Our Story

Hi there! I’m Krista Swetman, founder of Here on Lake Huron. Thank you for stopping by. We’re grateful to have you here and welcome you to our love-of-Lake-Huron community. We strive to create cozy, casual and sometimes quirky products that are inspired by Lake Huron. We’re here to have a little fun and drink up all the Lake Huron goodness. For more information on how we got started, please read our story below. 

On February 12, 2020, I lost my Dad. He was 73. He passed away three days before my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. My Dad was a fighter, a storyteller and a goal crusher. He was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 2015. His spirit and determination kept him alive a lot longer than doctors anticipated. I still can’t believe that he is gone. 

When my Dad was going through chemo, he would sleep most of the day. At that time, I started taking my Mom on mini road trips once a week. My dad’s illness was wearing her down. As his primary caregiver she was exhausted, overwhelmed, and depleted. 

Before we left the driveway, I would tell my Mom that we were only going to think happy thoughts, plan our hopes and dreams and enjoy what the day had to bring. Our road trips became an outlet that was free of stress and heartache. It allowed us to escape reality. 

Week after week, we found ourselves on the shores of Lake Huron - visiting Bayfield, Grand Bend, Goderich, Kincardine, etc. The lake pulled us in, and we felt its energy and love. It was like a warm blanket. We’d sit in the car listening to the waves. We’d marvel at its greatness and felt free, if only for a short while. 

Here On Lake Huron was born and developed during our mini road trips to the lake. It’s an ode to Lake Huron’s majesticness and beauty. It’s a nod to the communities that surround it and helped (and continue to help) us heal. It’s a bow to the people who live on its shores and the establishments we frequent. It’s a great big THANK YOU for helping us feel at ‘home.’ But most importantly, Here on Lake Huron is a salute to my Dad. I miss you Dad with all my heart. I promise to make you proud.

See you at the Lake,

Here On Lake Huron - Krista

Did you know… 

When you purchase a product from Here on Lake Huron, 10% of the purchase gets donated to charity. That’s 10% of the listed product price. How awesome is that? What’s even better? You get to choose which charity you’d like the funds to be gifted to. We currently have four charities that are near and dear to our hearts. At checkout, just let us know which charity you’ve picked. Please choose from one of the following charities:

Current Charities
  1. The Indian Residential School Survivor Society - the IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families and those dealing with intergenerational traumas.

  2. The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation - also known as the voice of Lake Huron. A non-government charity that strives to protect and restore Lake Huron’s coastal environment, and supports its coastal ecosystem through education, restoration and research projects. 

  3. Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance - comprised of four local hospitals (St. Marys, Clinton, Seaforth and Stratford).
  4. Black Health Alliance - a community-led charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada. 
  5. Stratford Festival - founded in 1953, the Stratford Festival is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company and is currently closed due to COVID. 

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