Goderich - Salt Festival
If you have travelled from Port Albert to Goderich via Highway 21, you will have driven past an over 8-foot-tall salt cairn which guards the entrance to North Harbour Road. This beacon signals the entrance to the largest salt mine in the world. This unique world wonder sits 1,800 feet below your feet, sprawling out under Lake Huron, creating a massive network that is physically larger than the Town of Goderich. This is an engineering feat which goes widely unnoticed above ground. This year, Goderich Tourism has big plans to celebrate the world’s largest naturally occurring “salted” tourist attraction over the weekend of September 15 to 17, 2023.
The Goderich Salt Festival is a weekend full of activities taking place all over town. Above-ground tours of the Salt Mine will take place by land and water, with hop on and off bus tours showcasing the Town of Goderich and our salted past. The next question on everyone’s mind is, “will there be tours below the surface?” and the answer is, sadly, no. Because this is the world’s largest operational salt mine, taking tourists below the surface is not an option. It was with this in mind that the 360⁰ Tour of the Mine has been developed. This will allow people of all abilities to journey below the surface to experience the world beneath our feet from the safety of the Tourism Centre. This was developed in partnership with Compass Minerals Canada Corp., the owner of the mine.
The focal point of the weekend will be Saturday, September 17th with concerts, food and fun all taking place in the Courthouse Square. Local businesses and restaurants will be highlighting the area’s “salted” roots, including a “salted” signature beverage brewed by a local micro-brewery, Square Brew. Safety demonstrations, interactive games and activities will keep both young and old entertained. The fun continues into the evening, with a concert and beverage garden.
For one weekend a year, Lake Huron and Goderich are no longer freshwater destinations but instead “Salted” to taste! The Goderich Salt Festival promises a weekend of fun, education, and salted pleasure – without worrying about blood pressure! For more information visit www.exploregoderich.ca or follow Goderich Tourism on Instagram and Facebook.