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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 783 Week 29 Vol 16

July 10, 2024


Issue 783 Week 29 Vol 16
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Over 30 hikers showed their national pride by wearing their red and white and taking part in the First Annual Canada Day Hike hosted by Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

Over 30 hikers showed their national pride by wearing their red and white and taking part in the First Annual Canada Day Hike hosted by Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

Hikers paraded down Main Street to the new pedestrian walkway under the Bayfield Bridge, allowing them to reach the Bayfield River Flats without crossing the highway.

A highlight of this hike was a talk by Dave Gillians who shared the historical and ecological significance of the River Flats.

The BRVTA will be hosting two more 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


While there will be lots of terrific things offered as part of the Silent Auction – this unique item deserves special mention: “Let Pioneer Park be the setting of an unforgettable experience with three of your friends on a soft summer evening. Between July 12 and the end of August, enjoy a four-course gourmet meal prepared by Jim Welsh, the executive chef at The Little Inn. ‘Lookout Point’ in Pioneer Park will be reserved for this special occasion and the table will be set up so you and your party can enjoy the best view of the world-famous sunset while you dine on locally sourced food expertly prepared by one of the finest chefs in the area. A perfect pairing waiting for you at the Silent Auction.”

The countdown is on for the Pioneer Park Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction now just hours away! It will take place on Friday, July 12 at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

Outdoor displays open at 5:30 p.m. followed by the indoor displays at 6:30 p.m.

Organizers would like to pass on a few reminders for those making plans to attend to help make their experience even more enjoyable.

  • Remember to bring cash.
  •  The weather forecast calls for a sunny day, so bring a hat, sunglasses and a water bottle as those who attend may need to line up, and a lot of the items will be displayed outdoors.
  • Remember to bring some bags or a bundle buggy to carry those newly found treasures.
  • There will be a hotdog stand. Barbequed hotdogs are available for $2.50, and beverages are $1.00.

Organizers note that the items that have been donated this year are outstanding! There are children’s toys and books, a number of bicycles in good working order, puzzles, beautiful pieces of furniture, both indoor and outdoor, lovely linens and quilts, pots, pans, casserole dishes and dinnerware that are like new, hundreds of books, many of them bestsellers; small appliances such as crockpots and immersion blenders, Christmas themed articles, lovely curios, camping and sporting goods, musical instruments, CDs, stereo equipment, and of course silent auction items, all awaiting shoppers.

Remember, every dollar spent goes directly to the upkeep and beautification of Pioneer Park, Bayfield’s own natural wonder.  It is a green space with access to the beach and it is freely available to all citizens of Bayfield and visitors to the area.

The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is located at 4 Jane Street.


There is still lots of time to get exhibits ready for the 2024 Bayfield Community Fair coming up on the weekend of Aug. 16-18. Always held on the third weekend in August, this year’s Fair theme is “Farms, Food & Family”.

“Farms” will be represented well through their 4-H members who participate in the dairy and sheep competitions on the Saturday of the Fair, the horse shows on both Saturday and Sunday, and the farm product exhibits in the arena.

“Food” is always a big part of the Fair. Food is shown for competition and available for sale from any of the food trucks that will be present on the Saturday and Sunday of the Fair. And not to be missed, a Rib Dinner will be held on the Friday evening of the Fair.

“Family” events and activities are planned for times throughout the weekend. Examples include the Friday evening fireworks display, Saturday morning parade, music entertainment, animal shows, and many other entertainment options.

At the heart of the indoor Homecraft show are opportunities for all ages to enter art and photography, baking and canning, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking. All entries are welcome and add to the wealth of exhibits that fairgoers look forward to seeing each year.

All of the entry categories and requirements can be viewed online in the: 2024 Fair Book   Entries can also be completed online: Entry Form. A print version of the 2024 Fair Book is available at area libraries, garden centres, craft/sewing/quilt shops, art shops, and through organizations.

All exhibitors are reminded to read the Fair Book carefully. It contains important information on entry rules and regulations, entry forms and deadlines, fees, special category requirements, judging criteria, prizes to be won, and much more.

