Bookmark and Share   Apr. 10, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 15 Issue 509

 home and garden show two decade old spring tradition 

34033336360_b48668fb1f_kCool and rainy weather proved to be that extra perfect incentive to draw people out to the 2017 show. The 2019 show will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre Apr. 26-28. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

Be sure to attend the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 22nd Annual Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, Apr. 26-28.

This is a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Exhibitors will include experts in lawn and garden, home entertainment, décor and comfort, investments, insurance, landscaping, leisure, pest control, porches and decks, real estate, renovations, travel and water treatment.

Also returning this year will be displays by local volunteer service and interest groups. Come and see their displays and consider joining in their activities and taking an active role in the community. People are invited to stop by the booth provided by the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association to learn about the impending arrangement with Bluewater for the community to take over management of the arena.

Admission is free. The show is open Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

Attendees at the show will have a chance to win some fabulous door prizes. Other highlights of the event include face painting for children (Friday, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 p.m.) and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices. Kati Durst from Country 104.9 will be broadcasting live from the show Saturday midday.

Monetary prizes offered at Easter Weekend photo hike 


The Bayfield River Trail Association (BRVTA) invites you to enjoy a hike with a difference on Saturday, Apr. 20.

Participants should check in at the Stanley Recreation Complex (0.5 KMs west of Varna) at 2 p.m., bringing with them a mobile phone or camera. Ten pictures of sites/items found on Mavis' Trail will be on display.

Participants will be able to photograph (or memorize) the pictures before setting off to search for and take their own photographs of the subject matter. Prizes will be awarded to the individual or team that finds and is the first to submit photographic proof of the most targets. Photographic proof should aim to recognizably duplicate the target photo and can be submitted to Peter Jeffers at

First prize is $50 and second is $25, but the real prizes are available to all - the fresh air, the exercise, the wonderful company and the opportunity to support and make use of well-kept trails.

For anyone unfamiliar with the trails, Mavis' Trail is a delightful route through woodland with occasional views of the Bayfield River. It is about 2.5 KMs long with a difficulty level of 3 and natural trail surfaces. At this time of year, it is advisable to wear good treads or cleats as the trails can be slippery at times.

The hike leaders will be: Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and George Ebers 519482-7572. Everyone welcome!

support available for those in need of free tax help 

Once again, this year, the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). This program is approved and registered by the Canada Revenue Agency and provides free tax preparation to eligible individuals.

The last session will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 6-8 p.m. on Apr. 17.

People may be eligible for this service if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from the following sources: employment, pension, interest under $1,000, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), registered retirement income plans (RRIFs), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants and benefits such as Canada Pension Plan disability, employment insurance and social assistance.

Family income levels suggested are: one person, $30,000; two persons, $40,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.

A tax situation is not simple if people are self-employed or have employment expenses, business or rental income and expenses, capital gains or losses, filed for bankruptcy or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.

Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2017 Income Tax Return, 2017 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2018 Income Slips - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T3, T5007 etc., 2018 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2018 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2018 Medical Receipts and Statements, and 2018 Charitable Donations Receipts.

Pilates and Joga at the Lake House this spring 

People are encouraged to wrap their bodies in a mind-body exercise system designed to optimize physical fitness at every level of physical ability. Pilates is coming to the Lake House in Bayfield this spring along with a hot new form of Yoga.

Starting in April, local Stott Pilates Instructor Nicole Miller, of Organic Skeleton will be delivering quality instruction in the Stott Pilates Method and a fire-burning hybrid of Yoga called “Joga”.

According to Miller, “Pilates isn’t just a workout, it’s a mindset and like Yoga and a practice that becomes a lifestyle! In a Pilates class not only will you feel the muscular essence but you will also notice a relief to aches and pains created by emotional and physical stress. Individuals who have been practicing Pilates have seen back pain diminish, shoulder and neck problems decrease, and postural issues change dramatically. Classes focus on the entire body and allow members to modify the exercises with preparations and modifications that cater to many different body types and abilities.”

Joga utilizes all of the great things that people know work in a yoga practice.

“Think about the calm mindset coming from controlled breathing and relaxation techniques and then combine it with movements that challenge the body through proper alignment to gain the safest and most efficient results,” said Miller. “Joga will leave you feeling like your glutes are on fire and at the same time send you home with a mindset that is calm and focused.”

