We're ready for summer! Our beaches, parks and trails are open and ready to be enjoyed safely and respectfully. Here are a few reminders: 

Beaches are open so long as everyone acts safely

The best ways to enjoy our beaches:

  • If possible, arrive by foot or bicycle
  • Plan shorter visits and choose quieter times
  • Expect limited washrooms
  • Keep at least 2 metres apart from those outside your social circle  
  • Pack in and pack out, taking garbage home with you when possible 
Parking at Port Elgin Main Beach and Gobles Grove

Port Elgin Main Beach:

  • To increase beach and towel space at the Port Elgin Main Beach, parking will be eliminated on the shore side of Harbour St. south of The Beachside Cafe to Izzard Dr.
  • Beachgoers and motorists need to keep aware of others while crossing the parking lot at the Green St. entrance
  • Additional measures will be rolling out next week, so check back to our website and social media channels

Gobles Grove:

  • There is no parking along the shore side of Saugeen Beach Road due to high water levels
Boating and waterfront etiquette
  • All boat operators need to be responsible for the safe operation of their vessels; avoiding swimming areas is a good safe boating practice
  • While it is not possible to maintain buoys at most locations on the Lake Huron shore due to the wave action on this large water body, we encourage all boat operators to avoid popular swimming beaches in Saugeen Shores
  • All areas of the breakwater are closed to the public. No diving or swimming from the pier is permitted. Areas of concern are being monitored
Splash pads

The Port Elgin and Southampton splash pads are now open from 10 am to 8 pm daily. A few things to remember while splashing around:

  • Maximum of 10 kids on the splash pad at a time
  • Keep 2 metres from those outside your social circle
  • Wash hands before and after using the splash pad
  • It is not safe to wear masks in the water
  • On busy days, come back at a later time or on a different day
  • Keep visits short to ensure everyone has a chance to play
North Shore Trail 
  • The trail is closed from North Shore Park to the 10th Concession
  • Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians need to share the road while travelling in this section
  • For cyclists: keep to the right side of trails; when on the road, ride in the same direction as traffic; use reflective gear and lights; wear a helmet; ring your bell or call out when passing pedestrians
  • For drivers: slow down; only pass when you can safely provide a minimum of 1 metre between your vehicle and cyclists or pedestrians
  • For pedestrians: keep to the right side of trails; when on the road, walk facing traffic; use reflective gear; keep your dog on a leash; and be aware of your surroundings