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Downtown Goderich

Downtown Goderich is widely known for its unique octagonal shaped design, originally intended to mimic the design of a Union Jack. The site of a market since the 1840’s and home to the Huron County Courthouse since 1857, The Square is the heart of Goderich.


The Square sits in the centre of town and is ringed by eight commercial blocks, with eight principal roads radiating from the central square in alignment with the eight points of the compass.

Local financial incentives have been created by Goderich Council and the Downtown Business Improvement Area board to encourage and support private sector investments in the maintenance and improvements of the downtown core. To learn more, visit our Resources page.

Downtown Goderich business owners enjoy heavy foot traffic throughout the year as a result of several festivals and special events hosted in town. Weekly markets occur in The Square throughout summer months, inviting locals and tourists alike to experience what is one of Canada’s most unique downtown areas.