Bookmark and Share   Jan. 3, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 1 Issue 444

progress at bayfield river flats exceeds expectations

About 30 people from Bayfield joined eight members of the Stratford Field Naturalists (SFN) for a hike through the Bayfield River Flats on May 9, 2017. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

During the autumn of 2016, almost a quarter of the population of the Village of Bayfield donated to a fundraising campaign to purchase the 4.75-acre plot of land on the river, to the immediate southeast of the bridge, known as the Bayfield River Flats. Community-minded people donated from all over North America, including families who cherish this small village and who recognized that this would probably be the last opportunity to ensure that the public would always have access to the river.

The property had fallen into disrepair before ownership finally passed to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) in December 2016. Last winter, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) management team, who have a 10-year management agreement to look after the property, thought that it would take a couple of years to clean things up. Old boat cradles, machinery, and rubbish were strewn all over the property and dead and dying trees posed a potential risk to everyone who dared walk on the paths.

Doug Vanderhaar volunteered to clean up the ‘Flats’ with his equipment.

Vanderhaar also arranged to have crews from Kornaker Construction come to cut up and transport a large old rusted-out barge that had been sitting in the mud for decades, at no cost. Approximately 30 tons of steel was removed.

image1Doug Vanderhaar arranged to have crews from Kornaker Construction come to cut up and transport a large old rusted-out barge at no cost. (Submitted photo)

Vanderhaar not only removed all of the abandoned junk, he started implementing a plan that landscape architect, Kim McCabe, had developed and donated. A disused parking lot was reopened and Vanderhaar donated and installed barriers that were positioned to prevent vehicles from creating more erosion problems on the riverbank and pathways. The entire project was done in conjunction with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff for approval of work in the floodplain.

Tenders were called to clear the dead and dying trees and John Vanderhaar, the owner of Bayfield Tree Service, was the successful bidder. Bayfield Tree Service far exceeded all expectations and they not only cut down all of the dangerous trees, they did an enormous amount of chipping so that all the paths are now covered in wood chips.

An Arborist from the ABCA, Ian Jean, visited the ‘Flats’ and recommended the species of trees that would work best in that environment. With the financial help of a grant from Sourcewater Protection, and Hank Vander Velde’s equipment, dozens of new trees were planted to replace the ones that had been removed. Thanks also to Steve Bowers and Don Farwell from the HTLTC for their expertise in forestry and birding. Farwell brought the Stratford Field Naturalists for a day and 37 bird species were identified in 90 minutes!

Near a newly created kayak and canoe launch, a large patch of Giant Hogweed was professionally sprayed to ensure that this invasion species was controlled.

The Municipality of Bluewater donated six picnic tables that were surplus from Clan Gregor Square.

Negotiations with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), regarding the impact on the River Flats during construction of a new Bayfield Bridge are ongoing. Final plans have not been presented nor have any substantive negotiations taken place. Although final bridge plans have not been revealed, the owners of the property, the HTLTC, have received a letter from the Minister of Transportation, which gave assurances that if at all possible, a safe walkway under the bridge would be incorporated into the final design.

The most startling discovery about the Bayfield River Flats, aside from the beavers who make it their permanent home, has been the number of anglers from all over Southwestern Ontario, who consider this to be the prime regional fishing destination. People are encouraged to check out some of the ‘YouTube’ videos about Bayfield fishing, those who do so will be surprised how highly this small village is rated throughout Ontario.

Apart from fishermen, the Bayfield River Flats has seen considerable community use by naturalists, community groups, Girl Guides, families and hikers.

Thanks to the BRVTA Trail Blazer work crews lead by Peter Jeffers and village volunteers who have stepped up to improve this very special part of Bayfield, the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area is a special place now and will be even better in future.

For more information visit or

image2Old boat cradles and machinery were littered all over the River Flats. (Submitted photo)  



life at the rink

People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game” and members of the community are invited to come out and watch two games at the Bayfield Arena this week.

The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Goderich Lakeport tonight (Jan. 3) at 8:30 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

Tomorrow night (Jan. 4) it is time for some over 50 hockey as the Exeter 50+ visit Bayfield at 8 p.m. to take on their rivals, the Bayfield 50+ hockey team.


