I have been cottaging in Southampton Ontario since the late 1960's as
my parents transitioned from renting to owning in the mid 1970's and
then finally in the late 1980's we built our own cottage.
The Southampton horizon is marked by Chantry
Island, making it especially picturesque.
Southampton has everything a great cottage country holiday town needs.
beaches, lots of activities for all ages, amenities like groceries and
a thriving main street.
It has more than just white sandy beaches though, it is great for golf,
music camp, fishing and the art school.
Southampton's cottage area can be split into four sections; The North
Shore, Main Beach, Uptown and South Beach.
Once you cross the Saugeen River you have entered the North Shore. Take
an immediate left after the bridge and follow the river and around back
towards the Lake.
This area of Southampton Ontario houses a mixture of cottages and year
round homes. However if
you are looking for sandy beaches it is best to head back into the
heart of town.
Still on the North Shore of Southampton you will also find Chippewa
Golf Course one of three Southampton golf courses.
If you follow the shoreline out of town you will first hit the Saugeen
First Nation Indian
Reserve and the Saugeen Amphitheater; keep going to visit Sauble Beach.
Southampton Harbour is found along the Saugeen River and separates the
North Shore from the rest of town. Catch the Peerless for a tour of the
Starting at the large flag at the lake end of Southampton's main street
head south towards Gerry's Fries for some of the best beaches
Southampton has to offer.
Dune beaches mark the shoreline from here all the way to South Beach.
Watch out for rocky sections however a consistent sandy bottom beach
isn't found until the opposite side of Gerry's as you head to the PUC
This area of town is where you will find the
Southampton Tennis Club
and if you are in the vicinity as the morning children's lessons are
taking place listen for the cries of OVERHAND and UNDERHAND! If you are
a tennis fanatic this is a great family oriented club with round robins
for all ages on different days of the week and the famous Cups Day
tournament at the end of August.
If you have a trailer there is a few trailer parks where you might be
able to find a spot to rent and park your trailer for the season.