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: Huron Fringe Birding Festival

Huron Fringe Birding Festival

17th Annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival. Two consecutive weekends. A premiere outdoors festival focusing on birds, wildflowers, insects, photography and more.

must see: Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Spring is the perfect time to dust off your bike and hit the trails. With over 12,500 acres and 5 properties, our trails has something for everyone! Chariot friendly trails available at MTB Adventure Park and the Lindsay Tract

must see: Boat Tours

Boat Tours

Explore the crystal clear blue waters of Georgian Bay on breath taking boat cruise. You can lean over a boat and see shipwrecks and learn some history of the sunken ships. On a calm day, the underwater continuation of the Niagara Escarpment is visible. There are islands to explore, shores to cruise, and lighthouses to visit. Also from the water, you can see the coastal cliffs ablaze in the sunset.

must see: Fishing

Fishing

Saugeen River is the place for spring fishing. Cast from Saugeen's river banks into the spring migratory run or hop in a boat and downrig the deep waters of Georgian Bay & Lake Huron.

must see: Museums

Museums

Bruce County Museum is celebrating 60 years! Stay tuned for all the exciting upcoming exhibits such as "Fore the Planet" May 13.

must see: Lighthouse Tours

Immerse yourself in the history of Bruce County lighthouses by taking a self-guided tour through some of the best lighthouses in Ontario!

must see: Hiking

Hiking

Over 500 km of footpaths to explore along the Bruce Trail, in nature preserves, provincial & national parks.

must see: Motorcycling

Motorcycling

Bound by Lake Huron to the West and Georgian Bay to the East, there is a ton of coastline to ride in Bruce County.