Bayfield Ontario

Bayfield is a charming beach town in Ontario with Caribbean blue waters

Bayfield, Ontario is a quaint village nestled on the eastern shores of Lake Huron that boasts of a charming historic downtown, sandy beaches, and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

Located 3 hours from Toronto, and just over an hour northwest of London, its natural beauty attracts visitors from all over in the summer months, making it quite a hot spot for those in search of a beach getaway.

Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff or just seeking a relaxed escape from bustling city life, this village has something for everyone. Here are some of the best things to do and see in Bayfield.

Hit the beach

With sandy shorelines and Caribbean-esque blue waters, it's no secret Bayfield's beaches are its main draw. There are three to choose from: Main Beach, Howard Beach, and Houston Heights.

Main Beach is the most popular, featuring a sandy shore that is family-friendly with drive-up access, parking, and public restrooms. It also boasts Blue Flag status, meaning the water quality is clean and accessible. 

Take in the scenery at Pioneer Park

Sitting atop the edge of the bluff overlooking Lake Huron, Pioneer Park is one of the most picturesque spots in the village with a winding wooden stairway that leads down to the water.

There is a beach area as well as a well-maintained green space in the park, which makes for the perfect picnic spot. There are several tables and benches to relax at while taking in the view.

Pick your own berries

Bayfield Berry Farm is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon where you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries, depending on the season. The farm also offers homemade jams, pies, and other treats to take home.

Stroll through town

Wander along Bayfield's historic Main Street and explore the quaint shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Stop by Clan Gregor Square, a central gathering spot which usually hosts events and live music performances during the summer.

If you're in town on a Friday, visit the Bayfield Farmers' Market which features only locally grown food and products. All of the vendors' produce, crafts, and homemade treats are made no further than 75 km away.

Shop at the local stores

Downtown Bayfield has a myriad of unique shops to peruse. Here, you'll find everything from clothing and home decor to handmade crafts and upcycled goods.

Village Bookshop is a book-lovers' paradise and features an entire section of books written by local authors from the area. Pop into Hive which has an eclectic selection of clothing, accessories, and home decor, or pick up a unique handmade gift from Crichet Handmade Designs.

Grab a bite to eat

With a smattering of casual restaurants and pubs to choose from, Bayfield has a great selection of spots to grab a bite at. For a meal with a view, head to The Hub on the Docks known for delicious burgers.

The Black Dog Village Pub is a long-standing restaurant with typical pub fare, as well as a large selection of beer and cocktails. If you're looking for something slightly more upscale, try The Willow Room at The Little Inn.

Spend the night

Extend your stay in Bayfield at one of the adorable accommodations in town. The Little Inn is incredibly charming. Reminiscent of a time of the past, the Litte Inn has been around since the 1800s.

The Albion Hotel is a country-style bed and breakfast steps away from Clan Gregor Square, making it the perfect home base in town.

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