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Sauble Beach, Ontario

Sauble Beach is known for its sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and lively summertime atmosphere. Established in the late 1800s, Sauble Beach has grown into one of the largest freshwater beach destinations in the world.

Where is Sauble Beach?

Sauble Beach is located on the western coast of the Bruce Peninsula, facing out onto the waters of Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario.

The small settlement has grown up along the miles of beach, with the nearest bigger population centres being Southampton and Port Elgin to the south. It is part of the unincorporated community of South Bruce Peninsula which includes the small town of Wiarton on Georgian Bay.

The entrance to Sauble Beach, Ontario
The entrance to Sauble Beach in Ontario

Sauble Beach is mainly made up of vacation rentals and beach houses along the coast and the permanent population of around 2,000 inhabitants booms in the summer season as the rental accommodation fills.

How to get to Sauble Beach

Nearest airport to Sauble Beach

The major international airport near Toronto is easily the preferred option for those looking to fly. The airport is the closest and has the largest choice of flights and destinations.

Distance to Toronto Pearson International Airport: 123 miles
Distance to London International Airport: 146 miles
Distance to Hamilton International Airport: 258 miles

Driving to Sauble Beach

Those arriving from the south may be using ON-21 state highway - known as the 'Bluewater Highway' - along the shoreline of Lake Huron. This turns inland at Southampton and those who want to continue along the coast take Bruce County Road 13 around 10 miles north to Sauble Beach. The 13 continues north to Sauble Falls Provincial Park before heading east to Wiarton.

Bruce County Road 13 leads directly east from Sauble Beach to Hepworth and the junction with the ON-6 state highway heading further north up the Bruce Peninsula towards Tobermory.

History of Sauble Beach

The name Sauble Beach derives from a misspelling of 'sable', the French word for sand. The river which enters Lake Huron via Sauble Falls was known as the 'river to the sands' ('Rivière aux Sable') by French trappers and explorers in this area.

The first English-speaking settlers started to call it Sauble Beach from the late 1800s when the timber industry began to boom.

The lengthy beach - apparently the second longest freshwater beach in the world behind Ontario's Wasaga Beach - became a tourist attraction in the 20th century and visitor numbers are now estimated at 400,000 a year.

Much of Sauble Beach to the south down towards Southampton is part of the Saugeen First Nation and court proceedings are currently underway to determine the ownership of a further large area of beach near Sauble Beach Main Street.

Things to see and do in Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach

The long beach itself is, of course, the main reason that people flock to the area during the summer months. The water is generally shallow and safe for families, with alcohol and barbeques banned on the beach.

There are several events held on the beach during the summer months, including the Sand Fest with its sand sculptures and live music.

A look at Sauble Beach

Sauble Falls Provincial Park

Sauble Falls Provincial Park was founded in 1960 and features the Sauble River and its descent over a number of small falls on its way into Lake Huron.

The area was originally a site of a timber mill and a small town built in the 19th century to support the lumber industry but as the timber was logged the town eventually became depopulated.

Sauble Falls near Sauble Beach, Ontario
Sauble Falls near Sauble Beach, Ontario

The park covers both sides of the river, with an easy hiking trail through pine woods and canoe rentals available for those wishing to paddle up the Sauble River.

Other Lake Huron Towns in Ontario

Grand Bend, ON

Grand Bend

Founded in the mid-19th century, Grand Bend has grown into a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from across Ontario and beyond. The town's main beach, Grand Bend Beach, stretches for nearly two miles and offers a variety of activities including swimming, sunbathing, volleyball and kiteboarding.

Goderich, ON

Goderich

Goderich is a charming town in the heart of Huron County, Ontario. It is known for its picturesque architecture and stunning natural beauty. Founded in 1827, Goderich has a well-preserved downtown area with historic buildings such as the Huron Historic Gaol and the Huron County Museum.

Kincardine, ON

Kincardine

Kincardine is a small town located on the shores of Lake Huron in Bruce County, Ontario. It is known for its beautiful beaches, picturesque lighthouse and Scottish heritage. Founded in 1848, Kincardine has maintained its small-town charm while offering visitors a variety of attractions and activities.

Tobermory, ON

Tobermory

Tobermory is a picturesque village located on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. It is an important link to Manitoulin Island and remains an important center for commercial fishing, diving and ecotourism. Visitors can hike along the rugged coastline or take a boat tour to see Flowerpot Rock.

Sauble Beach Links

Sauble Beach : visitsaublebeach.ca
Ontario Parks | Sauble Falls Provincial Park : www.ontarioparks.com