Before settlers arrived in the area, First Nations peoples ventured through the Township, traveling the Pine River by canoe. A sacred burial ground was located near the mouth of the river.
The forests covering Huron Township, disappeared in the 1800s as settlers began arriving, clearing the land for farms and settlement. These settlers arrived on foot or by boat, travelling from Goderich along the shoreline of Lake Huron and used the beaches as roads. Many families lost their possessions when the small boats they were traveling in overturned in rough water.
In 1852, a group of 109 families settled in what is now Ripley. Evicted from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, this group is believed to be one of the largest groups to travel together and settle in one place in Canada.
In 1886, the first graveled roads appeared in the county, laying the groundwork for today's highways. Up until the early 1900s, farmers and their teams of horses laid gravel and maintained the county roads. In 1874, the first train tracks crossed the township and established the village of Ripley as a commercial centre.
The population of the township reached its peak during 1885-1890 and then began to shrink as township residents moved to Western Canada, Michigan, the Dakotas and Minnesota. With the construction of the nuclear power plant at Douglas Point, now known as Bruce Power, the township's population has grown in recent years.