Small cities and hamlets are sometimes the most charming of destinations. You can meet the locals, support small businesses, uncover untold stories, and enjoy the feeling of being in a quaint environment. Bayfield Ontario ticks all these boxes. It is a delightful town to explore on your next holiday in the province.

The Best things to do in Bayfield Ontario
The Best things to do in Bayfield Ontario

Bayfield Ontario Facts:

  • This quaint and charming beach town was founded in 1832.
  • This small heritage town is located on the shores of Lake Huron.
  • Bayfield Ontario is known for its boutique accommodations on the beach!
  • Nearly 20 years after its founding, Bayfield showed signs of development with its charming hamlet on the lake already containing such trades as an ashery, brickyards, blacksmiths, and wagons. A population of 125 began to call Bayfield home.
Beautiful Bayfield Ontario
Beautiful Bayfield Ontario

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Things to Do in Bayfield Ontario

This small, yet vibrant lake town is brimming with fun things to see, do, eat, and purchase. Here are a few of our favourite things that we stumbled upon while visiting on our Ontario road trip.

Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique

My loyal readers know of my crazed adoration for cupcakes. If it were healthy and not ultimately indulgent, I would have them for breakfast. Well, on pursuit for a tasty treat while in Bayfield Ontario, I stumbled upon the delightfully sweet Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique. A confection staple in town, Pink Flamingo offers a large variety of cupcakes, sweet treats, and fun decor items. Wash one down with a cuppa coffee for the ultimate culinary marriage. We enjoyed the chocolate sundae cupcake and the salted caramel flavour. There are gluten free, vegan, daily flavours, and other special desserts available as well.

Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique in Bayfield Ontario
Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique in Bayfield Ontario

 

Enjoy incredible cupcakes and treats at Pink Flamingo in Bayfield Ontario
Enjoy incredible cupcakes and treats at Pink Flamingo in Bayfield Ontario

 

Enjoy incredible cupcakes and treats at Pink Flamingo in Bayfield Ontario
Enjoy incredible cupcakes and treats at Pink Flamingo in Bayfield Ontario

 

Pink Flamingo has many cupcakes, but also features a cupcake of the day in Bayfield Ontario
Pink Flamingo has many cupcakes, but also features a cupcake of the day in Bayfield Ontario

 

The Chocolate Sundae cupcake in Bayfield Ontario
The Chocolate Sundae cupcake in Bayfield Ontario

 

theh Salted Caramel Cupcake of the Day in Bayfield Ontario
the Salted Caramel Cupcake of the Day in Bayfield Ontario

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ShopBike Coffee Roasters

As you know, we feature Local Coffee and Tea Shops around the world who bring the most delicious roasts and blends to caffeine addicts aficionados. Here in Bayfield Ontario we found another gem we loved – ShopBike. A cafe with charisma, this spot offers incredible lattes, teas, and other barista-crafted beverages, coupled with classic candy favourites, merchandise, and perfect pastries. We also loved the fun ambiance – a vintage cash register collecting profits and fair trade stances adorning the walls. Do yourself a favour – as a self-proclaimed coffee nerd, or someone just needing a pick-me-up after a day at the local beach, and grab a top-quality coffee at ShopBike.

Shopbike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield Ontario
Shopbike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield Ontario

 

The vintage Cash Register at Shopbike Coffee Roasters
The vintage Cash Register at Shopbike Coffee Roasters

 

ShopBike Coffee Roasters also offers classic confection for the sweet tooth in all of us
ShopBike Coffee Roasters also offers classic confection for the sweet tooth in all of us.

 

One of the best lattes you can enjoy is in Bayfield Ontario
One of the best lattes you can enjoy is in Bayfield Ontario

JMR Collections

So now I bring you a shop that captured my nostalgic soul. A consignment shop featuring all things vintage! My husband jests that I was born in the wrong decade as my loves are 90% things from the past – old sitcoms, old music, old movies, black and white everything. So you can pretty much bet your salary that seeing dresses, shoes, accessories, and other clothing that Jackie O would wear as well as beautiful gowns circa 1975 would completely capture my heart. I loved JMR as it is a local shop dedicated to bringing the fashion from the past back to the present for more than those once a year costume parties (so not cool.) I proudly wear my vintage clothing all over the place showcasing the styles that made Mary Tyler Moore and Cher famous. That Elizabeth Montgomery wowed everyone with on Bewitched and that Nancy Sinatra wore with her famous boots that were made for walking. Try on a bunch of stuff and buy what fits as they are one of a kind. If you hesitate and come back, it could be gone. So, taking my own advice, I left with four beautiful gowns…

