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WIARTON KEPPEL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Wiarton Keppel International Airport is proudly owned and operated by the Township of Georgian Bluffs. The Airport welcomes commercial and recreational pilots, visitors and business professionals to our facility which is conveniently located just two hours north of Toronto on the Bruce Peninsula and Niagara Escarpment.

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Grand Bend

Port Huron


Barrie Walkerton 10 89 Hanover 9 Orangeville 9 Mount Forest






Georgian Bay

Wiarton 400 Sauble Beach Owen Southampton Sound Collingwood 21 Port Elgin Markdale 26

Lake Huron

Sharpe Design

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South Baymouth





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Oshawa 401

L. Ontario


Hamilton 403

QEW Lewiston

Niagara Falls

Fort Erie



Lake Erie





Bruce Peninsula National Park


Waterfalls of Grey County

7 Tobermory


Parks Canada Visitor Centre


Bruce Trail Conservancy


Bruce Peninsula National Park

A Cyclist’s Dream


Miller Lake

10 Orchids and Singing Sands



Lions Head Lighthouse


Lion’s Head


Greig’s Caves

45 Grey Roots Museum & Archives


Hope Bay


Birders Take Flight

Red Bay


Gardeners & Plant Lovers

47 Scenic Caves Nature Adventures



Hit the Beach


Blue Mountain Resorts


Sauble Beach


Incredible Paddling


Winter Adventures


Owen Sound


La Scandinave Spa


Georgian Bluffs


Hit the Trails in Grey Bruce

46 Meaford


Fish On


Blue Mountain

31 Community Waterfront Heritage Centre


Ride Grey Bruce


West Grey


Greenock Swamp Tours


Town of Hanover

32 Billy Bishop Home & Museum


Where to Stay in Grey Bruce

24 Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre 28


Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Owen Sound Library

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Perth County


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Tobermory: Tip of the Peninsula

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The village consists of two deep, natural harbours called Little Tub & Big Tub Tobermory was originally named Collins Harbour, but by the 1850s the Scottish immigrants who were fishing the area had renamed it Tobermory for their seacoast fishing and diving village on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Today, the village still maintains the charm of a fishing village from another era. Take a leisurely walk around Little Tub Harbour, follow the bricked sidewalks past the numerous flowerbeds and visit the many quaint and unique shops, stores, restaurants and galleries. Two miles south of the village of Tobermory is the St. Edmunds Museum. The museum is in a settlement school built in 1898. The main floor deals with the fishing, lumbering and farming of the ancestors. The second floor deals with the rich marine history. There is also a log cabin built in 1875 and totally furnished like a 19th century

home. Admission is by donation, and well worth the visit. Big Tub Harbour is the deepest natural harbour on the Great Lakes and is home to two shipwrecks. The Sweepstakes, a schooner built in 1867 which sank in 1885, and the City of Grand Rapids built in 1870 and sank October of 1907. Both vessels are visible from the glass bottom tour boats that run out of Tobermory from May – October, weather permitting. These boats also have tours which will drop you off at Flower Pot Island to allow a few hours to explore. Modern, affordable accommodation is available in Tobermory, as well as a wide range of dining experiences. Don’t leave the Bruce Peninsula without enjoying a whitefish or prime rib dinner of locally raised Bruce County beef. escapetogreybruce.ca • 2020 7

Respect the Beauty of the Bruce! Keep The Bruce Clean & Green Visitors to the Bruce Peninsula will see our green slogan posted throughout the area. Keeping the Bruce Clean and green reminds us that the beauty of our peninsula should be respected by all who visit or live here, so that it will remain healthy for all future generations. Started as a grassroots response to the large visitor influx to the area, Keep the Bruce Clean & Green volunteers promote ecological citizenship around the peninsula. The need to support the natural environment to keep it beautiful has the people of the peninsula banding together. Look for the folks wearing white t-shirts with the slogan on it and stop to chat with them. They will gladly point out places for proper disposal of trash along with directions to areas of interest. In preparation for your trip to the Bruce it might be helpful to keep in mind that we can all help to keep the environment healthy. Plan to take along refillable liquid containers for drinking water. There are water filling stations around the villages. Pack your picnics with reusable containers to decrease the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill sites.

Remember that we share our space with many other animals that forage for food in our wastes areas so closing trash containers is essential. We encourage you to plan your visit well and remember that we should “take only pictures and leave only footprints” so that not only you but all future generations will also be able to enjoy the beauty of “The Bruce.” As you visit the National Parks on the Bruce pick up a green bag and you can support the “clean and green” spirit. Litter is the number one violation to our environment. Dispose of your litter in the larger trash and recycle bins, provided.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park The 127 km² park is located near the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and can be accessed from Highway 6 on Cyprus Lake Road, Emmett Lake Road or Dorcas Bay Road. The park’s shoreline cliffs are a part of the spectacular Niagara Escarpment, which in many places are eroded to create caves, unusual rock shapes, pitting and overhangs. As a consequence, each location along this 20 km Georgian Bay shore has remarkable features. The Bruce Trail follows the shoreline climbing up 40 metre high cliffs providing some of the best hiking and scenic lookouts in Ontario. The park has the largest block of contiguous forest in southwestern Ontario, which is critical in maintaining the peninsula ecosystem. The Bruce Peninsula is home to 42 species of orchids that are at their peak in mid-June. Huge waves of migrating birds – everything from Blackburnian Warblers to Rough-legged Hawks – move through the park during spring and fall. The Cyprus Lake area features a 242-site campground including 10 yurt accommodations, swimming and canoeing on Cyprus Lake and hiking on an extensive network of trails. During the summer months, visitation to the park is high with parking lots reaching capacity daily. Parking is limited for visitors wishing to hike to the Grotto area and there is no shuttle or taxi service. New timed parking system is in place for the Grotto. Visit www.pc.gc.ca /grotto for details. Plan ahead before making the trip to the park and once here, make the Visitor Center your first stop to get information on parking availability and things to do. Consider visiting the park in the spring or fall and take advantage of the orchids in bloom or the fall colours! If you’re planning on staying overnight, it is important to make your reservations ahead of time as availability is extremely limited during the peak season. Make campsite reservations by calling 877.737.3783 or visit www.reservations.pc.gc.ca. Don’t forget to plan ahead!

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Fathom Five National Marine Park

Canada’s first national marine conservation area encompassing 113 km² consists of 20 islands and part of the lake bottom and waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. It is very much alive, being an ecosystem that includes all the aquatic and island life, the water, and the myriad of food chains that are its engines. Because water flows freely within the Great Lakes system, its health depends a lot on what is happening elsewhere in the basin. Fathom Five is clean and clear and home to many species of fish and over 20 shipwrecks! The park has gained a reputation for excellent scuba diving and snorkelling. Divers must register at the Park Canada Visitor Centre or either of the local dive shops located in Tobermory.

Flowerpot Island

The jewel of Fathom Five National Marine Park, Flowerpot Island is famous for its iconic natural rock pillars. It is a must-see visitor attraction. Come to marvel at rock pillars, visit an historical lightstation, swim in crystal-clear waters and enjoy a relaxing picnic – all in one spot. With ongoing repairs and improvements to island facilities, the stairs to the cave will be closed. The five km trip to the island begins in Tobermory’s picturesque harbour. During spring, summer and fall, tour boats operate on a regular schedule if the weather is favourable. While cruising to the island, you are surrounded by the beautiful waters of Canada’s first National Marine Park. Plan to spend a half-day or so on Flowerpot Island to have ample time to explore and relax. Six tenting sites are available for primitive camping (registration at the Visitor Centre in Tobermory is required in advance). Campfires are not permitted on the island. Help keep the island clean by using the designated garbage receptacles at the trail head, or better yet, carry your garbage off the island. escapetogreybruce.ca • 2020 9

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Orchids and Singing Sands

Make the state-of-the-art Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory your first stop to plan your stay and learn about Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park!

Singing Sands is located on Dorcas Bay, just west of Highway 6, about a 10 minute drive south from Tobermory. This is a popular spot because of the shallow sand beach for swimming and the abundance of wildflowers, including orchids, which grow in a diverse array of habitats. There are 44 varieties of orchids found here. If you are a wildflower lover, visit from late May through late June to see the succession of blooms.

