Follow the footsteps of the pioneers around the historic village. Meander along Bayfield’s tree lined Main Street until you reach the breathtaking Lake Huron lookout at Pioneer Park.
Descend the stairs to the sandy beach and follow the shoreline and head north toward the largest and most scenic recreational boat harbour on Lake Huron’s east coast. If the time is right, you may see one of the last fishing fleets on Lake Huron returning home with their catch.

There are eight historical “storyboards” placed at points of interest along the Heritage Trail. Each tells the story of the significance of that particular location and features old photos and paintings of that exact spot.

At Pioneer Park, walkers are directed to descend the stairs to one of the area’s many beautiful beaches. After a short beachcombing walk, the most beautiful boat harbour on the Great Lakes gradually reveals itself. The colourful sailboats and the sturdy commercial fishing boats present a scene that artists and photographers have captured for decades. This is the largest recreational boat harbour on the eastern shore of Lake Huron.

Paved trail surface except on beach route.

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This trail starts in Clan Gregor Square at the heart of Bayfield on Highway 21 at the Main trail sign at the southwest corner of the Clan Gregor Square near the children’s playground.

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HERITAGE TRAIL characteristics

Length: 2.4 km
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Compacted soil/hard packed
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Walking, Pets on leash;– (note alternate 0.3 km wheelchair route)

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None reported

Attractions: Interpretive signage, lookouts.

The contact for this trail is the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.5617910
Longitude: -81.6988400