The Little Inn of Bayfield – our rich history


The Little Inn has been warmly welcoming guests since 1847. We are Ontario’s longest continually operating Inn and a familiar landmark on Bayfield’s Heritage Main Street.

Originally built as a stagecoach stop on the Sarnia-Goderich line, carriages and stage coaches would stop here to rest the horses overnight. (The original hitching posts are still out front.) Weary travellers could enjoy a good meal, a drink, and a comfortable bed for the night.

Our buildings

The Little Inn is a designated heritage building built of local buff brick, and is a fine example of early Ontario architecture. The addition of the two-story verandah back in the 1980’s harkens back to the original façade of the building, and almost 180 years after the original was built, it is still a popular place to watch the Bayfield sunsets. 

“This place is a real gem! The bed was super comfy and the room was absolutely delightful. Some things are showing their age, like chairs but I loved it!!! Staff is friendly and seem to care. What more can you ask for? How about a great meal? Not to worry!! The food is beyond delicious. Every choice the chef makes from offerings to how precisely food is cooked to their presentation. It is just so skillfully done. Hats off to the chef!!! You can’t get better and we travel to France and Italy often enough! We are accustomed to good food. Definitely coming back!”

Renee Billiau
“My wife and I had a great time. Excellent , friendly service from the woman at check in , bar tenders and our waitress at breakfast |Will definitely be returning.The hotel is close to other bars and shops. Plus a short walk to the lake , where you can take stairs down to the beach”

“We had a wonderful dinner out. Our server was Rob who was very friendly and attentive. The drinks and food were delicious. I had the short rib and my wife had the veggie special. Since we were celebrating, we even shared all 3 desserts, which were out of this world. Given the time of year, we were also very keen to hear the ghost stories from this old historical building. Overall, fantastic experience and will definitely come back.”

Dillon Browne

“If you’re looking for a quiet, quaint getaway, this is the place for you. Located in the middle of Bayfield, you are close to the lake and many unique shops in walking distance. The pace is relaxed and comfortable. The setting is a throwback to a simpler time when this inn was a stop for the horse-drawn stage coaches. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was very attractive and a large, comfortable space.”

John B