Get outside and explore. Share the trail and respect each other.

Saugeen Shores is providing amenities to enhance the outdoor experience this winter. Garbage cans and additional portable washrooms are available for the public. While enjoying our trails please follow all posted signs, share the trail, respect other users and adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

 Winter trails

Designated winter trails

The Saugeen Rail Trail Association maintains and grooms the Saugeen Rail Trail regularly, weather permitting. When snow conditions allow, cross country ski tracks will run parallel to packed trail. Walkers, please do not walk on the tracks. 

Trails that are not listed are not maintained during the winter months. Use at your own risk.

Permitted uses

  • Hiking and walking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross country skiing

Share the trail and keep dogs on leash. Do not walk on cross country ski or snowshoe tracks. Motorized vehicles are not permitted at any time unless designated by signage.

Plan your outdoor adventure

 The following resources can help you plan:

 Winter trail etiquette and COVID-19 safety protocols

While enjoying the outdoors, please remember:

COVID-19 safety protocols

  • Stay 2 metres apart from others outside your household
  • Avoid crowding at trail entrances
  • Choose a different trail or time of day if your regular spots are busy
  • Move to the side when approaching others
  • Say 'hello' as you pass familiar faces instead of stopping to chat

Winter trail etiquette

  • Do not walk on cross country ski or snow shoe tracks
  • Share the trail, show courtesy for all users
  • Alert other users when approaching from behind
  • Leave no trace put garbage in its place
  • Stay on the trail, respect private property and natural vegetation

Dog etiquette

  • Keep dogs on leash and in your control at all times
  • Pick up your dog's poop, bag it and bin it. If there's no garbage can nearby, take it with you
  • Leashed dogs are permitted on the beaches from Oct 1 to May 1
 Year-round washroom and garbage facilities

Search our parks and trails listing for more information about locations and amenities.

 Public washroom facilities

These public washrooms are open during the winter months:

Additional portable washrooms (due to COVID-19):

 Garbage receptacles

 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)


  • 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)


  Explore the Shores: local itineraries

 Check out these local itineraries and enjoy winter in your own backyard.