The visitor centre is the “front door” to the two national parks on the Bruce. Friendly on site staff are there to help you plan your stay and provide up to date details on parking, interpretive programs, and other attractions throughout the region. As you walk through the gallery, you’ll learn about the different geological forces that have shaped the peninsula and the First Nations peoples that have lived on the Bruce Peninsula since time immemorial. Learn about the animals and plants that call this home and the ecological connections that support the largest contiguous forest in Southwestern Ontario. Interactive and multi-media displays will take you underwater to explore the shipwrecks and connect you with the rich marine heritage of the region. Before heading out on the trail, relax in the high definition theatre for a virtual adventure through the parks, from deep shipwrecks to a helicopter high above the cliff-rimmed shoreline of Georgian Bay. Outside, climb the 20 metre tower for a panoramic view of the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, the surrounding waters and islands of Fathom Five. The Bruce Trail crosses the deck of the visitor centre and following the trail past the tower will take you to one of the most scenic segments of shoreline on Georgian Bay. To get to the visitor centre, turn off Highway 6 and follow Chi sin tib dek Road across from the RBC bank in Tobermory. Or enjoy the 5 minute walk from downtown by following Head Street and the Bruce Trail. The visitor centre is from May to October. And a there is an entry fee. For more information, visit: www.pc.gc.ca/fathomfive or www.pc.gc.ca/grotto. 10


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Miller Lake Lion’s Head The Largest Inland Lake of the North Bruce Peninsula. The lake is a hidden gem, surrounded by majestic hardwood forests and inviting wetlands. Miller Lake provides a quiet, peaceful retreat to savour the haunting echoes of the loon, or the many other species of birds and other wildlife that make Miller Lake their home. Enjoy a day in a canoe or kayak exploring the nine kilometres of varied shoreline, or test your luck fishing. Conveniently situated between the grand cliffs of Georgian Bay and the rocky shallows of the Huron Shoreline.

Lion’s Head is located on the shores of Isthmus Bay and sits on the 45th parallel, halfway to the North Pole. The villages’ central location on the Peninsula makes it ideal for exploring the Bruce Peninsula. It was named for the rock formation located on the east escarpment. The first settlers who waded ashore, having arrived by boat, thought it resembled a lion’s head in profile. Further into the harbour, you will find a great marina and docking facility, a sandy beach with a playground. Come and view the rock face of the “Lion’s Head,” from the observation deck at the Lighthouse, where mechanical binoculars have been installed to provide you with a close up view. Come down at dusk and join other astronomers who are eager to share their knowledge of the dark skies, on Friday and Saturday nights. The stars are so bright and plentiful you’ll think you can almost reach out and touch them. Lion’s Head is designated as a Dark Skies community and home to Bayside Astronomy. Harbourside Music, hosts free concerts on Friday evenings during July and August. On Saturdays, there is a farmer’s market in the morning down at the beach, which runs from Victoria Day till Thanksgiving weekend. Lion’s Head has long been a favourite hiking destination on the Bruce Trail, thanks to its accessibility, rugged terrain and expansive views. The trails are challenging but not formidable and most routes can be enjoyed in an afternoon. A parking lot on Moore Street provides access to the trailhead. Rising through the forest and meadow, the trail climbs up through cedars and along the limestone cliffs past several lookouts, until it reaches the highest elevation at the Lion’s Head Lookout. From this spectacular vista, one can see down to the Village of Lion’s Head and Isthmus Bay to the south-west, sweep around the whole of the coast of Whipporwill Bay to the west, and reach across to White Bluff and further north, to Smokey Head. Soaring birds, a bracing wind and the turquoise clear waters far below make this a view to remember. Ambitious? Consider a loop hike involving the side Continued on page 14

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The Saga of the Lion’s Head Lighthouse 1903

1983 & 1984


Students, led by the direction of their teacher Brian Swanton of the Bruce Peninsula District School, built a replica of the original structure. They used the original plans with funding provided by the local Rotary Club. The students’ tower wasn’t a replacement for the metal light tower that still sat unlit on the nearby shoreline.

In November plans for a lighthouse were prepared to replace the light on a pole.


The first navigational aid was a red light, at the end of the Lion’s Head harbour dock. It was a square, tubular lantern hoisted upon a pole and located on the outer end of the breakwater at a cost of $197.16.


J. C. Kennedy of Owen Sound was paid $825.22 to construct a square, pyramidal tower on the breakwater. This lighthouse was knocked off the wharf in the Great Storm of November 8, 1913. It was recovered from the south beach by John H Tyndall. W.B. Lamont was paid $341.60 to repair it and restore to its original location in 1914. 1919

The lighthouse was moved further back on the wharf to reduce the possible damage from the storms. 1933

A violent storm damaged the metal pole and the coast guard decided to replace it with the student built replica. Once again, a proper functioning lighthouse proudly marked the Lion’s Head harbour. 2020

A vicious storm in January demolished the tower. Officials of Northern Bruce Peninsula immediately decided to rebuild the lighthouse. They are accepting donations and volunteer help, so the community can once again take ownership of their lighthouse. It will be located at the original spot that it sat on in 1919, 40 feet west of its’ last location. Brian Swanton and Douglas Hill are leading the charge to get the lighthouse to once again, proudly shine on the shores of Lion’s Head.

Fire caused more damage to it, but once again it was repaired and restored to its original location. 1969

The Canadian Coast Guard arrived early one morning, dismantled the light and burned it at the local landfill. It was replaced with a metal tower topped with a flashing light. Locals were enraged and pressed the coast guard for an explanation. They were told it was “rotten beyond repair.” 12


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Lion’s Head Lighthouse

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HEAD LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS • Charles Knapp, 1903-1912 • Peter Brady, 1912-1924 • Ivan Butchart, 1924-1956 • Ed Rouse, 1956-1969

The generosity of residents and cottagers, past and present, has been widespread. As we continue to receive donations and offers for volunteer labour, we anticipate the lighthouse will truly be rebuilt by the community. 1. G  iven popular demand, if you would like to lend financial support, MNBP will be accepting tax-deductible donations to help with reconstruction costs. Cash, cheque or credit card donations will be received by the Municipal Office at 56 Lindsay Road 5, Lion’s Head, Ontario NOH 1W0 or by telephone 519-793-3522. 2. T  o share your own story of the Lion’s Head Lighthouse or to volunteer, please send us an email at lighthouselegacie@northernbruce.ca

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Continued from page 11 trails, lookouts and points of interest. Embark from the Moore Street parking lot to the Lion’s Head Lookout, around the point down through birch, maple, poplar and beech forests to the sprawling stoney beach of McKay’s Harbour. Return to the main trail via the side trail, to complete a satisfying afternoon adventure. Other paths find the high elevation lookout at Gun Point with its grand views of Georgian Bay, and the Geodetic Side Trail which marks 45 degrees North Latitude. Spend an entire day on the sandy beach experiencing real serenity. Lion’s Head waterfront is the perfect location for enjoying crystal clear waters. Whether you are swimming, kayaking or pleasure boating, you are guaranteed a memorable day.

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As you head south from Lion’s Head or north from Wiarton on Bruce Road 9, you will arrive at Hope Bay, a thriving cottage community with a natural sand beach. The Bruce Trail travels through Hope Bay north to Cape Dundas overlooking Hope Bay, where it passes a number of Glacial Potholes. Hope Bay is home to a Bed & Breakfast and cottage rentals. Area attractions within a ten minute drive include the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Park, Cape Croker Indian Reserve and Campground, operated by the Chippewas of Nawash, and the reopened Greig’s Caves which offers ten caves for exploring. In 1981 portions of the movie “Quest For Fire” were filmed on location in the caves. The views are spectacular. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking footwear. With the beautiful sunrises, peaceful beach and great hiking, Hope Bay continues to be a popular and relaxing retreat on the Bruce Peninsula.

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Many orchids and rare ferns are found in the two parks: Petrel Point, just north of Red Bay, and Red Bay Conservation Area at Reid Point, west of the Red Bay Park and beach. Sprinklings of pink, mauve, red, blue and yellow that fill the wetland through the seasons can only inspire a passion for nature. Petrel Point Nature Reserve is a spectacular example of Great Lakes Coastal Meadow Marsh, a very rare habitat. Changes in elevation in the fen separate distinct communities of plants, many of them are rare. Petrel Point is home to many unusual wildflowers due to its basic acidic groundwater which is the result of dissolved calcium carried upwards from the limestone bedrock. A dense white cedar swamp surrounds the meadow marshes. This meadow marsh supports a diverse family of carnivorous plants, including Horned Bladderworts, Sundews and Pitcher Plants. Orchid lovers will find Showy Lady Slippers, Rose Pogonias, Grass-pink, Purple-fringed Orchids and Broad-leaved Twayblade scattered throughout. Due to the delicacy of the plant life, visitors must explore from the walkways provided. Pop into Earthbound Gardens where you can purchase Native Plants.