There is no end of talent and skills in this community. Several first-time exhibitors at the 2023 Fair surprised themselves by going home with ribbons and prize winnings. The Bayfield Agricultural Society is issuing a challenge to everyone in the community to show their community spirit by entering at least one exhibit in this year’s Fair.

Be a part of the Fair!



Lois Kacsandi assists a customer with the purchase of a puzzle during a fundraiser held at Knox Church, Bayfield.

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield held its annual BBQ, Baking And Book Sale on Saturday, July 6 and it proved to be a remarkable success!

“To all the folks in our community, and those visiting from near and far, from our great big hearts to yours we extend a heartfelt thank you for being part of our special fundraising day and making it such a huge success!” said Teresa Steel, representing Knox, Bayfield. “Your generosity means everything to us and to the community we serve, and we truly appreciate your support.  The positive energy we felt on Saturday, meeting and serving so many wonderful people, certainly made all the difference and contributed greatly to the success of the event.  None of our success would be possible without generous donors like you. Thank you again for your commitment and kindness.”

Steel added that the congregation hopes to see everyone again at their next fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 24 when they will  once again set-up on the lawn in front of the church. More information regarding this event will follow at a later date.

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.

Another instalment of the Speaker Series will be held on Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m.  At that time, Knox Church will host a representative from  Huron Hospice Bender House  whose mission is to provide quality, hospice palliative care in the rural community.

This summer Knox Church will celebrate its 167th anniversary. On Sunday, July 21, Knox will have a special anniversary service at 11 a.m., and will welcome Bayfield’s own Harpist Martha Lawrance as their musical guest. Lawrance began piano at age six and started studying harp at age 10. She has taught both piano and harp privately.  This talented musician has played harp professionally for many years, and her affiliations include the London Symphony Orchestra, Theatre London, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.  To learn more visit: My Harp Heals. All are invited to join in celebration of this wonderful occasion!

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.


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.


Beanie (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) is a 100 per cent volunteer-run, non-profit organization. That means every dollar donated goes directly to the care and support of the vulnerable homeless cats in the Bayfield area. It also means that having a robust team of trained and dedicated volunteers is essential. Bayfield has shown itself to be a kind and supportive community and regularly answers the call to donate and fundraise for BFF but new volunteers are urgently needed to ensure the day to day work of the cat rescue can continue.

“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of BFF. They are more than just caregivers to the cats. They are advocates and cheerleaders. They get to know the cats and they make a difference in their lives every single day,” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF.

BFF has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in both ongoing roles on the core team, such as, weekly care and socialization of the cats in the temporary transition shelter; and more casual or temporary event specific roles, such as, helping at adoption or fundraising events.

BFF currently requires several ongoing and temporary fill-in transition shelter care and cat enrichment volunteers. Anyone who is interested in providing the basic necessities of kitty life including feeding, grooming and cleaning cages as well as petting, cuddling and socializing cats who are waiting for their forever homes is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at Shelter care and enrichment volunteers typically work one, 2-3 hour shift per week, but shorter, temporary shifts are also available.

BFF is also looking for volunteers to be part of a new Social Media and Communications team. Volunteer website and social media content creators, photographers, cat biographers, blog writers and event planners are needed to help get cats adopted, provide resources to fosters and adopters, run campaigns for fundraising and share success stories. Anyone who is interested in any aspect of media, marketing or writing, is asked to please contact

“We need to use the most up to date resources available to connect our cats with loving families. Launching a website and capitalizing on the many social media channels would benefit BFF immensely. Our goal is always to give these cats the best chance we can,” said Pounder.

Finally, anyone who wants a more hands-on experience and has a home suitable to foster young kittens and nursing mothers or wants to experience the thrill of transforming an anxious, feral cat into an adoptable feline companion, please contact Pounder at the email listed above.

“Opening your home to an animal in need could save their life. Support, supplies and expenses are covered. If you want to help cats but cannot commit to direct care or regular shifts, casual transport support drivers are also needed,” said Pounder.

One such cat that could use some love is the Adopt a BFF kitten of the week – Beanie.

According to Deb Penhale, representing BFF,  she arrived at the shelter a few days ago. She had been hanging out in the yard at a property on the edge of town and had been spotted on and off.