Those in the community with an interest in the future of the Bayfield Arena may wish to attend the next meeting of the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study Working group that will be held tomorrow (Jan. 4) at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The public is invited to attend this meeting that will begin at 5:15 p.m. To view the agenda visit:


Familes looking for a fun winter activity over the Christmas Break should consider taking a spin around the ice at the Bayfield Arena.

The doors will be open on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, noon to 2 p.m.; and Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

One Care is hosting blood pressure monitoring and measurement as part of the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) in Bayfield.


The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring. CHAP is a free service providing a reliable screen and follow up through a program based out of McMaster University. To learn more visit -

Trained volunteers will help participants measure their blood pressure and complete a heart and stroke risk profile. A copy of these results will be given to the participant and, with their permission, sent to their family physician if they are participating in the program.

The sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy. (Please note date and time change.) First visits require an onsite registration.

Contact One Care for more information at 1-877-502-8277.

Winter Walk 

One of the most anticipated events of the New Year is the annual Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Assocation (BRVTA). This year the walk held on the Varna Nature Trails is set for Jan. 13.

The Winter Walk that starts at 11 a.m. provides occasion to breathe fresh air, explore a local trail, meet community members and get moving into 2018. The Winter Walk is hosted at the Varna Complex 1 KM West of Varna. Guided hikes are led between 11 a.m. and noon along the Mavis Trail or Taylor Trail.

Following the hikes, everyone is invited to warm up indoors with cider and hotdogs. This is also a great opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership! Everyone welcome.


Beat the winter blues and lift your spirits by getting together with your friends and neighbors for a special three-course gourmet dinner at Renegades Diner, in support of the new Huron Residential Hospice.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 31st, Wayne McDougall and Paula Foley, the owners of Renegades, will open their restaurant especially for these fundraising events.

Book a table for this celebration with members of your book club, hiking group, bridge club, or just good friends and neighbors and shake off those seasonal blahs.

Dinner will be served between 5 and 8 p.m. on either day and you can make reservations with Renegades for a seating time. The menu will consist of either a salad or soup, chicken cordon bleu (Jan. 23) or a French cut pork chop for the (Jan. 31), followed by a choice of delicious dessert. A vegetarian option will also be available.

Buy your tickets at Renegades Diner between Jan. 12 and 21. The price per person is $50 in advance or $55 at the door, either cash or cheque payable to Huron Residential Hospice. As an extra bonus, each ticket holder will receive a gift certificate from Renegades as well.

Enjoy some good company, great food and help support the creation of a much- needed Hospice.



bayfield artist guild displays creativity at library

Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) will be brightening dull winter days with their colorful art in a display at the Bayfield Public Library from Jan. 3 to Feb. 7.

Both paintings and pottery in a variety of styles ranging from realistic to abstract will make up the exhibit. There may even be some stained glass on display. The library window allows welcome light and viewing form the sidewalk so participants are embracing this great opportunity to share locally created art with the community.

BAG was formed in 2016 and welcomes creative people to join from those with no artistic experience to professional artists. They gather together every other Friday. To learn more contact them on Facebook at Bayfield Artist Guild.

IMG_9761Artist: Anita Vanderhaar
Title: None
Medium: Oil, 5” x 8”  

IMG_9764 Artist: Mary Hurley
Title: Hydrangea Arrangement
Medium: Acrylic


IMG_9754Artist: Lore Keller
Title: Circle Vase
Medium: Pottery, one foot tall approx.

