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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 782 Week 28 Vol 16

July 3, 2024


Issue 782 Week 28 Vol 16
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The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s Trailblazers were asked to lend their trailblazing skills as part of Bayfield’s Secondary Plan and they were not short of volunteers to carry out the exhausting work.

Dog walkers and everyone who enjoys strolling around the village will no doubt appreciate this newly accessible wooded parkland.

Bayfield has a beautiful new village path between Jane and Dow Streets on the unopened Margaret Street road allowance. Ten volunteer Trailblazers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) spent Friday, June 28,  cutting through thick undergrowth from Jane Street to Dow Street to create a new woodland walking path in the village’s centre.

The BRVTA had been asked to lend their trailblazing skills as part of Bayfield’s Secondary Plan and they were not short of volunteers to carry out the exhausting work. Wood chips and mulch were provided by the Municipality of Bluewater, new trees were planted by the Bayfield Tree Committee’s Garnet McBride, while Mike Decorte contributed with his invaluable tractor to remove tree stumps, level the ground and transport the wood chips to where they were needed.

Dog walkers and everyone who enjoys strolling around the village will no doubt appreciate this wooded parkland.

Ten volunteer Trailblazers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) spent Friday, June 28, cutting through thick undergrowth from Jane Street to Dow Street to create a new woodland walking path in the village’s centre.


Pioneer Park as depicted by a local artist. (Photos courtesy Pioneer Park Association)

Some people may wonder how the money raised at the Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction is used. This article will provide a brief history of the Park, how it landed in the capable hands of the Pioneer Park Association, (PPA), and how the members remain the watchful stewards of the funds that are raised.

Bayfield would be a very different place if Pioneer Park did not exist.  Citizens without a lakefront property would certainly feel more isolated from the lake.

In 1945, the property became available for sale. Lucy Woods recognized the importance of preserving a place where the public could continue to freely enjoy the world famous sunsets and the spectacular views that the lake provides.  She, along with like-minded citizens: John Stewart, Lloyd Hodgins, Marion Fairbairn, Alice Drouin, Marion Hendrick, Anna Brown, Catherine Rankin, Grace Woolfenden, Jesse Metcalf, Jessie Miller and Charles Creaser raised the $2,000 necessary to purchase the land that is now Pioneer Park.  They became the founding members of the PPA with a mandate to preserve this spectacular piece of property in perpetuity, providing free year round access to the public. It is through their generosity and personal financial contribution that the PPA was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1947.

The PPA received no financial support from any level of government. The founding members realized that they needed to raise funds from the public in order to keep up with maintenance and improvement costs that would be ongoing year after year.   This is when the idea for the annual Rummage Sale was born, and the very first sale, which took place in 1948, raised $304.43, a sizable sum back then.

Over the years, there have been many community spirited volunteers who have stepped forward to sit on the Board, to volunteer to work on the maintenance of the Park, and to organize public activities.  Because of the dedication of these citizens, the original vision of the founders has been realized and expanded so subsequent generations have enjoyed not only free access to the lake and park, but a number of activities such as yoga in the park, painting lessons to capture the world famous sunsets, listening to musical events, family picnics, or just settling in to read a good book.

Those who live by Lake Huron know only too well that shoreline erosion is one of the biggest challenges to manage.  This became a particularly alarming situation in the 1960s when about 60 feet of land was lost to the lake after the north pier extension was built.  The PPA at the time employed a number of strategies, including: gabion baskets, walls, followed by Wave Busters (cement pylons) and finally grading the hill and planting soil retention ground cover.  Erosion was still a threat, so between 2013 and 2018, several revetment projects were carried out using armor stone for toe protection of the bank.  In October of 2020, the stone wall needed to be expanded, and since this installation, erosion has decreased significantly.  The cost to the PPA was significant, These projects were paid for by monies that had been earmarked for contingency purposes over the years.  A portion of Rummage Sale funds and personal donations were set aside each year, and made these preventative measures possible.

In 2021, the Thompson Family generously donated a portion of their property that is bound by Tuyll, Colina and Main Street to the PPA.  It sits directly to the east of the Park, and has become known as the meadows, to differentiate it from the original land known as the lakeside. The PPA spent thousands of dollars and hours of volunteer time to prepare this piece for public use.

The Rummage Sale and Silent Auction has become the biggest fundraising contributor to the Park’s annual revenue. It represents 60 per cent, with the remaining 40 per cent being realized through private donations. Seventy-five per cent of the annual budget goes directly to the maintenance and upkeep of the Park. These costs also include property taxes, insurance, and administrative costs.  Twenty-five percent is set aside as a contingency for unforeseen costs such as erosion, repair or replacement of the steps to the beach, tree care, cleanup from storm damage, repair or replacement of tables and benches, to name a few.

The PPA is proud to carry on the vision of the founding members, providing and maintaining wonderful green spaces and beach access to residents and visitors to Bayfield now, and for generations to come.  The Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction provides the PPA with the monies required to make this a reality.

