Ontario is Canada’s second largest province, covering more than one million square kilometres (415,000 square miles) – an area larger than France and Spain combined. The province is bounded by Quebec on the east, Manitoba on the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay on the north, and the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes on the south.

Huron County’s natural heritage is an integral part of our cultural landscape. There are more than 30 established conservation areas, community parks, forests, swamps, and wildlife areas.

Huron County is located in southwestern Ontario, on the coast of Lake Huron. Known as Ontario’s West Coast, Huron County covers about 3,400 square kilometres. Within driving distance of Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, and London, Huron is bordered by Perth County, Wellington County, Middlesex-London, Lambton County, and Grey-Bruce.

Conservation Authorites

Two conservation authorities manage and protect most of Huron County’s natural areas: Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). MVCA manages 28 conservation properties covering 1,800 hectares. These properties vary from wetlands, to small day-use areas, to the Falls Reserve Conservation Area. ABCA protects 3,635 hectares of land composed of 14 conservation, wildlife, and forest management areas.

The Hullet Provincial Wildlife Area

The Hullet Provincial Wildlife Area is a 2200-hectare site, a prime multi-use, multi-season facility along the South Maitland River. Set in the heart of Huron County, and strategically located on the paths of two major waterfowl flyways (Atlantic and Mississippi), Hullett is one of the most spectacular wildlife habitat developments in Eastern Canada. The forests, fields and marshes present at Hullett provide a wide diversity of wildlife species.  The area was developed in the 1970s and early-80s by Ducks Unlimited and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.The Friends of Hullett, a strictly volunteer group of men and women from around Southern Ontario, assumed management of the area in the 1990s.

Forest Regions

There are two kinds of forest regions in Huron County: the deciduous forest region and the mixed forest region. The specific combination of climate, forest ecosystems, and wildlife species define each region.

In the deciduous region, the intensely diverse forest life includes a number of rare species of mammals, birds, and plants such as the southern flying squirrel, red-bellied woodpecker, sassafras and the tulip-tree. Many species of reptiles and amphibians can be found in the region; the black rat snake, milk snake, and gray tree frog all call this area home.

The mixed forest region of southern and central Ontario, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region, is the second largest forest in Ontario. Containing a wide range of tree and shrub species, this forest extends along the St. Lawrence River across central Ontario to Lake Huron. In this region, coniferous trees mix with deciduous broad-leaved species, such as yellow birch, and sugar and red maples. This forest contains many species of fungi, ferns, mosses, and shrubs.

Lakes and Beaches

The lakes, rivers, streams, brooks, and creeks of Huron County sustain our economy and influence our quality of life. They provide us with water for drinking, irrigation and industrial processes, and food and recreation.

Huron County’s lakes, rivers, and streams are vital parts of our local environment as they:

  • Are a source of freshwater
  • Provide habitat for numerous species of plants, animals, and fish
  • Store large amounts of water which helps to ease seasonal droughts
  • Are essential components of the water cycle
  • Moderate local climate by storing heat on hot days and releasing heat on cool days
  • Are a great source of enjoyment for visitors and residents

Huron County, Ontario’s West Coast, has beautiful freshwater beaches. People have been drawn to the shores of Lake Huron for generations to enjoy its miles of sandy beaches and blue waters. A day on the beach with family is where memories are made that last a lifetime. Visit one of our many beaches and see for yourself:

  • Amberley Beach
  • Ashfield Park
  • Port Albert Beach
  • Point Farms Provincial Park
  • Sunset Beach
  • Goderich Main Beach
  • St. Christopher’s Beach
  • Rotary Cove
  • Black’s Point Road Beach
  • Bayfield Main Beach (South Pier access)
  • Bayfield South Beach (Howard St. access)
  • Houston Heights (Pavillion Road)
  • St. Joseph’s Beach
  • Hay Township Beach (Sararas Road)
  • Port Blake Park
  • Grand Bend Beach


Climate

The climate of southern Ontario and Huron County can be considered one of the mildest of any region in Canada because of the moderating effects of the Lake Huron. Ontario has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Spring is a brief period of rain, wind and melting snow, generally cool in temperature. Summer is hot and at times humid; fall is brisk, with sun-filled days and cool evenings. Winter is very cold, requiring extra outdoor clothing, and lasts from three to five months.

We encourage you to plan your activities and your clothing around the temperatures so that you and your family remain safe and healthy. Before going out, check the local weather conditions on the radio, television, or computer; these sources provide regular weather information as well as any road closure information. For seasonal and daily forecasts visit the Environment Canada Weather Office or the Weather Network.

Season details

  • Winter – December 21 to March 19 Winter in Huron is cold and snowy. The temperature in most of the province is often below 0°C, day and night. Temperatures may drop below -20°C, making it a necessity to dress warmly.
  • Spring – March 20 to June 20 Spring is a season of frequent rains and mild temperatures in Huron County. Average daytime temperatures are about 8°C in March and rise slowly throughout the rest of the season. The nights are cool.
  • Summer – June 21 to September 21 In Huron County, July and August are hot and humid. Daytime temperatures are usually above 20°C and sometimes above 30°C.  Wearing a hat and sunscreen will prevent sunburn.
  • Fall – September 22 to December 20 The temperature starts dropping in mid-September in Huron County. The weather gets cooler and rainier, and the days get shorter; tree leaves change colour and fall to the ground.