Saugeen River Canoe Route
One of the best canoe routes in Southern Ontario and only a few hours drive from home! Winding 102 km through the scenic countryside and pretty "small-town Ontario", the Main Saugeen River Canoe Route stretches from Hanover to Southampton, where it empties into Lake Huron. The trip can be completed in 3 to 4 days, with ease, but slow, portages around the three dams. Supplies can be purchased en route. Stay overnight in one of the riverside towns or camp at Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area, with its canoe launches, treed campsites and beautiful hiking trails. McBeath Conservation Area upstream of Paisley is only accessible by the river and offers a good overnight stop over. Several private campgrounds offer riverside camping, too.
Keep your eyes peeled--and your camera ready! --For the local wildlife. Deer, Great blue herons, mallards, beavers and muskrats, just to name a few, all make the river their home.
> Hanover to Southampton