Weekend Getaway: Sauble Beach, Ontario
There’s no denying that Sauble Beach is a great beach (and clearly I’m not the only one that thinks that – the permanent population of 2000 people can get up to 100,000 in the summer). Located in the South Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Sauble is the second longest freshwater beach in the world (after Wasaga, another beautiful Ontario beach). The water is clean and warm, the sand is soft and relatively rock-free, and it’s not so busy that you can’t find some space to stretch out on.
Sauble is an easy three hour drive from Toronto; if you wanted to take a break part way, you can stop in Shelburne or Owen Sound, both are cute small towns. If you don’t have a friend with a cottage or summer home, it’s very easy to rent one for the week or weekend. We used Adopt-A-Cottage which I’d definitely recommend – the cottage was clean, had WIFI, and was a two minute walk from the beach. It wasn’t huge, but with three bedrooms it fit our group of six perfectly. It worked out to about $800 for three nights which I would consider pretty reasonable for what we got.
Timing what days you go to Sauble is really dependant on what you’re after. If you like a quiet beach with minimal action to nap peacefully or read in the sun, I’d highly suggest you go during the week if possible. This is what it looked like on a Friday afternoon:
Definitely much quieter than a Saturday which brought a ton of people partying, families playing sports and building sandcastles, and a lot more cars and noise:
As nice as the actual beach is, the surrounding community feels like it’s hit some hard times. While the shops and restaurants closest to the beach are still busy with people buying souvenirs and ice cream, a five minute walk down the main street shows many businesses for sale or in disrepair. I’d imagine the winter months hit businesses really hard when the population drops so drastically. A small amusement park that I’m told was quite popular a decade ago has since been abandoned and become overgrown with weeds.
Of course, if you’re going to drive up to Sauble Beach, I highly recommend you stop at Super Burger just east of Shelburne.
Is it the best burger you’re ever going to eat? Unlikely. But when take into account that you get to eat in an old TTC streetcar, there’s no denying that the restaurant itself is pretty cool to visit:
Overall, I’d absolutely recommend Sauble as a place to visit the next time you’re looking for a beautiful beach in Ontario.