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This Ontario Town Was Named 'The Prettiest Town In Canada' And It's Worth The Road Trip

A little taste of Europe in the Heartland.
This Ontario Town Was Named 'The Prettiest Town In Canada' And It's Worth The Road Trip

Sitting on the edge of Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario is the quiet town of Goderich, a place where urban and rural elements exist in perfect harmony. It was once described as “the prettiest town in Canada” by Queen Elizabeth due to its charming presence and historic character. 

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But it wasn’t always like that — on August 21, 2011, Goderich was ravaged by a massive tornado which ripped through the town’s market square. Century-old trees were uprooted from the ground, hundreds of buildings were destroyed, and several people were injured, leaving them with physical scars they would take with them for the rest of their lives.

Over the next few years, the community joined together to rebuild the town, and thanks to their relentless efforts, Goderich is now better than ever.  

The restoration is now fully complete — The trees stand tall, the streets are neat, and the town’s iconic octagonal market square is back to its former glory.

Ontarians seeking a road trip destination should therefore pick Goderich, as it has several new things to offer to tourists.

The town offers multiple trails and boardwalks for nature lovers, sandy beaches along the Lake Huron coast for beach-goers and a vibrant culinary scene for the avid foodie.

It’s also a great place for people who seek an escape from the concrete urban jungle. Goderich is brimming with 19th-century buildings and historic sites, giving it a little bit of a European feel.

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