Sauble Beach is a resort community in southwestern Ontario located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron (coordinates: 44.6361° N, 81.2692° W). The region’s name is derived from early French explorers who came across the sandy Sauble River which flows into the lake at the beach.
At approximately 11 km in length Sauble Beach is the second longest freshwater beach in the world after Wasaga Beach. A unique phenomenon of sandbar deposits along the Lake Huron shoreline keeps the water at Sauble relatively warm and shallow, creating ideal conditions for younger children to play.
At about two and half hours away from Toronto by car, Sauble Beach offers convenient access to natural beauty. Sauble Beach is the permanent year-round home to close to 2,000 people; however a relatively hot summer long weekend can witness the number of people visiting the area easily soaring above 50,000.
Location is typically the greatest determinant of real estate value, and Sauble beach cottages situated closest to the beach tend to command the highest asking prices. More basic non-waterfront properties tend to start out in the $120K range, while such lots on the waterfront usually begin at the $140K mark. A price range of $180-220K should be considered for larger cottages (2-3 bedrooms) which increases to the $250-$300K range when such a cottage is located by the water. The minimum asking price for a larger cottage (3+ bedrooms) usually falls in the $300-400K+ price range.
Sauble Beach has been a popular locale for cottagers since the 1950s and the main street has retained many of its charms to date. Today there are surviving attractions like the Driftwood Cafe, Sauble Lodge Motel and the Crowd Inn hot-dog stand. Recreational activities abound, including swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, birding, fishing, golfing, lawn bowling, tennis, and beach volleyball. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular outdoor activities.
Sauble Beach offers a wide range of services for its size, including hardware and appliance outlets, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels, fire and police services, as well as day care services and medical clinics.
There are numerous local events including an annual Winterfest, a weekly Family Movie Night and an annual sandcastle contest. The Canadian National Beach Volleyball Championships have been held at Sauble Beach in the past, and the local Steelback Sauble Speedway is on the CASCAR professional racing circuit. The Sauble Beach Festival of the Classical Guitar has been held here since 2007.
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A lease relationship between the Saugeen Nation and Sauble Beach cottagers have allowed for almost 3,000 seasonal homes to be built. Cottage owners are divided between those who own property outright and cottages that are located on Native lands.
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