Vicki Keith
Goderich Beach Plaque

The plaque commemorating Vicki's 1988 Lake Huron crossing is located adjacent to the south-side of the boardwalk that overlooks the beach whereshe finished her swim in Goderich, Ontario.

The boardwalk is located on the lake side of the Beach Hut at the Main Beach, 270 Harbour Street.

The brass plaque is 24" (61 cm) wide by 18" (46 cm) high. The main heading is 7/8" high, with the sub-heading and main text in 0.5" letters. The main text is left justified with upper and lower-case lettering.

It sits on a 48'x48" concrete base that is 12" high, but tends to get overgrown by the dune grass.

It's GPS location is 43.74498N,81.72603W

As of April 2022, the poetic tribute to this swim (shown on the right of this year 2000 image, was no longer in place.



At 7 a.m., Sunday, July 17, 1988, 27 year old Vicki Keith
departed from Harbor Beach on an epic swim across
Lake Huron. Vicki swam on bravely through July 17,
July 18 and onward into the early hours of Tuesday, July
19th. She arrived on the sand beach adjacent to the harbour
at the Port of Goderich to a cheering crowd of 400 at 5:55
a.m. Vicki completed the swim by using her trademark
butterfly stroke for the last few hundred yards. After being
off course to the south, for a time, Vicki swam a total of
48 miles over a period of 46 hours and 55 minutes. The
swim was part of a fundraising effort which raised
$548,000 by Vicki for the Variety Club.

The citizens of the Town of Goderich dedicate this plaque
to "A Great Canadian" Vicki Keith in commemoration of the
first swim across Lake Huron.

Nov. 29, 1989

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Created: 16th April 2000
Last Updated: 17th April 2022