Destination guide

Laid-back living in Southampton

Set on the shores of Lake Huron, Southampton is a lively community known for its sandy beaches and laid-back lifestyle. From family getaways to romantic retreats, it's a great place to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. Want to enjoy your own slice of Lake Huron? Set right at the water's edge, Southampton vacation rentals make it easy to slip into "Cottage Country" time. The perfect place to get lost in a good book, there are also opportunities to soak up the sun, discover local history and exchange smiles with locals.

Things to do

Discover Southampton's fascinating past

Lake Huron is studded with shipwrecks, and there's no better place to learn about its fascinating past than the Bruce County Museum. It's filled with colorful exhibits, focusing on First Nations fishing, memorabilia and more. Chantry Island sits just offshore and is a haven for migratory birds. Guided tours led by the Marine Heritage Society offer a unique chance to admire the windswept Chantry Island Lighthouse, peer into the Keeper's Cottage and spot nesting colonies of great blue herons, ring-billed gulls and double-crested cormorants. 


Soak up the High Street scene in Southampton

For most vacationers, Southampton is all about sun, sand and summer vibes. The town is anchored by a lively downtown strip dotted with cafes, diners and quirky mom-and-pop stores. It's brimming with charm, so why not stay local with a Southampton vacation rental just steps from High Street? On summer evenings, you can sign up for ghost walks run by local history buffs. Head north and you'll hit Sauble Beach, which lures sunseekers with its sugar-white sand and crystal-clear water. Lake Huron is also laced with scenic hiking trails that wind through golden sugar maple forests.


Sun-drenched summers in Southampton

Summer is high season in Southampton, when Lake Huron enjoys long days and plenty of sunshine. The beaches are packed, High Street hums with energy and tour operators are in full swing. Planning a summer escape? Southampton vacation rentals unlock access to a host of postcard-perfect cottages on the banks of Lake Huron. While it may not be warm enough to swim, spring and fall can be beautiful times to visit. Both seasons usher in crisp temperatures and thinner crowds. While Southampton can feel like a bit of a ghost town in the winter, it's ideal for those in search of fresh air and solitude.

Natural features

Cruise Southampton's Saugeen Rail Trail

Just a stone's throw from Port Elgin, Southampton sits on the shores of Lake Huron. It's part of Ontario's Bruce County, a picturesque region known for its sandy beaches, rocky shorelines and dramatic limestone cliffs. Fishing is one of the town's favorite pastimes, with hotspots like Saugeen River, Denny's Dam and Lake Huron eternally-popular with local anglers. While trains haven't cruised down the Saugeen Rail Trail in years, the route is now popular with walkers, cyclists and cross-country skiers. Keep an eye open for cobalt-winged Eastern Bluebirds flitting in the trees.

Where to stay around Southampton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 95 vacation rentals near Southampton. From 72 Cottages to 20 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Southampton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Southampton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Southampton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Southampton Art School and Gallery: 132 vacation rentals
  • South Port Golf Course: 135 vacation rentals
  • Chippewa Golf & Country Club: 187 vacation rentals
  • Dennys Dam Conservation Area: 131 vacation rentals
  • Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre: 133 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southampton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Southampton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 72 Cottages in Southampton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Southampton include:

  • Houses: 20 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 72 rentals available
  • Cabins: 72 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Southampton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3 vacation rentals with pool available in Southampton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.