“Food and water was put out in the hopes of catching her as the people feeding her were concerned that she may be in heat. Not wanting to add more kittens to the increasing crisis, and kitten population, they were able to get her into a carrier and brought her to the shelter,” said Penhale. “Although timid and scared when she first arrived, she has relaxed  and is enjoying the attention she is receiving.”

Penhale added that they haven’t seen too many long-haired Tortoiseshell cats and this girl is stunning with her ombre coat.

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.


John Vanderhaar in dress uniform representing the Bayfield Fire Department part of Bluewater Fire Services. (Submitted photo)

On July 13, John Vanderhaar, a firefighter with the Bayfield Fire Department, a part of Bluewater Fire Services, will be recognized with the 188th defibrillator donation given by the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund. Vanderhaar died in the line of duty on June 10, 2023.

The defibrillator is being donated to the St. Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community in his name. The presentation will be held just prior to a performance by “Hearthstone” at the Kingsbridge Centre at 8 p.m.

Hearthstone brings together the musical talent of Finola MacGinty, Marianne Hogan, Kelly Richards and Evie Shand. Admission to the concert is by donation.

The Kingsbridge Centre is grateful for this donation and will remember and celebrate the lives of both Mounsey and Vanderhaar at this event. Everyone is welcome to attend the presentation and concert following.

The St. Joseph’s Kingbridge Community (Kingsbridge Centre) is located at 84675A Bluewater Hwy., north of Goderich.


Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone will host his next Councilor’s Corner on Wednesday, July 17 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The public is invited to attend the session that will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Items on the agenda for discussion will include such topics as: Municipal Leasing Policy, Heritage District Plan, and updates on the Noise Bylaw, Strategic Priorities and Short Term Rentals.


The next concert hosted by the Bayfield Town Hall will have people breaking out their best hippie garb!

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Woodstock and back by popular demand,  “The Woodstock Experience” returns to the town hall’s outdoor stage on Aug. 3rd.

The Woodstock Experience features Cheryl Lescom, Chuckee Zehr, Rick Taylor, Dylan Wickens, Dale Ann Brendon, and Mark Shickluna. Those who attend can relive the musical presentations of Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills and Nash and more.

For The Woodstock Experience the gates to the town hall grounds will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert will run from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $40. There will be a cash bar and people are asked to bring their own lawn chair for this performance.

The Bayfield Town Hall concerts are put on by the Board of Directors of the hall to cover all of the costs to maintain and operate the Town Hall.

Tickets for The Woodstock Experience are available from


Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) entertained in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of July 6 during Vettefest. The BUS are looking forward to hosting their first ever Bayfield Ukulele Festival in late September. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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 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


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.


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.


“Creative Kids: Telescope Time” to be held on July 16 is sure to be a highlight of summer programing at the Bayfield Branch Library

Youth are invited to attend the one-hour session, starting at 1 p.m., where youngsters will 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:

  • 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 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.


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.


Yo-ho-ho and a whole lot of deals! Ahoy Mateys! Pirates are preparing to land at Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield for a two-day, customer appreciation event on July 24 and July 25.

These pirates will be slashing prices on almost all in-store over-the-counter products by 20 per cent. People could sail the Seven Seas and not find deals like these.

Those folks who have some spare coin after taking in all the deals are invited to check out the Silent Auction in support of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, and pick up one of the loot bags that will be available by donation.

Anyone who would like to see what is in store for all landlubbers who visit the pharmacy on those two days in July should check out this video: Pharmasave Pirates.


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.



The Bayfield Firefighters’ Breakfast was held on the morning of July 6, attracting about 1,000 people to indulge in the most important meal of the day.

Firefighters with the Bayfield Department, a part of Bluewater Fire Services, were up bright and early on the morning of Saturday, July 6 to prepare for their Firefighters’ Breakfast. And so were many hungry people as a large number started lining up in advance of the 7 a.m. start time. In fact, at times it was reported the line reached all the way back to the corner of Municipal Road and Clan Gregor Square.

Back by popular demand was a “touch the truck” opportunity that was wholeheartedly enjoyed by a countless number of youngsters while a family member waited in the breakfast line.

