Southampton is a community of approximately 3000 people on the shores of Lake Huron in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada, located at the mouth of the Saugeen River.
Although Southampton still has its own post office, it became part of the municipality of Saugeen Shores in the 1990s. Saugeen Shores is made up of Southampton, Port Elgin, and the former Township of Saugeen. The community of Southampton continues to expand. It has become a retirement destination, as well as a tourist destination. It is within 40 kilometers of Bruce Power nuclear power station.
This area is famous for its fabulous sunsets. Every Friday night in July and August you can hear the skirl of a bagpiper under the giant flag at the foot of High Street, a tradition which started in the late 1990’s. Also in July and August you can meet at the flag on Tuesday nights at sunset and take in a ghost walk! Take a stroll with the ghost walkers and listen to chilling tales of Southamptons past. This makes for a wonderful summer experience for all. During the summer and early fall, the beaches are full of people who have come to see the colourful sunsets lighting up the sky over the lake. Southampton, a popular summer getaway, is close to Chantry Island, Port Elgin, Saugeen First Nation and Sauble Beach.
Southampton is undergoing some major changes, you might say we’ve been Discovered! We have people moving here from a wide variety of areas to enjoy the laid back lifestyle that Southampton has to offer. What a fabulous town to retire in! In the last few years we have had some high end boutique stores added to Southamptons eclectic downtown core. Stores like Schendel & Sullivans, the Cooks Cupboard, Infinite Lingerie, Loose Leaves compliment establishments like Armens Cafe, Duffy’s Fish & Chips, The Walker House and more. There are many summer activities to participate in while in Southampton. These include: canoe and kayaking on the river (Thorncrest Outfitters can help you with sales or rentals), biking the railway trail (Martins Bicycles), swimming, sailing, or just spending time amid the dunes on the wide sandy beach. There is an active Tennis Club with three separate court locations in town, and several golf courses in town and nearby.
Recently, a historically significant shipwreck was discovered on the beach. Relics of the “General Hunter” can be found in the Bruce County Museum.
Southampton was also home to one of the last Gaelic speaking communities in Ontario. As late as the 1930s, the language was still used in everyday speech by local fishermen.
Southampton was named after Southampton, the English sea port.