Goderich, Ontario

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Goderich
Town
Motto: Canada's Prettiest Town
Goderich, Ontario is located in Ontario
Goderich
Coordinates: 43°44′N 81°42′W / 43.733°N 81.7°W / 43.733; -81.7Coordinates: 43°44′N 81°42′W / 43.733°N 81.7°W / 43.733; -81.7
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Huron
Founded 1827
Incorporated 1850
Government
 • Mayor Deb Shewfelt
 • Deputy Mayor John Grace
 • Federal riding Huron–Bruce
 • Prov. riding Huron–Bruce
Area[1]
 • Total 7.91 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
Elevation 213 m (699 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,521
 • Density 950.8/km2 (2,463/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code N7A
Area code(s) 519 and 226

Goderich is a town in the Ontario, Canada. It and is the county seat of Huron County. The town was founded by William Dunlop in 1827.[2] It is named after Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich,[3] who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time. The town was officially incorporated in 1850.

The national census in 2011 recorded the population of Goderich as 7,521. The area of the town is 7.91 square kilometres.[1]

Goderich is located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, at the mouth of the Maitland River. Queen Elizabeth II once said that Goderich was "the prettiest town in Canada", although no reigning monarch has ever visited the town.[4] Tourism is important to the local economy.[5] It is popular with tourists for the sunsets over the lake.

Historic sites[change | change source]

Goderich contains many places that are listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP). The Huron Historic Gaol is a National Historic Site. It served as the gaol of Huron County from its opening in 1842 until 1972.[6] Other places in Goderich that are listed on the register are:

  • Carolinian Oak Tree
  • Acheson House
  • Captain Dancy House
  • The Cottage
  • Ford House
  • Former Bank of Upper Canada Building
  • Garrow House
  • Garvey House
  • Gibbons Townhouse
  • Goderich Canadian Pacific Railway Station
  • Goderich Public Library
  • Goderich Town Hall
  • Hands Bakery
  • Henry Horton Cottage
  • Huron County Museum
  • Hutchinson House
  • Judges' House
  • Menesetung Bridge
  • Polley's Livery Stable
  • Samuel Platt House
  • Seegmiller House
  • Sloane-Cooper House
  • The Square
  • Strachan House
  • Tom House
  • Wellesley House
  • West Street Heritage Conservation District
  • Whitely House

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