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The Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties are natural destinations for those passionate about gardening. This network of private gardens offers both inspiration and knowledge for your own gardening desires. Come and explore the diverse garden experiences these spectacular rural gardens and landscapes offer you. For more ideas visit www.ruralgardens.ca

• Bognor Marsh – Red tailed hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Great Egrets • Cabot Head – Dyers Bay – Ontario’s premier area for Red-necked Grebes • Chantry Island – A Federal bird sanctuary. 50,000 birds on the island during breeding season • Grotto – Cypress Lake – Visit in May during Spring migration. Follow path from Head of Trails Parking • Gauley’s Bay – Stokes Bay – Shorebirds & Bald Eagles (almost guaranteed) • Hibou Conservation Area – Harlequin Ducks, Black capped chickadees, Bald Eagles, Mute Swans • Inglis Falls – Owen Sound – Northern Oriole, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jays • Isaac Lake – Wiarton – Nesting marsh birds ie Sandhill Crane • Linsday Tract – Miller Lake – Ducks Unlimited Viewing Platform • MacGregor Point Provincial Park – Port Elgin – Visit the Ducks Unlimited Viewing Platform • Oliphant North – Osprey, Swallows, Bald Eagles, Herons, and migrating shorebirds • Parks Canada Lookout Tower – Tobermory – Migrating raptors in May • North Sauble Beach – Piping Plovers • Skinners Bluff – Georgian Bluffs – Meadow Bird species • Singing Sands – Migrating songbirds in May

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Bruce Peninsula’s Basecamp! As you break over the hill going south into the town of Wiarton, witness the panoramic crystal blue waters of Colpoy’s Bay. This sheltered bay is a favourite with sailing enthusiasts and fishermen alike. The Bruce Trail runs through town with easy access for day or extended hikes. There also is a spiral staircase that leads you up to Spirit Rock Conservation Area. The name Spirit Rock derives from a legend involving an Indian maiden. The park encompasses 87 hectares, and features the historical ruins of the Corran, a 17 room mansion built in

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1881 by Alexander McNeill, a Federal Member of Parliament for the North Bruce Riding from 1881-1901. The property is managed by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority. The historic Wiarton Train Station, is located in Bluewater Park, and serves as the campground office. There is a children’s playground, a small beach, a splashpad, pool and a fitness trail. In addition to Wiarton Willie, the town is home to many unique stores and services and is the perfect spot to shop before heading north. Its bevy of beautiful historic homes and buildings are also worth exploring. Fridays offer a midday farmers market in the heart of downtown with countless local goods from May to Labour Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located at the Berford Street parkette. The group of vendors are celebrating their 12th season.

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Hit the Beach! It’s one of those Grey Bruce summer days where you wake up and it’s already 23 degrees; by mid day the mercury will be soaring to 30. Sure, you could crank the AC and stay inside, but if you’re from Grey Bruce, you’re more likely to hit the beach. It’s the simplicity of a day at the beach that makes it so beautiful. You only need the basics – sunscreen, some drinks, snacks and a towel. Upon arrival, start the timetested rotation of swimming, lounging on your towel and playing in the sand until you’re smoking hot again … then repeat until sunset. The beach is one of the few sacred places where adults can act like kids. Go ahead, dig in the sand, run splashing through the water, pretend you’re a shark and deliver poorly-executed handstands under water. We won’t judge. No matter what your preferred beach style is, you’ll find one you love in Grey Bruce.

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Top 4 Beaches: Sauble Beach – The nostalgic red sign will greet you as you arrive at this 11km sandy stretch on Lake Huron. Northwinds Beach, The Blue Mountains – This busy sand beach is centrally located by Blue Mountain. Popular SUP, kayak and swimming spot.

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Cedar Hill Beach, Wiarton – A secluded, treasure this cobbled beach has amazing views of islands and Niagara Escarpment outcroppings. Very popular with scuba divers. Memorial Park, Meaford – Take the Georgian trail and head down to this sandy beach located in the heart of Meaford.

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Incredible Paddling Paddle our Rivers

Whether you’re looking for family friendly flat-water or fast-moving whitewater, there’s a paddle that’s perfect for you. Load up your canoe or kayak and head for the Saugeen River. This well-known paddle is a local’s favourite and has a variety of put-ins from Durham to Southampton. The Sauble River also offers a nice paddle from Concession 15 to Lake Huron. You will have to either wrap up at Sauble Falls or portage around to finish at the shoreline. The Beaver River offers a variety or routes with shuttles and rentals available from Free Spirit Tours or Eagle Adventure Experiences both located in Heathcote. The Sydenham River in Owen Sound is a great option for beginners wanting to rent and paddle out from Harrison Park.

Sea Kayaking Hotspots

If you’re not looking for a point A to point B paddle, then taking a sea kayak out on Lake Huron or Georgian Bay is another great option. As with any open water, check the weather and ask local outfitters for advice first. In Bruce County, a paddle to Chantry Island in Southampton is amazing on a calm day. Try Cameron Lake or Cyprus Lake in the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The shallow waters of the Fishing Islands in Oliphant are a unique experience or paddle over the shipwrecks in Tobermory’s Fathom Five National Marine Park. In Grey County, Northwinds Beach in Craigleith is a great place to put in. Paddle to the small island to the north, head west towards the Shale Beach or hire a guide to help you find the wreck of the Mary Ward. Lake Eugenia has a public boat launch and this manmade lake offers some great fishing.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

An increasingly popular way to paddle our rivers and lakes in Grey Bruce, stand-up paddleboarding offers both a unique view of the water you’re gliding over and a truly relaxing experience. Rentals are available in Sauble Beach if you want to explore Lake Huron and at Blue Surf in Craigleith if you’d like to put in at Northwinds Beach and explore Georgian Bay. If you have your own board, SUPing a local river is another unique experience, just be sure that water levels will permit safe passage over rocks and obstacles.

Outfitters: Gear Rentals and Great Guides

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Owen Sound: This Great Lake City The City of Owen Sound welcomes you with stunning views of Georgian Bay, endless recreational possibilities, wonderful entertainment venues, and incredible cultural institutions, all centered around a beautiful harbour. And this year the community is celebrating 100 years as an incorporated city providing visitors and residents alike an excellent opportunity to experience its fascinating history and that history starts at the harbour. A very tangible way to understand Owen Sound’s history as an important Great Lakes port is to stroll along the west harbour walkway. Step up to the water’s edge at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre and listen as wind and waves whisper a tragic tale of the package steamer Hibou. It might have been along this wharf that she slipped her moorings that dark November morning in 1936. As she cleared the harbour only the short sweeps of her searchlight were visible. Nearly two miles out of Owen Sound a sharp turn to port shifted the cargo, enough to cause the ship to capsize. The call to lower the life rafts was swallowed by the night as were the cries of the crew as they jumped into the dark and icy depths of the bay. Ten survivors, clinging to their raft in the frigid waters, were guided by a lone window lamp to the distant shore and safety. Or imagine a raging fire across the harbour as the Canadian Pacific Railway elevators burned to the ground. That night a large crowd had gathered in town to celebrate their candidate’s victory in the 1911 provincial election. As

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news of the fire spread the crowd rushed to the docks where several brave citizens grabbed the lines of the steamship Athabaska to pull her along the wharf and out of danger. The loss of the elevators caused the all-important grain trade to bypass the port for 14 years. That trade returned with the construction of the current elevator in 1925 ensuring the city’s continued prosperity. The harbour is now a growing cultural and recreation centre. Factories and railway tracks have been replaced by parkland and walking trails. Once a place of hard work and industry it is now a place of peace and relaxation. Visit the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre for more stories and information before continuing into the city with all its shopping, dining and cultural attractions including the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Billy Bishop Home and The Library. Robert A. Cotton is a photographer and amateur historian. In 2018 he published a book ‘Owen Sound Harbour – A Photographic History’, using historical photographs to tell the story of the harbour.