Anyone who would like to know more about this natural wonder, Pioneer Park, is invited to visit:  Those who feel a tug to volunteer at the Rummage Sale, or have any questions about a donation they would like to make to the Rummage Sale and Silent Auction, please email, and someone will happily respond.  Anyone who may be a descendant of any of the founding members, and has a story they would like to share that would be of historical interest, the PPA would love to hear from them. Please email

The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction will take place on Friday, July 12, at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, located at 4 Jane Street.  Outdoor displays open at 5:30 p.m., with the indoor following at 6:30 p.m. The last drop-off date for donations at the Quonset hut, 76614 Bluewater Hwy, is this Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.


Always a crowd favorite, the Bayfield Fire Department trucks round the corner onto John Street as they lead the 2023 parade toward the fairgrounds. In the foreground are Bayfield Fair volunteers Cate Thompson and Brandon Lowrey-Romanuk carrying the Bayfield Agricultural Society banner. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Following the huge success of last year’s Bayfield Community Fair Parade, planning is now underway for the 2024 parade. And it promises to be bigger and better than ever!

The dates for this year’s Fair are Aug. 16-18 with the parade taking place on Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m.

Organizers have been busy working on the parade lineup and are very pleased to welcome some new entries for this year’s parade: Edward Jones Investments, Papple Aviation, Bayfield Recreational Sales, Bayfield Ukulele Club as well as the Bayfield International Croquet Club celebrating their 50th anniversary. Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, kids on bikes, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! This year’s Fair theme is “Farms, Food & Family”. Organizers believe that it should be easy to have some fun with this year’s theme.

Several new sponsors have also come forward to help with this year’s parade expenses. The Bayfield Agricultural Society is grateful for their donations. The donations make it possible to bring in marching bands and groups that add to the parade experience each year.

Parade Chair Nancy Lowrey said, “I’m very excited about the enthusiasm from the Bayfield community surrounding this year’s parade.  You’ll see several new floats and entries, along with most of the favorites everyone loves.”

Additional information about this year’s parade can be found on the BAS’s website: Bayfield Community Fair -Parade.  Anyone interested in entering a float or being part of the parade is asked to email with a few details. Parade organizers are also looking for extra volunteers to help out on the day of the parade. Anyone who can spare a few hours on the morning of Aug. 17 is asked to send a message to the same address.

In the weeks and months leading up to the Fair, there will be regular announcements made through the Bayfield Breeze and on social media. Lots of fun events and activities are in the works, so check back often and stay tuned! To learn more, please visit: Bayfield Community Fair.

Join the fun – be part of the parade!


Sue and Jim Waddington spend considerable time finding the exact spots that members of the Group Of Seven painted from, then taking photos. (Photo by Ron Albertson)

Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will present a rare opportunity for lovers of the Canadian landscape and art enthusiasts alike on the afternoon of Aug. 20 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Jim and Sue Waddington have spent 47 years documenting more than 800 locations that the renowned Group of Seven artists, and Tom Thompson, have famously painted.

These artists rode trains, weedled boat rides, climbed rock faces, camped and hiked backcountry and paddled waters to reach views that inspired them across Canada.

Since these artists left no detailed records of the exact location they painted, Jim and Sue will discuss the puzzle of locating the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters.

Many of these paintings are now found at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg, The National Gallery in Ottawa and the Tom Thompson Art Gallery in Owen Sound.

In this interesting and informative talk see photographs from Killarney, Algonquin, Neys, Lake Superior and Bon Echo Parks, the Georgian Bay Islands, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, the Yukon and Nunavut.

“Join us for a fascinating  presentation by Jim and Sue Waddington and this one of a kind opportunity to ‘see’ our own country through the eyes of our most famous painters!” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.

Signed copies of the Waddingtons’ stunning book “In The Footsteps of The Group of Seven” will be available for purchase after this illustrated talk.

The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Those who wish to attend can reserve their tickets now at: In the Footsteps – Tickets.

To learn more about the Waddingtons visit: CBC Interview.

The Bayfield Town Hall is located at 11 The Square in the village.


In the remainder of 2024, four services are planned for the Trinity St James Chapel of Ease and it is the hope of those maintaining this beautiful chapel that members of all denominations will come and join in the spirit of celebration. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

On Apr. 15, the oldest Anglican Church in Huron County, Trinity St. James in Bayfield moved from a full church to a Chapel of Ease. The definition of a Chapel of Ease is “a church which has ceased to function for a congregation, but is still used for and occasional services up to a maximum of six per calendar year and has the resources, human and financial, to maintain itself.”

In the remainder of 2024, four services are planned and it is the hope of those maintaining this beautiful chapel that members of all denominations will come and join in the spirit of celebration.

The dates for these Sunday afternoon services have been selected and are as follows: July 28, Aug. 25, Oct. 6 and Dec. 15. The services will begin at 2:30 p.m.

On July 28, the chapel will play host to “Christmas in July” with no worry about traveling in snowstorms! Those who wish to take part in some carol singing prior to the service are invited to arrive at 2 p.m. to get everyone in the proper festive mood. This full communion service will be led by Rev. Paul McLean. Following the service all are invited to the TSJ Hall, for a time of fellowship and to decorate, not to mention eat, gingerbread cookies!

On Aug. 25, the chapel service will acknowledge the community’s mariner heritage with special music. This full communion service will be led by Rev’d Dr. Justin Comber. Following this service the TSJ Hall Association are planning a Fish Fry Fundraiser. Tickets and more details coming soon!

