Paddling


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

For Beginners

•    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.


For Intermediates

•    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.

For Experts Only

•    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.

 

Big Tub Harbour Resort

Big Tub Harbour Resort

519-596-2219

236 Big Tub Road

Tobermory

Bruce Grey Student Tours

Bruce Grey Student Tours

226-668-4702

49 Queen Street

Hepworth

Bruce Peninsula Rowing Club

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519-534-4090

848 Howdenvale Rd

South Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Tours

Kayak Indian Cove

519-270-9476

135 Huron Drive

Tobermory

Canoe & Kayak Routes for Bruce Grey

Canoe & Kayak Routes for Bruce Grey

519-264-1255

RR #1

Hanover

Chantry Island Lighthouse

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5197975862

89 Saugeen St

Southampton

Cowan Canoe Livery

Cowan Canoe Livery

519-353-5535

316 Mill St

Paisley

Denny's Dam Conservation Area

Denny's Dam Conservation Area

519-364-1255

40 Old Bridge Rd

Southampton

Explorers Tread

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519-270-8461

Northern Bruce Peninsula

G&S Watersports

G&S Watersports

519-596-2200

8 Bay St S

Tobermory

Nomad Adventures

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519-502-3397

Bruce County

Outervision Adventure Tours

Outervision Adventure Tours

6.5 Southampton Parkway, PO Box 20

Sauble Beach

Sauble River Marina & Lodge Resort

Sauble River Marina & Lodge Resort

519-422-1762

18 Marina Avenue

Sauble Beach

Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area

Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area

519-367-3040

132 Saugeen Bluffs Rd

Paisley

Spirit Rock

Spirit Rock Outpost

519-534-5168

877 Berford St

Wiarton

Stoney Island Conservation Area Trails

Stoney Island Conservation Area Trails

519-364-1255

County Rd. #23

Kincardine

Suntrail Source for Adventure

Suntrail Source for Adventure

877-882-2958

100 Spencer Street on Hwy 6

Hepworth

Thorncrest Outfitters

Thorncrest Outfitters

519-596-8908

7441 Hwy 6 Downtown

Tobermory

Thorncrest Outfitters

Thorncrest Outfitters

888-345-2925

193 High St

Southampton