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Tom Thomson Art Gallery The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is a regional public gallery established as a memorial to iconic Canadian landscape artist Tom Thomson (1877-1917), and holds a nationally significant collection of his work. Where art and community meet, the Gallery offers an ever-changing program of contemporary art and historical exhibitions, artists’ talks and demonstrations, tours, films, and more. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is by donation. For more information about the Gallery’s hours, collection, programs and events visit: www.tomthomson.org The Tom Thomson Art Gallery celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Group in 1920 with its exhibition The View from Here. Showcasing its impressive collection, The View from Here takes you on a visual tour across the country as experienced by the Group. Beyond the captivating artworks, this stunning exhibition explores the unique connections between the members of the Group and Owen Sound, the legacy of community donors, and the importance of the Gallery’s collection within the larger Group of Seven story. The View from Here offers an intimate local perspective on the artists that helped shape the nation.

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Harrison Park Harrison Park, is a rare urban oasis, considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in Ontario. Clean, fresh and invigorating year-round, Harrison Park is Owen Sound’s “Jewel in the Crown,” a 40-hectare retreat with gardens, playgrounds, trails, recreational facilities, a full-service campground, with the Sydenham river flowing through it. The park offers access to the Bruce Trail and two waterfalls, Weaver’s Creek Falls and Inglis Falls. You can swim outdoors in a heated pool under a canopy of trees or cool off on the quiet boardwalk leading to Weaver’s Creek falls, featuring a plunge and a cascade. Canoe and paddle boats are available for rental, and the park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, mini-golf and flat, easy trails for walking or cycling. While you’re there, visit the Black History Cairn and learn about Owen Sound’s role as the northernmost stop on the Underground Railroad trail to freedom. The oldest emancipation festival on the continent is held here each year during the last weekend in July! Visit the bird sanctuary to feed the ducks and swans, and marvel at the peacocks and other waterfowl. You can purchase corn from the dispensers provided. In late fall, you can watch Chinook Salmon migrating up the Sydenham River as it flows through the park, to their spawning beds. Harrison Park was the passion of a sawmill owner, John Harrison in the late 1800s, so much so they called it Harrisons’ Pleasure Grounds. After his death his family donated the

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parkland to the city, for a small sum of money. Today it remains one of the Scenic City’s top attractions, still retaining the natural beauty and rustic charm that have drawn generations of people through the gates. The park is a must-see, whether you have an hour to spare, or an entire day or a weekend. Admission and parking are free.

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Park Amenities Include: Heated outdoor pool Canoe & Paddle boat rentals Mini-Putt Golf Weaver’s Creek Falls Cycling and Walking Trails Black History Cairn & Freedom Trail Bird Sanctuary Accessible Playgrounds Tennis & Basketball courts Bruce Trail access to Inglis Falls a 2.6 km hike Full-Service Campground Restaurant escapetogreybruce.ca • 2020 29

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Owen Sound: Celebrating a Century From the beginning, Owen Sound’s prosperity was based on its proximity to Georgian Bay. The completion of the Garafraxa Road overland from Durham, and the choice of Owen Sound as the County Town brought fortune seekers, entrepreneurs and settlers to the little frontier village. It was an important stop for ships travelling the bay and, in 1884, when the CPR chose Owen Sound as its northern terminus, real prosperity arrived. The railroad had a massive impact. During the thirty years Owen Sound was the CPR’s terminus, the town’s population grew by 184%, to 12,558. When the CPR moved to Victoria Harbour, the effect on Owen Sound was immediate. Anger and fear were the presiding emotions: anger at the CPR’s departure, and fear of the loss of the massive economic engine that had driven Owen Sound for so long. For nearly a decade, politicians struggled with ways to re-invent the town. Promotional materials were produced. There was talk of building a new grain elevator or an interswitching bridge, allowing trains to cross the harbour. No one could agree on the right course of action. In 1920, Town Council decided that Owen Sound would incorporate as a city. The suggestion received a rousing endorsement from the community, but not everyone was happy. Grey County Council took a stand against Owen Sound. Its opposition revolved around the Good Roads plan, which saw all municipalities contributing towards the cost of roads throughout the County. Owen Sound paid a significant share and incorporation was viewed as an attempt to dodge its financial responsibility. In the end, there was little to worry about. On April 23, 1920, news came that the Private Bills Committee of the Provincial Legislature had passed the bill to incorporate, with a few amendments to address the concerns of Grey County. July 1, 1920 would long be remembered. All day, the streets were filled with boisterous crowds. Mayor Paterson chaired the official ceremony at Queen’s Park, where Lieutenant Colonel William Avery Bishop V.C., who had flown up that day from Toronto, walked up the steps of the platform and presented its Charter to the City of Owen Sound. One hundred years later, we honour the visionaries who saw a bright future for the little city on Georgian Bay. The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre is closed this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But you can still enjoy our story of Owen Sound, through a virtual display using augmented reality. Drop by the museum, open your cellphone browser and type in: portal.worldcast.io and watch history come to life! Celebrate a century.


Owen Sound Celebrating a Century

Join us in 2020 as we honour the visionaries who saw a bright future for the little city on Georgian Bay.

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Billy Bishop Home & Museum

Visit the boyhood home of Billy Bishop to see exhibitions on Victorian Life, the Bishop Family, Billy Bishop, Military and Historical events. • Gift shop • Accessible Victorian Grounds

948 3rd Avenue West Owen Sound 519-371-0031 Billybishop.org

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Visiting On sunny days and rainy days: ♥ Free wi-fi ♥ Local events and community notices board ♥ Books, magazines and newspapers ♥ Children’s toy yard ♥ Board games ♥ Library programs ♥ Photocopying and scanning services ♥ Genealogical resources and local history materials ♥ Bruce trail maps ♥ Creation stations and tech petting zoos ♥ Public computers (small fee for non-members) ♥ Family fun activities including our letterbox, geocache and scavenger hunts ♥ And more . . .

Check Out Library Hours Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm Friday - Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Sunday 2:00 - 5:00 pm

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“Things are Boomin’ at the Billy! Interior repairs may have the Museum looking fresher than you ever remember, come and see! May 1st is the opening of an exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe and the Liberation of the Netherlands. We are excited to introduce a collaborative Peace Project with students and community members! 2020 is the 20th anniversary of Honouring Our Local Veterans, Oct. 25th at the Owen Sound Legion and everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the men and women who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces. There is something going on for everyone! Visit the Museum and check out Grey County’s only National Historic Site and honour the memory of one of Canada’s greatest war heroes!

The Library ‘A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.’ – Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish immigrant boy who went on to make a fortune in the steel industry, donated over fifty million dollars worldwide for the construction of free public libraries. Of the 2,500 public library buildings erected with Carnegie funds, 111 of them were in Ontario. Some travelers have a grail-like quest to visit Carnegie Libraries when travelling. There are seventeen libraries in Bruce County and another nine in Grey County. Some of these libraries, including the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library were started with grants from the Carnegie Foundation. Andrew Carnegie’s benevolence has helped to nurture cultural, educational and scientific learning in many communities. Owen Sound’s Carnegie Public Library, designed by Forster & Clark Architects of Owen Sound, is a prime example of the classical design favoured by the Carnegie Foundation. It features an arched ceiling decorated with intricate plaster moulding executed by Toronto’s W.J. Hynes Ltd. It is one of the last remaining Carnegie Libraries with this ceiling. Check it out.

Ignore your GPS... and its recommended detours and come on downtown. Anne Finlay-Stewart The barrel arch bridge across the Sydenham River at 10th Street was built in 1911, and more than a hundred years after it opened, it is being replaced. It is a perfect time to park your car in one of our free lots and take a stroll through Owen Sound’s historic downtown. One of the oldest commercial buildings on our main street was The Molson’s Bank when it was built in 1860, and the brick vault is still visible in Birgit’s Café. Right next door was McKay Brothers’ Dry Goods – a business that ran from 1924 until 1989. Look up, in what is now the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op, and you can still see the “money monorail”, where money moved to and from the office up on the mezzanine. Like most Ontario towns, Owen Sound had its downtown 5 and dime stores. In renovating the old bingo hall for the new Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts, workers discovered the tilework that had been behind the lunch counter at the original Kresge’s store. The green and black tiles are bringing back happy memories for Owen Sounders coming in to the new Palette Café in the Centre. Up the street is the Roxy Theatre. Once featuring vaudeville as The Grand Opera House and double-bill movies as

an Odeon Theatre, it has been home to the Owen Sound Little Theatre since 1986. Across the street is Bayshore Broadcasting, where CFOS AM Radio is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, and the Owen Sound Sun Times. The Times newspaper was founded in 1853 and The Sun newspaper in 1893; the amalgamated paper has been publishing a daily paper since 1922. The 1910 Beaux-Arts style Post Office on the corner has been restored and renovated into offices and apartments, and another block east is a lovingly-restored Queen Anne style home built in 1891 for the Butchart family. After making their money locally manufacturing Portland cement, they moved toVictoria B.C where they created the magnificent Butchart Gardens. There are so many other treasures in town – you haven’t even walked past Damnation Corners yet, or the birthplace of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, or the museums. The harbour, the rivers, the train stations, all reminders of our history as a rail and marine hub – all within easy walking distance of our downtown.

