Located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron at the mouth of the Maitland River, the town of Goderich was named after Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, who was British prime minister of Britain from 1827-28.
The town centre is built around an octagon shaped traffic circle known as "The Square". Goderich has a wonderful, clean beachfront. "Rotary Cove", is a family-friendly sand beach with lifeguards, playground equipment and washroom facilities.
In 1866 while drilling for petroluem a giant salt deposit was discovered in Goderich Harbour. The salt deposits at Goderich are from an ancient sea bed of Silurian age, part of the Salina Formation. The halite rock salt is also found in Windsor, Ontario, both located on the eastern periphery of the Michigan Basin, on the southeastern shores of Lake Huron. Today the mine is located 530 metres (1750 ft) below the surface of Lake Huron and is 7 sq kilometres in size making it the world's largest underground salt mine.
The Huron Historic Gaol served as the region's gaol (old English form of jail) from its opening in 1842 until 1972. The Gaol is a National Historic Site of Canada and is open to the public between April and October.
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