Bookmark and Share   Nov. 22, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 48 Issue 438

schooner emerges again to offer another chapter 

BY DOUG BROWN, president Bayfield HIstorical Society***

IMG_1261Sometime in late September a mysterious wooden structure appeared on the beach at Bayfield near the foot of Delevan Street. (Photo by Doug Brown)  

Sometime in late September a mysterious wooden structure appeared on the beach at Bayfield near the foot of Delevan Street. Speculation about the origins of this structure ranged from part of an old dock or pier to a piece of ruins from the Malta.

Malta Look alikeWhat the Malta may have looked like during her glory days. (Submitted photo)

It has been brought to the attention of the Bayfield Historical Society that under the old Canada Shipping Act, 1985 and the new CSA, 2001, there is a department called the Receivers of Wreck (ROW) and its designated officials act as custodians of a wreck in the absence of the rightful owner. However, some wrecks of historical or archaeological significance are not to be disturbed and are legally protected as cultural or historical resources. They cannot be disturbed without appropriate authorization.

Wreck of the Malta c1888Wreck of the Malta circa 1888. (Submitted photo)

Phil Gemeinhardt, of Bayfield, who is a knowledgeable boat historian, believes this structure found on the beach belongs to the Malta and is actually a piece of the keelson and frames which is the backbone of this schooner that was built in 1853 in a St. Catherines shipyard owned by Louis Shickluna. The Malta was 137.5 feet in length, 23.5 feet wide and 0.9 feet deep.

This three-masted schooner or bark carried railway ties, telegraph poles and salt on the great lakes. On Nov. 24, 1892, Captain Henry Buckley and his schooner were struggling in a wild storm on Lake Huron and it ran aground south of the Bayfield Harbour. Apparently local fishermen and Orangemen helped the crew of ten safely off the ship. Local stories claim that the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 24 of Bayfield was having a banquet in the upper rooms of T.J. Mark’s Hall that later became Graham’s General Store. It was the lights from these rooms that Captain Buckley thought were the lights from the Port of Goderich as he steered his schooner east. After the rescue the Malta was left to her fate. Gemeinhardt claimed that the age and condition of the Malta made it unsalvageable.

Gairdner children on Malta ruins  Gairdner children exploring the Malta ruins at the beach near Bayfield Harbour. (Submitted photo)

However, at the time, residents of Bayfield did take cooking utensils, crocks, lamps and other furnishings from the Malta. It has been reported that her masts were made into shingles, fish boxes and even cut into heavy lumber. During the next 70 years the Malta was shifted as the results of numerous storms. In 1952 it was floated and dashed against the shore by a storm and about two years later another storm took her out and broke the hull in two.

IMG_1262Phil Gemeinhardt, of Bayfield, who is a knowledgeable boat historian, believes this structure found on the beach belongs to the Malta and is actually a piece of the keelson and frames which is the backbone of this schooner that was built in 1853. (Photo by Doug Brown)

A rudder weighing 1,500 pounds from the Malta was found in 1974 by Mike and Wes Gozzard south of the wreck. It was mounted in cement on the lawn of their home and now located in front of the North Castle Marine in Goderich. Over the years, Gemeinhardt and his ancestors have retrieved and collected several items from the ship including iron spikes, deadeyes, a cherry cabin door, four brass locks, two mast hoops and two large pulleys.

Another interesting historical tidbit happened when Louie McLeod built the Helen McLeod II. A piece of wood from the Malta was included in the construction as his father, Hugh, had done when building the Helen McLeod I.

***With files from: “The Malta Re-Visited" by Phil Gemeinhardt; “Ghost story: Malta Wreck Revisited” by Bud Sturgeon and “Corporation of the Village of Bayfield History 1876 - 1985” edited by Edward Oddleifson.

Classic tale of Scrooge to be presented for hospice 

“A Christmas Carol” the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly and transformative Christmas Eve encounters, will be presented as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice in the form of a dramatic reading interspersed with seasonal music on Dec. 16-17.

