by Karen Webster
One of the most imposing and enduring structures on the perimeter of Goderich’s Town Square is that of the Bedford Hotel, located at the Junction of South Street and The Square, the Bedford was established in 1896 being built by John Bedford and A.C. Pace.
Several owners took charge until 1929 when Ethel Litt took over, followed by her daughter, Auleen and husband, Art Curry. The Currys’ daughter, Mary, and husband Bruno Lapaine were next in line to take the reins. Mike Lapaine also was the hotelkeeper for several years. In all, this family operated the establishment for well over 50 years.
Some famous persons including Sir Sam Hughes, of World War 1 fame, Walt Disney and several Canadian prime ministers, are among the countless thousands who have made The Bedford their home while in the “prettiest town in Canada”. In 2011, when Goderich was hit by a devastating tornado, Hotel Bedford was one of the first businesses to re-open, just one month after that tragedy.
Today’s visitors will be charmed by the beautiful rich woodwork that has been retained through the years. A focal point of the lobby is the 25-step staircase, with lovely wooden railings and spindles which leads up to the second floor accommodations.
This is a business that has maintained the flavour of a bygone era but with the advantages of modern conveniences. In all, there are 31 rooms available for rent at very reasonable rates. In addition, the hotel offers two deluxe three-bedroom suites nearby. Among the many amenities available, the Hotel Bedford offers a complimentary breakfast and free parking.
In addition to the modern accommodations, the hotel is divided into several distinct areas: Paddy O’Neil’s, which is the main dining room and Joe Friday’s, a bar area where live entertainment is offered on weekends during the summer season. As well, there is the Duchess Room, a private dining area just perfect for private events with seating for 60 patrons.
Located on Goderich’s historic central square, Hotel Bedford is within walking distance to shopping, the museum and of course, the beach. From its iconic dome down to the graceful arches, the Hotel Bedford sits proudly looking out over the square. Whether visiting to dine, have a refreshing beverage or to stay overnight, visitors will not be disappointed when choosing the Hotel Bedford. 92 Courthouse Square, Goderich