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A locals favourite

This loop, around Southampton and Port Elgin, is likely one of the most ridden by local cyclists.

South Port Cycle Route
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Saugeen Shores Loop
Circle loop from Southampton to Port Elgin and back.
  • Island View
  • Breathtaking Views
  • Smooth Ride

This loop, around Southampton and Port Elgin, is likely one of the most ridden by local cyclists. You can start this loop from just about anywhere in Southampton or Port Elgin. It can have many extensions or cut-offs for various lengths, making it great for anyone getting out!  

For this one, we have chosen to start from the Flag in Southampton.  Leaving the flag, go out along Huron Street, heading towards Port Elgin.  This street then turns into Miramichi Bay Road, which has a separate bike lane and a separate walking/bike path for those that would like to take a more leisurely pace.  This stretch has some of the best scenery along the whole route, running along the shores of Lake Huron for about 5km.  Giving amazing views of the island and the lighthouse as well as people enjoying the lake life. Remember to stop and take some photos! Once into Port Elgin, you’ll ride past the main beach and then make a left turn up Green Street, the first and only real climb on the loop! After Green Street, you jaunt through Port Elgin neighbourhoods, tracking back towards Southampton, and eventually making a right turn onto the 10th Concession.  Riding between corn fields and forests you eventually turn left again, onto Concession 14, to head back towards the water.  Upon reaching Carlisle Street the ride is almost complete, but if you’re feeling fresh you can add the Denny’s Dam extension! Instead of turning left onto High street you will continue straight, this takes you towards the Saugeen River and then down the Denny’s Dam Hill, once at Denny’s Dam you can hop off the bike to explore the Dam and Fish ladder if you wish, or turn right around and tackle the steep climb that you just descended.

After that, it's smooth riding all the way back into town.  Maybe some ice cream would be a good idea.

Start Point

Flag Pole, Downtown Southampton 

End Point

Flag Pole, Downtown Southampton

Distance
28 Km
Surface
Varied