The beaches are open in Saugeen Shores. Please review and follow the COVID-19 safety warnings and precautions listed below prior to arriving. The beaches could close if people don't act safely. Do your part.

People come from all over to visit and enjoy Saugeen Shores' beautiful, sandy beaches. Here you will find incredible sunsets, opportunities for swimming, water sports, relaxing, and picnic areas and playgrounds. Our beaches offer something for everyone during any family outing.

You can also find many attractions and sights near the beach, such as passing sailboats and Chantry Island.

For more information, view details and locations of each of our beaches.

 COVID-19 safety warnings and precautions
  • Stay 2 metres apart from those who are not in your social circle
  • Gatherings of 10 or more are still banned
  • Pack in, pack out. Take garbage home when possible
  • Washrooms are limited due to physical distancing
  • BBQs, enclosed tents and dogs on the beach are not allowed. Police and by-law staff will lay fines if needed
  • Shorten visits on busy days
  • Masks are not safe to wear in the water
  • Maintain good hand hygiene. Bring hand sanitizer and use frequently
  • Choose to walk or bike to the beach when possible

Beach maintenance

The Saugeen Shores Beach Maintenance Plan outlines the actions taken by the Town to care for our 18 km of shoreline. The shoreline is divided into 10 maintenance areas, each with specific instructions regarding care of facilities and land.

Actions included in the plan

  • Garbage collection
  • Litter removal
  • Lifesaving station maintenance
  • Beach access points
  • Beach grooming
  • Dunes
  • Invasive species control
  • Grass cutting
  • Parking lot maintenance
  • Washroom maintenance
  • Water quality testing
  • Playground maintenance
  • Snow fencing

Water Safety

 Waterfront safety guide
 A guide with best practices for staying safe around the water.
 Water safety videos

Life saving stations: how to use the equipment

Along our shoreline we have 38 life saving stations, which are here for the safety of our residents and visitors. In this short video, we'll show you how to use them if the need arises. Together we can keep our beaches safe this summer!

Open water safety

Children and families love to spend time around the water and Saugeen shores beaches! To make sure everyone has fun this summer, it's important to know how to stay safe and be Water Smart. Join us as we share how to enjoy a fun, safe day at the beach.

Backyard pool safety

Swimming in a backyard pool is a fun way to stay active and keep kids busy on hot days! Watch as we show you how to make sure family and friends stay safe this summer.

 Water safety resources

Waterfront Best Management Principles

A guide for sustainable shoreline properties in the Town of Saugeen Shores.

Waterfront Master Plan

Our beaches are a crucial part of our Waterfront Master Plan. View the plan to learn more about topics such as:

  • Beach grooming
  • Signage
  • Dogs on beaches
  • Parking
  • Lookout areas

The plan guides the Town of Saugeen Shores in enhancing the waterfront. It aims to coordinate and link the communities of Southampton, Port Elgin and Saugeen Township to protect the waterfront for residents, visitors and future generations.

The Port Elgin Waterfront Design Concept provides a comprehensive year-round vision and conceputal design for the Port Elgin waterfront that complements the Waterfront Master Plan.