Grand Bend, Ontario – Being easy reach from the University of Western Ontario, Grand Bend has always attracted a young, fun crowd. The beach that stretches all along along this shore of Lake Huron is lovely. In ‘The Bend’ the river is lined with pleasure craft, and a lighthouse on the end of the pier is a popular spot for dropping in a fishing line.
Umbrellaʼs pop up on the beach, families picnic, local residents bob offshore in power and sail boats – on a hot calm summer day the water can be as blue as the Caribbean. This is a ʻGreat Lakeʼ though, and it can kick up rough when the weather turns.
One of its most spectacular features is its sunsets, which are said to have been ranked in the Top Ten from around the world by National Geographic. And, here’s a link to an interesting article by Gary May, who spoke to Environment Canada meteorologist David Phillips on the scientific reasons why the sunsets in other communities along the shore of Lake Huron are so smashing.
Grand Bend’s main street, which leads from Hwy 21 right down to the beach is lined with bars, restaurants, family friendly shops and kiosks. T-shirts, flip-flops, suntan lotion, ice cream, mini-golf, arcade games, etc. Youʼll also find several more upscale venues from womenʼs clothing to Foodies (gourmet food & gifts). There are cottages, motels, etc. in the region for rent.
Grand Bend is a small port on Lake Huron, in Huron County which is part of a tourism region known as Shakespeare to the Shoreline. Other communities with cool facts you could visit in the region include the historic village of Bayfield (Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro lives nearby in Clinton and and has been known to drop into Bayfield’s ‘The Village Bookshop’, and dine in Goderich.) Goderich, which is further north along the shore of Lake Huron, is home of world’s largest salt mine & home to one of the world’s top Celtic Festivals (and Celtic College). Goderich is about a 30 minute drive from the Blyth village, known for its popular summer theatre festival, which is a incubator for Canadian talent and content. Also in the region, but to the south, is Iceculture in the village of Hensall. This small-town Ontario company sells ice to Iceland, build ice lounges for Saudi Arabia and has even created ice bars for Obama’s inauguration parties. Tours are available.
King Street, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada