Saugeen River Canoeing in Ontario



Visit Paisley or Walkerton for Canoe access points!

 
Grey Bruce County Canoe Paddeling Map 2011The scenic and popular Saugeen River Canoe Route starts in the Town of Hanover and takes approximately 3-4 days to canoe or kayak its entire 102 km length to the mouth of the river in Southampton. There are numerous access points that can make for a relaxing day trip on this renowned river. During the summer, this is an ideal river for beginners because of its gentle flowing nature, limited rapids and eddies, and numerous stops along the way. There are three dams along the way where you can practice your portage techniques. It's also perfect for learning the basics of rapid water navigation. The rapids are not difficult to negotiate, but are a challenge in the early spring when the water is high and fast moving. In late summer, some parts of the river can become trickier to navigate as water levels may drop.  For local canoe and kayak rentals, visit our Bruce County Outfitters listings.

Please practice safe canoeing by wearing a PFD.  Always check with local Outfitters before getting on rivers.

 

Stay overnight at a riverside town, camp at Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area or McBeath Conservation Area at Paisley. This unique overnight camping area is only accessible by the river. Several private campgrounds also offer riverside camping.

Fishing for bass, pike, rainbow and brown trout should be easy if you've stocked up with the right lures, bait and line available at any of the local outfitters. And keep alert and your camera ready for spotting local wildlife. Great blue herons, mallards, beavers and muskrats all make the river their home.

More must sees:

must see: Beaches

With a Lake Huron on the west and Georgian Bay on the east, Bruce County is endowed with lots of beaches!

must see: Bruce Peninsula National Park

Near Niagara Escarpment caves, beaches, & hiking.

must see: Bruce Trail

The Niagara Escarpment, from Niagara Falls to Tobermory.

must see: Chi-Cheemaun Ferry (Tobermory)

Running between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, the Chi-Cheemaun offers not just passenger and car ferry service but romantic Sunset Dinner Cruises.

must see: Camping

With over 14,000 campsites in Bruce County, there is a wide variety of Canadian wilderness to choose from. Everything from camping in tents, RV's and Yurts or as we like to call it "glamping"

must see: Fathom Five National Marine Park

Scuba diving capital of Canada, which has a Marine Park with 22 shipwrecks! View wrecks & islands from a glass-bottom boat.

must see: Adventure Passport

The Adventure Passport is a Self Guided scavenger hunt to finding some of the most intriguing locations in Bruce County. The 10th Annual Adventure Passport begins on for May 1st and runs until October 31st!

must see: Saugeen River

Try Paddling along Saugeen River by canoe or kayak!