As of the Canada 2016 Census, the population is 7,628 in a land area of 8.64 square kilometres.
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron at the mouth of the Maitland River, Goderich faces the lake to the west and is notable for its sunsets. Some claim that Queen Elizabeth II once commented that Goderich was “the prettiest town in Canada” although no reigning monarch has ever visited Goderich. The town indicates that tourism is among its important industries. It has been named one of Ontario’s best small towns by Comfort Life, a website for retirement living in Canada.
The town participates yearly in the Communities in Bloom competition; and has won awards in many categories. In 2012, Goderich was a National Finalist in the competition, and was also part of the Circle of excellence.