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.
By: Diva Jenna Ujiye
My co-worker and I have been trying to get video footage at as many events on Ontario’s West Coast as possible. We have been spending some evenings and weekends and have got to see some amazing things and try some very unique things! This past Friday was really great! We headed to the Cove beach in Goderich and watched as the Celtic Blue Highlanders pipe band piped down the sun.
I am not kidding you, there were hundreds of people at the event! This phenomenon seems to be a Lake Huron thing and it happens every Friday in July and August. We watched families and friends gather all around the pipe band and listen to the music. Many of the children started dancing and running around the band, which was in a circular formation. People travel from all over Ontario, Canada and the world to watch this event, most of the people attending where from out of the area.
After we watched the pipe band for a while we headed over to the beach and watched the sunset, it was so warm outside that people where still swimming in the Lake. What a wonderful end to a Friday evening!
Here is a video of one some of the happenings from the Friday night fun!
Hey all! Kaylie here,
As Jenna already mentioned her and I will be working together to create a blog about our local experiences. I am 24 years old and was born and raised just outside of Goderich. After highschool I attended Wilfred Laurier University and graduated with a degree in communications. To get me through financially, I came home each summer and worked at the Black Dog in Bayfield. School is now done which means I don’t have to work quite as hard J . My summers were always so hectic that I had little to no time to actually enjoy what was surrounding me. My beach days were limited, I had no time to eat out, I didn’t get to enjoy local theatre ect. So I decided to take a summer to appreciate, what I feel I ignored in the past. I always spoke about loving the small town life, but I feel I have not taken full advantage of what Huron County has to offer, so for my blog I want to share with you all my experiences and showcase what our area has to offer. I am going to be Captain Huron County! If its local, ill be there! I am going to make the very best of this spring and summer and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all!!!
Well I must say that today has been the warmest sunny day we have had on Ontario’s west coast since the wick melt in January.
This time of year usually isn’t really that pretty in any part of Ontario, with all of the dirty looking snow banks and trees without leaves. Today is an exception!
While I was out for a walk this afternoon, I thought I would go to the beach in Port Albert, just north of Goderich and south of Kincardine, on Lake Huron.Check out the photo and video below to check it out!
I think these are great signs of spring coming!
Photo of the beach in Port Albert