After spending two beautiful nights in Canada at Pinery Provincial Park and MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Naomi and I continued our Bruce Peninsula road trip and headed to Sauble Falls Provincial Park. Since we had camped in our SUV, we were quickly on our way after breakfast and with only a 45 minutes drive north from our campsite at MacGregor Point, we had the whole day to explore yet another beautiful Ontario Provincial Park. Fueled by our stop at Tim Horton’s for doughnuts and iced coffee (Yummy!), we arrived mid morning to an already bustling park on a beautiful late Summer Saturday. There are plenty of outdoor activities to entertain you here and we had a great visit. These are the top 5 things we think you should do on a visit to Sauble Falls Provincial Park.
Sauble Falls Provincial Park: Picnic-
With multiple picnic tables and benches spread across the park, there were tons of groups out for picnics. With grills and large grassy areas, Sauble Falls Provincial Park is the perfect place for a picnic with family and friends.
Sauble Falls Provincial Park: Camp-
While we were too early to set up camp when we arrived in the morning, we were able to go ahead and check in at the entrance station where we received our parking pass. Sauble Falls Provincial Park has two campgrounds- East and West. Our site was located in the East Campground. With plentiful trees and shrubbery, sites were quite private and the campground was quiet so we spent a nice hour or two reading in our Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock. Water is available in spouts throughout the campground, and the main bathroom area and showers were clean and well maintained. If you can, snag a river side site with gorgeous views of the Sauble River. Click here for reservations.
There are two outfitters set up next to the falls and at $8 Canadian dollars an hour, it was a deal to rent kayaks for the morning. The Sauble River is smooth and the scenery is beautiful. We packed a lunch and paddled upriver for about an hour before heading back. This was my favorite part of the day and would love to paddle here again. Canoes and paddleboards were also available for rent.
Sauble Beach is very popular and there were crowds of people there when we visited late in the afternoon. Picking up a pizza at the nearby Pizza Delight before walking to the beach, we enjoyed our lakeside picnic. Parking is available for a fee right on the beach. We did not spend much time here due to the crowds, but people were clearly having a great time. There are cute shops and restaurants near the beach too which would be fun to explore for an afternoon.
The 2.5 Kilometer Sauble Trail starts at the East Campground, and we enjoyed our after dinner hike. The trail takes you through thick forest before leading you to beautiful river views. While we really enjoyed this hike, we rushed to the showers after to wash off any poison ivy we touched as it was growing everywhere right onto the trail. Ontario Parks have so much poison ivy!
I trip to Sauble Falls Provincial Park would not be complete without playing in the namesake waterfalls. People of all ages were splashing, sliding, swimming and jumping about the falls. They were really crowded by the afternoon! We saw people with tubes sliding down the falls which looked like fun. There were dogs splashing around too having a great time. I enjoyed wading in the cold water, but was glad I was wearing my Chacos as the rocks are slippery.
We loved our day in Sauble Falls Provincial Park! And since it was only an hour south of Bruce Peninsula National Park where we were headed the next day, we were able to wake up early and drive in to the National Park just after sunrise.
Sauble Falls Provincial Paek:
If you go-
I have never seen such an abundance of poison ivy as we saw throughout our trip up the Bruce Peninsula and we saw it all over Sauble Falls Provincial Park. Make sure when camping and hiking in the woods to watch for it. It was in the ground cover surrounding the campsites and shower house and was all over the side of the Sauble Trail. As Naomi is quite sensitive to poison ivy, she made sure to wash with Tecnu Cleanser after hiking and she never developed a rash.
It is a good idea to reserve your site ahead of time. There were only a few open campsites during our midweek visit in August. Click here for reservations.
While we didn’t bring Luna, dogs were welcome at all of the Provincial Parks we visited this trip (Pinery, MacGregor Point and Sauble Falls) as well as Bruce Peninsula National Park. We saw happy camping dogs throughout the campground.
If you can, bring a bike to use during your visit to MacGregor Point Provincial Park. While we didn’t have ours, it would have been convenient and many campers had theirs. There are bike racks located throughout the park.
Make sure to bring a snorkel and mask if you head up the Bruce Peninsula. Naomi added it to our pack list and we had so much fun using it in the clear Lake Huron waters! The Mask/Snorkel/Fin Set we have are very basic and quite inexpensive but we’ve used them all over the place and it works great.
We especially enjoyed reading Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals while traveling along Lake Huron and during our time in Sauble Falls Provincial Park. Part ghost story and part history, it is a fascinating read!
For more information about travel in the Bruce Peninsula, click here.