Goderich (pronounced either God-rich or God-er-ich) is a town in the Canadian province of Ontario and is the county seat of Huron County. The town was founded by William "Tiger" Dunlop in 1827. First laid out in 1828, the town is named after Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, who was British prime minister at the time. The town was officially incorporated in 1850.
As of 2010, the population is 8000. The area of the town is 7.91 square kilometres.
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, Goderich is notable for its sunsets. Queen Victoria once commented that Goderich was "The prettiest town in Canada" although no reigning moncarch has ever visited Goderich. The town indicates that tourism is among its important industries.
The town participates yearly in the Communities in Bloom competition; and has won awards in many categories.
Goderich offers diverse recreational opportunities. During summer enjoy running by the Maitland River, biking through the county, or swimming from the beach. For the sailor, there is a yacht club. Nearby Bayfield offers a berry farm and cottage community. Point Farms is just north of the townsite. Or for the ambitious, the Maitland River trails are ~100km total, including to Guelph!
For the artistically inclined, The Livery is a local theatre production company run by volunteers. Watch a show, contribute to the production, or even act!
Summer brings festivals including a country music festival and local triathlon.
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