Harp and flute duo “Ninn’s Folly”, comprised of brother/sister musicians John Webber and Beth MacKenzie will entertain with Victorian Christmas classics while members of local choirs The Glee Sisters and St. Andrew’s United Church will join together to perform carols and lead the audience singalong.

Retired drama teacher John Lalor will be directing the performance and will also take on a reading part. Other dramatic narrators include Bayfield author and thespian Judy Keightley, and local ministers Dwight Nelson and Elise Feltrin. Pianist and music teacher Mary McGoldrick, who has recently retired to Bayfield, will provide musical accompaniment. Rob Bundy will host the event that will take place in the seasonally decorated sanctuary of St. Andrew’s United Church.

Organizers hope to fill the audience for the two performances: Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy, Bayfield Autopro Garage and Precision Print in Goderich, the entire proceeds will go to the Huron Residential Hospice with particular focus towards the Bayfield project of creating a welcoming and well-equipped children’s playroom.

Tickets are $15, now available at Michael’s Pharmacy and Shop Bike Coffee in Bayfield, or by calling Arlene at 519 565-2777.

Following each performance, and again with appreciation to the sponsors, cider and shortbread will be served.

some wreaths still available 

IMG_0766Members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society sold evergreen wreaths and tails over the Christmas in Bayfield weekend in front of St. Andrew's United Church. Missed out? Never fear some wreaths are still available. (Photo by John Pounder)  

The lights on Clan Gregor Square have been turned on, the parade wound around the village, and Santa has made his first appearance. These are sure signs that folks all need to be getting ready for Christmas.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) can make people’s decorating easier if anyone needs a wreath or an evergreen tail. There are a few left after the sale this past weekend. These can be seen at the Siertsema’s by calling 519 565-2479 or order one through Don Brodie at 519 263-2404. The wreaths and tails are all made from local greens and the money goes to support the upcoming fair in August 2018.

A highlight for the BAS is the Annual General Meeting (AGM). This will be held in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 24. Food is always a major focus of the organization so the evening begins with a potluck dinner with people arriving at 5:30 p.m. with the meal beginning at 6 p.m. There is always lots of food with the main course for many being the desserts. Special awards will be presented at 7:15-9 p.m. for members with years of service as well as two very distinctive Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies’ Awards – one achievement and one meritorious.

David Pullen, County Forest Conservation officer, will speak at 7:30 p.m. tying together forestry, fishing, and farming which is the theme for 2018. Pullen is well known for his presentations and he is looking forward to speaking in Bayfield and sharing his views on his passion – the preservation of forestry land. The AGM will begin at 8 p.m. to summarize what the current year achieved and put the people in place for organizing the goals for 2018. Everyone is welcome to any portion of the evening to learn a little about the organization and what its mandate is.

The Society is planning to take on a major building project in the coming months. The pet display building is now past its prime and needs some major renovations and the decision was to replace it entirely. There is also a need to store paper, ribbon, and boxed supplies in one location. A plan is to build a 30 x 50 foot structure solely for storage and then for use as a pet display building during the fair.

According to Doug Yeo, representing the BAS, building costs have increased considerably over the past few months due to forest fires in B.C. and hurricanes in Florida. This has put the cost to nearly $100 000.

“Supporters of the BAS and its work are asked to contact us at and we can begin a conversation about how you can help us achieve our goals. This is one time when we really do need our supporters. It has been a long time since a building was contemplated,” said Yeo.

crowd brings the magic to the lighting of the lights 


192A4105Santa, with assistance from Mrs. Claus, spent some time with the children who lined up to greet him after the lights came on.  

Weather wise it was a typical November evening – cold and damp – but the Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square is anything but typical as the crowd that gathers bring the magic of the season with them.

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) hosted their 26th annual ceremony on Nov. 17.

