Previously awarded the title of Canada's prettiest town, charming Goderich's most recent and tragic claim to fame is for the EF-3 tornado which tore through it at 4:03pm on August 21, 2011. It was a Sunday and the crowded market square had just emptied. The twister formed over Lake Huron and followed a direct path across the town's distinctive octagonal town square, City Hall and beyond. Of the 97 century-old trees in the square, only three remained; hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed, scores injured and one life lost.
Several years on, the restoration and reconstruction work is now complete. As the trees set in and word spreads, visitors will be rewarded with a modern, grown-up version of a pretty town.The friendly staff at Tourism Goderich will be delighted to provide you with a self-guided heritage walking tours brochure and field any questions you have about the town, tornado or otherwise.