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Bayfield is well known for its delightful boutiques, many of which are housed in restored buildings of 19th century architecture. Visitors may browse through stores to find home accessories, jewellery, gifts, stylish clothing, antiques, art and crafts, or indulge in such tempting delights as gourmet chocolates or fresh pastry in the shade of enormous trees that line Main Street. Quaint restaurants provide fine dining or pub fare. Clan Gregor Square has a lovely playground. Bayfield is made for biking with quiet streets and trails to explore, and bike rentals are available on Main Street. Romantics at heart may wish to watch the sunset over Lake Huron in Pioneer Park at the north end of Main Street. A long series of stairs and scenic lookout landings descend from the park to the beach where the hulk of a shipwreck lies offshore. Another route to the harbour and beach is via Mill Road and Long Hill Road. A footpath at Mara St. off Bayfield Terrace leads to a charming wild flower sanctuary, the river and beach. The gardening club maintains beautiful flowerbeds in the parks and invites visitors to see private gardens; tours are listed at the post office. Pick-your-own farms offer fresh fruits in season along with plenty of fresh air amidst lovely scenery. In summer, an information booth opens at the junction of Road 3 and Hwy 21.

Boaters can enjoy the convenience of the largest marinas on the east shore of Lake Huron with full services. The Bayfield River has fishing for rainbow trout and it is a challenging and scenic canoe route from Clinton to Bayfield when water levels are high.

Bayfield's newest attraction is Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park, which offers cable wake boarding and stand up paddling facilities on a private, sheltered lake with lessons and rentals.

Campers can enjoy numerous parks that have trails, pools, playgrounds, recreation halls and planned activities for children. The Woodland Trail runs east from Clan Gregor Square via Howard St. and David St. to complete a 5-km. hiking loop around woodlots. The Bayfield River Valley Trail follows the valley for nice views from lookouts.

Nature enthusiasts can revel in fishing holes, scenic trails and a 1-km. boardwalk at Bannockburn Conservation Area, just east of Varna at 76249 Bannockburn Line. The area protects abundant wildlife among hilly forests, meadows and marsh. Printed trail guides are available at the trailhead or hikers may download waypoints of the Walk a Mile Trail Information Project onto their MP3 players or iPods from www.abca.on.ca. Local scenic routes such as Bayfield Line or Road 31 between Varna and Benmiller, are especially beautiful when the hardwoods change colour in autumn.

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