About 1,000 people were served pancakes with real Bayfield Maple syrup, Metzger’s bacon, Bayfield Foodland’s own sausages, eggs provided by the Egg Producers, potatoes, toast, juice, coffee provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters and chocolate milk donated by the Dairy Farmers of Huron County.

Organizers deemed the event a great success and wanted to thank all the community volunteers that came out to help. They are also grateful to those businesses that donated their products to the cause: Bayfield Maple, the Dairy Farmers of Huron County; the Egg Producers and Shaun Henry and Leanne Kavanagh from ShopBike who not only donate.


Love Your Greats Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting from the Bayfield Marine Store located at 20 Fisherman’s Wharf Road in the village. The clean up is hosted in partnership with the Village of Bayfield Marina, the Marine Store, Love Your Greats and Ocean Wise. (Submitted photo)

The Village of Bayfield Marina and Municipality of Bluewater are excited to have received the Blue Flag certification operated by Swim Drink Fish for sustainable practices for the last 15 years!

The Blue Flag is an internationally recognized award for marinas that meet the strict criteria under four categories: Environmental Education & Information, Safety and Services, Water Quality, and Environmental Management.

Every year as part of the Blue Flag program, the Municipality hosts three free community activities. These activities are to raise awareness for the Blue Flag program, and to promote and educate the community on swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. The municipality and community partners invite people to join any of the free 2024 Blue Flag community activities being held this summer.

  • Painting with Plants – Kids Nature Educational Watercolor Paint Activity will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2-3 p.m. at the Bayfield Library located at 18 Bayfield Main Street North in the village. This event is for ages three to 12 years. It is being hosted in partnership with the Huron County Library, Bayfield Branch.
  • Litter Clean Up – Love Your Greats Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting from the  Bayfield Marine Store located at  20 Fisherman’s Wharf Road in the village. The clean up is hosted in partnership with the Village of Bayfield Marina, the Marine Store, Love Your Greats and Ocean Wise.
  • A  “Dark Sky” event will be held on Monday, Aug. 12, 9:30-11:30 p.m. A  rain date has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 13th (same times).  Weather and viewing conditions permitting this event will take place at the Bayfield South Pier, 47 Long Hill Road in the village. Those who wish to take part are asked to  Register Online if the event is canceled. Pets should not attend for safety reasons. This event is hosted in partnership with West Coast Astronomers.

More info about the above activities and Blue Flag can be found on the Municipality of Bluewater website: Blue Flag Events.

The program wouldn’t be possible without valuable efforts made by individuals and organizations who have teamed up and contributed towards earning and maintaining this prestigious award.

Check out the complete list of nationally awarded 2024 Blue Flag marinas and beaches here:


United Way Perth-Huron’s (UWPH) work engages people across Perth-Huron, tackling pressing local issues affecting the communities where they live. As part of this mission, the organization is building the next generation of engaged residents through the Youth in Action (YIA) grants program; providing opportunities for youth to come up with creative solutions to challenges facing people their own age and develop skills that can transfer to other areas of life.

“Every year, we’re excited to see the amazing ways local youth come up with to address issues in their communities across Perth-Huron,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “We can see that this past year’s grant recipients inspire other young people to think of ways to help in their communities.”

“When you’re like a 17-year-old trying to start something, it can be really hard without funding,” said Amelia Morrison, part of the Tanner Steffler Foundation’s Youth Space project. “Having the opportunity to receive funding as a youth for a project you created is amazing. Then that initiative can grow into something bigger.”

“This space has had a great impact on our Grade 7 and 8 students,” said Ella Williamson, one of the youth leads for the “You Are Not Alone” project at Goderich District Collegiate Institute. “The room allows positive energy to be shared between students and staff and helps them reflect on what they are grateful for each and every day.”

“This project will hopefully continue for many years to come,” said Lucy Chung, one of the youth leads for the “Urban Farm” project at Stratford District Secondary School. “We would like to see this project involve more students and even more community members and seniors from surrounding neighborhoods to foster intergenerational connections and teach more people about sustainable and regenerative farming practices.”

