There are many ways to get around Saugeen Shores. You can explore Saugeen Shores by car, boat, plane, trolley or through walking, hiking or cycling around our great streets, beaches and trails.

Saugeen Shores Trolley

Visit the S.S. Trolley website for more information and to view the Trolley Tracker app.

Harbour and airport

Visit our harbour and airport to learn more about how to sail and fly around the municipality.

Specialized transit

Persons living with disabilities can use Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit to get around the area.

Transportation Master Plan

The Town of Saugeen Shores Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a strategic planning document designed to provide a vision and the policy framework for a multi-modal transportation system that will meet mobility needs in the Town to the year 2031 (and beyond). Building on directions articulated in Town, Bruce County and Provincial policies and strategies, the TMP establishes the strategies, initiatives, and priorities necessary to realize the municipality’s transportation vision in a sustainable manner.

The TMP is a strategic tool that will guide the development of transportation infrastructure, policies, and programs. The plan aims to maintain the high quality of life that Saugeen Shore residents currently enjoy, safeguard the environment, and facilitate continued economic growth and prosperity within the community.

The plan was prepared following the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process for Master Plans, completing requirements for Phase 1 (opportunity statement) and Phase 2 (alternatives assessment). Consistent with environmental planning principles, the study included a comprehensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement program designed to obtain feedback from Town residents, key stakeholders, and other relevant technical agencies. The program featured two rounds of community outreach, with opportunities to participate in consultation events promoted through the project website, newspaper ads, and social media.

 Information materials
 Alternative planning strategies
Phase 2 of the MCEA process examined all reasonable alternatives to address the problems and opportunities and achieve the transportation vision. The alternative planning strategies were defined as follows:
  • Alternative 1: “Do Nothing” – This alternative reflects the current condition of the roadway network to the 2031 horizon year, without further investment to increase capacity. Population and employment numbers would grow, but no further transportation projects would be constructed;
  • Alternative 2: “Road Improvements Only” – This alternative builds on the road and highway improvements recommended in the Town of Saugeen Shores Capital Plan and Budget as well as the recommendations to accommodate growth to the year 2031; or
  • Alternative 3 “Road Improvements Plus” – This alternative includes all the road improvements identified in Alternative 2 plus measures to promote the use of travel modes other than the single-occupant auto.

A multiple account evaluation framework was developed to compare the three alternatives and select the preferred strategy based on evaluation criteria related to transportation, natural, social and policy environments, and economic implications.

The analysis of the alternatives led to the selection of Alternative 3 – “Road Improvements Plus” as the preferred alternative. The combination of implementing road, active transportation, and public transportation measures as part of the framework for Alternative 3 aids in reducing congestion and promotes travel options.

The alternative reflects the rural and urban characteristics of Saugeen Shores and will have the most promising effects on the transportation system.

 Final draft of the Transportation Master Plan

You are invited to view the final draft of the report at the Public Meeting, to hear the presentation of the Plan, and provide your feedback. 

Date of Council Meeting: Monday, November 23 2020

Time: 6:30 pm

Location (online): SaugeenShores.ca/Meetings

Anyone wishing to address Council with respect to the TMP review, can do so until November 13, 2020 by several options:

  • Comments submitted by email to tmpstudy@saugeenshores.ca, or mailed or delivered to Town of Saugeen Shores, 600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin ON N0H 2C0.
  • Verbal comments at 519-832-2008 ext 119.
  • If you wish to discuss ways to participate in the electronic Public Meeting, please contact the Clerk’s office at 519-832-2008 ext 105 or email at clerk@saugeenshores.ca

If you are submitting letters, faxes, e-mails, presentations or other communications to the Town concerning the TMP Review, you should be aware that your name and your communication with the Town will become part of the public record. The Town will also make your communication and any personal information in it available to the public, unless you expressly request the Town to remove it.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Froese, P.Eng . FEC
Director, Infrastructure and Development Services

Town of Saugeen Shores
600 Tomlinson Dr.
Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
Phone: 519-832-2008 ext. 119
Toll-free: 1-866-832-2008
Email Transportation Master Plan