions and enhance community connectivity. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this initiative will have on residents.”

HSATs affordable, inter-community public transit links Lambton Shores, South Huron, North Middlesex, Bluewater and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation with each other and Sarnia, London, Goderich and Strathroy. The fully accessible service provides an important transit service for seniors, students, workers and youth for employment, education, health and wellness, and leisure.

For more information about routes, schedules, fares and Smart Cards, visit To speak with a live operator about times and schedules, call 1-888-465-0783 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.


A March 31 deadline looms for Ukrainians escaping the country’s conflict.

March 31 is the date the Canadian government has issued for all Ukrainians entering the country on a special temporary three-year open work visa to be eligible for various support.

Local groups are anticipating an increase of newcomers arriving in Huron County in March.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in January 2022, dozens of Ukrainian families have arrived in Canada and settled in Huron County. The Ukrainian families have been supported by volunteers who have welcomed new arrivals into their homes for short-term stays and were supported by a number of local service providers to find work, acquire official documents and enrol in schools.

Upon finding jobs in the manufacturing, agriculture, education, engineering and banking sectors, Ukrainian families transitioned into longer-term housing.

Many organizations have played important roles in supporting Ukrainian newcomers as they have arrived in Huron County.

Volunteers at the Goderich Lions Club set up the Huron Area Newcomer Fund (HANF) to provide newcomers with financial assistance for unforeseen or emergency needs. Since the HANF was formed, more than $25,000 has been distributed to support 79 individuals – helping families pay dental bills, purchase eye glasses, cover the cost of getting a driver’s licence, and fund medical appointments required to meet immigration requirements, among other needs.

“While our fund started with the intention of meeting the financial needs of newcomers from Ukraine, we were intentional in ensuring that any newcomer who had settled in Huron County could apply for funds within their first 18 months in Canada,” explained John Maaskant, the chair of the HANF. “We established a process that identified what costs could be covered through our fund, how much a single family could apply for, set up an application system and a group of seven volunteers reviewed applications as they arrived.”

The HANF has been able to operate due to donations from private individuals, other service clubs, faith organizations and the Sunset Foundation.

“We continue to seek donations to ensure that newcomers transitioning to life in Huron County are supported and their settlement is as smooth as possible,” Maaskant said.

More information about the Huron Area Newcomer Fund can be found on the Goderich Lions Club website at Goderich Lions Donate.


Jane’s Walk Huron is looking for passionate local volunteer storytellers to lead community walks across Huron County this spring as part of the Jane’s Walk Festival, held worldwide the first weekend in May. 

Named after the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is a global movement that organizes free, citizen-led walking tours in communities around the world. These walks offer an intimate glimpse into the heart of neighborhoods, highlighting the stories, histories, and issues that define them. From hidden gems and historical landmarks to local legends and grassroots initiatives, each walk offers a unique perspective on a community and its inhabitants. 

Jacobs was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed a community-based approach to city-building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and fail that have become conceptual pillars for today’s architects, planners, policymakers, activists and other city builders. 

Huron County Cultural Services will be hosting Jane’s Walks across the County May 4-5 and is seeking storytellers to lead walks in a community or neighborhood anywhere in Huron County. Volunteers from all ages and all walks of life are welcome. Whether someone has a passion for local architecture, planning, social justice, or simply loves sharing anecdotes about favorite local spots, there’s a place for all to join this diverse community of storytellers. 

“Everyone has a story to tell about their neighborhood,” said Cultural Development Officer for the County of Huron, Karen Stewart. “Through the power of storytelling, we can foster a deeper connection to our communities and celebrate all that makes them vibrant and resilient.” 

As a walk leader, volunteers will have the opportunity to: 

  • Lead a walking tour that showcases the unique character of their neighborhood 
  • Share personal stories, historical anecdotes and local insights with their community
  • Connect with like-minded people who share a passion for community engagement
  • Contribute to a global movement that celebrates community vitality 

No prior experience is needed to become a Jane’s Walk Huron storyteller – all that’s needed is a love for community and a willingness to share local stories with others. Each walk is between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours long, and will be scheduled on May 4 or 5. Training and support will be provided to help storytellers craft engaging narratives and lead memorable walking tours. To join Jane’s Walk Huron as a volunteer storyteller visit: Jane’s Walk Huron – Huron County Connects or contact Karen Stewart  at or 519 524-8394 Ext. 2730. Submission deadline is March 7. 