The Huron Centennial School band performed holiday tunes prior to the lighting.
A BACC representative, and the Mayor of Bluewater, Tyler Hessel, brought greetings and welcomed visitors.

Singer-songwriter, Ryan Malcolm, was given the honor of leading the count down to the switching on of the lights. And as the lights twinkled across the park, the Bayfield fire truck arrived carrying a very special guest. Santa Claus made his first appearance in the village for 2017 and spent a lot time visiting with youngsters and posing for pictures.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society members did a brisk business serving up hot dogs while the Bayfield Skating Club offered hot chocolate to those who attended the event.

192A4042Members of the Huron Centennial School Band performed seasonal music for the crowd that gathered for the lighting of the lights on Friday night.

192A4087Youngsters waited patiently through the speakers for the guest of honor to arrive.

192A4089Elise Brady, of Bayfield (looking at the camera), and her fellow band members from Huron Centennial School performed Christmas Carols leading up to Santa's arrival and the lighting of the lights.

192A4112This youngster was one of the first to have a visit with Santa at the Lighting of the Lights event held on Nov. 17.

192A4115Excitement was in the air as Santa Claus made his first appearance in Bayfield for 2017.

192A4091Ryan Malcolm sang a festive tune.




30480346564_cde963615d_k On Friday, Nov. 24, all are welcome to come to the Bayfield Town Hall for a “Magical Evening of Christmas Music” featuring the London Citadel Salvation Army Band. Planning to attend? Reserve tickets now! At the moment, ticket sales are low, and organizers would hate to have to cancel this concert, knowing how many enjoy it every year. It is often a sold-out event. Tickets are $15 and are available from Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830. For over 20 years this wonderful group has provided Bayfield with an opportunity to come together as a community while getting into the holiday mood. Anyone who has not yet heard them, come and enjoy fabulous musicians filling the hall with a big brass sound! Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Dec. 1. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

Life at the rink

Skating Twenty-four children came out to the Bayfield Arena on Monday, Nov. 13 to play pickup hockey for free. (Submitted photo)  

People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game”. And they are never really too young either.

Twenty-four children came out to the Bayfield Arena on Monday, Nov. 13 to play pickup hockey for free. Supervisors were both amazed and thrilled as the dressing rooms echoed with excitement and once the sticks hit the ice everyone had a great time.

This free program run on Monday nights by the Bayfield Area Community Partners Association (BACPA) is made possible by the late John Robinson.

Robinson, a long-time Bayfield resident, died on Sept. 27 at the age of 88. His family noted that he wanted to see ice remain in the Bayfield Arena in the future. So at the time of his passing his family decided that in lieu of flowers donations could be made in support of the BACPA.

John Robinson Memorial Youth Pickup Hockey continues on Monday nights starting at 7 p.m. through the ice season.

Turkey Bingo

Dec. 4 is the date for the much anticipated Bayfield Lions’ Annual Turkey Bingo.

The doors of the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. with the games starting at 7 p.m. Fifteen turkeys will be available to be won along with several Share-the-Wealth games. In addition a turkey will be offered as a door prize.

Admission remains at $5 per person and includes one Bingo Card. All are welcome!

Breakfast with Santa

The Bayfield Optimist Club is once again selling tickets on a fabulous hand made toy chest filled with toys for children of all ages.

Raffle tickets are available now from Optimist members. Toy chest tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

The draw will be made at 1 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the club’s 12th annual Breakfast with Santa this year being held at The Ashwood Inn starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m.

Please note that the breakfast has moved to Saturday to accommodate The Ashwood Bourbon Bar’s dining schedule.

The breakfast will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children; three and under are free.


