Huron County has a strong infrastructure to meet the needs of business. Transportation needs are met through access to major highways, an industrial seaway depth harbour, two municipal airports, and a short line railway.

Highway Access

  • Huron County is well served by a network of municipal, provincial and county highways.
  • Three provincial highways (#4, #8, #21) provide rapid transport service to large metropolitan areas in Canada and the United States, and connections to 400 Series Highways (#401 and #402).
  • Highway #401 is 85 km (53 miles) east of Seaforth and 116 km (70 miles) east of Goderich.

Port of Goderich

  • The Harbour is owned by the Town of Goderich and operated by the Goderich Port Management Corporation, an organization consisting of harbour users.
  • The Goderich Harbour is a key deep-water port on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway. Local wharfage is 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) and harbour depth is 8 metres (26 feet) – Seaway depth.
  • It is the only industrial seaway depth harbour on the east shore of Lake Huron and is open approximately 9 months of the year depending on winter ice conditions.
  • Lake and ocean vessels up to 222 metres (730 feet) in length can be accommodated.
  • Major $17 million dollar harbour dredging/docking facility project has been completed.
  • Goderich Elevators Ltd. on the harbour quay uses modern on- and off-loading facilities for lake and ocean-going vessels.
  • The port serves the grain, salt, chemical and agricultural processing industries. Each year approximately 100 large lake and ocean freighters visit the port to load salt from the Sifto Salt Mine, which is the largest salt mine in the world, and to deliver and load other commodities such as grains and calcium chloride.
  • Overall Annual Tonnage: Government Wharves handle approximately 200 million tons of grain and 230 million tons of salt annually.
  • Storage: Grain capacity of 44,810t, equating to approximately 4.5 million bushels and a salt storage silo of 10,000t are available.

Rail (Freight)

  • Huron County is well-served by the Goderich-Exeter Railway Company Ltd. (GEXR), which is Canada’s first short line railway.
  • With headquarters in Goderich, this private company has proven itself a competitive and capable railway with direct access to the provincial east-west corridor served by Canada’s major freight carriers.
  • The GEXR works with Huron industries and businesses to provide timely and customized carrier services; they provide freight service to the Goderich harbour area.

Airports

Huron County is home to 3 airports: the Wingham Airport, the Goderich Airport, and the Centralia Airport. The Wingham and Goderich airports are municipal airports; both are authorized airports of entry (AOE/15 authorized) capable of providing clearance for all classes of scheduled and non-scheduled aircraft (passenger and cargo) where the passenger capacity, including crew, does not exceed 15 people.

  • The Wingham Airport: The Wingham Airport (known as the Richard W. LeVan Airport) is a registered aerodrome owned and operated by the Township of North Huron. Situated on Highway 86, one mile east of Highway 4, this airport was opened in 1996. It has a modern terminal facility, a 4000 foot x 75 foot paved runway, and the beacon and runway lighting are operated by the arcal system (type K). Apex Helicopters Inc. currently operates out of the Wingham Airport, providing a wide variety of services.
  •  The Goderich Municipal “Sky Harbour” Airport:  The Goderich Municipal “Sky Harbour” Airport is owned and operated by the Town of Goderich and located 2.5 km north of the town, alongside Lake Huron. It has 2 paved and lighted runways (5000 foot x 100 foot and 3000 foot x 50 foot), plus 1 grassed runway (1870 foot x 100 foot). All aviation fuels are available and an aircraft maintenance facility is on site.
  • Centralia Airport (Huron Park): The largest private airfield in Southwestern Ontario, the Centralia Airport (Huron Air Park, formerly CFB Centralia) is located 15 minutes west of Exeter. It has 2 paved and lighted runways; the main asphalt runway is 5012 feet long and the other is 4400 feet long.

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