Port Elgin Be a Sport and come to Port!
Port Elgin, truly a family destination, is one of the busiest resort communities on the Lake Huron shoreline. The spectacular sunsets that this area is famous for can best be seen from the harbour - a must for photographers and romantics. Restaurants and pubs offer everything from popular roadhouse fare to gourmet meals for the discriminating diner. Free parking is conveniently located directly on the beach. The harbour and sandy beach are partly sheltered by breakwalls and the beachfront is very popular for swimming and windsurfing. Beach volleyball courts are set up during the summer and playground equipment provides recreation for children. Additionally, the beach is home to the gazebo that provides a lovely setting for summer Sunday evening bandshell concerts where audiences usually honk their car horns for applause! Visitors can find plenty of bargains and unusual treasures at the Flea Market, which is held every Wednesday at the beach during July and August. The beach and harbour have washroom and shower facilities, dockage berths and a launch ramp for pleasure boats. A fish cleaning station is located near the boat launch. The main beach is an exciting place with its amusements. Gobles Grove also has a beach, playground and washrooms located on Saugeen Beach Rd, off CAW Road. Further south is Eidt's Grove, a quiet, secluded beach framed by dunes.
Port Elgin Railroad & The Station has a steam train that chugs along its track past the waterfront, around North Shore Park and back to the Station. The miniature engine with its brightly painted canopied coaches is a half-scale replica of an 1836 American steam locomotive, except for its propane-fired boiler. It has all the bells and whistles and employs signalmen who stop traffic at railway crossings and switch the tracks. Rides are offered at 1, 3, 5, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m., Wed. - Sun. during summer only, depending on weather. Mini-golf is also available. A candy-making galley churns out fresh fudge and nut brittles.
Port Elgin has plenty of accommodations and recreation facilities to pamper visitors. Several local golf courses offer challenging links. Cinemas, bowling lanes, squash and racquetball courts, and the Plex provide indoor activity options. The BMX Bike Park has a 1,000-foot dirt track with ramps, berms and jumps for stunt biking behind the complex. It holds races Sunday afternoons, Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. The beautifully sculpted, concrete Rotary Skate Park is located behind the police station. It features multi-level ramps, platforms, rails and an open bowl. Hilly trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing are located in Biener’s Bush Trail behind Nodwell Park and Bush Line Trail; best access is off Market Street. The double-lane paved North Shore Trail for walking, bicycling or rollerblading, hugs the scenic shoreline for fabulous views of sunsets over the lake. North Shore Park has a shaded picnic pavilion and a playground alongside a spring-fed stream bordered by immaculate flowerbeds. Gore Drain Trail connects Port Elgin with MacGregor Point Park. Other trails around Port Elgin include Saugeen Rail Trail, Shipley, Town Pond, Ridge, Woodland and Acton to Shoreline links. The Off-Leash Dog Park is located on Lehnen Street.