In the Port Elgin area you will find 6 unique beaches! People have been visiting Port Elgin and its waterfront since the late 1800’s. Once you visit you’ll understand why these sandy beaches and updated harbour are what bring people back, year after year. Our various beaches suit a family day at the beach complete with playground or a secluded beach for some private time with your sweetheart. Having so many beaches offers many options and lets us all spread out and share while keeping our distance.
Southampton is known for its beautiful and unspoiled sandy beach. The beach stretches for kilometres and is home to rare dune grass. Dune grass helps keep the sand on the beach. The Southampton waterfront is home to a historic boardwalk - the Pinafore - Pioneer Park and the beach has a variety of swings and benches for young and old alike to enjoy. Along the shoreline, the view of Chantry Island and its historic 1856 Imperial Lighthouse is remarkable from any vantage point.
Beaches - Trails - Wildlife and more. MacGregor Point is one of the most ecologically diverse natural places along the Lake Huron shoreline. A complex ecosystem unfolds at this all-season park on a seven-kilometre stretch of coast, just south of Port Elgin. Park interpreters offer a full summer program of activities, including guided walks by the shore and through silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds, fens and bogs that reveal unusual inhabitants. Feed the chickadees from your hands!
Saugeen Shores has a variety of parks for all to enjoy. Playgrounds abound and Port Elgin & Southampton both have a splash pad. There is an outdoor workout park, parks with sheltered areas to sit and enjoy nature or read a book and more. For our furry friends, an off leash dog park gives them lots of space to run free. Each trail in Saugeen Shores offers a unique experience. You can walk along the North Shore Trail from Port Elgin to Southampton, through the brush of the Woodland and Biener Trails or along the Rail Trail that follows the old CN line through Saugeen Shores. Walk around Fairy Lake in Southampton or around the loop at Nodwell Park. Many of the parks and trails showcase historical plaques to learn about the unique history of the area.
The Town of Saugeen Shores has self-guided walking and driving tours that help you explore the rich heritage of our community. These tours highlight heritage buildings and historical places of interest in the area.
For over 80 years avid golfers have made Saugeen Shores their golf destination. Our five golf courses are complimented by beautifully maintained fairways, and challenging settings. Start your day off visiting our quality golf courses with their finely manicured putting greens and driving ranges.
The Saugeen River flows west, rolling through scenic Bruce County landscapes and emptying into Lake Huron in Southampton. With 100km of river and 15 Access Points, the Saugeen features everything you could want, from wide, slow-flowing sections to exciting white rapids and eddies, making for an unforgettable journey and memories that will last a lifetime.
Experience this world class museum where the new marries the old and discover the stories from Bruce County.
The Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre is newly renovated and open for guests!! Summer Bus Tours run weekdays. Pre-registration required for the tours.
Chantry Island is located on Lake Huron, just over a mile southwest of the Saugeen River mouth in Southampton, Ontario. On the island is a majestic Imperial Lighthouse built in the mid 1800’s, as well as the Keeper’s quarters and a boat house. Enjoy tours out to the island or view from shore along Northshore Road and Miramichi Bay Road. Stop and enjoy the view and the walking trail along the shore.
Southampton Art School offers classes for artists of all abilities and ages. Don’t miss the Southampton Art Gallery and Shop, located off beautiful High Street in downtown Southampton. They showcase wide range of one-of-a-kind fine art and craft, plus regular exhibitions by local artists, you’re sure to find that perfect gift for your loved ones… or yourself!
Fridays from July to September browse and buy at the Market Square in Southampton from 9 am to 2 pm. Located around the boat house in the parking lot of the Southampton Coliseum shop over 40 local artisans and vendors.
Each Wednesday, in the summer, visit the Port Elgin Market, complete with food, clothing, treasures and baubles galore. Starts June 29, 2022. Runs 9am to 3pm. This year at The Plex - 600 Tomlinson Dr., Port Elgin.
Located right in the middle of Port Elgin’s downtown, you will find an amazing selection of fresh local produce, unique local artisans and yummy eats. The market is on every Wednesday throughout the Summer from 9 am to 2 pm.
The Southampton Market blends the quaint atmosphere of a general store with the size and merchandise selection of today’s factory outlets.
Monday in Sauble Beach - Tuesday in Oliphant - Wednesday in Wiarton at Blue Water Park - Thursday in Sauble Beach - Friday in Hepworth at the Ball Diamond
The Owen Sound Farmers Market runs Saturdays 8am to 12:30pm. If its grown, baked, or made, you can find it at the Farmers’ Market! For a one of a kind dining experience book ahead for Chef Zach Keeshig’s Progressive Indigenous Cuisine. Their unique 9 Course Tasting Menu is offered most Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 6:30pm - 9pm. They release new dates every few weeks. Seatings are limited to 13 guests to keep the evening quaint and special. https://naagan.squarespace.com/reserve-2
Cruisers Cruise Nites, hosted by Mr. Cruiser, in Southampton, every Thursday from 6:30-9pm in June, July & August. An awesome evening of cars, music, and a 50/50 draw! Enjoy a variety of custom, classic and antique cars with classic rock to set the mood.
The sunset piper pipes down the sunset on Southampton’s beach at the flag (by Dominion Lookout, near Millard Boulevard/High Street) every Friday evening during the summer.
Come down about a half hour before the sun sets and enjoy the bag pipe music until after sunset.
The Bruce County Playhouse, at the Southampton Town Hall are back. Summer productions include Murder for Two! by Joe Kinosian & Kellen Blair in July, DuffleBag Theatre with Peter Pan & Snow White, July 27 & 28, and Real Estate, a comedy by Allana Harkin in August.
Join the Historic Saugeen Metis in Southampton Saturday, August 13, 2022 for an afternoon of Métis fiddle music and dancing. Featuring the music of award winning fiddler Shane Cook & Friends.There will be children’s crafts and a variety of displays and demonstrations showcasing Métis culture. Enjoy deep-fried lake whitefish on a bun and refreshments, moderately priced. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Rain Venue is the Southampton Curling Club.