YOU CAME, YOU SAW – AND NOW YOU DON’T WANT TO GO HOME!
You’re not alone! Boomers, zoomers and others are escaping the traffic-jammed, densely populated urbanscapes for tranquil, clean air communities and small subdivisions that nestle along Lake Huron’s shoreline. Wanting the convenience of local health care, hospitals and retail hubs as well as vibrant communities and cultural life leads many to consider the residential communities of Bayfield, Grand Bend, Forest and Exeter. The combined population of the municipalities in which these towns and villages are located – Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex – is just over 34,000.
Many transplanted Ontarians speak of the friendliness of local, multi-generational retailers and service providers as well as that of complete strangers, who make eye contact and wish you a good morning. Area farmers market vendors are genuine producers and tell you about their growth or production methods. Many even grow their own feed for the livestock they raise. Here, it really is possible to know where your food was grown, raised and produced. The 100 km food diet is a reality in an area with longstanding agricultural roots and heritage farms.
Lifestyle & Amenities
Summers packed with weekend events designed to bring in area visitors gives way to fall and winter club and interest based activities and events. Residents are spoilt for choice, regretting the inability to attend two events at the same time. Rotary, Lions and Optimists clubs are active organizations whose members organize a number of popular local events – like Beachfest in Grand Bend or the Morrison Dam Fishing Derby in Exeter or Bayfield’s Home & Garden Show.
Perhaps community theatre, gardening, history, art, personal development or conservationism is your interest – you’ll find a like-minded group of people in the form of Partners in Learning, Port Franks Camera Club, Probus, or the local horticultural and historical societies, to mention just a few. Check the GrandBendTourism.com website for a list of community clubs and organizations under its Services section (select “Community Clubs”). Under the same Services section, there’s a full listing of area churches and places of worship (select “Churches & Places of Worship”).
Business hubs like Grand Bend, Forest, Exeter, Bayfield and Parkhill provide a broad product and service mix where residents can walk to their downtown cores. Healthcare, legal, banking, real estate professionals, retail, automotive, home furnishings and building centres are found throughout the area and most within a short walk of in-town residents. Enjoying an active lifestyle can begin simply with a trip to the grocery store.
Public and Catholic school boards provide nursery, junior, intermediate and high school education with the University of Western Ontario (London,) University of Guelph (Clinton), Fanshawe College locations (London, Simcoe, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Tillsonburg, Clinton) and Lambton College locations (Sarnia & Petrolia) just an hour’s drive away or less.
Libraries are located in Arkona, Bayfield, Exeter, Forest, Grand Bend, Port Franks, Thedford and Zurich and all areas have conveniently located post offices.
Picture Perfect Panoramas
Whether you’re looking for a cottage or permanent residence, re-sale or new home, the area offers a choice of residence styles and locations – lake front, river front, forest, farm or downtown small town.
Grand Bend and Bayfield have played host to a number of dream lottery homes over the years. Local builders like Medway Homes, Oke Woodsmith, Platinum Builders, and Nicholson Builders have been involved with the construction of lottery homes. They, along with Rice Development Corporation, are respected, quality home builders and developers of custom homes and small subdivisions.
Adult Lifestyle Communities
Active adult lifestyle communities are not just for retirees, in fact many communities embrace empty-nesters in their late 40s happy to move into a community of like-minded people, without the noise, bustle and other problems of conventional suburbia. There are a variety of ownership options – owning, renting and leasing, so it’s a good idea to visit a number of communities and determine the right ownership style for you. Visit and assess the amenities being offered. Ask about pets and any restrictions or conditions on pet ownership.
The area has a number of these communities, including Grand Cove Estates in Grand Bend, Northville Estates in Port Franks (519-243-2500), River Meadows in Exeter (519-297-3130), Bayfield Mews in Bayfield (519-565-4542) and Meneset on the Lake (519-524-3282) and The Bluffs at Huron in Goderich (519-955-6780).
There are also a good number of permanent, year-round and seasonal communities offering land lease homes or cottages, some adult lifestyle and others for families. These types of communities offer a budget friendly option for snowbird couples or families seeking a vacation spot. Typical amenities might include a community centre, cable TV, natural gas, programmed activities, pool, playground, snack bar, golf and mini-golf. Examples include Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities (parkbridge.com) that offer retirement, family and cottage and RV resorts. There are also many resorts or campgrounds that offer a combination of seasonal trailer sites and park model manufactured homes. These can be year-round or seasonal locations.
