Here we have another stunning beach in Ontario that makes you feel like you are vacationing in a tropical place. Located in Bruce County, Saugeen Shores was formed in the 1990’s as the municipality was restricting merged towns of South Hampton, Port Elgin and the township of Saugeen.
This beautiful town dates its history back to 1847 when government agents arrived to survey the land at the Saugeen River’s mouth. By 1857, there were 130 homes, six shops, two hotels, five warehouses and more. In 1859 the Chantry Island Imperial Lighthouse was completed to help steer sailor clear of the island’s treacherous shoals. The lighthouse still stands today.
In 1999, three municipalities amalgamated to form the Town of Saugeen Shores. The amalgamation created a diverse community with common historical and cultural ties, and a strong economic base.
Summers in Saugeen Shores are some of the most beautiful in Canada. Residents and visitors witness some of the most stunning sunsets in the province. The mesmerizing waterfront of Saugeen Shores stretches on for 18 kilometres, which allow for unobstructed sunset views along the Lake Huron shoreline. Many enjoy its trailer parks, cottages, hotels and municipal tourist camps available throughout the summer season. It’s the perfect area to be if you enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of summer. Many frequent Port Elgin’s harbour on Lake Huron and Chantry Island, or enjoy the Saugeen River winding its way through the peaceful countryside of Saugeen Township. This mainly seasonal town hosts nearly double its population in the summer. Whether tourists are basking in the sun on the sandy shores, touring the Chantry Island Imperial Lighthouse or checking out the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, there are many things to enjoy rain or shine. You can also enjoy many exciting walking and cycling trails.