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MEAFORD 519-538-1544

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TOBERMORY 519-596-2255

LION’S HEAD 519-795-7400

SAUBLE BEACH 519-422-1170

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Port Elgin Info Centre.................. 800.387.3456 Southampton Info Centre............ 888.757.2215 Springmount Info Centre............. 800.265.3163 Tobermory Info Centre................ 519.596.2452 Walkerton.................................. 519.881.3413 West Grey Chamber................... 519.369.5750

Georgian Triangle Tourism........... 888.227.8667 Grey County Tourism.................. 877.733.4739 Grey Highlands Chamber............ 519.986.4612 Hanover Library........................ 519.364.1420 Kincardine Info Centre................. 866.546.2736 Lucknow Info Centre................... 519.528.3002

Purple Valley

Owen Sound Tourism.................. 519.371.9833

Ferndale Info Centre................... 519.793.4734

Cape Croker

Mildmay Info Centre.................... 888.667.3545

Bruce County Tourism................. 800.268.3838

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Experience Grey County’s Waterfalls

Eugenia Falls There’s something truly amazing about a waterfall. Whether it quietly leads to a gentle stream or crashes down to a raging riverbed below, waterfalls let you leave the ‘real world’ behind, focusing only on the natural beauty in front of you. Add a Bruce Trail hike, a relaxing snowshoe or a family picnic to your visit and make Grey County’s waterfalls the foundation of an amazing day outdoors.



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How much do people love our waterfalls? In Grey County, they are one of our biggest draws—with people driving great distances to experience the 9 waterfalls on our tour. With the Niagara Escarpment crossing the County, rivers ultimately plunge into the valley below, creating amazing photographic opportunities, epic scenic lookouts and places of great peace and beauty.

Take the Tour

The Grey County Waterfall Tour features McGowan Falls, Hoggs Falls, Eugenia Falls, Walter’s Falls, Inglis Falls, Weavers Creek Falls, Jones Falls, Indian Falls, and the Holstein Dam. As an added bonus, wrap up your tour with a visit to Grey Roots Museum and Archives. Visit the historic Moreston Village, check out their exhibits and admire their unique indoor waterfall. This self-guided route links all 9 waterfalls and can be completed by car or motorcycle in a few days or enjoyed by making individual stops throughout the year. Water flow peaks in spring and early summer, offering the best viewing and photography opportunities. Plan to pack your camera or iphone, (believe it or not some of the best photos are taken on cloudy days), sturdy hiking shoes and the Waterfalls of Grey County brochure complete with maps, directions and descriptions of each waterfall on the tour. To get your copy, visit a local information centre, order online at www.visitgrey.ca/waterfalls or call 1-877-733-4739.

Winter Waterfalls

When the temperature plummets, Grey County waterfalls transform into frozen cascades. Snowshoeing or hiking to the waterfalls offers a truly unique winter experience. Of the 9 waterfalls on the tour, seven are recommended as winter-friendly options. Eugenia and Indian Falls are off limits during the winter season. Visit our website at www.visitgrey.ca/winter-waterfalls and download our online Winter Waterfall Snowshoe Guide.

Get your copy of the Waterfalls of Grey County brochure at a local information centre or for more information www.visitgrey.ca or call 1-877-733-4739.

Our Waterfalls at a Glance Owen Sound Area Waterfalls Inglis Falls: This 18-metre high cascade waterfall is located just a short drive from Owen Sound and is accessible during all four seasons. Due to road construction, Inglis Falls access will be off Grey Rd.#18 this summer. A modest entry fee is charged by Grey Sauble Conservation, for parking during the summer months. Jones Falls: Located just outside the City of Owen Sound in Springmount, this 12-metre cascade is located on the Bruce Trail and is accessible in spring, summer and fall. Indian Falls: The most remote waterfall on the tour, this 15-metre plunge waterfall located just north of Owen Sound, on Grey Rd #1, at Indian Falls Grey Sauble Conservation Area. Not accessible during winter. Weavers Creek Falls: Accessed through Harrison Park near downtown Owen Sound. Weavers Creek is a unique waterfall featuring a plunge and a cascade in one. It can be viewed from a boardwalk at the south west corner of the park and is accessible in all seasons. The waterfall is on private property, so please be respectful and stay on the boardwalk.

Waterfalls Around the County Walter’s Falls: Located in the village of Walter’s Falls, this 14-metre plunge waterfall is a beauty. Open four seasons, hike or snowshoe the Walter’s Creek Side Trail on the Bruce Trail or just view it from the balcony of The Falls Inn. Holstein Dam: Located in the Holstein Egremont Park, this cascade waterfall is formed when the Norman Reeves Creek exits the historic millpond. Open during all four seasons, you can explore the park and the village in one day. Eugenia Falls: Just outside the village of Eugenia, this 30-metre cascade waterfall is steeped in history. The site of a short-lived gold rush, the falls once supported five mills and was the site of Ontario’s second hydroelectric plant. The falls are open in spring, summer and fall. Not accessible during winter. Hoggs Falls: This hidden gem is located on the Bruce Trail between the villages of Flesherton and Kimberley. This fourseason plunge waterfall is just a short five-minute hike from the parking lot. McGowan Falls: Just outside the village of Durham, this three-metre cascade waterfall is part of the Durham Conservation Area. Visit the falls and stop for a swim at the sandy beach. This waterfall is open all four seasons. *There is a parking fee at some locations during the summer months.

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The Bruce Trail

Canada’s Oldest and Longest Marked Footpath

The Bruce Trail is your chance to explore and actively conserve the irreplaceable Niagara Escarpment — a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and a unique natural treasure. The Bruce Trail offers countless ways to discover the natural beauty of the Escarpment by foot. It connects you to the wonders of waterfalls, deep caves, old growth forest, cobble beaches, unique flora and fauna, and is a year-round attraction for explorers of all ages. Over the past 50 years, the Bruce Trail has grown to: 900

kilometres of public footpath from Niagara to Tobermory plus over 400 km of side trails volunteers engaged in maintaining, promoting and 1,500 preserving the Trail 16,000+ acres of Niagara Escarpment land preserved through the work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) 68%

of the Bruce Trail secured forever on permanently protected natural land

Throughout Grey and Bruce Counties, the Bruce Trail connects many of our natural wonders as it winds its way along the Niagara Escarpment. Watch for our trail blazes to guide your way (white rectangles for the main Bruce Trail and blue ones for side trails). To plan your next hike, pick up a Bruce Trail Reference Guide at brucetrail.org and local book retailers, or download the Bruce Trail App through the App Store or Google Play. You can help preserve this ribbon of wilderness. Consider volunteering your time, becoming a member, or making a donation today.

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Georgian Bluffs... Close to Home, Far From Ordinary

Township of Georgian Bluffs



177964 Grey Road 18, RR#3 Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N5 • 519-376-2729 office@georgianbluffs.on.ca www.georgianbluffs.on.ca

Your Backyard

... Just Got Bigger! Sydenham River Valley below Inglis Falls Lorna Rouse

Just a few hours from major Ontario cities, Georgian Bluffs stretches north from Chatsworth to Wiarton. Copper Kettle, Cobble Beach, Big Bay, Oxenden, Balmy Beach: these are just some of the names that paint a picture of the Georgian Bluffs canvas along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. So come on up and hear the waterfalls roar in the spring, feel the cool breeze off Georgian Bay on a hot summer’s night, smell the crisp fall winds or taste the cold winter air. We are as close as this weekend!

minutes west of Rockford and Hwy. 6 & 10. County heritage is displayed in first class exhibits and in the Moreston Heritage Village. Georgian Bluffs is a haven for artists whose work may be found in roadside studios, farmers markets and local shops. The Keady Farmers Market, open every Tuesday morning year round, is a fascinating blend of rural and urban culture that attracts visitors and locals alike. Local vendors offer fresh produce, home baked goods and other local treasures can be found amidst the excitement of the weekly livestock auction.

