Since the 1870s, the town of Grand Bend has hosted vacation-makers seeking sand, sun, surf and fun. Detroit’s Ford Motor Company even held their annual company picnic here in the 1920s. Today couples and families continue to flock to the largest beach in the area located a stone’s throw from restaurants and shops along Main Street West. Despite it’s small population (about 2,500 people), the town boasts two major grocery chain stores (Sobeys, No Frills), two bank branches (TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal) and enough restaurants and food kiosks to satisfy a variety of taste-buds.
Most of the area’s accommodation is centred in and around Grand Bend. Here you’ll find the largest accommodation provider in Huron County – Oakwood Resort, as well as quaint rural inns and motor lodges.
There’s lots to do in and near the town. Pinery Provincial Park is just 8km south and Huron Country Playhouse is just 3.3km east and the closest golf course 750 metres north of the main intersection. For those living in the town, it’s a very walkable way of life.
Grand Bend is also the fastest growing lakeside community with two new home developments underway. According to a report released by Re/Max, compared to 2018, the median price of recreational properties, including waterfront, non-waterfront, water access and ski-in properties, increased seven per cent across the board (prices calculated July 2017 to June 2018 and July 2018 to June 2019).