This past year’s funded projects included:

  • Bedford Intermediate Youth Project (Nancy Campbell Academy): Students partnered with Stratford District Secondary School students to provide a blended tutoring and recreation program for elementary students.
  • Building Community Wellness (Listowel District Secondary School): Students will host a speaker to discuss mental health and wellbeing and to build a sense of community.
  • Equitable Living Project (Central Huron Secondary School – CHSS): The youth lead ran a Christmas-time food and essential item drive at CHSS, partnered with a local food program to provide essential supplies to residents in need, and presented information on homelessness and local programs to classmates.
  • Generation Rainbow Collective (Stratford Pride Community Centre): 2SLGBTQ+ youth led a series of eight weekly social activities to strengthen their community and support each other.
  • Microscope Lending Program (Huron County Library): A homeschooled student acquired microscopes for the Huron County Library catalogue and ran small classes on how to use them reaching over 120 youth.
  • Motivational Mondays (St. Marys DCVI): Students brought in a mindfulness teacher to teach two classes about practical strategies to aid anxiety.
  • New and Improved Picnic Tables (Stratford District Secondary School): Students collaborated across classes to build and decorate a new picnic table for the school grounds.
  • Students Helping Students (Stratford District Secondary School): Students created an in-school food station stocked with a variety of lunch food items to supplement and/or provide lunch for students facing food insecurities. The youth lead created a report to document the needs discovered.
  • The Kindness Project (South Huron District High School): Students planned activities to spread “kindness” in their community, such as hosting a concert for nursing home residents, working with Exeter Elementary School students to spread rocks painted with positive messages around town, and appreciation events for school staff.
  • Urban Farming Project (Stratford District Secondary School): Students partnered with the Local Community Food Centre to create an urban farm. Students and community members worked together to build intergenerational connections and learn regenerative farming practices.
  • You Are Not Alone (Goderich District Collegiate Institute): Grade 12 students started a mental health awareness group at the school and created a dedicated wellness space for Grade 7-8 students with contributions from the art class.
  • Youth Space (Tanner Steffler Foundation): Youth volunteers installed a hygiene pantry for youth participants in their new space.

The 12 grant recipients each received up to $1,000 for their projects. YIA grants were available to youth aged 14–25 to plan and implement projects addressing youth concerns in their community.


From time to time, the Council of the Municipality of Bluewater will initiate a Zoning By-law Amendment to update zoning policies for the Municipality. During the Council meeting on May 6, Council directed staff to do just this.

The purpose of the Housekeeping Zoning By-law Amendment (file #Z02-2024) is to update the overall Bluewater Zoning By-law including matters related to zoning by-law administration, buildings, entrances, accessory structures, defined terms and vending from a vehicle, manufactured homes and trailers. In addition, Council will receive two options of the Zoning By-law Amendment text; one with zoning text which outlines new size limits for trailer additions, and the second option with zoning text which prohibits additions to trailers.

The full proposed draft Zoning By-law text can be found on the municipality’s website: Municipal-wide Zoning Bly-law Amendment.

Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Bluewater will hold a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Community Centre-Council Chambers, located at 38594 Mill Road in Varna, to consider a proposed zoning by-law amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act. (Hybrid format is also available.)

Council meetings are being held in person, with electronic attendance options.

Persons wishing to participate in the planning process are strongly encouraged to send their comments, questions, or concerns in writing prior to July 24 via email to the Huron County Planning Department at or to the Planning Coordinator, Lindsay Whalen at For those who wish to attend (in person or electronically), please contact  Whalen.

For more information, including information about appeal rights, contact the Municipal office at Municipality of Bluewater, 14 Mill Avenue in Zurich, ON. by calling 519 236-4351 or the Huron County Planning Department by phoning 1-888-524-8394 Ext.3.


The Ontario government is investing $117,000 into 24 local conservation projects, led by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). These projects are among many wetland projects across Ontario that are collectively receiving up to $11 million from the Wetlands Conservation Partner Program this year.

“I am pleased to share that the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority continues to demonstrate they facilitate important wetland projects that receive support and investment from our government,” said MPP for Huron-Bruce, Lisa Thompson.