If it’s time for a retirement residence or assistant living either for yourself or a parent, then consider residences such as Country Manor Retirement Home in Thedford (519-296-4949), Forest View Villa Apartments in Forest (519-333-2751), Queensway Retirement Home in Hensall (519-262-2830), Bluewater Rest Home & Apartments in Zurich (519-236-4373), Goderich Place (519-524-4243) and Harbourhill Suites (519-440-0110) in Goderich and Seaforth Manor in Seaforth (519-527-0030). Private services like Willow Homecare (519-294-8807) and Community Care Access Centre in Huron help coordinate local services to accommodate retirees remaining in their own homes. One Care (877-502-8277) offers a wide variety of programs for older adults and those with special needs to support and promote independent living and community involvement.
Although there is currently no public transportation, there are local taxi and shuttle services both private (Bluewater Taxi, Clinton Taxi, Grace Taxi, Grand Bend Taxi, Huron Taxi, Star Taxi, That Girl Taxi,) and agency operated (One Care Support, Lambton Elderly Outreach, Rides for Seniors). In true country style, local taxi companies are much more than just a ride from point A to point B, most also offer youth and student transportation, grocery store and prescription deliveries, vet appointments, battery boosts and gas delivery!
Service and special interest clubs, sports and recreation organizations are active throughout the area. Whether it’s bridge, euchre, baseball, shuffle board, hockey, scouts, music, quilting, theatre, photography, books or more intellectual pursuits – you’ll find a like-minded group of people. In additional to grandbendtourism.com, visit these municipal websites for recreation and community centres, clubs and organizations:
- Municipality of Lambton Shores (Arkona, Forest, Grand Bend, Ipperwash, Northville, Port Franks, Thedford), 1-866-943-1400: lambtonshores.ca
- Municipality of Bluewater (Bayfield, Hensall, St. Joseph, Zurich), 519-236-4351: municipalityofbluewater.ca
- Municipality of North Middlesex (Ailsa Craig, Parkhill), 519-294-6244: northmiddlesex.on.ca
- Municipality of South Huron (Centralia, Crediton, Dashwood, Exeter, Huron Park, Kirkton, Mount Carmel, Shipka), 1-888-204-0747: southhuron.ca
“Get Up Bayfield” is a pole walking group in Bayfield that changes ordinary walking into fitness walking using specially designed poles. Pole walking combines an upper body technique similar to cross country skiing along with walking with a shortened stride. The technique results in great physical fitness results like tightened abs, sculpted arms and shoulders and strengthened upper back muscles. Facebook.com/bayfield.pole.walking.
Arkona Library, 16 Smith St.: 519-828-3406
Bayfield Library, 20 Main St. N.: 519-565-2886
Exeter Library, 330 Main St. S.: 519-235-1890
Forest Library, 61 King St. W.: 519-786-5152
Grand Bend Library, 15 Gill St.: 519-238-2067
Hensall Library, 108 King St.: 519-262-2445
Port Franks Library, 9997 Port Franks Rd.: 519-243-2820
Thedford Library, 119 Main St.: 519-296-4459
Zurich Library, 50 Main St.: 519-236-4985
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Coldwell Banker / Appleby Real Estate Inc – Robin TillerColdwell Banker / Appleby Real Estate Inc – Robin TillerContact: Robin Tiller
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Whether you need assistance buying your next home, or would like to know more about selling your current home…Coldwell Banker is the right choice.
No matter where you are moving from or moving to, we are happy to assist you. Our professional and proactive sales representatives will be there to guide you every step of the way.
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Oakridge ResortOakridge ResortContact: Mario Carcamo
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Oakridge, experience the perfect combination of exceptional summer fun in a serene forest setting.
Located in Northville (just south of Grand Bend), Oakridge Cottage and RV Resort is situated in South Western Ontario’s prime cottage country and only a 5-minute drive from the sandy beaches of Lake Huron.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Carolinian Forest, the resort provides the same rare and beautiful surroundings as the famous Pinery Provincial Park nearby. Oakridge Resort offers year round, seasonal, and overnight voyageur sites, as well as cabin and RV rentals for overnight and seasonal guests. Our full service sites are sure to meet all of your modern convenience needs.