Get in the Swing

Cobble Beach Links is gearing up for another golf season. This course, designed by Doug Carrick, offers stunning perspectives of the bay, pristine fairways and rolling greens as well as a scenic public trail system around the course. The historic Legacy Ridge Golf Club, a Stanley Thompson designed course, offers a challenging layout with fantastic views of Georgian Bay. Backed by the Niagara Escarpment, the Wiarton Golf Club offers incredible scenery in a laid back atmosphere.

Hike the Bruce Trail as it meanders through Georgian Bluffs overlooking the famous Slough of Despond and Colpoy’s Bay. Explore our many parks and conservation areas or access our multi-use rail trail stretching from Owen Sound through Shallow Lake to Park Head in all seasons. Anglers will find excellent cold water fishing on Georgian Bay and in the tributaries and headwaters of the Pottawatomi and Sydenham Rivers. Some inland lakes offer tremendous opportunity for bass busters. Enter annual fishing derbies and explore these waters. You won’t be disappointed.

Runway to the World!

Culturally Diverse

One of the region’s best cultural attractions is located within Georgian Bluffs. Grey Roots Museum & Archives is on Grey Rd. 18 just

Active Naturally

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The Township of Georgian Bluffs is proud to be the sole owner of the Wiarton Keppel International Airport. The Wiarton Keppel International Airport is a Transport Canada Certified Airport and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The airport can accommodate a variety of aircraft including modern business jets, which provides an opportunity to business and leisure travelers to fly directly and conveniently to the Grey Bruce region. The airport receives business/ leisure flights from Montreal, Denver, Pittsburg, Washington, New York and other major cities throughout the year.

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Grey Bruce: A Cyclist’s Dream Quiet paved roads with rolling hills, well-packed rail trails away from traffic, technical single track winding through hardwood forests and heart-pounding downhill complete with gondola access: Grey Bruce has the stuff cycling dreams are made of.

Hit the Dirt: Mountain Biking Hotspots

Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood provides some exceptional mountain biking opportunities, including gondola access to a full slate of downhill trails. Nearby, Three Stage, Loree Forest and Kolapore Uplands all offer great single track trails. Further afield, Allan Park, Derby Tract, Brant Tract, Carrick Tract, and the Lindsay Tract are great choices for off-road riders.

Hit the Road: Great Road Rides

Home to the prestigious Centurion Cycling 100-mile event, Grey Bruce has become a popular training ground for competitive road cyclists. But our quiet roads are also a great place to experience road-cycling for the first time. Our tops spots: Bruce Road 9 Wiarton to Lion’s Head, Bruce Road 13 Southampton to Oliphant, Bruce Road 33 Port Elgin to Kincardine, Grey Road 1 Owen Sound to Wiarton, Grey Road 13 in the Beaver Valley, Grey Road 19 by Osler Bluff. For some true scenic routes, try the East Bayshore Road from Owen Sound to Leith, the ride from Lion’s Head Lighthouse to Cabot Head, or explore the Pretty River Valley Road to Rob Roy.

Rail Trails

Rail trails provide a great cycling experience for those looking to ride on predictable, open trails but away from all motorized traffic. The Bruce County Rail Trail runs from Port Elgin to Mildmay. The Grey County CP Rail Trail runs from Owen Sound to Dundalk. The Georgian Bluffs trail connects Owen Sound with Parkhead. The Georgian Trail spans from Meaford to Collingwood while the Saugeen Rail Trail surrounds the community of Saugeen Shores.



RESPONSIBILITY Cyclists are required to ride as tight and to the right as safely possible when being passed. Motorists are required to leave a minimum of 1 metre of space when passing cyclists. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. When everyone follows the same rules, actions become predictable.



Grey Roots Grey Roots Museum & Archives tells the unique stories of beautiful Grey County. Located just south of Owen Sound on Grey Road 18, the facility features five exhibit galleries, archives, and a ten-acre living history site. In the community gallery, check out More Power to You: Simple Machines in Everyday Life. This exhibit, created with the support of community partners, explores the ways simple machines use physics to make our lives better. Use the logic of levers to make a see-saw balance and visit the Construction Centre to build your own simple machine using pulleys, wedges, screws, and more. In the Grey County Gallery, explore Voices of Grey, a new exhibit that shares the stories of Grey County through the words of past and present citizens and features a variety of local artefacts and moving personal stories. During the summer months, explore Moreston Heritage Village with an audio tour and visit the blacksmith shop, the garage, the log cabin, and more. Wrap up your visit with a locally made treat or treasure from the museum store or relax with a film in the theatre. Purchase a membership and receive invitations to exclusive members-only events, discounts on programs, and free regular admission to Grey Roots and five other area museums. For more information, visit greyroots.com, call 519-376-3690, or find the museum on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Set Your Sights on the

Municipality of Meaford On the southern shores of Georgian Bay, the Municipality of Meaford is a fascinating four-season destination that has residents and visitors alike saying “I love it here!” As a destination, the Municipality of Meaford is known for great live theatre and concerts, fresh local food and drink, unique stores, natural surroundings, a beautiful harbour and so much more. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly made a dynamic impact on tourism experiences for 2020 and we are working hard to find new and refreshing ways for you to enjoy all our community has to offer in these changing times. The Municipality of Meaford is a resilient community consisting of caring residents, exceptional businesses, vibrant farmland, landscapes and attractions. All of the wonderful events, things to do and places to see that Municipality of Meaford has to offer will be back up and running just as soon as it is permitted and we can do so. Continue to watch our website at www.meaford. ca/tourism for updates on events and activities. This is where you come in, picture yourself here and plan to experience Meaford because we can’t wait to see you. Image and do a cut out – ‘we picture you here’.


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Just a few minutes from Collingwood, in one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves, are 370 unspoiled acres of mature hardwood forest. We are here, atop the Niagara Escarpment, where an incredible collection of experiences and memories waits for you and every member of your family. A Breathtaking World of Adventure in Nature!


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Blue Mountains Welcome to the Village at Blue Mountains – blending the best of old and new, dating back 150 years to an era when time seemed to move more slowly and you knew the person who baked your bread by name. This feeling still exists in Thornbury and Clarksburg with the many artisans who have made this area their home. The turn-of-the-century streetscapes offer a generous helping of acclaimed restaurants, boutique and gallery shopping. The Georgian Trail and Bruce Trail wind through forests of pine, cedar, birch and maple. Cornfields, hayfields and apple orchards quilt the landscape. Unwind in a pub, take in a lively street festival, visit the harbour for boating, and swimming. Watch the salmon and trout at the fish ladder and canoe the Beaver River. At the foot of the beautifully rugged Niagara Escarpment you will find Blue Mountain Village – southern Ontario’s most exciting and diverse four season vacation destination. From pure relaxation


TOGETHER Friendships are formed when you high-five your way through Summer. Stay active and happy on 13 adventure-fueled attractions. BlueMountain.ca | @BlueMtnResort

GOLF SEASON IS HERE! to adrenalin-charged adventure Blue Mountain has it all. Enjoy skiing, guided family hikes, golfing, ropes course, downhill mountain biking and the Ridge Runner – Ontario’s first mountain coaster. One of the top spas in Canada is located minutes from Blue Mountain Village - Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain offers guests a relaxing escape in the heart of a tranquil forest setting. Open year-round, the renowned Scandinavian Baths vary from hot to cold and include Saunas, Steam Room and Solaria for a few hours of digital detox and wellness. Registered massage treatments can also be reserved. At the top of the mountain enjoy the view from the 420 foot suspension bridge at Scenic Caves. Explore the caves and caverns or take the ½ mile Twin – zip line. Your children will enjoy the gem mining, mini-golf and the Big Rock Railroad. Adults and teenagers will marvel at the Tree-top Canopy walk, the 1000 foot Escarpment Zip-line ride with a 150 foot vertical drop or add the Thunderbird ½ mile Twin-Zip Ride to your tour. Take the apple pie trail through the valley and enjoy treats along the way and be sure to visit The Farmer’s Pantry – a fruit stand with a twist. On top of its many activities the area is becoming known for its award winning festivals. Salsa at Blue Mountain in June is a sizzling hot Latin weekend; free music concerts in the park in July and August; art tours; antique shows; fireworks and Jazz on the Mountain the first weekend in July. You can stop by the Sheffield Park Black History Museum. The Centurion bike race challenges all riders. The Thanksgiving Apple Harvest Festival features the area with the fall colour tour and check out the new route for the Blue Mountains Half Marathon and 5km Run, in October.