IMG_9756Artist: Unknown
Title: Bottle People (one of four)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas, 6” x 8” approx.

img073Artist: Laura Browne
Title: “Lake Huron Tack”
Medium: Acrylic, 14” x 12"





Volume 8 

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 taken at the wedding of Lucy Woods and Carl Diehl. Does anyone remember this special day or the guests pictured? (Archives Code: PB12 14a) 

PB12 14a Remember Me 444

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



PB12 14a Remember Me 442 

In Issue 442, Benjamin and Jenny Spencer are featured in this undated photograph. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 14a)


PB12 13a 3 Remember Me 443 

In Issue 443, these three lads look like they are ready to suitably ring in the New Year. Records identify them to be “Roy – McLeod - Fraser” in this undated image. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 13a)  



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33887293560_728e98b5cc_kMAY 10 - ISSUE 410 - BRINGING MOTHERS TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY: The mothers and babies at a recent MILKS meeting were l-r: Te-Anna Morgan and Lucy, Alisha Shilbe and Scarlett, Jenny Allan and Bridget. Anne Mary and Jack, Shannon Beattie and Arlo, and Paulien Keys and George along with Huron County Health Nurse Johanna Calamusa. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

34803670522_8c6971135f_kMAY 31 - ISSUE 413 - ONE THOUSAND PLASTIC WATER FOWL HIT THE WATER ON A DAY FIT ONLY FOR DUCKS: The Bayfield Optimist Club got all their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race held on May 21. In fact they got 1,000 ducks in row – selling out the largest number of ducks ever offered to date. For the first time in race history the weather really was only fit for ducks but despite the drizzle and cool temperatures a generous crowd gathered at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbor to cheer on the plastic waterfowl. (Photo by John Pounder)  

35085731836_322579893c_kJUNE 7 - ISSUE 414 - HISTORY OF COUNTY HIGHLIGHTED IN SESQUICENTENNIAL PRODUCTION: Judy Keightley’s sesquicentennial play, “Huron 150”, enjoyed a successful run at the end of May at the Bayfield Town Hall, with many of the audience commenting on the educational component, although laughter and clapping clearly showed the entertainment value as well.The cast included:Leanne Kavanagh, Alison Lobb, Leigh Selk, Kate Lloyd-Rees, Rob Bundy, Dave MacLaren, Roger Lewington and Killian Sharpe. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

34573406764_d4f52a659a_bJUNE 21 - ISSUE 416 - CAR ENTHUSIASTS GATHERED IN BAYFIELD TO REMEMBER MR. MG: Organizers deemed the first annual Brits in Bayfield MG Car Show held on June 17 at The Ashwood Inn a resounding success with eighty vehicles on display. (Photos by Adriann Schreuder)

34740882173_25569574d1_kJUNE 28 - ISSUE 417 - O BABY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!: Wishing Canada a very happy birthday are from l-r: Janelle Barton with twins, Fiona and Charlie, 11.5 months old; Danielle Kruse with twins Charlie and Chase, 10 months; Pauline Keys with George 5 months, Jenny Allan with Bridget Shanahan, 10.5 months; Shannon Beattie with Arlo 5 months; Nichelle Steenbeek with Brielle 3 months; Anne McBride with Jackson 7 months; and Cathy Genoch with Joe 7 months. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

34857558844_c52a0c813a_kJULY 5 - ISSUE 418 - VILLAGE PRIDE SWELLED DURING BOUNDARY WALK: It rained in the morning as Canada Day in Bayfield dawned but that didn’t prevent nearly 150 village residents, cottagers and their family and friends from taking part in the largest hike in the history of the village. Hike Leader Adriaan Schreuder kept the group together by waving a very large Canadian flag. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

 36140238155_c259909324_kJULY 26 - ISSUE 421 - THE DREAMBOATS RAISE CORE TEMPERATURE: Those who attended The Dreamboats concert at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday night were taken back to July 23, 1959 and as the musical energy built in the hall so did the temperature. Things got rather steamy in the town hall so for the second half the band performed sans jackets as the audience had suggested during the first set. (Photo by Jack Pal)

  36032891670_f683cc339d_kAUG. 9 - ISSUE 423 - OVERCAST SKIES DIDN'T DETER THE FUN RACE: Pioneer Park Association Race volunteer extraordinaire Marg Laudenbach cheered on the cyclists. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

35866449064_4ab6aefaee_kAUG. 23 - ISSUE 425 - PRESIDENT REFLECTS ON THE 161ST BAYFIELD FAIR: The train tour was a first for the fair and probably the most popular activity by far even late into Sunday afternoon the cars were filled with eager tourists. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

36486713030_805d900459_kAUG. 30 - ISSUE 426 - THREE HUNDRED BUTTERFLIES RELEASED IN PIONEER PARK: Over 300 donors from all over Huron County came to support the Huron Residential Hospice project, the release of butterflies in a moving, spiritual tribute to loved ones who have died. Donors were invited to write notes in honor of the loved ones they were releasing the butterflies for. These were placed around tree trunks and in tree branches in Pioneer Park. (Photo by Jack Pal)  





This week we continue our look back on the Bayfield that was from May 3 to Aug. 30, 2017.

