Saugeen River Canoe Route
The Saugeen River originates in one of the highest points in southwestern Ontario and flows through rolling scenic countryside to Lake Huron, at Southampton. Although the route cuts across agricultural land, the heavy, mixed forest along the riverbanks blocks most farms from view. The route begins at Hanover Park, in the Town of Hanover, ending 102 kilometres downstream to Denny's Dam, near Southampton.
River conditions vary from broad placid sections to stretches with rapids and eddies, making the Saugeen ideal for family canoeing and for learning the basics of rapid water navigation. The rapids present little difficulty, except in early spring, when water is high and fast flowing.
Portages are short, bypassing three dams. In late summer, if the water is unusually low, some shallow stretches may make navigation difficult. A number of access points and parks, providing various facilities, are located along the canoe route.
Camping Along The Route