Top rated Canoeing and Kayaking on Rivers and local Lakes
With Lake Huron to one side, Georgian Bay to the other, with a dozen inland lakes and three rivers, Bruce County has an exceptionally varied selection of paddling routes – something for all skill levels. Expert kayakers gravitate to the spectacular coast of Georgian Bay, intermediates have great options along the Lake Huron shore, and beginners have gentle rivers and quiet lakes to choose from.
Guided trips from Explorers Tread, along with canoe and kayak rentals and shuttle services, are available through Cowan Canoes in Paisley, Suntrail Source For Adventure in Hepworth or, Thorncrest located in Southampton and Tobermory.
Take a look at our Saugeen River Bruce County Canoe Routes Google Map, then proceed below to choose your location to paddle.
Suggested Canoe and Kayak Locations for Different Skill Levels
• From Hanover, through Paisley and on to Southampton, the serene flow of the Saugeen River – one of the best canoe routes in Southern Ontario – offers idyllic day trips or a three-day excursion with overnights at towns and camping areas en route. Tours and shuttles are provided by outfitters. More....
• The unruly Rankin River provides an adventurous romp, lugging your canoe over tree stubs and deadfall, and running rapids.
• Fun family puttering is what the Sauble River provides. Rent a canoe or kayak from Sauble River Marina & Lodge Resort, or other local outlets, and enjoy an easy paddle upstream to pretty Sauble Falls.
• In neighbouring Grey County, the Beaver River meanders through forest and fields providing a lovely, easy paddle, ideal for families. Tours and shuttles are provided by Free Spirit Tours.
• In Lake Huron, Chantry Island, two km offshore of Southampton, is a federal bird sanctuary that not only features a proliferation of birds but an historic lighthouse and the skeletons of three shipwrecks, discernible amidst the underwater remains of two docks. Note: Walking ashore is prohibited.
• Near Oliphant, the Fishing Islands is a collection of low dolomite outcrops harbouring bird colonies and shipwrecks.
• Lyal and Knife Islands in Stokes Bay are site to a lighthouse, numerous shipwrecks, and to tern, gull and cormorant colonies. The water is shallow and somewhat protected.
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• In Georgian Bay, the coast of Bruce Peninsula National Park and Lion’s Head are where monolithic walls are pocketed with caves and coves, ledges and overhangs. The clear, turquoise, Caribbean-like quality of water makes the experience seem surreal. Melville Sound is another great escarpment-lined possibility.
• In Dyer’s Bay, Wingfield Basin at Cabot Head is a captivating place for to duck into. Inside the nearly enclosed harbour is the ruin of a 10-ton tow barge.
• East from Tobermory, paddlers can skirt the shoreline eastwards, past cottages and rocky shoreline to Dunks Bay.
236 Big Tub Road
49 Queen Street
848 Howdenvale Rd
South Bruce Peninsula
135 Huron Drive
89 Saugeen St
316 Mill St
40 Old Bridge Rd
Northern Bruce Peninsula
8 Bay St S
6.5 Southampton Parkway, PO Box 20
18 Marina Avenue
132 Saugeen Bluffs Rd
877 Berford St
County Rd. #23
100 Spencer Street on Hwy 6
7441 Hwy 6 Downtown
193 High St