We would like to extend a thank you to all who take the time to write in and share their comments about our weekly online publication some of these notes are filtered through this retrospective. 

We would also like to thank the organizations and individuals who made financial donations to the Bayfield Breeze this year. Every contribution is very much appreciated in helping us produce our weekly issues.

And a reminder that we can also be found at Like us and we will be sure to reach 550 followers in no time at all!

33521425794_e5f99649eb_k MAY 3 - ISSUE 409 - LARGE CROWDS VISIT 20TH ANNUAL HOME SHOW: Anyone who took a "selfie" with this SMEG Refrigerator and then posted it, tagged and liked Eurohome Kitchens and Appliances on Facebook or Instagram would be entered to win this fab blue fridge! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Thanks so much for your efforts…you give us insight into the past and present of our beautiful community …we do appreciate all your efforts. - L.K., Bayfield

34011128414_127879d725_kMAY 24 - ISSUE 412 - ONE THOUSAND TICKETS SOLD FOR SECOND FESTIVAL: Food for the Bayfield Beer & Food Festival was provided by local restaurants and food providers: The Albion Hotel, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar, Bayfield Foodland, Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Highway Robbery and The Docks Restaurant & Bar represented by owners, Colin and Tarmara Corriveau. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


Thanks for doing such a terrific job of running the Bayfield Breeze and your great contribution to the community, - L.W. 

JUNE 14 - ISSUE 415 - OVER NINE THOUSAND RAISED FOR DOG GUIDES: After the walk, participants and the general public were treated to a variety of dog-related activities and presentations. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


I'm just reading my weekly edition of The Breeze. I see week after week how connected you are with your community and how you give your time and energy. I just wanted to say thank you and I appreciate your work. You are an inspiration. - A.N, Bayfield

35847686805_b05afda24f_kJuly 12 - ISSUE 419 - RECORD BREAKING TURN OUT OF CORVETTES: This 2003 Corvette owned by Jim and Donna Robbins, of Talbotville, ON had a prominent position in Clan Gregor Square. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Thank you once again for all the work putting this lovely little local paper into our computers. You do a fantastic job. - Gratefully, J.D., Bayfield

35826917701_8c959786d2_kJULY 19 - ISSUE 420 - RUMMAGE SALE "GREEN FRIDAY" ON VILLAGE CALENDAR: Gayle King, of Goderich, has never missed a Bayfield Pioneer Park Rummage Sale, attending as an infant with her mother. In fact her husband, Brian has been attending for about 50 years as Gail brought him to the event on one of their first dates! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

35418194014_dc9623c7fb_kAUG. 2 - ISSUE 422 - FISH FRY RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FOR KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Bob Cosford asked the eternally burning question, "Do you want (wedge) fries with that?" (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

35768405413_65bcb7780d_kAUG. 16 - ISSUE 424 - FIRST TIME EVENTS BRING NEW ENERGY TO ANTIQUE SHOW: Deb Stright chatted with shoppers at the show on Sunday afternoon while modelling a vintage outfit from JMR Collections on the village's Main Street. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  



PIXILATED — image of the week

Snow squall...a perfect day for a good book

Snow squall...a perfect day for a good book by Gary Lloyd-Rees

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


Ah January! This week I treated myself to a magazine and a puzzle. Page flipping and puzzle making are two of my favorite indulgent indoor activities to do when the wind is howling, the snow is blowing and the temperature is plummeting. During this season of hibernation, I also hope to get caught up on some of my digital scrapbooking as well as cracking the covers of two books I haven’t had the opportunity to read.

Here is wishing you time in this the winter of 2018 to do some of the things you love to do but never have a chance to do during the rest of the year! - Melody


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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


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