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Goderich’s shoreline the perfect stage for air show

28 Jun
The Snowbirds fly in diamond formation over the shoreline of Lake Huron, much to the delight of a crowd gathered on the beach in Goderich.

The Snowbirds fly in diamond formation over the shoreline of Lake Huron, much to the delight of a crowd gathered on the beach in Goderich.

By Diva Christine Harris

GODERICH – We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for the Goderich and Region Air Show.  It was warm and sunny, and the spectators were lined up all the way down the entire beachfront; some on benches, some on their lawn chairs, and even a few in the water!

The SkyHawks, with their trademark Canadian flag parachutes, make their way to a landing at Goderich's beach.

The SkyHawks, with their trademark Canadian flag parachutes, make their way to a landing at Goderich’s beach.

First up were the Canadian Armed Forces SkyHawks.  They are Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team.  The SkyHawks have represented Canada for over 40 years with their signature Canadian flag parachutes.  It was amazing to see how they got so close to each other and then hooked themselves together to make formations.  They flew the Canadian and Ontario flags behind them and also used smoke during their descent.

Next up we saw the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.  This is a name that most Canadians can recognize and they are a treat to see!  Flying the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, the pilots of these jets top out at speeds of 750km/hr.  During shows, they range in speed from 185-590 km/hr and get as close as 1.2 metres (4 feet) when flying together and 10 metres when doing a solo cross.  We got to see some of their signature formations like the Big Diamond, Arrowhead, and Big Arrow.  What was especially enjoyable for the kids was how low these jets got to the ground when they came around, and the beach was the perfect spot with its slope for them to hug the ground a bit more

The Snowbirds fly in tight formation over Lake Huron's shoreline.

The Snowbirds fly in tight formation over Lake Huron’s shoreline.

when they passed by while coming out or going into a manoeuvre.  We also learned that there was a pilot who had flown over his hometown while he was here.  Captain Bart Postma is originally from Clinton and flies Aircraft Number Three in the inner left-wing position.

Unfortunately I was unable to stay to see the RCAF CF-18 Hornet demonstration.  It was piloted by Captain Denis Cheech Beaulieu and tops out at Mach 1.8, which is 1,800km/hr.  As I was leaving Goderich I could hear it all the way out to Highway 8 and see some of the locals looking and pointing to the sky.  The CF-18 is known for its sheer power and its loud jet engine.  It can accelerate vertically after take-off and the interesting part is that you won’t actually hear the jet until it’s past you because of the speeds it travels.  After seeing this demonstration at another air show, I’m sure it didn’t disappoint the crowd.

The air show has been called an “Overwhelming Success” by the 532 Maitland Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, which organized the event.  Perhaps this will be an annual event!

For more information on events along Ontario’s West Coast, click here.

Clusters of people lined the beach and the bluffs at Goderich, getting good seats from which to watch the air show.

Clusters of people lined the beach and the bluffs at Goderich, getting good seats from which to watch the air show.

Winter Cottages in Huron

7 Mar

A Great time at the Cottage

by Diva Jenna

A typical summer experience in Huron is heading up to the cottage for a long weekend or week long vacation. Last weekend my friend rented a cottage for a winter wonderland escape. I’m sure many of you don’t think of cottaging in the winter, but many of these accommodations are available all year round!

hanging out on the beach in the winter

Many of the people coming up for the weekend were from Toronto, so we all got there around 10pm on the Friday night. We had a few leisurely drinks and snacks and played some card games. The next day we had decided on winter fun activities including hiking/snowshoeing along the beach, tobogganing and general snow play!


I had to head out to meet some other friends for dinner in Bayfield, but the rest of the vacationers went to Shannahans Quality meats in Goderich and go a huge Metzgers beef loin in which they roasted for dinner!


winttercottage-snowangelWhat a great time we had! It reminded me of being a kid again. If you are looking to rent a cottage or accommodation in winter on Ontario’s West Coast, here is a link to all of the options! http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/owc_directory/rental.php

Family Day in the Country

27 Feb


by Diva Jenna

There seems to be more and more family day activities planned each year, as the holiday becomes more prominent. Many of the events are planned for children, which I don’t have, but I sure do love taking part in adventures!

I wanted to spend the day with my family, so we decided to take a drive and walk in Goderich. What a beauty day for this! We watched lots of families and friends walking and playing in yards and public places.