PB180025 On Nov. 18, the members of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department once again hosted their annual Food Drive at Bayfield Foodland starting things off by collecting donations along the route of the Santa Claus Parade to be given to the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). Both the fire fighters and the local food bank are most appreciative to the community for all of their support and generous donations! This may have been their best year yet! (Photo by Wayne Malott)


The Huron County Christmas Bureau drop-off locations in Bayfield have been established for this year. New toys and clothing can be deposited into boxes at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Public Library, Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy or through Trinity Anglican Church, Knox Presbyterian Church or St. Andrew’s United Church.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with the Clinton Branch of the Bureau can call 519 482-5334.


A new book, Bayfield Cottages & Homes 1830s – 1920s, has been published by the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). The project manager for the book, Ralph Laviolette and the researcher writer, Dianne Smith, will be talking about their work at our next community meeting on Monday, Nov. 27.

This presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions Community Building.

There have been many visitors to the Bayfield Archives who were curious about the history of their owned or rented homes or cottages. Some visitors had property search records while others had only verbal recollections of their properties history. So prompted by this interest and with a generous grant from an anonymous donor in 2013 the multi-year project began. The book will be available at this presentation as well as in the Heritage Centre starting the Christmas in Bayfield weekend. The book is selling for $20.


Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.

Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.



IMG_2002The Intermediate grade students at Huron Centennial School recently used the power of cycling to make fruit smoothies using the “blender bike” borrowed from the Huron County Health Unit. This exercise proved to be a fun way to promote physical activity and healthy eating all in one! (Submitted photo)  

dining for seniors 

Where can you get roast beef with horseradish, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot vegetables, juice and cabbage salad followed by fruit crisp and ice cream for $9?

At Bayfield Dining for Seniors that’s where! The only stipulation is that you must be 55 years or over to partake in delicious menus like the example listed above. The social interaction that is served up with the meal is free.

Chef Dawne Erb from One Care will be preparing the holiday feast for service on Dec. 14 and it will be a traditional Christmas meal. Anyone who would like to join in a Thursday lunch served at the Bayfield Community Centre is asked to please contact Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 by noon Monday the week of the meal.

Volunteers are always needed to help setup as well as serving, if you are interested please contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189.


Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself.


Petitions are now available to sign as part of the “One Vision One Plan” campaign.

The petition requests that Bluewater Council keep the ice in the Bayfield Arena past Spring 2018 while groups work together to determine the future needs of the community with regards to a new facility for all to enjoy. The petition can be found at The Spotted Cow, on Bayfield's Main Street North; at the Bayfield Arena and at the Bayfield Public Library.

The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) are jointly organizing the venture with the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club.


ThomsonRuth Gibson, of Bayfield, is the new owner of “The Canoe” a beautiful, framed, limited-edition print, by famous Canadian artist Tom Thomson. She had the highest bid in the silent auction held at the Bayfield Public Library, a fundraiser for the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association. The draw was made on Nov. 20. (Submitted photo)  


The Home4Good Info Hub operates on Monday afternoons at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.

The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. To learn more visit:


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in some inclusive, neutral conversation over a cup of a hot brew.

“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.

Girl Guide Cookies

Looking for a sweet stocking stuffer or hostess gift? Look no further than Bayfield Guiding. Members are now selling the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.

They can be purchased from members, by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830, or from The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique on Bayfield’s Main Street.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.


IMG_0867 The Glee Sisters, together with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS), explored the Dr. Suess tale, “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” in Story and Song with two shows on Nov. 18. And just in case you missed the show on the weekend, The Glee Sisters will be performing it again on Nov. 25 in the upstairs auditorium at the MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich starting at 2 p.m. Join performers such as, Sondra Buchner, Elise Feltrin and Roberta Stemp, as the Grinch, for a hilarious, heartwarming afternoon! Look for more photos from the concert in the next issue of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)




Blyth singers  concert to support Huron food bank

2015 07142015 GM (2) (2)BFS Singers 2015 - 35th anniversaryThe Blyth Festival Singers is a county-wide community choir under the professional direction of Sharon Poelstra and accompanied by Julia Pennington. (Submitted photo)  

Out of the darkness of a winter’s night comes the light that is love. And where is that Christmas love better exemplified than in hearth and home?

The Blyth Festival Singers invite everyone in to celebrate Christmas in all its most poignant and hilarious splendour. “Home is a Special Kind of Feeling” will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the intimate and beautiful setting of St. George’s Anglican Church, on North Street in Goderich starting at 3 p.m.

The repertoire will range from Samuel Barber’s beautiful, “Sure on this Shining Night” to contemporary pieces by Rutter, Nickel and Gordon Lightfoot - with some comical and Christmas pops thrown in for fun. Enjoy the laughter and nostalgia as Gil Garratt, Artistic director of the Blyth Festival, shares a reading of “Dave Cooks the Turkey”.

Come for fellowship and Christmas treats with the Singers at a cozy reception to follow.

A portion of the event’s profits will be donated to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre to make the holidays happier for families in need.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children aged six to 12. Contact the Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300 or 1-877-862-5984 or go online at to obtain tickets. Members of the Blyth Festival Singers or the Huron County Museum in Goderich also have tickets available.

Spend a winter’s afternoon with the choir and find the light, warmth and friendship amid the winter’s snows.

The Blyth Festival Singers is a county-wide community choir under the professional direction of Sharon Poelstra and accompanied by Julia Pennington.

The choir, averaging between 40 -50 members, performs primarily in Huron County and has endeavred to present a high standard of choral singing since its inception in 1980.

pets pose with jolly old elf 


Following the Santa Claus Parade in Bayfield on Saturday, Nov. 18, the jolly old elf himself had a limited one-hour engagement with several of his furriest friends at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square as Photographer Dianne Brandon held a “Pet Pictures with Santa” event.

Included here are some of the most adorable and fun images that were captured when these canines got into the festive spirit. Donatons were accepted to the Lions Foundation of Canada.





Trip a month

The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) is pleased to announce that Jim and Lucia Masse, of Zurich, are the winners of the eleventh draw in BAFHT’s Trip A Month lottery. The November prize is a $2,700 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic travel voucher package. The lottery continues with monthly draws for vacation packages to various destinations on the first Friday throughout 2017.

The Trip A Month lottery is part of BAFHT’s ongoing fundraising campaign to raise over $600,000 for its building expansion and renovation project. Just over half of the goal has been raised to date so the fundraisers are looking for the public’s continued support. BAFHT is a registered charity and tax receipts will be issued for donations.

Please contact Paula at or 519 236-4413, for further details on the project, to join the BAFHT patient roster or to donate.


Huron Ridge Greenhouses are all ready for the festive season. Their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event is in full swing.

The event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by, will run Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

The greenhouse is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.

Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.


Nov. 26 is the date set for an annual musical event known as the “Sounds of Goderich” that features many talents from Bayfield and area.

The concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich and will highlight both choral and instrumental music. It will feature the MacKay Choristers, Goderich Laketown Band, Goderich Harbouraires and guest performers, Mary Ross and Clayton Peters.

Tickets are $10 and are available now from participants as well as Ernie King Music, Fincher’s, Knox Presbyterian Church, all in Goderich; or at the door.


Nov. 24 is the date set for “Harmonies and Harp for Hospice” a concert to be held at Heartland Community Church in Clinton.

The venue located at 52 Victoria Street will host The MacKay Choristers with special guest Vocalist John De Jager and Harpist Mary Ross.

All donations will go to Huron Hospice Volunteer Services. To learn more contact Tony at 519 482-7116.

Huron Hospice

St Eliz visit Julie Adams (far right), director of Hospice Programs & Partnerships, Saint Elizabeth Health Care met with representatives Anne Fontana, Andy Werner and Kathy O'Reilly (l-r) from Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice and Central Huron Residential Hospice to review plans for the two new hospices in Huron-Perth and provide funding of $100,000 to support the hiring of an Executive Director to oversee the start up of the two hospices. (Submitted photo)

Saint Elizabeth is giving $100,000 to the Huron Perth Residential Hospice project. This generous gift will help support the opening of 10 new residential hospice beds in Huron and Perth Counties, where there is currently a gap in services. The funding will be used to hire an Executive Director who will guide the establishment of an innovative care model for small and rural communities.