Miller has an introductory offer on private sessions to anyone signing up for the spring session. “Pilates with Nicole” begins on Apr. 15 and runs until June 3. These sessions will be held on Mondays starting at 6:30 p.m. Joga will start on Apr. 29 and end on May 29. These classes will happen on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. For more information please contact Nicole Miller at or visit her website at



vacation deadlines

Editor's note: The Bayfield Breeze will be publishing hiatus issues from now until Apr. 10.

Thank you to all who met the earlier deadline so that these upcoming editions would be possible. The Bayfield Breeze will be back live on Wednesday, Apr. 17.

Deadline for submissions for that issue will be Apr. 14 at 4 p.m.

Historical Society

"For the Love of Bayfield", the revised and updated version soon to be published, will be the topic of discussion at the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting on Apr. 29.

The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m. and all are welcome.

The Bayfield Historical Society is looking to hire a couple of summer students to assist with collections management and village outreach. Anyone who loves history, is detail oriented, has computer skills and can work independently is asked to please forward their resume to Archivist Joy Yates via email to Please note being able to work weekends is a must!

Saturdays at the Library 

April boasts not one, but two, Saturdays at the Library sessions hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL). 

Janet Stewart Janet Stewart (Submitted photo)

Estate Planning with Janet E. Stewart is the first session to be offered on Apr. 13. 

Stewart is a partner at Lerners Lawyers in London. She also has a home and Bayfield and a long-time connection to the community. 

She will lead a discussion and question and answer period about estate planning including, wills and power of attorney. 

Then on Apr. 27 Ben Woodward will be the featured speaker. 

Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield and the 2017 Canadian Geographic Challenge National Champion, will give a presentation about his experiences including how winning Canada’s largest student geography competition changed his life.

Both of these sessions are 1.5 hours in length and will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.

Easter Egg Hunt 

Forty-five pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, will be worth its weight in gold to countless youngsters when it is tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club the hunt will begin precisely at 1 p.m. on Apr. 21.

Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.

Tickets will also be sold for the raffle of a basket filled with Easter treats and toys. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. The sale of these tickets helps cover the hunt expenses and the ongoing work the Bayfield Optimist Club does for youth in the community.


The Fifth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Monday afternoon, Apr. 22.

Starting at 2 p.m., local groups and individuals of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.

Garbage bags can be dropped back at Clan Gregor Square for disposal.

Hike Leader Course 

Anyone interested in learning to lead safe and enjoyable hikes is invited to register for a Hike Leader Course, certified by Hike Ontario on Apr. 27

This one-day certification course will cover things such as preparation for leading a hike, backpack recommendations, risk management, advertising, monitoring, and trail etiquette to name only a few aspects of the day.

Successful participants receive a manual, wallet card and badge. Graduates will relate to experienced hike leaders to mentor their first experiences as leaders.

The course will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The instructor will be Tom Friesen and the cost to participate is $60.

To register and for more details visit the Hike Ontario website at
Click on “Take a course”, “Course Calendar” and select “Bayfield” location

This course is open to interested adults and is sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.



 small town brokerage works its way north to Bayfield


IMG_9655Bayfield resident, Andrew McIntosh is an insurance broker with MacLachlan Insurance. The company has established an office at the entrance to Renegades Diner in the Bayfield Convenience Plaza.  

In June of 2018, HMS Insurance (MacLachlan Insurance) opened a branch office in Bayfield within the Bayfield Convenience Plaza near the entrance of Renegades Diner. Andrew McIntosh, C.I.P., is the insurance broker who works out of this office. Although a relatively new entity in Bayfield the company itself has been around for 88 years and one now owned in part by the fourth generation.

According to the history on their website, “MacLachlan Insurance was started in the Village of Thedford by Howard MacLachlan in 1931. Howard sold for Pilot insurance Company, which is known as Aviva Insurance today. The business was sold, but continued to operate in the Thedford area. In 1962, Howard’s son, Harold MacLachlan, purchased the business back. In 1977 Harold’s son, Dan MacLachlan, joined the family business. In 1983, Dan’s wife, Kim joined the business and the William J Amos Insurance brokerage of Parkhill was purchased, expanding the business and area that MacLachlan Insurance serviced. Bill Heaman joined the firm as a partner in 1987 and managed the Parkhill office for 11 years. Bill retired in 1998 and D’Arcy Elliott joined the firm to manage the Parkhill office. In 1998, the Grand Bend office of MacLachlan Insurance was opened. In 2017 Kim and Dan retired, selling the business to D’Arcy Elliott and their son Brent MacLachlan.”

McIntosh noted that the company principals were thrilled to open a branch of their business in Bayfield as they are well established in Grand Bend and communities to the south. The company is licensed to write all of Ontario.