Vintage Hats and Accessories offered at JMR Collections in Bayfield Ontario
Vintage Hats and Accessories offered at JMR Collections in Bayfield Ontario

 

Some of the vintage dresses in JMR Collections in Bayfield Ontario
Some of the vintage dresses in JMR Collections in Bayfield Ontario

 

The Change room at JMR Collections is adorably nostalgic
The Change room at JMR Collections is adorably nostalgic

 

The Change room at JMR Collections is adorably nostalgic
The Change room at JMR Collections is adorably nostalgic

 

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The Village Bookshop

My husband collect books. You could say he’s a closet bookworm. The library Beast gives Belle in Beauty and the Beast has him green with envy as he aspires to collect just as many in our own collection. So of course, with this admiration for the original literary medium, we check out the local shops while exploring the gems of the cities we visit. Bayfield Ontario had one. A delightful shop- the Village Bookshop.

The Village Bookshop offers those in Bayfield Ontario a lovely selection of literature from the greats and up and coming authors
The Village Bookshop offers those in Bayfield Ontario a lovely selection of literature from the greats and up and coming authors

 

The Village Bookshop offers those in Bayfield Ontario a lovely selection of literature from the greats and up and coming authors
The Village Bookshop offers those in Bayfield Ontario a lovely selection of literature from the greats and up and coming authors

 

The village bookshop in Bayfield Ontario is a wonderful refuge to enjoy some great reads.
The village bookshop in Bayfield Ontario is a wonderful refuge to enjoy some great reads.

 

The Village bookshop is also home to a resident chicken!
The Village bookshop is also home to a resident chicken!

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The Purple Peony

You cannot leave a little town without browsing for local trinkets. If you take my advice, you will leave with vintage clothing, books for the beach, and of course some cupcakes and coffee. But it doesn’t stop there! Head into the Purple Peony for some fun souvenirs and trinkets to adorn your homes to remind you of your time here. I loved the handmade flamingos in various vibrant colours. These puff balls were so cute and would look great on any mantle. If you love unicorns or mermaids like most of us lately, you will surely find some great magnets, coasters, popular pool floaties, and other fun stuff to buy. Or you could nab a Bozo desk-size punching bag. I got one of those for my husband and he honestly loves using it when we get our tax bills…

The Purple Peony shop in Bayfield Ontario has some awesome shopping finds!
The Purple Peony shop in Bayfield Ontario has some awesome shopping finds!

 

Grab a fun pool floaty here in Bayfield Ontario
Grab a fun pool floaty here in Bayfield Ontario

 

the original puffy flamingos make awesome gifts from Bayfield ontario at the Purple Peony
the original puffy flamingos make awesome gifts from Bayfield Ontario at the Purple Peony

Clan Gregor Square

Want to relax with your cupcake and coffee amidst beautiful flowers and gardens? Head to Clan Gregor park and surround yourself with beautiful wild flowers, playgrounds, benches, and more. Sometimes there’s nothing like people-watching as you savour your cupcake with that perfectly crafted cuppa. Bayfield Ontario has you covered.

Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario
Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario

 

Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario
Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario

 

Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario
Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario

 

Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario
Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield Ontario

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So there you have our suggestions and findings in the beautiful little town of Bayfield Ontario. It is a very popular spot in the summer months for travellers, cottagers, and local folk, and brings a wealth of fun, foodie, and heritage amenities.

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Heavenly Centenary sites Bucket List
Heavenly Centenary sites Bucket List

 

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Top Things to do in Bayfield Ontario

 

Looking for a lovely day out while at the Lake? Than head to Bayfield Ontario! Enjoy great accommodations, boutique shops, yummy treats, and incredible coffee. Our post provides all the details. #ontario #canada #traveltips #bayfield #localtourism #lakehuron #beach #localtown #canadatravel #ontariotravel #boutiqueshopping
Top Things to do in Bayfield Ontario

 

 

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