“With two sites, one in Stratford and one in central Huron County located near Clinton, there are many details to manage, and this funding will help ensure the development goes smoothly and that strong leadership is in place,” said Anne Fontana, chair of the Hospice Care Avon Maitland board.

The central Huron County site plans to open in March 2018 and the Stratford site in December 2018. Both sites will provide residential hospice palliative care for people in their final days of life, as well as support services for extended family. The new beds are expected to serve up to 100 clients and their families each year.

Saint Elizabeth is a not-for-profit charitable organization that was founded by four nurses more than a century ago to provide care for those in need. The organization has since grown to become Canada’s largest social enterprise with over 8,000 employees nationwide, including about 350 in this region. Saint Elizabeth is known for its high-quality services, which include, home care, seniors care, support for family caregivers and hospice care.

Since 2015, Saint Elizabeth has provided millions of dollars to support the hospice care movement and improve access to end of life care for Canadians.

For more information, please contact Anne Fontana, chair, Hospice Care Avon Maitland at 519 574-2825.

HC Soil and Crop improvement AGM 

The author of “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”, Dr. David R. Montgomery, is a guest speaker at the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HCSCIA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The AGM event will take place at Libro Community Hall in Clinton at 239 Bill Fleming Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m. HCSCIA business will take place at around 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at about 6:30 p.m. Speakers will present starting at about 7:15 p.m. The evening will finish at around 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each. Continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available for participants. To buy tickets, contact HCSCIA Secretary Sharon Devine at 519 868-8946. Registration for tickets can also be made online at the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) Wild Apricot web page at this link: Please register by Dec. 4. To find out more about the AGM visit








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, we feature an image recorded to be “boys at cabin in the woods surrounding Bayfield circa 1920”. Anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10019 PC)

 PB10019 PC Remember Me 438

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



 PB12 1b Remember Me 436

In Issue 436, Stu Sturgeon was photographed in uniform in 1942. Does anyone remember him?(Archives Code: PB12 1b) 


 PB10002 PC Remember Me 437

In Issue 437, as the Christmas season begins in the village we share a picture from the early 1900s when men brought in the ice from the Bayfield River for future refridgeration use. Brings new meaning to the phrase, "Baby it's cold outside!" (Archives Code: PB10002 PC)




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IMG_3370The spectators along the parade route were all bundled up in anticipation of whatever weather came their way. (Photo by Bailie Dayman)

 IMG_3358The crowds were met by lots of smiling folks handing out not only candy but comic books, hot chocolate packets, bandages, pencils and chocolate milk! They donated items to the food bank in return. (Photo by Bailie Dayman)

IMG_0553Members of the Zero Gravity Dance Company, of Goderich, danced their way along the parade route.  

IMG_0566Members of the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band performed festive music for the crowds.  

IMG_0575It wouldn't be a parade without the always enthusiastic urban pole walkers.  

IMG_0589They may be closed for the winter but that didn't prevent the owners and staff of Rosie's Ice Cream Shoppe from taking part in the parade.  

IMG_0597Powerhouse Dance, of Clinton, was one of three dance troupes that performed for the crowds as they made their way along the parade route.  

IMG_0606It wouldn't be a Bayfield parade without the presence of the Clinton Pipes and Drums Legion Branch 140.  

IMG_0642Bands from Mitchell (pictured), Clinton, Goderich and Seaforth performed in the Santa Claus parade on Saturday.

IMG_0664Members of the Foot Work Entertainment Studios. of Clinton, were festively dressed for their appearance in the village's 2017 Santa Claus Parade.  