When we got home, Taylor decided to try out his new dirt bike ( I know, there isn’t much dirt showing right now, but he had just picked it up on Saturday!). Dirt biking and four-wheeling are leisure hobbies in my family and town for that matter. Even our cat Aiko venture out with us sometimes!  It seems that most people in Port Albert have one or the other. It was a bit cold out, but Taylor braved the weather and rode the bike around for almost an hour!

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All in all we had a great day and we were very happy to have the Monday off to spend time together. If you are looking for cool events happening in Huron, check out this calendar and start planning your trip here – http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/events/events.php

A Walk in the Park at St. Joe’s

25 Mar

By Diva Trista Russell

With spring season underway, and summer just around the corner…why not make a stop to walk in the park?

I visited the St. Joesph Memorial Park this weekend, and had a fun time reading the fascinating stories along the walkway. If you’re a history buff, this park is definitely worth a stop. Even if you’re not a history buff (like me), this place has some beautiful scenery.

The St. Joesph Memorial Park began with a request from St. André, known healer and founder of the famed Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal. A statue honouring St. Joseph and St. André are located in the park.

There is also a plaque honouring Narcisse Cantin, who had a dream to build a Great Lakes canal system. The canal would have started at St. Joseph and linked Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Although this canal was never built, he was remembered as the “Father of the St. Lawrence Seaway”.

Last summer, the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society produced an outdoor play about Narcisse, which was performed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, just a few minutes north of the park. The Society even received a Governor General’s  History Award for the production!

I think this park would be the perfect spot for a picnic on the way to the beach. It’s right off the highway, and there’s a neat little picnic bench area to stop and have a bite.

The park is located at the intersection of Bluewater Highway (Hwy. #21) at Zurich-Hensall Road (County Road #84), and it’s open year-round.

VolleyBall Champs!

10 Aug

Hello everyone!

Yesterday afternoon my boss was nice enough to let me off at lunch time so that I could participate in Bayfield’s annual restaurant volleyball tournament. On the 2nd Tuesday in August every summer, all the Bayfield restaurants get together to compete for the title of the volleyball champions! It gets pretty competitive, until about four o’clock when everyone has maybe had a drink or two too many.

I was fortunate enough to play with the winning team, THE BLACK DOG!!! for years we have come so close, so very close to the title. But this year we had focus and determination and we brought home the trophy!

I am being slightly sarcastic here, yes we were very happy to win, but the tournament is all in good fun!

It was the perfect afternoon too! Hot and sunny. What else could you want in an afternoon. Good weather, good friends, and the beach. Perfection!

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After the tournament, all the teams headed to the Docks for celebrations and dinner!

This is part of the team, sitting and admiring the trophy.


The Docks was great as always. The food was delish and the service was stellar, Especially considering how many of us showed up at once! They took good care of every body! And like every year. the tournament was a complete success, and everyone enjoyed themselves!

Beautiful Bayfield

19 Jul

Hello my dear friends!!!

First off I must send out a huge thank you to all our readers! Today we surpassed 10 000 hits which is very very exciting! So I just want to say thank you for all the support!

Alight next on the agenda. Tonight was one of those perfect summer nights, the weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold, and the humidity was bearable, which is a nice change! Jd and I went for frozen yogurt at Copenhagens (or Bones Cones for anyone local) then biked around the town. We went to Pioneer Park to watch the sun set and and finish off our frozen yogurt.

After that we came home and jumped in the pool for a late evening swim. It was a lovely Tuesday night in Bayfield.

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I dont know if this happens to other people or not, but so many times when I think I posing for a picture, people take a video of me. This happened yet again tonight, so I am putting this video up to show you all how stunned I can be at times :)








Hello Blue Flag!

11 Jul

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

We are so lucky here in Ontario’s West Coast to live in such a wonderful place. We have great food, excellent festivals and events, outdoor adventures galore and lots of shopping opportunities! A couple of weeks ago I was reading my RSS feeds and learned that Bayfield beach and marina where again awarded the Blue Flag. This program is something I had promoted in the past, but had never fully understood the value of the program.

When I read up on the program I found out that “The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3650 beaches and marinas in 44 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.” (www.blueflag.org) So out of 3650 beaches awarded the flag in the World, only 19 are in Canada and 5 of the are are on Lake Huron with two in Bayfield!

Bayfield Marina and Lake HuronBayfield Marina

Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 32 criteria covering the following:

1) Environmental Education and Information

2) Water Quality

3) Environmental Management

4) Safety and Services
All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time.

In the end all I have to say again, is that anyone living in the area should feel really lucky to have so many amazing opportunities!


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