Visit Ontario’s beautiful west coast, but don’t look east

The West Coast of Ontario, who wouldn’t want to vacation here with sand, water, cottages, campgrounds and the best sunsets in the province or live here with all the year round opportunities that abound in such a rich area of natural diversity. There are great opportunities to hike through areas of natural and scientific interest (classed as ANSI by the Government) such as the lower Maitland or Bayfield river valleys or the Pinery Provincial Park.

You can paddle down multiple river systems and stand in awe when witnessing the migration of bird and waterfowl species like Golden Eyes, Scaups, Mergansers the flocks of Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes, to mention a few. Where else could you stand outside your house or barn and see raptors like Red Tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles move in pairs or groups back and forth from Lake Huron during parts of the day or listen to the calls of the Screech, Short Eared, Long Eared and Great Horned Owls in the evening? No doubt about it, an amazing place to live or visit ~ for now.

All the brochures that have been developed to help draw the tourists to the areas along Lake Huron may not point this out yet, but soon they will be able to include the great attraction on the West Coast of Ontario of being able to drive up and down the Bluewater Highway and be in awe of the grand structures erected in the name of green energy. Wow, it will be so amazing to see 49 storey high towers with bus sized hubs on the top and blades that reach the size of football fields! It will be no trouble to spot them, as there are close to a thousand planned to be built from Sarnia to halfway up the Bruce Pennisula (450 of them right here in Huron County – whoo hoo!) you can just stand anywhere on the ‘West’ coast and look ‘East’ and they will be right there for you to gaze at in wonder!

It really is unfortunate that the migrating birds can’t read the brochures so they could plan to re-route their own trips a little east or west of Lake Huron, but then again it is only 13 on average (based on the most recent Ontario study) that are expected to meet their demise by getting too close to just one of these structures, so I guess it’s really no big deal if let’s say 6000 of your bird community leave your southern clime and head north for the summer to find only 150 of you left after traveling through Huron County. Oh wait, I must have that wrong… it would only be 5850 birds killed on average there during the year, not from one flock…not quite the same, so I guess they could still take their chances?

If you’re a naturalist and enjoy watching a hawk or kestrel or any of the bird or animal species that hunt by sound or hover on predictable winds, I’m sure they will relocate somewhere inland that you could travel to in your leisure time, once those that survive the blades have discovered their prey is hard to locate with the interference of the turbines and have moved elsewhere in Ontario.

Might I suggest that instead of spending a lot of tax dollars on printing new Tourism brochures and booklets we just add bright colourful stickers that catch your attention. They could say “Come to the Beautiful West Coast of Ontario…oh by the way, just don’t look East”, unless you are one of those tourists in the CANWEA ads that apparently flock to areas with Industrial Wind Turbine Developments…but that could be a whole new tourism plan!

Beverly Budd,  RR2 Goderich

12 thoughts on “Visit Ontario’s beautiful west coast, but don’t look east

  1. I was planning to relocate to Goderich to be near the airport and the Lake…Had to change my plans becuase McGuinty is destroying the area…

  2. If the off-shore Industrial Wind Turbine moratorium gets lifted, you may not want to look west either.

    Goderich, the former “prettiest town in Ontario”, is fast becoming the poster child for a fabulous tourist destination ruined by greedy local Goobers and suspect politicians. Shame on all of them …

  3. Ontario is in one of the most strategic areas of the world for IWTs. It is close to large urban areas and controls 4 of the 5 Great Lakes on the Canadian side of the border. Also controls part of the north side St. Lawrence River.

    Reduces the distances needed for transmission lines to reach large urban centres.
    Makes it possible to use the Great Lakes for wind power production and only have to deal with one political entity which is Ontario.

    On the States side of the Great Lakes wind developers have to deal ~7 separate states in order to install turbines in the Great Lakes. Much easier for wind developers to deal with just Ontario alone to achieve their financial objectives.

    Now you see why Ontario is such a target for IWT development.

  4. And then there is the night life effect of having the night sky just blazing with rows of flashing red lights and strobes which can be seen for enormously long distances so that any pleasure boating becomes like driving the 401.

    It certainly changes the ambiance of the “sundowners” on the cottage porch or stargazing on the beach.

  5. If a First Nations group can get a 50-50 deal with IWT developers why can’t the rest of Ontario communities get at least the same deal?

    If IWTs are forced on Ontarians then anything less of a 50-50 deal is robbing Ontarians and leaving them to pay the bills.

    Ontarians are being sold out for a very cheap price as things stand now!

  6. Wow, what a beautiful description of what we all stand to lose!! Please make sure this wonderfully written article is circulated far and wide.

  7. The passage of the Green Energy Act enabled the wind developers to obtain what they consider to be the very valuable Ontario “wind assets” for a very cheap price.

    Ontarians know how much these very valuable “wind assets” are worth and they deserve a fair price for these “wind assets” anything less and Ontarians are being robbed.

  8. we can blame T.Pickens Bonne of Texas for this, he has given up turbines in the US as they are not cost effective, but see’s a sucker in Ontario to buy the 1000’s he has left as he is switching to natural gas, where there is money in them. You will find this information on the internet.
    Quebec Hydro is ready to sign Ontario up for all the hydro she needs, and we would be paying an awful lot less that we are curtainly paying. By the way does everyone know that McGuinty as snuck the eco tax back in at all stores.

  9. Now you see why Ontario is such a target for IWT development.

    Barbara. May I add that Ontario is also known to host probably the most apathetic crowd of people in all of North America. So they thought, anyway.

    Tell me that wasn’t in their planning ;(

  10. Tom,yes. I think it was in their planning. They figured that Ontarians are very docile people. What a surprise they got!

  11. ‘‘Over increasingly large areas of the U.S., spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.’’ ~Silent Spring, 1962, Rachel Carson

    What a sad day if Rachel Carson’s keen observations come to pass on Ontario’s West Coast, but instead we hear only the “Whoop-Whir” of INT. Daily we marvel at 2 majestic bald eagles circling near us (Goderich). Thanks for your excellent letter, Beverly

    Another very well worded letter to the editor, “When will Huron-Bruce MPP speak up against turbines” by Peter Sturdy, appeared in Goderich Signal Star, March 2nd.

  12. Sorry, I meant to type, “but instead we hear only the ‘Whoop-Whir’ of IWT.”

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