“The company is at its heart a small-town brokerage service,” he said. “We want to see people keep their business local – even in insurance – that way the money stays local and will get spent here as well.”

McIntosh himself has worked in the insurance business for many years. In fact, Kim MacLachlan was one of his professional instructors years ago. He has a background in business and is a graduate of Fanshawe College with ongoing opportunities for education within the brokerage allowing for training in all fields of insurance.

“Insurance is an interesting and challenging career choice,” he said.

He noted that depending how the business is received in the community he would like to see the business expand. The office space they currently have could accommodate a team of three.

“There really isn’t anything we don’t cover,” he said. “Travel insurance, farm, commercial, marine – we are a full-service brokerage. The Grand Bend office handles GICs as well. We provide an insurance review to help people see what is available and get the best coverage. We can also investigate ways that we can increase insurance coverage, like life insurance for example, with limited premium increases.”

McIntosh said that he has seen a lot of people heading south come in for travel coverage and would like the community to know that they do cater to seniors and will visit them at home if they wish. He also noted that they can accommodate the specific insurance needs of this tourism driven area offering coverage for “AirBnB” style rentals as well as both long term and short term cottage rentals etc.

He and his wife have lived in Bayfield for three years settling in as part of the Bayfield Mews community. Prior to that they lived in Seaforth for a decade and previously Waterford, ON.

He also noted that he, and his wife, like the fact that the community is so environmentally conscience. MacLachlan Insurance prides themselves on being as paperless as possible.

“We have systems in place to protect privacy. We shred. We reycle. Paper is used for signatures only,” he said.

He added, “I was born in Scotland so water has always been a draw for me. Bayfield has the same ambience as Annapolis Royal, NS, I love the small-town environment. We are very glad we moved here.”

The Bayfield branch of MacLachlan Insurance is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (even when Renegades Diner is not open). McIntosh will also work by appointment. Please call 519 565-4674 or email for more information.


heritage fund

May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the Huron Heritage Fund since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for Ashfield historians with their book “East Ashfield, 1842-2017”, upgrades to Elimville Community Park, renovations to Hensall Heritage Hall and recording oral histories of Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy donors.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at


2019 marks the 92nd year for the Girl Guide Cookie. The first generation of these treats took the form of a sugar cookie. These evolved into the now classic chocolate and vanilla crème sandwich cookies that members of Bayfield Guiding will have available for a $5 donation at the Bayfield Lions' Club's Home and Garden Show Apr. 26-28.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.

Anyone wishing cookies should contact Kathleen Greer-Armour at (519) 524-0916.


Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.

The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.


 The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2019 season.

The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m. from May 17 to Oct. 11.

Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield. They also need to grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market. Deadline for applications is March 15.

Application forms can be obtained by emailing market manager Mary Brown at or contacting her through the market’s Facebook page. All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market board of directors.

Bayfield activities 

Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? A newly launched website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.






Volume 10

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, a photo of Guides on Parade at the fair grounds in 1956. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: RF1064 237)

RF1064 237 Guides at Fairgrounds 1956

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



 RF1056 153 Bayf Junior Class Vina Parker on Parade 1956

In Issue 507, we feature an image of the Bayfield Junior Class with teacher Vina Parker on Parade in 1956. Does anyone recognize anyone? (Archives Code: RF1-56 153)



 GB15-ac Queen's visit_2007-006

In Issue 508, Queen Elizabeth II was a special guest at the Bayfield Fall Fair in 2007. Does anyone remember her visit? (Archive's Code: GB15-ac)



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Admiral henry wolsey bayfield unsung hero in canadian history   

The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 51 days.

It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”

Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s history is provided by Judy Keightley.  

One of the truly neat aspects of writing many historic plays over the past twenty plus years is doing the research. To some this might appear a chore, but I have always felt quite privileged to have learnt so much about the places where we have lived and, since moving to Bayfield, researching the history associated with the people that have moulded this amazing part of Canada.

7fa42091AdmiralBayfieldAdmiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield (Submitted photo)

One such person was Henry Wolsey Bayfield. Born on Jan. 21, 1795, at Hull in the County of Norfolk, England, Bayfield joined the British Royal Navy at the age of eleven as a supernumary volunteer and saw much action aboard various ships during the Napoleonic wars and he found his life at sea and in battle tremendously exciting.

Bayfield was fortunate to have for mess mates aboard HMS Beagle two young officers who had received a college education and he taught himself from their books there being no Naval Instructors in those days and as a result kept meticulous journals.

