Also known as Ontario’s West Coast, Huron County is a vibrant rural community comprising nine municipalities.
Situated on the shores of Lake Huron, it is the most agriculturally productive county in Ontario and is known as a leader in agricultural technology and innovation.
Perhaps best known for its 100 km of golden Lake Huron coastline, the county is also home to plenty of fertile fields, heritage homes and buildings, picturesque streetscapes, walking and biking trails, excellent healthcare facilities, as well educational opportunities.
Huron County’s most well-known municipalities include:
Touted as an oasis of quiet country and cottage life, the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh is located in the northwest corner of the County.
The Municipality of Bluewater is home to the three historic villages of Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich.
Central Huron is the amalgamation of the Town of Clinton, the Township of Hullett and the Township of Goderich, an amalgamation that took place in 2001.
Goderich is best known for its idyllic Town Square. Some claim that Queen Elizabeth II once commented that Goderich was “the prettiest town in Canada”. Goderich is also home to be what many consider largest salt mine in the world. The Sifto owned salt mine on Lake Huron extends 3km under the lake to exploit ancient salt deposits. The mine is a modern facility located in the village of Goderich adjacent to the centre of town on the Maitland River.
The Township of Howick is located in the northeast corner of Huron and includes larger communities such as Fordwich, Gorrie and Wroxeter, as well as the smaller hamlets of Belmore and Lakelet and other rural areas.
The towns and villages comprising Huron East are known for a variety of things, including agricultural innovation, medical research, rolling farmland, wildlife conservation and each offer their own unique histories, facilities and celebrations while maintaining a strong pride of community.
Just 30 minutes from the Lake Huron shoreline, the Municipality of Morris-Turnberry is a prime agricultural community that also offers a great setting for commercial and residential growth. Snowmobile trails are a draw during the winter months while walking trails and golf courses draw plenty of summer visitors.
Yesterday’s traditions are tomorrow’s promises in North Huron, which was also formed in 2001 when the former Township of East Wawanosh amalgamated with the Village of Blyth and the Town of Wingham.
South Huron was also formed in 2001 as the result of the amalgamation of the Townships of Stephen and Usborne with the Town of Exeter and, as of the 2011 census, has a population of just shy of 10,000 residents.