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Welcome to your own personal winter wonderland in Grey Bruce. Here are 10 amazing adventures that will have you digging out, bundling up and heading straight for good times in the snow.

Downhill skiing/snowboarding Grey County is home to Ontario’s largest public ski resort, Blue Mountain. With 42 trails, 2 terrain parks, 1 superpipe and 11 lifts, Blue Mountain has something for everyone. Add private clubs like Alpine Ski Club, Beaver Valley, Toronto Ski Club, Osler Bluff, Craigleith and Georgian Peaks and the options are endless.


One of the fastest growing winter sports, snowshoeing can offer a giant cardio kick or a relaxing meander through otherwise unreachable forests. Locations like Scenic Caves, Cobble Beach and The Sawmill Ski Trails offer snowshoe-specific trails.

Outdoor Skating

With hockey a national pass time, ice skating is part of a Canadian winter. But skating under the stars or a bright blue sky is truly magical. Blue Mountain Resort, Harrison Park in Owen Sound, Cobble Beach, Hanover, Priceville and MacGregor Point Provincial Park all offer outdoor skating.



Cross-Country Skiing

Another great way to get your cardio, cross-country skiing offers a peaceful forest adventure. Choose from skateskiing, groomed or backcountry trails across Grey Bruce. Great ski spots include Scenic Caves, Kolapore, Massie, MacGregor Point, Sauble Ski Trails and the Sawmill Ski Trails.


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Top 10 Winter Adventures Nordic Baths

Watch the steam rise gently as snowflakes melt on your face at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. Enjoy this unique hot and cold pool experience alongside a full-service spa. Open year round, winter is an amazing time to visit.

Winter Camping

Grey Bruce is home to 3,600 kilometres of groomed trails and a host of sled-friendly accommodations and eateries. Visit the OFSC District 9 website or www.ridegreybruce.com to plan your trip.

Don’t pack away your sleeping bag just yet! Hepworth’s Atelier Arboreal will extend your camping season in an outdoor tipi. Forget your spider dogs; the team at Arboreal serves up gourmet meals and breakfast in bed… or sleeping bag.

Sleigh Rides

Yurt Camping

A sleigh ride through a gentle snowfall is so peaceful. Dual Acres in Shallow Lake offer horse-drawn sleigh rides while Windsong Horse and Carriage gives wagon rides through Owen Sound’s Festival of Northern Lights.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park is home to 16 winterized yurts with heat, bunk beds, power for small appliances, indoor lights and an outdoor bbq and eating area.

Winter Caving

With your snowshoes on, trek through evergreen forest to frozen caverns where you will crawl into the depths of the Niagara Escarpment. Free Spirit Tours located in the Beaver Valley outfits, guides and encourages you on this unique winter experience; they even provide warmth after the fact with a mug of hot apple cider.

Something very unique for the Apres Ski lovers, both Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery and Georgian Hills Vineyards have opened their vineyards up to snowshoeing followed by wine tasting and cheese pairings around the fireplace. Great for a romantic escape or girlfriend weekend experience.

Located just steps from pristine Lake Eugenia and in the heart of the Beaver Valley and all it has to offer. Offering 2 private one bedroom suites, with breakfast included each morning. Just minutes from the Bruce Trail, area waterfalls and Lake Eugenia access. Experience local eateries, village shops, art studios, farmer’s markets and farmgates.

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Hit the Trails in Grey Bruce In Grey and Bruce Counties, we’re blessed to have Canada’s oldest and longest footpath – the Bruce Trail – running through our backyard. The Bruce Trail follows the Niagara Escarpment, through a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, giving hikers epic views and unique geologic experiences. Here are a few great reasons to hit the trails in Grey Bruce. Amazing Scenic Lookouts Views for miles, selfies for days

Peaking at 1625 feet above sea level, the Niagara Escarpment generously gives Grey Bruce visitors their choice of impressive scenic lookouts. From the top of Blue Mountain to the Lion’s Head Lookout, from the legendary Skinner’s Bluff overhang to the Parks Canada Lookout Tower in Tobermory, you’ll be snapping photos non-stop.



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Caves and flowerpots

Community trails

Our above ground views are epic, but did you know that Grey Bruce offers plenty to explore underground? From Bruce Cave’s, Metcalfe Rock, Scenic Caves, Singhampton Caves to Greig’s Caves and the Petun Conservation Area, your geology lesson continues beneath the surface. Add Flowerpot Island and Devil’s Monument and you’ll be reaping the rewards of the Niagara Escarpment all holiday.

Many Grey Bruce towns have reclaimed former rail beds to create community trail systems. These trails offer gentle terrain with mostly flat, crushed stone treatments. Community trails are a great place to take a hike with all generations of your family. Community trails can be found in Chesley, Flesherton, Georgian Bluffs, Hanover, Kincardine, Point Clark, Walkerton, Meaford, Thornbury, Collingwood and Port Elgin.

Geology 101

Family-friendly hikes

Get the little ones outside We believe any hike can be a family hike, but if you’re setting out with young adventurers, there are some great boardwalks in Grey Bruce. The Oliphant Fen and Bognor Marsh boardwalks offer predictable, easy terrain. The Georgian Trail from Meaford to Collingwood is 32 km in full duration and open to hiking and cycling plus MacGregor Point Provincial Park is also beginnerfriendly.

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Spectacular Hikes and Epic Lookouts Fossil Glen Nature Reserve, Georgian Bluffs Kolapore Uplands, The Blue Mountains Irish Mountain Lookout, Meaford Old Baldy Lookout, Beavery Valley Sydney Bay Lookout, Cape Croker Greig’s Caves Hope Bay Overhanging Point, Bruce Peninsula National Park


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Fish ON!

Josh Choronzey, Outdoor Media

When it comes to providing some of the best angling opportunities in the Province, Grey Bruce ranks near the top. Whether you’re looking to troll the big waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay for salmon, wade a trout stream or spend a summer’s day playing one of the many inland lakes for warm water sport fish, you can find it here! Big water anglers can score on both salmon and trout during the open water seasons on Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Popular ports to access the deep waters include Meaford, Thornbury, Owen Sound, Lion’s Head, Wiarton, Southampton, Port Elgin, Kincardine and Sauble Beach. Offshore trolling for Chinook Salmon begins in the spring and summer as soon as the ice leaves local bays and boat launches. The Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular and the Chantry Chinook Classic are two major derbies held in the region each summer. In-land angling opportunities are endless for summertime anglers. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass provide anglers of all ages with incredible action from both the boat and on-shore. Pike, panfish, walleye, stocked trout and fish such as carp and suckers can be found throughout the inland lakes. For river fisherman, we have some of the country’s best migratory trout fishing. The Saugeen River is known across North America as a hotspot for steelhead (rainbow trout). Steelhead enter the river during the late fall, winter and spring, providing angling opportunities during the off seasons before they complete their spawning run and return to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in May. The Beaver River, the Bighead and the Sydenham River also provide anglers with excellent trout fishing. Shore angling access is not an issue as these rivers have plenty of areas to access the waters by foot. Walleye, pike, and perch can be found awaiting eager winter anglers on many inland lakes. During very cold winters the bays of Colpoys and Owen Sound often freeze providing anglers with ice safe enough to fish on. When 54


the “bigwater” freezes anglers have the chance to fish for whitefish, trout and even salmon, an opportunity that only exists in a few places across the planet. Please practice catch and release or sustainable harvest to ensure our fisheries are preserved for everyone to enjoy. Article by Josh Choronzey

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Town of Hanover As a regional centre in Grey County, Hanover prides itself on being a progressive and vibrant community. A hub for services surrounded by a rural landscape, Hanover provides a centre of commerce and services for residents and the surrounding area, boasting numerous amenities that all contribute to a fantastic quality of life. Discover more Hanover by visiting the Eat Well Farmers’ Market running on Saturday mornings in Heritage Square, where you will have the opportunity to purchase fresh, quality local food directly from the farmer that grew it. Continue your taste journey and savour the legendary donuts prepared at Schultz’s Gone Totally Baked, and quench your thirst at our celebrated craft brewery, MacLean’s Ales. Our Entertainment District provides legendary experiences that includes the newly redeveloped Playtime Casino, live harness racing at the Hanover Raceway every Saturday and lots of family-friendly events and activities at the P&H Centre. A vibrant downtown and an array of attractions, dining options, great shopping and annual special events like the Sights & Sounds Festival, Taste of Grey and Boots & Brews Country Music Festival awaits you in Hanover. There is a bit of history, local celebration, entertainment and an all around good time in whatever brings you here and in what you decide to do. You may also try your hand at flying at the

Saugeen Municipal Airport, experience live entertainment at the Hanover Civic Theatre or outdoor movies at one of the last remaining Drive-In Theatres in Ontario. So much awaits you in Hanover – Thanks for joining us!



