We operate two tourist campgrounds in Port Elgin and Southampton from May 1 to October 31. Both camps offer full service sites for seasonal and overnight campers that are located near the downtown cores and beaches.

Locations and hours of operation

Hours

The Port Elgin and Southampton Tourist Camps are open for seasonal campers with restrictions under the Provincial Stay-at-Home order and Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. 

Office hours: Monday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm

Contact camp staff by phone at 519-832-2512, email or at the Port Elgin camp office using the service window.

Campground locations

Port Elgin Tourist Camp

Southampton Tourist Camp

Phone: 519-832-2512

Amenities and maps

Amenities

  • Electricity
  • Dump station (Port Elgin site)
  • Firewood available for purchase
  • Wireless internet (at camp offices)
  • Accessible washrooms, limited facilities available due to COVID-19
  • Accessible showers, limited facilities available due to COVID-19

Maps

View our campground maps for camp sites, washrooms, offices, play areas and other amenities.

 Port Elgin municipal campground
 This map provides a birds eye view of the Port Elgin municipal campground
 Southampton municipal campground
 This map provides a birds eye view of the Southampton municipal campground

Short-term campsites and reservations

The Town of Saugeen Shores has suspended transient overnight camping for the 2021 camping season. Anyone who had previously reserved a transient overnight camp site will be contacted by staff.

Transient campsites can be reserved as seasonal sites for 2021 only. If you're interested in reserving a site for the remainder of the season, please call 519-832-2008 ext 131 or book by email.

Seasonal rates and booking

There is currently a waiting list for seasonal campsites. Email us to be added to the list or view Trailers for Sale within the campgrounds. The following rates do not include HST.

2021 fees

  • Seasonal campsite: $2,817.28
  • Seasonal boat parking: $227.24

Amenities

  • Fee for second fridge: $70.73
  • Dumping station: $7.04

Payment portal

Pay your fees online via the payment portal. You need a user name to activate your payment portal. If you have not received your user name email, please contact us.

Pay online

Campground rules and by-laws

Review our general rules to find out more about acceptable behaviour and items at both municipal camp sites.

 General campground rules

Note: The COVID-19 camper code of conduct may exceed these rules and is in place until further notice.

  1. Quiet hours begin at 11pm. Radios must be turned down at 11pm.
  2. All fires must be extinguished by 1:30am.
  3. Alcohol is not permitted off of your site.
  4. Alcohol and smoking is not permitted in washroom facilities.
  5. Visitors to your site are not permitted to enter the park after 10pm and must leave the camp by 12am (midnight).
  6. Campers wishing to change sites must obtain approval from camp staff prior to moving.
  7. Maximum of 6 people per site, including children.
  8. Maximum of 1 trailer or tent per site.
  9. Propane canisters must be disposed of properly. Do not put in household garbage. Please ask camp staff where to dispose of used canisters.
  10. Pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times.
  11. Campers must not deface camp property.
  12. Staff will collect garbage from short-term sites. Please leave it in a garbage bag in the bins provided on your lot. Garbage bags are available at the Camp Office.

The general campground rules apply to seasonal and short-term campers at the municipal campgrounds. Any camper or group not adhering to the rules may be evicted from the campground.

You can also check out our Tourist Camp By-law. The by-laws govern the campgrounds and let you know about things like:

  • Campsite tidiness
  • General code of conduct
  • How to make changes to your campsite
  • How to sell your trailer

Request a paper copy of the by-law from the camp offices.

Trailers for sale

View Trailers for Sale within the campgrounds. Postings are added as units are available. You will also find information on how to list your trailer for sale.

Looking for a different type of camping experience? There are lots of great options in Saugeen Shores.

  • MacGregor Point Provincial Park offers a variety of camping options including tent, trailer and yurt sites. The park offers nature trails, summer programs, and one of the most ecologically diverse natural places along the Lake Huron Shoreline.
  • Saugeen Bluffs Horse Camping and Conservation Area provides an opportunity for visitors to camp with their horses. The conservation area offers 15km of trails in mature woodlands for both campers and day rides, as well as other equine amenities.