“Wetlands are incredibly important to our communities. They make up the natural infrastructure that protects us from drought and flooding, while keeping water clean and providing homes for many at-risk species of plants and animals,” said Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Andrea Khanjin. “Working with partners like municipalities and conservation organizations, our government has supported the restoration and enhancement of an estimated 7,500 acres of wetlands in the first three years of the program – that’s about eight times the size of the Toronto Islands.”

The Wetlands Conservation Partner Program is one of the largest investments in wetland enhancement and restoration in the province’s history. Over the past five years, Ontario has invested over $30 million to support a wide range of projects, restoring and enhancing large-scale wetlands, smaller wetlands on marginal agricultural lands, and wetlands in more urban areas as part of municipal stormwater management.

Local wetland enhancement projects include working with the ABCA to capture surface water runoff and increase water storage capacity by shaping portions of the land, planting trees, shrubs and native wetland plants.

In the first two years of the program, an estimated $6 million of damage due to flooding was avoided and over 170 green jobs were created in Ontario’s rural and near-urban communities to undertake restoration work. In the first three years of the program, 18 organizations have received funding for 335 projects across the province.


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.


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 Cow Appreciation Day (yesterday – July 8) we highlight a cute little artifact that is part of the Museum’s collection…


This toy is a Teddy Bear that “drinks” milk. The bear has golden fur and is sitting on a tin log that is decorated with painted animals.

The toy is battery operated. The battery can be installed in the bottom of the log which opens.

This toy was a gift from parents to their child on Christmas Day 1956,




The 2024 Bayfield Vettefest was a record-breaking event with Corvette enthusiasts driving their vehicles from as far away as Ottawa and Michigan.

Four hundred and thirteen Corvettes were registered for the show on Saturday, July 6 plus a number of cars parked outside of Clan Gregor Square that didn’t register. Cruise Night on Friday, July 5, saw 125 Corvettes participate in a drive along the roads in Bluewater finishing up at Stone House Brewery.

When reflecting on the day, one of the organizers, Elaine Coombs said, “It was an extraordinary thing to see that many Corvettes all in one location.  Thank you to everyone for coming out to it and for all the spectators attending as well!”

She went on to extend heartfelt thanks to the Bayfield and area businesses and individuals that donate door prizes and stuff for the goody bags. The show organizers are also indebted to the Bayfield Town Hall that provided washrooms as well as the barbecued lunch. They are also appreciative of the members of the Bayfield Fire Department that hold their breakfast on the same day as the show to allow many of the car owners an opportunity to enjoy a hearty breakfast

Coombs added, “Thank you to all the volunteers that help us with the weekend because we could not do it without you. It’s much appreciated! It literally takes a village to pull this off!”

Coombs also shared that the proceeds from Vettefest will be given out to the different area causes or charities throughout the coming year and that organizers are already looking forward to July 2025 when they’ll do it all over again!



Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron…By Tom Raymond

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Summer reading was a big part of my childhood. Thursday was grocery shopping day at our house and for me it meant a trip to the town library to exchange the maximum allotment of books – six – for another maximum allotment of books. I especially liked reading on a blanket under the Maple trees in our yard but a lot of time was spent curled up in bed under the blankets with the light from a flashlight streaming down on the pages after lights out was declared. (Don’t tell my Mom!)

So, when the Bayfield Branch Library sent me an announcement that was past our deadline I knew it couldn’t wait until next week and I had to share it here.  After all,  the “Pizza Pages Reading Challenge” started yesterday (July 8) and I want to ensure that kids aged four to 12 years have as many days possible to meet the challenge which ends on Aug. 23.

Participants will have a chance to earn an exclusive invitation to a pizza party provided by Bayfield’s Olio located at 19b Main Street North in the village.

To join in the fun, eager readers should pick up a reading log from the Bayfield Branch Library; start reading and recording their progress; and then return their reading logs to the Library by Aug. 23.

As a kid I wouldn’t have needed pizza as an incentive to read as we only ever got the frozen store-bought variety (and only at Christmas time) but if I was a kid today a delectable treat from Olio would have me reaching for a page turner or two, for sure! Hey, Bayfield Branch, how about a contest for avid readers over the age of 12? Happy summer reading, all! – Melody

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