Originally named Normanton the town was renamed Port Elgin when it was incorporated in 1874, after James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, a former Governor General of the Province of Canada.
In 1998, Southampton, Port Elgin and Saugeen Township, all along the shores of Lake Huron, were amalgamated to form the Town of Port Elgin-Saugeen-Southampton.
Georgian Bay is the northeastern arm of Lake Huron, in Ontario. Itâ€™s characterized by rugged bedrock and white pine forests to the north and sandy southern beaches. Bruce peninsula national park on its western facet includes a part of the Bruce path on the Niagara Escarpment. Fathom 5 National Marine Park is thought for preserved shipwrecks, 19th-century lighthouses, and pot Islandâ€™s sea-stack rock formations.
In the summer of 1986, Lakes Michigan and Huron reached their highest level at 5.92 feet above datum.
In the winter of 1964, Lakes Michigan and Huron reached their lowest level at 1.38 feet below datum.
Lake Huron has the largest shoreline length of any of the Great Lakes, counting its 30,000 islands.
Lake Huron is separated from Lake Michigan, which lies at the same level, by the 5-mile-wide, 20-fathom-deep Straits of Mackinac, making them hydrologically the same body of water.