By the summer of 1815 Bayfield, having recently been promoted to Lieutenant, was anchored with his ship HMS Wanderer in Quebec. At that time Captain Owen, R.N., was making a survey of Lake Ontario and needed an assistant. Owen was so taken with the detail of Bayfield’s note books that Bayfield was ordered to accompany Owen to Kingston to help survey the Great Lakes and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

To go from action packed ships of war to the very sedentary life of a surveyor must have felt like a slap in the face to the young Bayfield. Owen, however, mentored him well completing the surveys of Lake Ontario and commencing the survey of Lake Erie.

By 1816, when Owen returned to England, Bayfield had become a competent hydrographic surveyor, enough so that he was made Admiralty Surveyor on June 17, 1817 and was singularly in charge of surveying the Canadian coastlines of the rest of the Great Lakes, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Reading Bayfield’s diary, I realized how disciplined, thorough and meticulous he was recording all his observations of bearings and depths in minute detail. By the time Owen and Bayfield were charting their maps, short graphite pencils were in mass production thanks to the discovery of a vast deposit of pure graphite found in the hills of Cumberland in England in the early 17th century. By then these early mass-produced pencils were being used to record calculations and readings taken out on the water without the fear of the transcripts being smudged and lost. This one simple invention, like the printing press, had a huge impact on the ability of early surveyors to record in the field when in the past they had to carefully scribe using quills and ink not readily transportable. Just imagine sitting in a boat surrounded by water attempting to record your scientific findings using a traditional quill and ink.

Bayfield spent over sixty years of his life surveying the Great Lakes and the Eastern seaboard. He has been very largely left out of the annals of history, but without his detailed charts thousands of lives would have been lost in navigational history. He truly is one of the unsung heroes of Canadian history.




By the time Bayfield retired in 1867 he had completed the surveys of Lakes Superior, Huron, and Erie, assisted with the survey of Lake Ontario, completed the surveys of the St. Lawrence River and Gulf, the Strait of Belle Isle, the coast of Labrador, the Islands of Anticosta and Sable, and the coast of Nova Scotia from Halifax to the gulf of Canso. He also published the St. Lawrence Pilot and several other papers on the Maritime traffic on the St. Lawrence and Nova Scotia. His work provided the foundation for modern day hydrography in Canada.

Since 1884 four Canadian Naval vessels, all of which have worked on the Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence River, have been named after Bayfield.

As a man Bayfield was respected by all who knew him including his superiors in the Admiralty, the officers he commanded, Canadian government officials and, of course his many friends and acquaintances. He was a 19th century gentleman, handsome, courteous and kind, but at the same time reserved and formal.

As Captain Boulton of the Royal Navy, a retired hydrographic surveyor put it:

“The Admiralty Surveying service had produced good men from Cook onwards, but I doubt whether the British Navy has ever possessed so gifted and zealous a Surveyor as Bayfield. He had a marvellous combination of natural talent with tremendous physical energy, and was, I feel convinced, a man who would have gained the summit of any profession he might have honored, for his one thought was his work.”

The play, “Admiral Bayfield” will be performed on Apr. 26-27th, at the Bayfield Town Hall. Tickets are $20 and include a wine and cheese gala after the show. Proceeds go to the Bayfield Historical Society. 

Tickets are available by calling Jayne Dietrich, 519 525-3169; Judy Keightley, 519 565-4515; or at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Main Street in the village.




PIXILATED — image of the week


Exceleau in the Ice...By Graham Miles

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







Melody Falconer-Pounder


Husband John and I have been in 14 countries (if you include the one in which we live) since Jan. 1st. We just experienced seven in the last two weeks. We took a pretty intense repositioning cruise with only one actual day at sea. We took in the sites and culture along the coast of Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia and Montenegro with a brief stopover in Switzerland (Zurich airport).

I am still adjusting to the time change. Would you believe we were in Italy for their day light savings spring forward? Yes, I who love my sleep got to experience that twice this year.

I also took more pictures than I ever have on any vacation period. This week I am including a few of my favorite images captured on our adventures in Spain. – Melody


IMG_0289Gaudi's Catedral de Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain.  

IMG_0301Street performer - Barcelona, Spain.


IMG_0244 St. Joseph Boqueria - large public market in Barcelona, Spain.

IMG_0498Soller from the train - Mallorca, Spain


IMG_0580 Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca - Palma, Mallorca, Spain

IMG_0674Rear view of Sa Dragonera (Sleeping Dragon Island) - Mallorca, Spain

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Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.

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