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Old October 18th, 2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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Goderich, Ontario: Canada's "TOUGHEST, prettiest" town

This is the town of Goderich, Ontario (Population 8,000). The county seat of Huron County, located on Lake Huron in Southwestern Ontario. It is known as "Canada's Prettiest Town" as coined by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit here long ago. (although people who have seen Niagara-On-the-Lake will beg to differ). Goderich is known for its unique octagonal town square, which surrounds the Huron County Courthouse.

A devastating F3 tornado occurred on August 21, 2011, which touched down in Goderich and a few buildings downtown were casualties, along with many mature trees and houses.

But despite the tornado and the destruction it left, the town is rebuilding itself nicely. This is the reason why I call Goderich "Canada's Toughest Prettiest Town'.

These pictures were taken in the summer of 2005…

Historic Huron County Museum and Gaol
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Downtown Goderich
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Huron County Court House, which lies in the middle of the Square
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Park Theatre, yes, the town has its own little movie theatre!
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Goderich's Famous Lighthouse
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The Sifto Salt Mines
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The old train station
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Yes, Goderich has its own boardwalk...
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Goderich's beaches
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Old October 19th, 2013, 12:57 AM   #2
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What a charming town. Thanks for the tour!
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Old October 19th, 2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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Really a very nice town; well done
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Nice stuff, I usually go there a couple times during the summer.
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Very nice photos. It's a shame what happened to the town, but I'm glad it's rebuilding quickly.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 06:11 AM   #6
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Very nice photos. It's a shame what happened to the town, but I'm glad it's rebuilding quickly.
Thanks, Marcanadian! Yeah, I got some pictures I took from last year during the one-year anniversary of the tornado, showing pictures of the town more recently. I'll post them later!
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I've never been there, so thanks for the pics!
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 02:21 AM   #8
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Here's some pictures of downtown Goderich I took on the day of the one year anniversary (August 21, 2012) of the tornado:

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Whoever made this sign spelled "Population" wrong...
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Huron County Court House, today, note the lack of trees, but trees were trucked in and have planted here since...
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This building was a casualty of the tornado, it was damaged beyond repair (these two pictures taken in 2005):
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The building today, sadly, is no longer standing
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Foundation and reconstruction of another building (not historic)
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Great pictures of a great town. Thanks for posting
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