Sauble Beach "Ontario's most popular beach"
Picture this - a warm summer day, basking in the sun alongside a sparkling lake. A gentle breeze wafts the grasses in the sugary dunes behind you. The sand underfoot is soft and some children are building a sand castle and splashing in the clean water. It’s Sauble Beach. The 11-km beach has been voted by popular polls as one of Ontario’s best beaches based on water quality, visitor services and family atmosphere. It is also recognized internationally as a Blue Flag beach.
People flock to see the spectacular reflections off the water as the sun slowly dips below the horizon. While the beach is the main attraction, there are many activities and amenities to enjoy. Surfing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and kite boarding are growing in popularity. Rentals and lessons are available at the beach. Tennis courts are located along Lakeshore Blvd North. Seniors enjoy the lawn bowling greens, horseshoe pits, euchre, bridge and bingo games at the Community Centre. Golfers appreciate three courses and a driving range. Summer events include weekend concerts, Tuesday night Car Cruises, Motorcycle Shows and Street Dances, Wednesday Family Movie Nights and Thursday night Bagpipes till Sunset. Sauble Speedway holds stock car races on its 1/4-mile oval track every weekend from Victoria Day to Labour Day.
Sauble Falls Provincial Park marks a series of limestone ledges that form Sauble Falls. On hot days, people often wade in the pools and cool off under the cascades. The park has a playground and a visitor centre that displays the history and ecology of the area. Trails lead through lush forest along scenic dunes with lookouts over the river. A fully accessible boardwalk provides a view of the falls. The remnant of the water flume that once powered a pioneer saw mill, is visible on the north side of the falls. Sauble Falls is the site of major spring and fall spawning runs for Rainbow trout and salmon when fish can be seen leaping and thrashing their way up the falls. The fishing season is open year round below the fish sanctuary.
The Sauble River is also navigable above the falls to the Jewel Bridge Road. It meanders around fern covered banks and high sand dunes that rise steeply from the river. Canoes and pedal boats can be rented at the parking lot beside the falls.
Several local trail systems provide recreational opportunities in groomed or wilderness settings. A nature trail leads behind Bannister Park, with its tennis courts and children’s playground. A marsh boardwalk follows the shoreline of Carson Lake behind the Community Centre, providing access for viewing wildlife. The Blue Bird Trail runs along the C-line. Skinner Marsh-McNabb Lake Conservation Area, located 1 km East of Hepworth, contains the Sawmill Trails that challenge hikers, mountain bikers or skiers in winter. It even has a lit trail for night skiing. Steep ridges, swales, wooded dunes and wild meadows characterize the area. Sauble Ski Trails have a whole network of scenic routes through woodland with access points along Sauble Falls Parkway. South Bruce Peninsula Dog Park is a great spot to let pooches play, located at Sauble Falls Parkway & Rd 13 Jct.