Along the east coast of Lake Huron there are a number of towns worth a visit. We have been to Grand Bend a few times but this summer we ventured a little further north along the coast to the quaint town of Bayfield. It is a whole different atmosphere than Grand Bend; more family oriented and less party central. In future it’s the one we’ll be revisiting.
There is a large grass square as you enter town with free parking around the perimeter. A great spot for families to stop for a picnic and children to explore the playgrounds. At the far end of the square is Main Street with all the shops, art galleries and restaurants. When we were there the pavement was being redone so it would have been difficult for anyone with mobility issues but I’m sure that it will be more receptive when it’s finished. We wandered up and down the street checking out the shops and stopping for a bite to eat at Copenhagen’s. We initially parked around the square but moved the vehicle after lunch to the end of Main Street in the shade – free parking here too.
At the end of Main Street is the Mara Street Walkway that will take you down a steep path through the trees down to the marina. We walked along to the pier to watch the breakers on the shore and the sailboats on the lake. As you will see from the photos, Lake Huron is a large lake and you cannot see the other side. From the marina we walked back up to town and saw some lovely homes on the way to the Pioneer Park that overlooks the beach and the lake. There is a wooden stairway leading down to the beach.
Note there are public washrooms at the square, on Main Street and at the marina.