Formerly known as the Parish Hall, the TSJ Hall, located at 10 Keith Crescent in the village, is now operated for community use by an Association and is available to rent for such uses as club and business meetings, family gatherings or events including, weddings and funerals.


A Tortoiseshell Momma and her five kittens are the Adopt a BFF felines of the week. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has been inundated with orphaned kittens, expectant felines and Mommas with their babies so far this Summer and many are still waiting to come into the Rescue.

A Tortoiseshell Momma and her family of five kittens are the Adopt a BFF felines of the week.

This gorgeous Tortoiseshell Momma and her five adorable babies were surrendered by a family who found them abandoned close to their home and struggling to survive.

“They just couldn’t leave them to struggle alone. They couldn’t watch this Tortie, being a very young Momma barely more than a baby herself, as she tried to fend for herself and feed her small babies,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “They knew they couldn’t keep this gang but didn’t know what to do with this sweet little fur family so they reached out to us.”

According to Penhale, these babies have the most amazing coloring on their coats and are super playful but also love a good snuggle.

“Anyone interested in high octane action? A couple of these little showstoppers would fill the bill!” she concluded.

More kittens continue to arrive daily so foster homes are in great demand. Anyone who feels they might like to give fostering a try is asked to please email Mary Pounder at

Can’t help but could contribute or adopt? Consider donating for medical care and food to via E-transfer or mail financial donations 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.



Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club hosted their June edition of “Bayfield Kid’s Corner” at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena midday on Saturday, June 29 with over 110 children participating.

The Optimists partnered with Seeds Rooted in Youth, Bayfield Guiding, Rural Response for Healthy Children, Huron County Library and the Bayfield Skating Club for the event. Each group set up a station to connect and engage with families. They provided information about their programming as well as activities for the youth to take part in.

In addition, the Optimists created stations to visit that included: an obstacle course; balls; giant badminton; imaginative play with old phones; marshmallow mania creations; playdough, coloring and “Will it float?”

Hot dogs and popcorn were also offered for a donation with the profits being donated to the Bayfield Skating Club.

The next Bayfield Kid’s Corner will be held in September!

RCMP Musical Ride coming to Clinton

The RCMP Musical Ride will take place at the Clinton Raceway on Labour Day weekend – Aug. 31st and Sept. 1st. (Photo courtesy of: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society and REACH Huron are proud to present the RCMP Musical Ride at the Clinton Raceway on Labour Day weekend – Aug. 31st  and Sept. 1st.

A symbol of tradition, honor and pride, the RCMP Musical Ride features riders and their horses performing a variety of intricate formations and cavalry drills set to music. The result is a spectacular display of precision and skill!

There will be two performances: one on Saturday, Aug. 31st at 5 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.) and the other on Sunday, Sept. 1st at 5 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.).

Both performances will take place at the Clinton Raceway, 129 Beech Street in Clinton.

Ticket prices are: Adults – $15; Kids aged six to 12 – $10; Kids aged five and under – free.

Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime experience can be purchased online at

For information, please call 519 482-3998.


This beautiful upcycled tote bag, handmade in Bayfield by Helen Varekamp, will be part of the silent auction. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society’s fundraising auction is coming up this Saturday, July 6. Due to the large number of items donated for the auction, a decision has been made to hold both live and silent auctions.

The silent auction tables will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The live auction will start at 11:30 a.m. Both auctions will be held at the Bayfield Agricultural Park next to the Agricultural Society office building.

The proceeds from the fundraising auction will help with the expenses of the last section of fencing needed to ensure the security of animals at the Agricultural Park during the Bayfield Community Fair.

The live and silent auctions will feature a great selection of items donated by local residents and businesses. Among the unique items in the auction lineup are an exquisite handmade quilt, a colorful and quirky birdhouse, a fabulous three-seater garden swing set, and a whole lot more!

It’s not too late to donate additional items for the auction. Anyone who has items or gift cards to donate is kindly asked to contact

Bayfield and area residents and summer visitors are invited to come out and show their community spirit by bidding on one or more of the many live and silent auction items just waiting to find a permanent home.

No pre-registration is required. Just show up and get ready for some lively bidding! Payment by cash, credit/debit or cheque. No delivery.


Bayfield Vettefest is back for its 16th year this coming weekend!

Things kick off in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, July 5, when corvette enthusiasts are invited to gather for a cruise – vehicles will depart the park at 7 p.m. They will return to the park on the morning of July 6, for the car show where visitors can get a closer look at what is under the hood starting at 8 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.


Firefighters with the Bayfield Department will be up bright and early on the morning of Saturday, July 6 to prepare for the crowd of folks that will descend on the hall for the Bayfield Firefighters’ Breakfast.

People are sure to be lining up in advance of the 7 a.m. start in anticipation of pancakes with real Bayfield Maple Syrup, Metzger’s bacon, Bayfield Foodland’s own sausages, eggs provided by the Egg Producers, homefries, toast, juice, coffee  provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters and chocolate milk donated by the Dairy Farmers of Huron County.

A highlight of the event will be an opportunity for youngsters to “Touch the Truck”!

