Huron County Today

Today, Huron County is the most agriculturally productive County in Ontario and a world leader in numerous areas of agricultural technology and innovation. Many descendants of the original 19th century settlers continue to farm and live in Huron County.

The history of Huron County is not just reflected in its agriculture. Heritage buildings, streetscapes and homes are also a common sight in the County’s towns, villages, hamlets and throughout the rural countryside. Many towns and villages have self-guided tours designed for appreciating these heritage buildings.

Huron County is proud of its heritage and culture. Not a day goes by that people aren’t coming together somewhere in the county for a celebration or event. Rodeos, threshers’ reunions, spring and fall fairs showcase our agricultural heritage. A Bean Festival, Cider Fests, and Maple Syrup celebrations share the wealth of good food grown and prepared in Huron County. The Celtic Festival, Canada Day Parades, and Writers’ Festival proudly display the best of all of the cultures that make up Huron County ancestry.

Huron County has many recreational and historical assets, which are an important part of our culture. They can be found across the county in our towns and villages, as well as along the country roads, and along the shoreline. Here are some of these assets to see and enjoy:

Many events such as the Celtic Festival in Goderich and the Muskrat Festival in Wingham offer residents and visitors fun local activities and entertainment. Writers’ festivals and book readings appeal to the literary set. There are local fairs, concerts, sporting events, horse racing, and motocross events. Church suppers and firemen’s breakfasts are popular, seasonal activities that many residents enjoy.

Art galleries and studios abound in towns, villages, and along rural roads. Creative independence is a definitive Huron County trait. Huron County museums proudly store and display our history as it continually evolves. Local live theatres encourage and promote playwrights in the production of Huron County and regionally inspired plays. Visit Ontario’s West Coast to find complete details.

The Huron County library has an extensive collection of books, reference materials, DVDs, and other media. Lots of low-cost or free activities happen at our public libraries. Examples include story time, book clubs and craft programs. Visit the Huron County Library for details.

The library is also a location where you can pick up your free copy of the Make Huron Home newsletters which highlight various aspects of Huron County’s culture, lifestyle, and traditions.

Current Make Huron Home newsletter

 

Past Make Huron Home newsletters

Visit any branch of the Huron County Library today to pick up your free copy of the Make Huron Home newsletter.

 

For a directory of shopping opportunities and a listing of restaurants in Huron County, check out the Business Directory, Taste of Huron, and Ontario’s West Coast.

History and Cultural Resources

  • The Huron County Museum is a first-class community museum offering visitors modern exhibition galleries and professional support spaces in a climate controlled environment. Temporary exhibits cover a wide spectrum of subjects of special interest. Permanent exhibits depict the early settlement and development of Huron County. Visit the Museum and Gaol calendar of events.
  • The Huron County Gaol is a unique and imposing octagonal building which served as the County Jail from its opening in 1841 until 1972 when all inmates were transferred to regional facilities. The Gaol is now a National Historic Site. The building originally housed the County Courts and Council Chambers, as well as serving as Gaol and House of Refuge.
  • The Marine Museum is located in the wheel house of the “SS Shelter Bay” at the Goderich Harbour. This small museum is dedicated to the men and women who made their living on Lake Huron. Ocean going vessels from all over the world travel to Goderich to fill their holds with the locally mined salt and renowned Huron County grains.
  • The Huron County Library provides access to the world of information and ideas to all residents of Huron County. The library is committed to building strong communities by ensuring universal access to information for cultural, economic, educational, and recreational development. The Newcomer Settlement Collection is a new collection consisting of stories and resources relating to the immigrant experience. The collection includes a variety of books, audio books, and English as a Second Language (ESL) resources that will help ease a newcomers’ settlement in Huron and enhance their language skills if needed.
  • The Huron County Historical Society: the purpose of the Huron County Historical Society is to discover, collect, preserve, and perpetuate historical information related to the discovery and settlement of Huron County.
  • The Huron County Genealogical Society: For many years, the Ontario Genealogical Society has been working to encourage, bring together, and assist people interested in the pursuit of family history. We do this with the hard work of many volunteers who work on heritage projects and help uphold genealogical standards.
  • The Huron Arts and Heritage Network, officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in December 2010, fosters growth and success by providing support and services for its members in the arts, culture and heritage community of Huron County.
  • Creative Huron represents a repository of our creative, and heritage assets,  talents and features. Huron County is a rural region with a rich history and compelling future.  Providing an online resource and database for our residents, visitors nd businesses to access this information is an important accomplishment for our community and our partners.