We are lucky to live near the beautiful Great Lake Huron. Pristine sand beaches, gorgeous sunsets and tons of water activities. The dream for most of us is to purchase a lakefront home and be able to enjoy that beautiful, ever changing lake all year round. Once you start your search however, you may find out that there is a Shore Road Allowance on your potential property.

What is a Shore Road Allowance and how does it affect you?

In the late 19th century, surveyors of the Crown land laid out a 66 foot strip of land for commercial road allowances along the banks of lakes and rivers. These roads were originally used for logging and transportation of goods. The Shore Road Allowance lies between the home/cottage property and the lake. Therefore, the homeowner does not own the 66ft of the water’s edge.

In Saugeen Shores, the 66ft Shore Road Allowance running along Lake Huron is owned by the Town. Some properties do not have a Shore Road Allowance in front of them and some properties have already purchased the Shore Road Allowance. You can confirm with your Saugeen Team REALTOR® if a property has a Shore Road allowance or not.

If a property has a Shore Road Allowance, you cannot build on it or alter the property in any way. You also need to keep in mind that the Federal Government of Canada owns the Lake and the shoreline including beaches, so you will never own the actual shoreline and it is therefore public.

If the property has the 66ft Shore Road Allowance, there is a chance that you may be able to purchase the Shore Road Allowance from the Town. You will need to contact the Town of Saugeen Shores to inquire about purchasing this and it is the Town of Saugeen Shores decision to sell it or not.

Your Saugeen Team REALTOR® is here to help you with all your real estate needs. Contact us today!