Breakfast will be served until 11 a.m at the Bayfield Fire Hall, located at 4 Municipal Road in the village.

The cost for the breakfast is adults, $15; and children under 12, $5.


The regularly scheduled date for the monthly Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, July 6. As this is the same date at the Bayfield Firefighters’ Breakfast, organizers have decided to cancel for this month and invite their regular attendees to support the firefighters’ cause.

All men in the community are invited to join in the next fabulous meal and a time of camaraderie at the TSJ Hall on Saturday, Aug. 3rd.

Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at by Aug. 1st at noon.

The TSJ Hall is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield (formerly Trinity St James Parish Hall).


The Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS), after months stuck indoors, have tuned up their instruments for an exciting season ahead.  Outdoor jams have now begun in Clan Gregor Square.  Whether a seasoned ukulele enthusiast or someone who’s never strummed a chord, all are most welcome to join in the fun. No ukulele – no problem.  The BUS loves an audience of singers and dancers.

The group gathers at the gazebo Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m.and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m.(weather permitting).

And be sure to keep an eye out for the BUS at many local summer festivities including:

  • Bayfield Vettfest – July 6
  • Bayfield Parade – Aug. 17
  • Stratford Summer Music (on the barge) – Aug. 10
  • Bayfield Volkfest – Sept. 29

They are also hosting their first ever Bayfield Ukulele Festival in September.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 28 it will feature a full day of workshops in Bayfield with talented instructors and an evening concert at the Bayfield Town Hall for workshop participants.  The event is quickly selling out but a few tickets are still available. Please contact for more details.

The group can be found on Facebook at Bayfield Ukulele Society or email


The Bayfield Garden Club will be exploring the magical world of mushrooms on Monday, July 8 when they visit Weth’s Mushrooms in Central Huron.

Carpooling is encouraged for those who wish to attend. The carpool will leave promptly from the Bayfield Lions Community Building at 6:45 p.m. Members and guests are welcome. The tour of Weth’s Mushrooms will begin at 7 p.m.

Weth’s Mushrooms is located at 35809 Union Road near Goderich.


Each Rib Dinner will include a half rack of baby back pork ribs prepared by Pineridge BBQ, baked potato with sour cream and butter, baked beans, dinner roll with butter, and cookies for dessert. This image shows two racks of ribs. (Photo by Pineridge BBQ)

There isn’t a much more delicious meal than a fall-off-the-bone rib dinner. And the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be hosting such a Rib Dinner on Friday, Aug. 16 to celebrate the opening of the 2024 Bayfield Fair.

The dinner will be held on the grounds of the Bayfield Agricultural Park. Rib dinners will be served continuously from 5-7 p.m.

Each Rib Dinner will include a half rack of baby back pork ribs expertly prepared and grilled by Pineridge BBQ with special BBQ sauce, baked potato with sour cream and butter, tasty baked beans, dinner roll with butter, and cookies for dessert. There will be plenty of Wet-Naps available!

People can choose to dine at the Bayfield Agricultural Park or get dinners to take out. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at: Rib Dinner.

The last date for online ticket sales will be Aug. 1st. Tickets at the gate will be very limited. Anyone interested is encouraged to get tickets early. For information, please contact

Bayfield Agricultural Park is located at 1 Fry Street in the village.


These mini figures are looking forward to the next meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo courtesy of @fudago)

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again this month as the Bayfield Lego Club will meet on Saturday, July 13.

This free activity, thanks to the sponsorship of the Optimist Club of Bayfield, will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the TSJ Hall (Trinity St James Anglican Church Parish Hall).

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord.

TSJ Hall is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library just got more exciting this summer with two fun events planned for July!  “Crafts for a Cause: Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF)” will be held on July 9 followed by “Creative Kids: Telescope Time” on July 16.

All ages are invited to join in an enriching experience at Crafts for a Cause: Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines on July 9! Delve into the inspiring world of cat rescue with a presentation by representatives from BFF, followed by a hands-on crafting session where participants can create meaningful crafts to be donated in support of the Shelter. Registration is required to take part. This 30-minute presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by an hour of crafting starting at 1 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).

Then on July 16, starting at 1 p.m. youth are invited to attend the one-hour session, Creative Kids: Telescope Time. Youngsters are welcome to join in an exciting space adventure at the library where they will have a blast decorating telescopes, then embark on a journey to explore the world around them! As space is limited for this activity registration is required.

Please register by emailing or by calling 519 565-2886.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.


Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) is happy to announce the return of the summer-long “Red Table Book Sale” at the Bayfield Branch Library from now  until Aug. 31st during regular library hours.

The Red Table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. This means two full months of book browsing and time to stock up on Summer and Fall reading!

Payment is by financial donation. All proceeds from the Red Table Book Sale will be used by FOBL to sponsor activities and programs at the Bayfield Library throughout the year.

New this year – FOBL is organizing outdoor, pop-up book sales from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the library on the following Saturdays:

  • July 6
  • Aug. 3rd
  • Aug. 17
  • Aug. 31st

FOBL greatly appreciates the community’s support for this major fundraising project.


Learning about nature is something fun that kids of all ages can do at the Bayfield Branch Library this July with plants and pollinators among the themes!

