The RailTrail is located in Saugeen Shores, Ontario Canada. Consisting of the towns of Southampton and Port Elgin, Saugeen Shores is located on the shores of Lake Huron – west of Owen Sound, north of Goderich and north west of Toronto.
Maps are also available along the trail, at the Memorial Garden, Perkins Park and the Train Station.
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RailTrail Access Points:
The official trail head is located in Port Elgin on River Street, a few blocks east of Highway 21. Parking is also available on Concession 10 east of Highway 21. The trail can be accessed at any intersection with a street, as well as a few specific locations.
The access points to the trail are as follows:
- a) Concession 6 east of Highway 21
- b) Louis Street south of the Saugeen District High School
- c) River Street east of Highway 21
- d) Concession 10 east of Highway 21
- e) McNabb Street at Peel Street
- f) Grosvenor Street at Peel Street
- g) South Street west of Highway 21
- h) East of the Plex
Take Highway 10 north to Highway 21. Take Highway 21 (west) all the way up to Port Elgin. If you want to start in Port Elgin, find the Port Elgin Cinemas on Goderich Street, at the north end of town, and turn east there on to River Street. Go two blocks. On the left side in the second block you find the Saugeen RailTrail trail head with an informational kiosk.
If you want to start in Saugeen Township take Highway 21 north from Port Elgin to Concession 10. Travel west to just behind the Bruce County Library for about a quarter of a mile. You can park and then go either north or south on the Trail.
If you want to start in Southampton take Highway 21 to the south end of Southampton to McNabb Street (at the Beer Store). Perkins Park is across the road on the west side, and you can start there.
You also can access the trail at the Peel/Grosvenor St. parking area where you can view an attractive Saugeen RailTrail welcome sign designed by GW Signs. The Saugeen RailTrail Memorial Garden is also in this area, where you can take a refreshing pause before continuing your trail journey.
You can also access the trail at the south end of Port Elgin at Concession 6. Turn east off Highway 21 at the lights. Travel about a half a mile to this gorgeous part of the trail that connects with MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
There are two available parking lots: the 6th Concession and at the Plex, as well as street parking at all intersecting junctions.