The Heritage Trail

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Follow the Footsteps of the Pioneers. Visitors to Bayfield are entranced by its idyllic charm. Its tree-lined streets, heritage buildings and village green, are reminiscent of an English country village. The “Heritage Trail” is designed so that walkers are exposed to the full menu of Bayfield’s charms. The walk begins at Clan Gregor Square, the heart of the village where generations have come together to celebrate.

There are eight historical “storyboards” placed at points of interest along The Heritage Trail. Each tells the story of that particular location and features photos of the area.

After strolling down the charming Heritage Main Street, past stores and hotels that have been catering to visitors for more than a century, the experience changes dramatically at the scenic lookout at Pioneer Park. Now instead of the idyllic charm of a well-preserved Ontario country village, walkers are stopped by the spectacular lake vista; locals boast that Pioneer Park offers the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

During the summer the horizon is dotted with colourful sailboats and if your timing is right, you may see a flock of seagulls chasing the commercial fishing fleet as it makes its way home to the harbour. At Pioneer Park, walkers are directed to descend the stairs to a natural beach.

This 2.5 Km walk terminates in Clan Gregor Square after a wooded stroll up Mara Street Hill and a short walk on village streets.