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Pinery Bluff DevelopmentsPinery Bluff DevelopmentsContact: Stan Franjkovic
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An active and healthy lifestyle is waiting for you in Pinery Bluffs, Grand Bend, Ontario. Set your sights on the natural beauty of the Pinery Bluffs, nestled inside 25 acres of mature oak savannah forest. Feel surrounded by nature, while close to the lively resort town of Grand Bend. Enjoy winery visits, theatre, shopping, golf, tennis, art, live music and fine dining, while being a part of a unique and diverse natural environment. You will enjoy a community that is vibrant and alive, full of culture and life, while sleeping under nature’s canopy.
Come home to the seclusion of nature, and enjoy the parade of wildlife from your own back yard. Pinery Bluffs is flanked by 6330 acres of parkland. It’s right outside your door; the Pinery Provincial Park, one of Ontario’s most coveted playgrounds, where you can bike, ski and hike, or just enjoy the ramblings of the forest. Take in the sunsets over the blue waters of Lake Huron all year round, and walk the pristine beaches for miles and miles. This is the location that you have only imagined, and it’s waiting for you. Take the plunge to the secluded community of the Pinery Bluffs. Nature is beckoning; heed the call, and embrace the active and healthy lifestyle that this unique community offers. You are invited to join us on a tour of this unique and diverse area.
Prime Real Estate BrokeragePrime Real Estate BrokerageContact: Justin Konikow & Shannon Grogan
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We are a locally owned full service Real Estate Firm with worldwide reach. We save you Money, Time and simplify the transaction for you. No fridge magnets and calendars. Creating an environment where anyone can have the confidence to jump into the world of Real Estate without having to worry about a thing. Be it buying a home to raise their family for generations to come, open up a business and create employment or build/sell a dynamic Real Estate investment portfolio, we want them to know they have the skills, tools and experience backing them to get it done right.
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Who we are
Coming from diverse backgrounds, we have the ability to assess every situation independently as well as provide in depth analysis into what is really going on behind the scenes. Shannon Grogan, holding an MBA from the Richard Ivey school of business is uniquely equipped to provide quantitative analysis of investments as well as provide real time insight into the marketplace. Justin Konikow, bringing national reach as well as a reputation and network built though over a decade in Marketing co-ordination and Management. Within just a few years Grogan Konikow has become one of the regions top producers and in 2015 launched our own brokerage. We are also the regional representative for Keyspire from the hit T.V show “Income Property”, one of Canada’s fastest growing Real Estate Education Companies specializing in Real Estate Investment.
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ReMax Bluewater Realty Inc. – The PEDLAR TeamReMax Bluewater Realty Inc. – The PEDLAR TeamContact: Doug Pedlar, Mark Pedlar & Garrett Pedlar
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The PEDLAR Team at Re/Max Bluewater Realty in Grand Bend is made up of Doug, Mark & Garrett Pedlar. Helping buyers and sellers along the shorelines of Lake Huron from Ipperwash to Port Franks to Grand Bend to Bayfield and everything in between. We have lived our whole lives on the shorelines of Lake Huron and would enjoy the opportunity to show you the beauty of this area.
Royal LePage Heartland RealtyRoyal LePage Heartland RealtyContact: Fred Lobb, Helen Miller and Linda Girard
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With a focus on quality customer service, Royal LePage Heartland Realty has been helping property buyers and sellers navigate the housing market for 22 years. Royal LePage has a strong presence throughout Huron County, with 26 realtors working out of offices in Clinton, Wingham, Goderich, Exeter, Grand Bend and Bayfield.
The brokerage is independently owned and operated by award-winning Broker/Owner Fred Lobb, in partnership with his son Rick Lobb, Broker of Record. Royal LePage agents deal in residential, commercial, recreational and agricultural properties throughout the county. Some members of our Royal LePage team are fluent in Dutch, French and German languages. The Royal LePage Heartland team places strong emphasis on giving each client quality service. Each office has realtors with strong ties to their respective communities and decades of experience in all aspects of real estate. Royal LePage Heartland Realty’s employees are also devoted to the towns they serve through their involvement in various clubs and organizations.
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Royal LePage Heartland Realty – Emily CarcamoRoyal LePage Heartland Realty – Emily CarcamoContact: Emily Carcamo
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Owning real estate should help promote the lifestyle you desire. My approach to real estate sales and acquisition is to provide best in class service. Best in Class Service begins with the Right Experience. With over 20 years experience in finance, investments, vacation rental management, my goal is to confidently guide clients in achieving their real estate goals.
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