10014 In Search of the Perfect Beach
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Episode: 10014 "IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT BEACH" Travel Planner
Beaches, Beaches and more Beaches and what has been called the most beautiful sunset in the world. If you are looking for a getaway that says “relax,” look no further than this Ontario retreat, the search is over.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. Feel free to select only one or two activities per day according to your family’s interests. For assistance or for more information, call Bruce County Tourism @ 1 (800) 268-3838 Have fun!
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August 2012
Port Elgin Mini Steam Train Chantry Island I Chantry Island II Southampton Beach Bruce County Museum
» Port Elgin
(37 photos)
» Mini Steam Train
(24 photos)
» Chantry Island I
(31 photos)
» Chantry Island II
(30 photos)
» Southampton Beach
(18 photos)
» Bruce County Museum
(18 photos)
Kincardine Sauble Beach Silken Resort B&B      
» Kincardine
(30 photos)
» Sauble Beach
(40 photos)
» Silken Resort B&B
(12 photos)
Video Clips
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Leaf Leaf Leaf Leaf Port Elgin, Ontario
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Port Elgin’s beach is a community centerpiece. It’s home to a flea market on Wednesdays, beach carnivals on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and bandshell concerts with local talent on Sunday nights.  You can even take in a movie at Port Elgin Cinemas.  Beach-goers play mini-golf, join games of volleyball, walk the docks of the harbour and hop aboard the miniature steam train that chugs into Northshore Park.

The beach itself has a long, shallow, sandy bottom – ideal for tots. Families also appreciate the play equipment on the main beach and at Northshore Park. For food, ice cream and other refueling, there are two beachside restaurants. At dusk, the breakwall is the place to sit and watch the sunset.  Aftwards, stroll back to any of the affordable accomodations which line the beaches for miles along the Lake Huron Shoreline.

The Lake Huron Fish Club had a kids fishing dock installed in Port Elgin harbor at the bottom of Market Street so that they would have some place to fish without getting tangled up in the boats and mooring lines. There are also benches on the dock for parents and grandparents to supervise the children.  For children without equipment there is a tackle share program in place at the Port Elgin and Southampton Library. 

A miniature 24-gauge steam train offers a mile-long chug along the harbour to Northshore Park. It runs five times a day, Tuesday through Sunday. “The Station” also has 18 holes of mini golf and a practice green.

History Chantry Island
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Chantry Island lies just over a mile southwest of the mouth of the Saugeen River at Southampton. Over 50 known shipwrecks surround Chantry Island and its imperial tower. Victims of the rocky shoals and deadly storms has proven that the waters surrounding the island are the  most treacherous in the Great Lakes. Today, the local Marine Heritage Society offers lighthouse tours that include a restored lightkeeper’s home, where rubble has been cleared from the basement, the stone walls have been rebuilt, and a new roof has been installed. Chantry Island is home to over 10,000 pairs of mating birds, including cormorants, black-crowned night herons, great blue herons and egrets. Chantry Island is a Canadian Wildlife Service migratory bird sanctuary.

Leaf Leaf Leaf Southampton
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Stretching approximately 4 kms long, the only background music you'll hear on Southampton Beach are the gulls and the waves hitting the shoreline. Although the beach itself is sandy, the water bottom ranges from pebbly to rocky to sandy. Water shoes are recommended for the rocky sections. The water deepens quickly near the giant Canadian flag gracing the Southampton shoreline, so the best place for families and young children is down by the dunes, which is also the home of the only fast-food outlet on the beach, Gerry's Fast Food.

The General Hunter was a British Warship which fought in a numerous actions during the War of 1812 before being lost to the U.S. Navy in the famous Battle of Lake Erie. In 1816, it was shipwrecked on the Southampton beach where it still lies buried in the sand.

Hiking Paddleboarding
Color Tour The centerpiece for water action is Sauble Beach where there are banana boat rides and rentals of Seadoos, water trampolines and even a giant floating “iceberg” with three climbing walls and a slide. Makin’ Waves Watersports is the concessionaire, with a kiosk right on the main beach in town. On the more skillful side of play, you can find surfboards and stand up paddle boards for rent at Jack n Jill’s Surf Shop at 214 Main St.

Zipline Biking Along The Beach
Color Tour Bruce County’s country roads lend themselves naturally and beautifully to cycle touring. They’re quiet, well surfaced, and jam-packed with diversity. You can cycle from sandy beaches in the west to rocky cliffs in the east.

Hiking Fishing Music Kincardine
Color Tour The Kincardine Lighthouse and Marine Museum are popular destinations for visitors downtown. Historically, the lighthouse guarded the shores for salt and lumber exporters—today, it still guards the shores for incoming fishermen. The Marine Museum houses ancient marine artifacts from Kincardine and surrounding areas, and details mysteries about local shipwrecks!

Fishing Sauble Beach
  Welcome to Sauble Beach! Voted the #1 beach in Ontario, it is one of the crown jewels of Bruce County. Sauble Beach has evolved over time to become a popular family fun destination during any season! This 11-kilometer stretch of white sand offers breath-taking views of the Lake Huron shoreline, and is popular gathering place for many activities!

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