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is bringing back Summer Nature Day Camps in 2024. (Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is bringing back Summer Nature Day Camps in 2024. This year there are even more sites throughout the watershed where young people may attend the day camps.

There will be WILD (Wonder, Investigate, Learn, Discover) day camps at Rock Glen and Morrison Dam conservation areas. There will also be one-day camps at five other locations: Warner Preserve in Grand Bend; Clinton Conservation Area; Lucan Conservation Area; Bannockburn Conservation Area (near Varna); and Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (Port Franks).

Cassie Greidanus is ABCA Conservation Education Coordinator. She said the return of popular summer nature day camps is exciting. She said it’s also exciting that day camps will take place at seven different locations across the watershed.

“We are really excited to expand our current day camp offerings across the watershed this year,” Greidanus said. “After hearing feedback from kids, staff and guest speakers, we are doing what we can to offer the children of our watershed a chance to see areas they do not normally get the chance to see. This is all while learning, playing and creating memories they will never forget. We look forward to learning about topics such as: water, forests, habitats, invertebrates and all forms of wildlife.”

The Summer Nature Day Camps take place in July and August.

The first two camps are at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter: Week One will run from July 8-12 for ages six to nine; while Week Two will be held July 15-19 for ages nine to 12.

Camp weeks three and four are at Rock Glen Conservation Area near Arkona: Week Three will run from  July 29 to Aug. 2nd for ages nine to 12; and Week Four will be held  Aug. 12-16 for ages six to nine.

Day camps between Aug. 19-23, will be for ages six to 12 and will take place at five different locations. They include the following dates, locations and themes: Aug. 19, Warner Preserve in Grand Bend with the theme of Harmonious Habitats; Aug. 20, takes place at Clinton Conservation Area with the theme Wonderful Water; Aug. 21, Lucan Conservation Area with the theme Amazing Adaptations; Aug. 22, Bannockburn Conservation Area (near Varna) with the theme Into the Woods; Aug. 23, Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (Port Franks) with the theme Natural Curiosity.

To learn more visit the web page: WILD Summer Nature Day Camps. To register for Summer Nature Day Camp click on the Google Forms link: Register Here.


Leslie Walker, PhD candidate of Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria, presented her doctoral research on policies to reduce the inequality associated with AI in healthcare. (Submitted photo)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a distant field of speculation to be solely described in science fiction. It is a rapidly emerging field that has proliferated through numerous industries ranging from mining, to accounting to healthcare. However, the distribution of the benefits of these technologies and the burden of cost for the development are unequal.

Held on March 5, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health’s (Gateway) 32nd Lecture Series event explored “Artificial Intelligence, Rural Health and Inequality?”

Leslie Walker, PhD candidate of Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria, presented her doctoral research on policies to reduce the inequality associated with AI in healthcare.

Key outcomes that emerged in her research include the necessity to talk about uncomfortable topics with peers to develop critical thinking skills, trust and explainability of these new digital tools, and to develop policy to address the current power imbalances with this technology and demand transparency.

She was joined by panelists in a question-and-answer session following her presentation. Panelists included: Stefan Salcher, a serial entrepreneur and CEO, Druckster/Founder of Young Entrepreneurs of Vienna; Geneva Neal, a Senior Data analyst at the Creative Destruction Lab, University of Toronto; and Jay McFarlan, Research chair, Gateway and AI enthusiast.

One of the key challenges identified in this lunchtime discussion was “how might you protect yourself and your family” from scams and phishing (an attempt to steal sensitive information) that have been super-powered using AI.

As AI continues to grow as an industry and impacts healthcare and the wellbeing of many, Gateway aims to continue to promote education of these relevant topics as they become more prevalent.

A recording of this lecture is available online through the Gateway website at


Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn (left) is shown here with Edge Wood Decor Owner Cindy Scholten at the 2023 market. (Submitted photo)

Event coordinator and owner of Edge Wood Decor Cindy Scholten, is set to launch another market for Huron County coming Saturday, March 30th at the Knights of Columbus Community Hall in Goderich.

Scholten said this will be her third Easter market held in the town.

“I like to change up the theme and shake things up a bit,” said Scholten. “This year’s market is called ‘Peeps N Treats’ and will feature a food truck, live music, all your local vendors and artisans, an Easter Bunny Selfie Stage, a chance to win a $100 cash prize and even a side petting room with chicks and bunnies for the kids. This market is not just focused on children, we have something for everyone in the family.

“The retail side of my business was hurt as a result of the Covid lockdowns, so I leaned on my special event experience to launch markets for other small business owners like myself. It’s important that we promote local business and support our small communities.”

The Peeps N Treats Easter Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is free.

The Knights of Columbus Community Hall is located at 390 Parsons Court. in Goderich.


The next film presented by The Livery Film Fest is the riveting documentary “500 Days in the Wild” by award-winning Canadian filmmaker, author, photographer and storyteller, Dianne Whelan. It will show on the big screen at the Park Theatre in Goderich on Thursday, March 28.

The Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. showing.

When Whelan set off to be the first person to travel the entire Trans Canada Trail, the longest trail in the world, she envisioned it would take 500 days. Six years later, she completed the epic 24,000 kilometre, mostly solitary, journey. From east coast to west coast, Atlantic to Arctic to Pacific ocean, she traveled by foot, by bicycle, snowshoe, skis and by canoe.

Whelan is not an extreme athlete, she was in her 50s and recently divorced when she began this journey. She was equipped with five cameras, a drone, her cell phone, GPS, a lighter and a huge desire to get away from it all. Six years later, she has profoundly changed.

Whelan describes her journey as a way to honor the land, the water and to pay respect to the First Nations peoples of Canada. A Haida Gwaii Elder gifted her a feather to accompany her as a reminder to walk lightly upon the earth, a treasure she was later able to return. Whelan weaves humor and intimate moments of reflection with adventure and stories of kindness and generosity she received, not only from friends, but from strangers she met along the way.

Some of the most challenging portions of the trail included paddling more than 8,000 kilometres of lakes and rivers. One infamous section required 168 portages. As Whelan explains, the sections of the journey she most dreaded were the long stretches of open-water canoeing. The journey is gruelling, harrowing, surprising, and exhilarating. She encounters raging forest fires, curious bears, swarms of insects and the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown.

At times, friends accompanied Whelan for stretches of the trail. She relied on friends and connections for much of her food and supplies. Some Indigenous Elders she met along the journey reminded her Winter was a period of rest, a chance to reflect and make necessary repairs and so she does.

Amidst it all, it is the rolling landscapes, the whispers in the wind, the mountains and the wildlife Whelan captures so eloquently through her lens and storytelling, the audience is reminded how vast and incredibly stunning this country is. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Whistler and Victoria Film Festivals and the Grand Prize at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, this film is highly recommended.

Readers are encouraged to listen to Matt Galloway’s interview with Dianne Whelan on his program “The Current” on CBC radio which aired on Feb. 29. Canadian donations in support of “500 Days in the Wild” can be made through the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society at


Flooding. Wildfires. Severe storms. Extreme heat. Already, Canadians are seeing the effects of climate change in their daily lives. Yet it’s a difficult topic to talk or even think about. That’s why Lakeshore Eco-Network (LEN) is launching a series of Climate Cafés – informal, comfortable events that provide an opportunity to share ideas and concerns and explore solutions.

Launched in Scotland in 2015, Climate Cafés are a global movement with events happening in dozens of locations around the globe. The first Climate Café in this region will be held March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dunes Refillery in Northville, an innovative business committed to reducing solid waste and plastic pollution.

Future events will focus on topics such as cycling, hiking, native plants, green investing, and more.

“Talking about climate change isn’t always easy, but the cafés are designed to make it as open and comfortable as possible,” said LEN Co-chair Max Morden. “It’s only through these kinds of conversations that we can move forward together to solve the problems we face.”

All are welcome, admission is free, and coffee and snacks will be provided.

Looking ahead the subsequent meetings will be held at Grand Bend Place 25 Main Street in Grand Bend starting at 10 a.m. The dates and topics will be: Apr. 17, How our local climate is changing and what we can do; May 15, Why native species matter; June 19, Alternate sources of energy; Sept. 18, Cycling; Oct.16, Walking and hiking; Nov. 20, Investing in the green economy.

These cafés are presented by LEN with support from Grand Bend Place and the Rotary Club of Grand Bend.

For more information, check out the website,, their Facebook page, or call Pat Morden at 226 520-2050.


Huron Hospice is offering three different sessions over the course of the Spring in support of people navigating loss.

Women who have lost a life partner are invited to come and check out WINGS (Women In New Growth Stages) where women support each other. The sessions will be offered on Tuesdays from March 20 until May 7. Men who have lost their life partner are invited to attend “Sharing the Load” sessions on Thursdays from Apr. 4 to May 23.

Both WINGS and Sharing the Load will run from 10-11:30 a.m. and will be held at The Centre For Employment & Learning located at 41 West Street in Goderich.

For more information about WINGS please reach out to Deb Shelley via email at or by calling 519 525-8648. Any questions with regards to Sharing the Load can be sent to Don Procter via email at or by phone at 519 357-0684.

In addition, a Grief Recovery Method Group is coming to two locations this Spring that will teach people how to dispel such myths as, “Time heals all wounds”, “Hide your feelings” and “Be strong for others”.

The program will be offered in Zurich starting on Tuesday, Apr. 9 through to May 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It will also be offered in Clinton commencing on Friday, May 10 through to June 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Participants will learn new tools on how to move forward after a death, divorce and many other losses. Cost for material is $35 with scholarships available. The program is offered to people aged 18 years and over.

For more information or to register for this program, please contact Sally Brodie, coordinator of Loss Grief and Bereavement at Huron Hospice, by calling 519 525-6331 or emailing

These groups are sponsored by Clinton Family Health Team, Bluewater & Area Family Health Team, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 in Clinton; and the Trillium Insurance Company.


The South Huron Community Choirs will be holding a Take-out Turkey Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, March 17 at the South Huron Recreation Centre.

Those who purchase dinners can pick up their meals between 4:30-6 p.m. at the centre’s South entrance.

Tickets are cash only or orders can be made online using E-transfer: Tickets are adults, $27; kids 12 and under, $10; kids five and under, free. The deadline to order meals is Thursday, March 14.

Visit or order online or call Ruth at 519 235-1778 for tickets.


Eco Exeter students, from South Huron District High School, planted 500 plants and shrubs around some newly constructed wetlands at Triebner Tract in November 2022 as part of the first phase of the Triebner Tract Forest and Wetland Restoration Project. (Submitted photo)

Students from Eco Exeter are presenting at Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Partner Appreciation Evening. The event will take place on Thursday, March 21 at Ironwood Golf Club near Exeter.

The Partner Appreciation Evening will run from 5-7:30 p.m.

The topic of the presentation by Eco Exeter is “Away from Pollution, Towards Solutions: Keeping plastics and other contaminants out of our water”.  The Eco Exeter students are from South Huron District High School.

Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Conservationist of the Year Award, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), for the 41st consecutive year.

Marissa Vaughan is Chair of the ABCA Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome the Eco Exeter students to present on moving from pollution to solutions, and protecting local watercourses from plastics and other contaminants, at our annual Partner Appreciation Evening,” she said. “These young people are truly inspiring and they show the promise of the next generation of watershed stewards. We look forward to this evening where we will announce the Conservationist of the Year Award winner, honor our valued community partners, and present years of service awards to directors and staff.”

In order to attend the evening, guests must RSVP in advance, by March 14, to Sharon Pavkeje via email at or by calling 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

To learn more about the Conservationist of the Year Award, and the Partner Appreciation Evening, visit the web page: Conservationist of the Year.

Ironwood Golf Club is located at 70969 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter.


The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is selling 50-50 raffle draw tickets, leading up to the Conservation Dinner, in support of local community projects. There are 1,000 tickets printed and the cash prize could be as high as $5,000 if all tickets are sold. Tickets are $10 each.

Chris Keller, of the Exeter Lions Club, is Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee.

“Buying 50-50 raffle draw tickets, to raise money for community projects of the Conservation Dinner, is a great way to show support for your community while also having a chance to win a large cash prize,” he said.

The Conservation Dinner is a community fundraiser of the Conservation Foundation, the Exeter Lions Club, and the watershed community. The 50-50 Raffle Draw is to be held during the 34th Conservation Dinner, on Thursday, Apr. 11,  at 9 p.m. at South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter.