The Municipality of Bluewater and Huron County Library will sponsor “Painting with Plants” at the library on Thursday, July 18. This one-hour, nature watercolor paint activity is suited for ages three to 12 and will begin at 2 p.m.

This program is a part of the Blue Flag Canada Program operated by Swim Drink Fish. For more information please contact: Recreation Coordinator for the Municipality of Bluewater Denver Boertien, by emailing or calling 519 280-0103.

And then on Monday, July 22, the local Ausable Bayfield Conservation Area Educator will be at the library to help peop[le learn about pollinators. “What’s the Buzz?” will be held from 10- 11:30 a.m. Those who attend can discover the importance of the over 200,000 species that are considered to be pollinators around the world. They will also learn about some local pollinator superheroes!

“What’s the Buzz?” is designed with children in mind but can accommodate community members both big and small.

As space is limited for this activity registration is required. Please register by emailing or by calling 519 565-2886.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting two hikes during July one that celebrates heritage and one that encourages mindfulness!

On Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m., local historian David Yates will lead the Admiral Bayfield Walk along the Heritage Trail. Yates has written six books based on area history including, “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River” and his newest release, “Gothic Huron: Heroes, Rogues, Murders, Daring, Bawdy Houses and Other Tales”.  Participants are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square gazebo. The walk is entirely on village streets, is 2 km long and will last approximately 90 minutes.

On Saturday, July 27, the BRVTA will be hosting a “Stop and Look Slow Hike” on the Sawmill Trail at 10 a.m. This hike is intended to help participants be more careful observers of the natural world. Unlike some other hikes whose purpose often seems to be to get to the end of the trail as quickly as possible, this hike will encourage participants to slow down, stop, look and listen. While the hike will have practical value for people who enjoy taking pictures, it will be of value to anyone to help develop mindfulness and a sense of being present in the moment. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever camera they have, whether a simple smartphone, point and shoot or a DSLR or mirrorless. The Sawmill Trail is just north of the village to access it, cross the bridge on Hwy 21, turn right onto Old River Road and travel for .5 km to Sawmill Road where the trail entrance is visible. Those who take part are asked to park on the north side of the street.

For more information on either of these hikes, contact Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


The Bayfield Branch Library will once again be holding a Jigsaw Puzzle Competition on Saturday, July 13.

“Animal Edition” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone who would like to take on the challenge to become the fastest puzzle maker around is invited to assemble a team and go head-to-head against other teams by seeing who can assemble a 500-piece puzzle the quickest!

Registration is required. The event is limited to six teams with two to four members per team. This competition is sponsored by the Friends of Bayfield Library.

Please register by emailing or by calling 519 565-2886.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.


“Bayfield Dances Barefoot”, an ecstatic dance club, will host their inaugural dance on the morning of July 6 upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

All ages and abilities are welcome to take part from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and a water bottle and wear loose fitting clothing.

Suggested donation is $20 with proceeds to Shake Your Toejam and Unbroken House.

For more information please contact Bud Taylor at 519 331-6327.


Pieter VanMeekeren was behind the grill during the BBQ held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield in 2023.

Save the date! Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield’s Annual BBQ, Baking and Book Sale is back this year on Saturday, July 6.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the church located across from Clan Gregor Square where Vette Fest will be happening. This year’s BBQ and Sale is shaping up to be another great one. People are invited to stop by and enjoy a freshly barbecued hotdog with (optional) hot fried onions, cold water and a side of potato chips or Cheesies. They can then peruse the gently used soft and hardcover books for sale. An abundance of novels, non-fiction books, children’s books, harlequin/romance/mystery novels, spiritual books and much more will be well organized and for sale. Those who attend should be sure to also visit the bake table which will feature freshly made cookies, squares, pies, loaves and more!

Lois Kacsandi and Judith Roy volunteered at the Book Sale table in 2023. (Submitted photos)

Knox Church is hosting a “Speaker Series” on topics of interest to seniors and their families. The next instalment of the Speaker Series will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.  At that time, Knox will welcome Shelley McPhee-Haist and Lindsay Otto from One Care Home and Community Support Services of Huron County who will speak about their programs. One Care has been providing services to families in the local community for over 40 years. They offer support for older adults, and adults with disabilities, helping people remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Knox is delighted to host them. Following the presentation coffee, tea and dessert will be served. Organizers note that seats have been filling up quickly throughout the Speaker Series so please be sure to arrive early. Although there is no cost to attend, a free-will offering would be appreciated and all are welcome.

Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. and are open to everyone.

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


On June 19, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) entered into a partnership with Huron Health System (HHS). This collaboration, formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aims to enhance rural health research, healthcare delivery, and the overall well-being of rural communities. In this photo, members of the Gateway staff, research chairs and board are shown celebrating alongside a representative from HHS and local politicians BR l-r: Neil Haas, Micheal Beazely, Glen McNeil, warden Huron County; Gwen Devereaux, Dan Stringer, Nancy Simpson, Mary Lapaine and Joel Hordijk. FR l-r: Jimmy Trieu, president and CEO of HHS; Amy Sturgeon, MPP Lisa Thompson, Nicole Gilroy, Karissa Eckert and Maitland Roy. (Submitted photos)Jimmy Trieu, president and CEO of HHS; Amy Sturgeon, MPP Lisa Thompson, Nicole Gilroy, Karissa Eckert and Maitland Roy. (Submitted photos)

June 19 marked a significant advancement in the ongoing commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of rural residents in Southwestern Ontario.

