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Day Trips in Port Elgin Saugeen Shores Ontario



Port Elgin is a hub of activity!!

Trails, Parks, Beaches, Farmer's Market and a vibrant downtown are only a few of the reasons to visit.
Perfect for families, Port Elgin has everything you would find in a small city, without the hustle and bustle. And it doesn't stop there; keep checking the calendar for all the special events going on around town. 
Bruce Power Visitor Centre

The Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19.

During this time, we have decided to keep the facility closed and focus on some renovations to the Centre.

We appreciate everyone’s patience while these renovations take place and we look forward to sharing our public facility as a world-class destination when it reopens.


For more information, please call toll free 1-866-748-4787 or email

Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores

Bike, hike, walk and visit numerous pods created by Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores. Stretching from MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Saugeen Rail Trail, Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, to Captain Spence Path in Southampton over 4,000 native plants have been planted to assist Monarch Butterflies.

This one of a kind unique community project is a must see. Each pod has been certified as Monarch Way Station. Learn about native plants, Monarchs, and pollinators as you visit the pods. Don't forget to bring your camera. For pod locations and information on Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, check out our map:


Visit: and like us on Facebook: Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.


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Chantry Island Lighthouse & Tours


Accessible only by tourboat, Chantry Island sits about a kilometre off the shore of Southampton. The lighthouse is a sister to the one at Point Clark, but take note of the subtle differences. Chantry Island, for instance, has 106 steps to the top.

Tours to this lighthouse must be pre-booked and pre-paid; only sanctioned tour groups are allowed on the island. Pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Where and When to Arrive:

Come to the Chantry Island Tour Base and Gift Shop located at the south side of the Saugeen River at the harbour in Southampton (See Maps) and arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled tour. Check in and receive your ticket. You will be directed to the dock for the Peerless II.


The tour is much like a medium hike and requires a degree of agility and fitness. You can enjoy the tour without climbing the 106 steps in the Lighthouse tower. However, when you do reach the light room, you will always remember the view. For safety, children must be a minimum of 4 feet tall and must be accompanied by an Adult. Footwear suitable for hiking is mandatory. For safety reasons, Flip-Flops are not allowed. Also note: The 2 hour tour must be pre-booked and prepaid. There are 9 seats on the boat.


The cost is $30.00 per person (includes HST).


For refunds, cancellations must be received 24 hours before the scheduled departure. Chantry Island is a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary and No Pets are allowed on the island. Cancellation can be caused by weather conditions but light rain is fine. No smoking in the boat or on the island.


Group tours can be booked by calling ahead at 1-866-797-5862 or 519-797-5862.


For Scheduled Tour times, please go here.



From Highway 21 in Southampton, turn west on Clarendon and follow the signs, or From High Street, (the main street), turn north on Huron or Grosvenor Streets and look for the signs.


Lighthouse Features:

  • Type of Light: Solar Powered Flashing Light

  • Range: N/A

  • Height: 80 ft

  • Steps: 106

  • Style: Imperial

  • Year Built: 1859

Greig's Caves



Enjoy your self-guided exploration of 10 limestone caves in the peace and tranquillity of singing birds and rustling leaves along the rugged trails where scenes of Quest for Fire and Against the Wild were filmed, all in about a hour or two, but come prepared with GOOD hiking shoes with a good tread, as the rocks may be moist and slippery. You will also need a flashlight for some parts of the caves.

Binoculars will be a good idea to get a better view from the trail above the caves affords breathtaking views about 300 feet above the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay. Very important also is to have com­fort­able clothing when climb­ing around the caves.


Please be advised that when exploring Greig’s Caves, you travel the property at your own risk.

Unfortunately, due to the steep inclines and rocky terrain, the caves are not accessible for a person with mobility impairment or physical challenges. The hike does require some physical agility and balance.


For School Bus Trips:

download Waiver.pdf and have it signed by the Parent/Guardian and bring it with you.”

Smith's Apple Farm & Market


Farm time is great family time ....

Family fun is all right here! Smiths' Apples and Farm Market is a family-owned orchard and market located in Port Elgin, Ontario on the River Road.


Bring your family to:

  • Pick tree-ripened apples

  • Explore the Corn Maze

  • Browse in the Farm Market

  • Enjoy freshly-baked pies, and baked goods.


Open Labour Day Weekend - Halloween




Located in Port Elgin, Ontario, Smiths' orchard is designed to produce top quality fruit on easy-to-pick dwarf apple trees. Smiths' is a friendly place located on a quiet country road, and is family owned and operated by Katie Lutz and Jim Mondry.

During your visit, take a look in the Farm Market and you will find freshly baked pies, local produce, and much more. 

Visiting Smiths' Apples has become a fall tradition for many families. Besides picking apples and exploring the Corn Maze, there are many other interesting things to see and do during your outing.

Huron Kinloss Ice Cream Trail


If you're looking a for a full day's entertainment, take a day trip on the The Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail™.

The Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail™ is a FUN-FILLED photo scavenger hunt for the whole family which takes participants to ice cream stops along the trail past beaches, golf courses, parks, a pool and a splash pad.

Many adventures await you as you follow the Ice Cream Trail™ throughout Huron-Kinloss!  Do it all in a one-day trip or spread your adventure out over the summer.

Stop for lunch or a break at one of the restaurants in Point Clark, Ripley and Lucknow or pack a picnic and enjoy our beautiful beaches and parks. Top it all off with an ice cream for dessert and don’t forget your bathing suit!

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