The Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce (SSCC) announced Friday that tourism attraction, the S.S. Trolley, will be suspended for the 2021 season. This difficult decision was reached after reviewing current conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of the S.S. Trolley riders and drivers is the top priority for the SSCC, said the May 28 media release.

"While this is disappointing for the SSCC, our current situation has not improved significantly enough to guarantee the safety of our passengers and drivers this season," said SSCC President Steve Harris. "We will spend the year reviewing all operations including funding, costs, hours of operation, routes, health and safety. Any businesses or groups interested in supporting future S.S. Trolley operations can contact the SSCC office," Harris added.

When operating, the S.S. Trolley makes daily tours between Port Elgin and Southampton with riders being given the opportunity to explore stops along the route that feature beautiful scenes, downtown shops and other significant locations in Saugeen Shores.

Taralyn Golbeck, Director of Business Development and Communications at the SSCC supports the Board’s decision. "Like many people in our community, we were hoping that 2021 would see better conditions and a return to normal. We will continue focusing our efforts on supporting the business community as they recover from the impacts of the pandemic," Golbeck said.

The SSCC is encouraging residents to shop local. "Our business community has been incredible in their response to the pandemic, helping keep our community safe," said Golbeck.

"During lockdown and through the staged reopening, residents can support our business community in a variety of ways," Golbeck continued. "You can get curbside pickup, takeout or delivery, and access virtual services. Reschedule appointments rather than cancel. Follow local businesses on social media, leave positive reviews and promote shopping local."

"Our businesses are eager to welcome customers back in person when it is safe to do so," Golbeck added.