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is proud to announce its partnership with Huron Health System (HHS), which includes Alexandra Marine & General Hospital and South Huron Hospital. This collaboration, formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aims to enhance rural health research, healthcare delivery, and the overall well-being of rural communities.

The focus of this union is to further streamline inter-organizational collaboration and communication by providing leadership as partners in the development of the regional health system. The objective is clear: to enhance the health outcomes of the rural population in Southwestern Ontario by developing new approaches to integrate research findings into healthcare practices and conducting joint knowledge dissemination activities to share findings and best practices.

The partnership will mobilize resources and expertise across the two institutions, working together to recruit and retain healthcare professionals in collaboration with academic centres and the community.

“We are excited with our collaboration with Gateway CERH and HHS. This opens the door to the opportunity to do more clinical research which will benefit the entire community and the region,” stated Gwen Devereaux, president at Gateway.

“We are excited to collaborate with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in this groundbreaking initiative. Together, we look forward to leveraging our combined expertise to address the unique healthcare challenges faced by rural communities and to make a tangible impact on the quality of care delivered. This partnership represents a significant step towards achieving our shared goal of equitable healthcare access for all. We are confident that our collaborative efforts will yield innovative strategies and technologies that will enhance healthcare delivery and outcomes in rural regions,” stated Jimmy Trieu, president and CEO at Huron Health System.

The two organizations recognize the strength in collaboration and anticipate that the united front presented by this partnership will facilitate effective research initiatives, enhance educational offerings, and promote better communication pathways – all to the benefit of the rural communities they serve.

Members of the public interested in learning more about the details of the partnership are encouraged to contact

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health was established in 2008 as a not-for-profit organization with charitable status. Governed by a community-based volunteer Board of Directors, they are deeply committed to their mission: enhancing the health and quality of life for rural residents through research, education, and communication. Gateway fosters collaboration between community health centres, rural health professionals, and academic institutions. In doing so, they provide a community-based platform where stakeholders come together to strategize on improving rural health.


Despite substantial ridership on the Sarnia and London to Grand Bend routes (Routes 1 and 2), Bluewater’s Route 3 has not seen the same growth. Despite marketing and outreach efforts, the route’s passenger numbers remain low, raising concerns about its continuation beyond the pilot project in 2025. (Submitted photo)

On Friday, June 28, Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) expanded the summer hours of operation of “Bluewater” Route 3 to include weekends and a late evening service. The move aims to boost ridership and increase awareness of the public transit system while allowing Bluewater residents, cottagers and visitors more frequent and longer outings.

Route 3 travels from Grand Bend to Goderich, stopping in St. Joseph, Zurich, Hensall and Bayfield. Previously, it operated only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, with two return trips scheduled between noon and 5:12 p.m. The service will expand operation to include two afternoon trips on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August.

The late evening bus run allows just over five extra hours for summer diners and patio lovers to relish the culinary offerings of local restaurants and breweries and additional time for boutique shoppers hunting a gem or bargain. At a time when efforts are being increased to reduce impaired driving, the prospect of taking public transit becomes a welcome option. The evening bus leaves Grand Bend at 8 p.m., traveling through Bluewater and arriving at the Walmart Plaza in Goderich at 9:12 pm. The return journey to Grand Bend will stop in Bayfield at the Old Town Hall on Clan Gregor Square at 9:40 p.m and Cameron Street at 9:43 p.m.

Despite substantial ridership on the Sarnia and London to Grand Bend routes (Routes 1 and 2), Bluewater’s Route 3 has not seen the same growth. Despite marketing and outreach efforts, the route’s passenger numbers remain low, raising concerns about its continuation beyond the pilot project in 2025.

“Our work with Parkhill and Ailsa Craig residents in 2023 led us to question whether the Route 3 schedule was too limiting or the right model,” Transit Coordinator Susan Mills noted. “Instead of reducing Route 3, we decided to expand the hours of operation and schedule them around summer weekends. Bayfield and Goderich host numerous summer events, and we’re optimistic these events and the chance to stay longer will encourage residents to try HSAT.”

The new Route 3 Summer schedule is available for download in PDF format from the website at Bluewater HSAT.

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.

Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT), funded by the Community Transportation Grant Program (CTGP) to support local rural and intercommunity bus service, provides public transit to Bluewater, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, Lambton Shores, North Middlesex, and South Huron, connecting those communities to each other and Sarnia, London, Goderich, and Strathroy.


Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce is honored to have been appointed Minister of Rural Affairs and proud of her legacy as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The new Ministry she will be leading was announced earlier this month, when Premier Doug Ford unveiled his renewed team that will continue building Ontario’s economy and deliver on the government’s core commitments.

“I am honored to be appointed as the new Minister of Rural Affairs to represent the people of Rural Ontario at the cabinet table,” said Thompson. “The fact that Premier Ford has created a separate Ministry of Rural Affairs demonstrates our government’s commitment to rural Ontario, and I look forward to focusing exclusively on the needs of Ontario’s small towns and rural communities.”