IMG_0683Huron County Queen of the Furrow for 2017-18, Kara Hendriks, took part in the parade to thank all in the community who supported the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo that was held in Walton in September.  

IMG_0697The Celtic Blue Highlanders, of Goderich, were dressed for whatever the weather decided to do. Luckily the rain held off until the afternoon!  

IMG_0713Peter Keightley, owner of Drift, festooned his car with some holiday cheer.  

IMG_0752And they saved the best for last - Santa Claus waved, called out to children of all ages and blew kisses from on high!  


Weather for Christmas in Bayfield weekend is always unpredictable. The morning of Nov. 18th proved mild and only a little bit misty – the real rains held off until long after the last parade spectator had left his/her position along the village’s Main Street.

Predictably Santa Claus was the most anticipated participant in the parade that boasted 66 entries.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to guesstimate that close to 1,000 people were on hand to watch the spectacle that included four bands, float entries from far and near, three dance troupes, shiny vehicles and lots of smiling folks handing out not only candy but comic books, hot chocolate packets, bandages, pencils and chocolate milk!

IMG_0614The float entered by Tuckersmith Telecommunications Cooperative Ltd. (TCC) featured Mrs. Claus at the North Pole.  

IMG_0651Representatives from the Virtual High School handed out pencils to the crowd gathered along the route on Saturday morning.  

IMG_0537Firefighter Dave Andrew waves to the crowd at the start of the 2017 Santa Claus Parade.  

IMG_0657The Woodland Drive-In entered a sweet float in the parade this year.

IMG_0732 The Huron Dairy Farmers were on the scene handing out chocolate milk to spectators. They also had two adorable young reindeers in tow.

IMG_0736A carton of cold, refreshing chocolate milk was handed out courtesy of the Huron Dairy Farmers providing energy for shoppers after the parade.  

IMG_3378The Paw Patrol gang, including Fire Dog Marshall, took part in the parade thanks to the Ontario Clean Water Agency. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

IMG_0739This beautifully decorated float was entered by D&D Glass and Mirror, of Vanastra.  

IMG_3381Weylin and Bridget Shanahan, along with their Mom, Jenny Allan, rode on the float entered by the Pioneer Park Association. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

192A4251Alisha Schilbe, and daughter, Scarlett, had some fun riding on the Pioneer Park Association float. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)  

IMG_0744Could riding on a parade float be more relaxing? The Deer Park Lodge float depicted a cozy cottage and an outdoor picnic area all in one!  

IMG_3410Kirsten Harrett was all smiles as she rode a horse along the parade route. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

 IMG_0623Carlos and Joseph Rapai, along with Dianne Snell (not pictured), had some festive fun along the parade route representing the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.

IMG_0645Once again the Virtual High School had a colorful presence at the parade.

IMG_0690The waving was fast and furious when Click the Mouse drove down the street.  





PIXILATED — image of the week


Tis' the Season...By Dianne Brandon

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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


Weekends like Christmas in Bayfield are ones that I wish they would hurry up and invent a cloning machine so I could be in two or more places at once. However, what we lack in scientific technology we make up for in talent in this village. A great big shout out to Dianne Brandon, Judith Higgs and my husband John Pounder, who captured images at events I was unable to get to this weekend or events I found myself involved in.

What do you do when your Rangers announce that after several years of handing out candy as both Guides and Pathfinders they’d prefer to ride on the Bayfield Guiding float in the parade instead? Well, as their Guider you hand out the candy! And so that is what I found myself doing on Saturday morning along the parade route. I also found myself miles behind our entry but I didn’t run out of candy before the last of the youngsters were visited watching the parade at the corner of John and Jane. This was both a goal and a first! Thanks once again to the Bayfield Optimist Club for supplying the candy for the Guides, and this year the Owls, to distribute. We had a lot of fun and the Rangers enjoyed sitting back and taking in the view. – Melody


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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder