Definitely the beach with something for everyone! A beachfront flea market every Wednesday during the summer, a miniature 24-gauge steam train that chugs along the harbour and into the picturesque Northshore Park, beach volleyball (bring your own ball!), mini-golf, watch the sunset from the breakwall and, of course, swim and catch the sun's rays on the sandy beach.
With ice cream cone in hand, stroll along the hard-surface pathways that start at the "Harbour of Hospitality" and run right into Northshore Park. The harbourfront, the shoreline or the breakwall offer an excellent view of Lake Huron and its magnificent sunsets. Benches facing the lake make it comfy viewing, too.
Play equipment for the youngsters can be found on the main beach and at Northshore Park. The sandy bottom at the main beach extends a long way into the water, easy on the feet and great for wee ones! Several beach shelters offer protection from the sun's bright rays for those who love the beach, but prefer to lounge in the shade. The waterfront makes easy launching for a canoe or kayak.
Fast food, ice cream and other treats can be found at the three restaurants located within walking distance of your beach umbrella and towel. At The Station, climb aboard the train with the whole family--the train runs five times a day in July and August, but not on Monday and not in inclement weather. Munch on fast food, homemade fudge, pick up souvenirs or the beach accessory you just have to have!
Take in the local talent at the Sunday night bandshell concerts during July and August (admission by donation). Summer ends with a bang as fireworks light the sky on the Sunday of Labour Day weekend. Walk along the finger docks and admire the watercraft berthed in the harbour--there's no charge to look!
Washroom and change room facilities include showers for boaters just a short walk from the harbour and the water.
Port Elgin's main beach is easy to find...from Hwy. 21 (Goderich Street within the town limits), turn west on any of the following streets: Green, Mill, Elgin or Market. Parking is free and there's plenty of it, all close to the water.
- Type of Beach: sandy and shallow
- Parking: Free, at each beach
- Public Washrooms: main beach and at Northshore Park
South of Port Elgin are two sandy beaches for those seeking more peace and quiet and less activity. Miles of sandy beach stretch out along Goble's Grove and Eidt's Grove with not a fast food restaurant in sight. Shallow water, swing sets and washroom facilities (at Goble's only) make this a relaxing beach for both adults and children, although teens might find it a bit dull. No beach shelters on this part of the shore...make sunscreen, hats and a beach umbrella an essential part of your beach gear.
To reach Gobles Grove, travel south through Port Elgin to Concession 6 (the last set of traffic lights AND the road to the CAW Centre), turn west and follow the road straight to the water. Free parking in the small lot and along the road beside the beach dunes.
To reach Eidt's Grove, same directions as above, but travel past the beach at Gobles Grove and continue to follow the shoreline (there will be cottages and homes between you and the water) until you reach open beach again. This route takes a bit longer than travelling the highway, but it's a much more scenic route. Less traffic, too! Park free of charge along the side of the road or in any of the marked beach access points.
- Type of Beach:
Goble's Grove: sandy and shallow
Eidt's Grove: sandy and shallow
- Parking: Free, at each beach
- Public Washrooms: Gobles Grove beach