A graduate of the University of Guelph and the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, Thompson began her career with OMAFRA as a Rural Community Advisor and she feels “this opportunity has brought my career full circle with regards to my commitment to building capacity in rural Ontario.”

She added “I am proud to represent a government that understands the need to dedicate a specific focus (by way of standing up a brand new ministry) on small towns and rural communities across the province.”

During her three years as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Thompson worked diligently with leaders from across the agriculture and food industry to see that their priorities for Ontario agriculture and food production were heard at the cabinet table and enshrined in the province’s Grow Ontario Strategy, a landmark of her tenure in the role. Released a year and a half into her term as Minister, the strategy has set out ambitious goals for the industry that aim to strengthen the supply chain, increase technology adoption, and attract and grow the workforce. This strategy has and will continue to guide government decision making for the industry to 2032.

“As Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, I was committed to working with stakeholders in the spirit of understanding priorities and delivering programs and support in a timely fashion,” said Thompson. “I want to thank everyone for their engagement and advocacy while we developed a bold new strategy, passed two important pieces of legislation, launched significant funding programs and developed numerous initiatives to help grow the industry.”

In the past year Thompson was responsible for introducing two important pieces of legislation. The first piece of legislation, which received Royal Assent on Apr. 25, was the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario Amendment Act. This modernized the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) and brought agriculture and food research into the 21st century. The second, which received Royal Assent on June 6, was the Enhancing Professional Care for Animals Act, which will enable an expanded role for registered veterinary technicians and increase access to veterinary services for farmers and pet owners across Ontario. Because of Thompson’s commitment to consultation and ‘getting it right,’ both pieces of legislation passed through the legislative process with unanimous support at every stage.

Some of Thompson’s other accomplishments while at OMAFRA include:

  • Co-hosted a federal-provincial-territorial meeting that resulted in the Guelph statement; this later led to the signing of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year agreement with the federal government that will see upwards of $1.77 billion in support for the agri-food sector in Ontario;
  • Launched the Veterinary Incentive Program which provides support to newly licenced veterinarians who practice on large animals in underserved communities;
  • Announced 20 additional vet school spaces through a partnership between University of Guelph and Lakehead University;
  • Updated the legislative framework for the livestock and grain financial protection programs;
  • Increased farmer and farm worker mental health supports;
  • Increased individual loan limits under the Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee program;
  • Renewed the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Agreement, a $343-million initiative that funds research, testing and training through the University of Guelph;
  • Opened the Ontario Swine Research Centre and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with poultry industry leaders to build a new Ontario Poultry Research Centre;
  • Introduced a new focus on careers in the agriculture and food industry and enabled the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies, in partnerships with AgScape, to facilitate the new program;
  • Extended support for important rural leadership development organizations such as 4-H Ontario, Rural Ontario Institute and AgScape (responsible for Agriculture in the Classroom).


The final draft Heritage Conservation District Plan will be presented at an open house and public meeting on Monday, July 8, at the Stanley Community Complex.

The Bayfield Heritage Conservation District is valued by residents of Bayfield and visitors alike. The conservation district plan is an important tool in protecting that character and managing change within this special space. This is why the municipality has been working since November 2023 to update the current 1983 plan.

What changes are proposed?

  •  Updated boundary
  •   Updated design direction
  • Permit process improvement

The public meeting will be held during the regular Bluewater Council meeting on July 8  which will begin at 6:30 p.m. An open house will be held prior to the Council meeting from 4-6 p.m. and will be an opportunity for residents, business operators, and landowners to view the final draft and ask questions. Project consultants GSP Group Inc. and ERA Architects will attend.

Affected landowners should have received a letter from the municipality. Landowners who did not receive a letter, and wonder if their property is impacted, may contact Nellie Evans, Administrative assistant, Development Services, Municipality of Bluewater at 519 236-4351 Ext. 236.

For further information about this project, visit: Bayfield Heritage Conservation District Plan/

The Stanley Community Complex is located at 38594 Mill Road, Varna.


Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) elected a new board of directors for 2024-25 recently. They include from l-r: Dr. Al Lauzon, vice-president; Gwen Devereaux, president; Patricia Redshaw, treasurer. Mary Lapaine, vice-chair; Dan Stringer, chair; and Nancy Simpson, secretary;. (Submitted photo)

At the Annual General Meeting held on May 31st, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) elected a new board of directors for the upcoming year.

The elected board of directors for 2024-25 include: Gwen Devereaux, president; Dr. Al Lauzon, vice-president; Dan Stringer, chair; Mary Lapaine, vice-chair; Nancy Simpson, secretary; and Patricia Redshaw, treasurer.

Gateway is pleased to announce this board of directors for the coming year, as part of a strategic move to support Gateway’s mission and vision, aimed for continued growth and excellence.

Anyone who would like to learn more about Gateway, and their past or present projects is asked to please visit their website at:


The Rural Sexual Violence Collaborative is inviting community members to share their voice if they are adult residents of Huron Perth who have experienced violence.

The Collaborative is providing an opportunity for individuals who have experienced sexural violence to make a meaningful difference in their community by taking part in a confidential, one-hour research interview either virtually or in-person. Participants will receive a $40 honorarium and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until Sept. 6.

