We found a neat spot on the river where swallows had built a little colony of nests into the side of an exposed hill. There were hundreds of the little birds flying in and out of the nests as they fed their babies. Our boys were fascinated by these busy little birds. We also chased a very noisy kingfisher down the river. Each time we caught up to him he would shout in annoyance at having his fishing spot invaded.
Upon reaching the Saugeen Bluffs Conservation area we set up camp and made ourselves comfortable. Saugeen Bluffs has several campsites designed specifically for canoeists. These sites are right on the water and easily accessible by canoe. The conservation area has a park store (only open on weekends), a horseshoe pit, playground and small splash pool. Most people who camp here make the trip to Port Elgin or Southampton Beach to swim. It’s just a 15 minute drive to the beach. The site was comfortable and being able to have a shower while on a canoe trip was an unusual luxury. This is not a wilderness trip. If you are looking for wilderness better go somewhere else. If you want a weekend away this is a great spot. If you are looking to teach the young ones about canoeing and kayaking this is a great river to start on!