50-50 draw tickets are available now. People can buy their ticket from any Exeter Lions Club or Conservation Dinner Committee member. They can also obtain them at the ABCF in-person or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. Tickets must be sold in Ontario. Net proceeds from the draw are to be donated to local community projects. (Lottery Licence #M835224)

The ABCF office is located at 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter, just south of Hwy 83.


The South Huron Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

No appointment is needed. Please bring your health card.


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

Tomorrow (March 14) the Huron County Museum will be hosting a Stuffie Sleepover at the Museum to promote their newest exhibit, “Stories from Storage: Sleep In”; to learn more about the event please visit:  Stuffie Sleepover Details. In recognition of all the children who will be dropping their stuffies off at the Museum for an overnight this week we highlight a much loved stuffed animal that has been a permanent resident at the Museum for many a year…


This is a stuffed toy lion. It has a tan colored body with furry material. The material around its middle has been rubbed bare. The Lion has a red nose and black and orange eyes. The lion’s legs are quite floppy.

This stuffed lion belonged to Florence Hale. Her father was American Horatio Hale, son of Sarah Josepha Hale. He regularly visited Canada and consequently moved to Clinton after marrying Margaret Pugh whose father William was formerly the Justice of the Peace in Goderich Twp.




For a second year, the County of Huron’s Economic Development department, in partnership with local Maple syrup producers, hosted Maple Mania on March 9-10.

Maple Mania celebrates local food, Huron County’s agricultural producers and those who use spring’s sweet syrup in menus and tasty treats.

Saturday, March 9 was the day that visitors could take an organized tour and see Maple Syrup producers in action – one of the local shanties open to visitors was Bayfield Maple located at 34787 Pavillion Road in Bluewater.

This location for Bayfield Maple has been in operation since early 2022. It is a family run, generational business owned by Thomas and Cathy Genoch and Brian and Dianne Brandon. They have 2,800 taps in two woodlots on Ontario’s West Coast.

The family offered demonstrations of Maple Syrup production as well as special times for making Maple Taffy on the snow.

And Maple Syrup wasn’t the only sweet treat available at Bayfield Maple on Saturday as two local vendors were also on site offering their specialities. River Road Brewing and Hops and Bayfield Bakes were there with beer and bagels, some delectable Maple Butter Tart Bars and cookies available for purchase.

In addition Janneke Vorsteveld, owner of Seeds Rooted in Youth, created a nature themed scavenger hunt that sent families out into the area surrounding the shanty hunting for clues amid the tapped Maples.

It is estimated that about 150 people visited the Sugar Shack, approximately 50 of which were children excited to sample a sweet treat.

During the event, cash donations were collected for Huron Hospice.

In addition, the following day, on March 10, Bayfield Maple hosted a Pancake Breakfast at Bad Apple Brewing and about 100 people braved the snow squalls to attend. A highlight of the event was “Maplemazing Red Ale”, a special beer created for the day by Bad Apple Brewing using Bayfield Maple Syrup.

Maple Mania continues from now until March 17 with thirteen area restaurants  offering sweet dining experiences by providing Prix Fixe menus featuring spring’s natural sweetener in every course. The participating restaurants are 1851 Bayfield Landing; Bayfield Brewing Company; The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Bayfield; Blyth Inn; Cowbell Brewing Co., Blyth; Dark Horse Estate Winery, Grand Bend; Eddington’s of Exeter; Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery, St. Joseph; The Little Inn of Bayfield; Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend; Part II Bistro, Goderich, West Street Willy’s Eatery, Goderich; and The White Squirrel Golf Club & Restaurant, St Joseph. Also, local cafes and bakeries will prepare sweet treats from locally sourced Maple Syrup available at participating locations across Huron County.

There’s something for everyone during Maple Mania in Huron County!
For full details and information on participating partners visit or for up-to-the minute details go to @ontarioswestcoast on Facebook.




March 10th Sunset in the Meadows…By Kate Lloyd-Rees

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

March Break has arrived and that means the grandkids are visiting. Their visit always brightens the winter doldrums.

We are on the verge of having a teenager in the house. The tell-tale signs are there – the grocery bill is higher and he sleeps in later than he used to. His younger sister however is up with the sun and ready for fun! Working with clay, painting on canvas, constructing Lego, coding with robots, playing board games, spending time outside and visiting the farm animals across the road have either been checked off the to do list or still on the agenda.

Whether a preteen or still a child I love every stage and the memories we are making together. – Melody

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