For more information please email Jen and Czarina at

This project has received its funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada.


The Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF) is back hosting their annual “Six String Concert” and the “Driving the Stigma Out” Golf Tournament!

The foundation, originating from Seaforth but recently relocated to Clinton, is going on their seventh summer. John and Heather Steffler began the TSF in the fall of 2017 following the passing of their son Tanner, after a long battle with substance use disorder. After Tanner’s passing, others reached out to John and Heather to share their own stories of struggle. As such, the TSF was formed in response to the overwhelming need for mental health and addiction services for youth in the community.

This year, the foundation’s two largest annual fundraisers will be happening just under a month apart. The Six String Concert will be held on July 27 at the Seaforth Agriplex, and this year attendees are going to rock. Leave the country at home and travel back to the 1980s and 90s, with Canada’s premiere KISS cover band “Destroyer” as well as “Rewind The 90’s”. This is an all-ages event and will be lots of fun for the whole family. Those who attend can dig out their acid-wash jean jackets, fishnets and parachute pants and join in a night of nostalgia, good vibes and unforgettable performances.

That same day, July 27, the TSF will be hosting the youth stage at Seaforth Summerfest, highlighting the amazing local talent in Huron and Perth. During the afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m., free entertainment will be showcased at the Seaforth Agriplex and people won’t want to miss a single moment.

As well, organizers invite people to join them on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the beautiful Goderich Sunset Golf Club for the annual Driving the Stigma Out Golf Tournament. Whether a seasoned pro or a beginner, this event is for everyone. Get ready to tee off, make new friends, and support a great cause. Let’s come together to drive away the stigma surrounding mental health while enjoying a fun day of golf plus a silent auction with prizes from businesses across Huron and Perth. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference and have a blast on the green!

Tickets are available as foursomes at $550 before fees ($137.50 per player). Price includes 18 holes of golf for four, golf cart, mid-day lunch, silent auction, special prizes, steak dinner and a swag bag for each player.

As Tanner Steffler Foundation’s largest annual fundraisers, all proceeds from the Six Strings Concert and the golf tournament will directly benefit the youth and families of Huron and Perth County, and allow the foundation to deliver mental health and addiction programming that supports  local communities year-round.

Follow TSF on Instagram and Facebook to stay informed on new updates for both these events.


What is her name? What did I come down here for? Where did I put…? The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth and the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) are working together to bring the Memory and Aging Program to Grand Bend this summer. The Memory and Aging Program is designed for anyone experiencing normal age-related changes in memory or anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

The Memory and Aging Program describes what memory is, how it changes with age, and when to be concerned. Brain healthy lifestyle choices and practical memory strategies are reviewed and practiced, improving a person’s ability to remember those everyday things – including those pesky names and things they intend to do! Equally important, the Memory and Aging Program is enjoyable and seeks to build confidence in one’s own memory ability.

The Memory and Aging Program will consist of four sessions to be held on Tuesdays from July 9-30th. All sessions will take place at the GBACHC, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. These sessions are free – GBACHC is providing the workbooks for use during the course. They will also be available for purchase for $25 for anyone who would like a workbook to keep.

Organizers note that when they offered this popular program in 2023, it filled up quickly! People can register for the Memory and Aging Program by emailing Jeanette Sears at or calling 1-800-561-5012 or emailing Kate Mason at

The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre is located at 69 Main Street East in Grand Bend.


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.

The South Huron Medical Centre is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter, ON.


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.

In recognition of Canada Day just past, we share an artifact from the Museum collection that has been a large part of our national identity, but is not actually our national bird! That honor was awarded to the Gray Jay in 2017…


This is a Pine carving of a Canada goose. It is a small goose with a black head, with a dappled brown-gray back and gray-white breast.

It was carved by George Allen, a founding member of the North Huron Museum, around 1976.




The weather forecast for Saturday, June 29 wasn’t what organizers of the 12th Huron Multicultural Festival would have wished for but luckily the storms failed to materialize and the event proceeded successfully. 

Once again people enjoyed listening to music and watching performances by dancers dressed in vibrant  traditional dress and regalia representing  a number of cultures. And the food booths were very busy with folks sampling the various cuisines on offer. 

Plus staff from the Huron County Library were on hand to keep the children entertained with crafts, button making and a Festival passport that they could have stamped while they explored with their families. 




Towering Cumulus…By Dawn Cumming

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Here we go! The Bayfield Breeze volume number turns to 16 this week. Acknowledging this anniversary every year is my true kick-off to summer.

And I don’t know about you but the time between the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction and the Bayfield Community Fair seems to go by faster each and every year.

For when the days are longer we tend to try and pack more into them. This past weekend my husband’s family gathered to celebrate Canada Day at his sister and brother-in-law’s home near Bayfield. We played some rather silly games, ate pizza and cupcakes, and the younger set enjoyed lots of time in the pool together. Since this clan has grown to 32 it has become a challenge to get together in-person for holidays like Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving so Canada Day has become kind of a big deal.

Thanks to those who work hard to keep our gang connected, whether it’s racing with a marshmallow on a spoon or facing off for a rock, paper, scissor battle – these moments are both precious and fleeting – just like Summer…- Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.