Saugeen Shores is home to over 40 km of trails, nine athletic parks, 27 playgrounds and countless green spaces to enjoy.

COVID-19 update

All outdoor recreational spaces are open for use. Please follow public health guidance and posted signage. Refer to the Town's COVID-19 page for the most up to date information. Learn more about our enhanced winter amenities and plan to explore outdoors.

Trails

Each trail in Saugeen Shores offers a unique experience, whether you are walking 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.

The following resources can help you plan your route:

Trail Etiquette and Code of Conduct

Our cycling page has information on trail etiquette and how you can share the trails.

Cycling

Saugeen Shores is a bronze level bicycle friendly community. Learn more about cycling in our community including information about bicycle safety.

Parks

Saugeen Shores has many parks for you to enjoy. One of our best known outdoor areas is Jubilee Park. It has a fully accessible playground, splash pad, accessible washroom, pavilion and ball diamonds.

Off leash dog park

Our fully fenced dog park is open daily from dawn until dusk, April 2 to November 30. The park is not maintained from December 1 to April 1 but can used. All dog owners are reminded to follow the Ontario's Dog Owner's Liability Act and the dog park rules.

Dog park rules 

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all park users, both two and four legged, please follow the rules of use.

  • Dog park is for dogs, their owners and handlers and those accompanying them
  • Do not treat the park as a children's playground
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times and kept under strict supervision
  • Do not allow children to run in the area and chase after dogs
  • Leash your dog when entering and exiting the park
  • Do not both gates at the same time and please carry the leashes within the park
  • Limit of 3 dogs per handler
  • A handler aged 12 or older must be present and in control of their dogs at all times
  • Dogs should be spayed or neutered. No female dogs in heat allowed
  • Ensure that your dog(s) is vaccinated and in good health before using the dog park
  • Dogs must be licensed and have a visible dog tag at all times
  • Puppies must have their 12 week shots. Puppies should be four months old before coming to the dog park
  • Dogs must be under control and in sight of their handler at all times
  • Be ready to take control of any situation, you are responsible for your dog's behaviour
  • Owners and handlers must pick up after their pets per the municipal by-law
  • Fill in any holes your dog digs or make appropriate repairs to disturbed area
  • No toys, no human or dog food, or treats, no alcohol
  • No smoking (methane gas may be present)
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted in the off leash area. Persistent aggressive action by dogs or people will not be tolerated; both the handler and the dog will be asked to leave
  • Violators may have their park privileges suspended
  • All dog owners and park users assume all risk related to park use
  • Dog owners are subject to Ontario's Dog Owner's Liability Act
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Be safe and have fun!

Amenities

Our trails and parks have the following amenities and facilities. Expand each section to learn more.

Pavilions

You can find pavilions at many of our parks, including the following:

Southampton

Port Elgin

Year-round garbage bins

Many garbage bins are removed from parks and trails during winter months due to snow and lack of access for maintenance. The following locations are maintained year-round. Visit our parks and facilities listing for more information about our outdoor spaces.

 Port Elgin and Saugeen Township
  • 10th Concession trailhead parking area (Biener's Bush and Woodland Trail)
  • Biener's Bush/Bushline Trail access from Summerside Place
  • Lane at Hilker and Gustavus Street
  • North Shore Park (at harbour parking lot)
  • Nodwell Park
  • Off Leash Dog Park
  • Pierson Park
  • Port Elgin Harbour (by office)
  • Port Elgin Main Beach parking lot
  • Saugeen Rail Trail at River St
  • Skate Park
  • Throughout Downtown Port Elgin (on Goderich St between Elgin and Catherine St)
 Southampton
  • Chantry View Drive by beach access
  • Denny's Dam
  • Fisherman's Park
  • Helliwell Park
  • Jubilee Park
  • Long Dock parking area (at Gerry's Fast Food)
  • Millard Blvd/Southampton Flag (near washroom)
  • Perkins Park (beside washroom)
  • Saugeen Rail Trail at Memorial Gardens (Peel St side)
  • South Street at Rail Trail access
  • South Street by beach access
  • Throughout Downtown Southampton (on High St)

Public washrooms

The Town maintains public washrooms year-round and seasonally and provides additional portable washrooms throughout the community seasonally mid May to mid September. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some portable washrooms are available during the winter months in the following locations:

  • Gerry's Fast Food parking lot (Island and Front St, Southampton)
  • Nodwell Park
  • Port Elgin Main Beach (by the harbour office)
  • Saugeen Rail Trail Memorial Gardens (Peel St and Larid Lane, Southampton)

Public washroom listing

Parks and Trails Master Plan

View the Saugeen Shores Parks and Trails Master Plan.

Parks and Waterfront Tree Maintenance

Have a concern regarding a tree on Town property? Complete the Parks and Waterfront Tree Maintenance Request form to request a tree inspection for trees in parks, trails and waterfront property. Concerns may include:

  • Dead tree standing
  • Low branches
  • Cracks
  • Fallen limbs
  • General decline in tree health
  • Pest infestation or tree disease
  • Trimming request
  • Other tree health concerns or unexpected changes in the tree

Please note that the Town of Saugeen Shores is responsible for trees on Town property. If you have concerns about a tree on private property, contact a qualified arborist for an assessment.