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Ride Grey Bruce Scenic views of turquoise water and smooth windy roads are some of the reasons why motorcycle riders flock to Grey Bruce from spring through fall. As soon as the snow makes its’ long awaited departure and the rain washes the sand away, the heartiest of riders hit the roads. Lucky for you, one of the most iconic roads in the area has been recently repaved. You can now enjoy Grey Road 1 from Kemble to Wiarton on fresh blacktop. Effortlessly glide around the smooth turns and take in the glimpses of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment offered to you along the way.

The ride isn’t over once you reach Wiarton; keep heading north through town and swiftly get off the highway and onto Bruce Road 9. Some more big turns, hills and epic views await you. As you travel along, pay close attention to your senses heading north towards Lion’s Head. The beauty of being on a bike is that you get to feel, see and smell your environment in a way unlike anything else. On this route, you may feel a change in temperature which lets you know that while you are travelling parallel to the water, you are approaching one of the inlets. Take some time to drive down towards one of the bays along the way. Sydney Bay, Hope Bay and Barrow Bay area all hemmed in by the imposing escarpment which is topped with a vivid green as the

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trees bud in spring. Take the time to get off your bike and just be. Be still for a moment while surrounded by this gorgeous natural gift. It’s amazing to take in the sounds of your surroundings after you turn off your bike—you seem to be able to hear everything without the sound of the motor running. At Lion’s Head there is a beach pavilion with washrooms and picnic tables for your enjoyment. Head back south to the liquor store corner, then turn right to get back to Ferndale, and onto highway 6 and continue north to Tobermory. Another colourful ride awaits you during the autumn months in Grey County. The winding roads and stunning colours of Grey Road 13 in the Beaver Valley are sure to impress. Visit the majestic Eugenia Falls, just one of the waterfalls on our tour. escapetogreybruce.ca • 2020 57

Enjoy our fresh air, open space, rivers and trails in Brockton this summer! BYOB – that’s Bikes – and fishing poles!




Offers Refreshing Change of Pace

Don’t let Covid-19 concerns prevent you from heading to Brockton this summer, as there’s lots to do and plenty of fresh air, clean water and wide open countryside to explore! Located in southern Bruce County, the Municipality of Brockton includes the town of Walkerton and smaller rural communities. The Saugeen and Teeswater rivers flow through the area, promising a refreshing change of pace with activities such as paddling, tubing angling and some of the best fly fishing in Canada. Brockton boasts a variety of activities to suit all interests and experience levels. Immerse yourself in our clean water living by floating down the river in an inner tube (available at the Saugeen Riverbank Campground) or take the kids to the splash pad in Walkerton. Have an experienced guide introduce you to some of the premium fishing in the area. If paddling is more your style contact one of our local outfitters to rent a canoe or kayak and launch from one of several access points along the Saugeen River, including a new accessible boat launch at Lobies Park in Walkerton. For a more urban experience, head to downtown Walkerton, Continued on next page


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where you’ll find an eclectic mix of restaurants and unique shops specializing in the latest clothing trends, home décor, floral design, spa services, and more. Walkerton shopkeepers are known to be exceptionally friendly, enterprising and eager to please, so if you crave a customer-first shopping experience with a carefully selected range of quality merchandise, you’re in the right place. Our local chefs often choose the freshest local ingredients in their culinary specialties, so check out our restaurants as well. Some new patios have opened up, allowing you to enjoy your meals outdoors. You can also order take-out from most restaurants and head over to the new parkette on Durham Street, where picnic tables, hand-washing stations and a portable toilet have been set up for your convenience. Stretch your legs at Lobies Park or stroll along the Saugeen River Trail, offering plenty of shade, sun and beautiful river views. History buffs can pick up a heritage walking or driving tour brochure from the Visitor Centre and explore the past through preserved sites and architecture. If you’re looking for an alternative to the more crowded

destinations in Grey and Bruce check out Brockton. Staff at the Brockton Visitor Information Centre in downtown Walkerton are happy to assist! Find out more at VisitWalkerton.com or drop by the Visitor Information Centre at 101 Durham St. in Walkerton.

A swamp like no other!

The infamous Greenock Swamp, located in the Municipality of Brockton, is the single largest forested wetland in Southern Ontario. It was once the location of the largest logging operation in Bruce County. Steeped in stories and legends, it harbours a fascinating mixture of folklore and intrigue. At over 20,000 acres in size, reference to man-eating plants and men disappearing into the swamp, never to be seen again, abound! Given its rich history, three different tours have been developed featuring local actors who bring historical characters to life! Learn about the lumber baron Henry Cargill and the real hardships encountered by the loggers.


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Find out why the swamp was so popular for its moonshine production and how locals eluded police. Meet some unsavoury characters and get taken to the Walkerton Jail. All this and plenty more, including wine and beer sampling and a famous Bruce County church supper with all the trimmings!

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Where to Stay in Grey Bruce When you make a reservation to stay at a location, book directly with the property, not through a third party website like Expedia, Tripadvisor or Trivago. By booking directly you will receive a lower rate and those properties won’t have to pay the travel sites a 15% commission. The property can then allow you to cancel if need be. It’s a win, win situation for everyone!

Hotels/Motels/Inns The Blue Mountains/Collingwood Blue Mountain Resort (pg. 48) 760 rooms 833-445-0231 190 Gord Canning Dr. bluemountain.ca

The Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain (pg. 48) 705-443-8080 224 rooms 220 Gord Canning Dr. westinbluemountain.com Pretty River Inn (pg. 51) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line prettyriverinn.com

Lion’s Head

Inn on 6th (pg. 40) 519-376-3510 896 6th St. E. innonsixth.com

25 rooms

Coach House Inn (pg. 6) 519-596-2361 7189 Hwy 6 coachhouseinnresort.com

39 rooms

Travelodge (pg. 40) 519-371-9297 880 10th St. E. travelodge.ca

65 rooms

Escarpment Heights Motel (pg. 6) 519-596-2228 16 Hay Bay Rd escarpmentheights.com

26 rooms

55 rooms

Harbourside Motel 519-596-2999 24 Carlton St. harboursidemotel.com

35 rooms

Tobermory Princess Hotel (pg. 8) 877-901-8282 34 Bay St. S. tobermoryprincesshotel.com

20 rooms

Port Elgin

Super 8 by Wyndham–Port Elgin 888-388-3608 5129 Ontario 21 S. portelginsuper8.com

Sauble Beach

Bel-Air Motel & Cottages (pg. 20) 519-422-1051 328 Main St. saublebeachrentals.ca

4 rooms

Lionheart Guest House & B&B 7 rooms 519-793-3325 89 Main St. lionheartguesthouse.com

Centennial Motel 866-381-7408 10 Sauble Falls Pkwy. centennialmotel.com

20 rooms

Owen Sound

Sauble River Marina & Lodge Resort 6 rooms (pg. 20) 519-422-1762 18 Marina Ave. saublerivermarina.com

9 rooms

Lion’s Head Beach Motel & Cottages Inc. (pg. 14) 519-793-3155 1 McNeil St. lionsheadbeachmotel.com

Best Western Inn on The Bay 519-371-9200 1800 2nd Ave. E. bestwestern.com

100 rooms

Comfort Inn (pg. 40) 519-371-5500 955 9th Ave. E. comfortinn.ca

60 rooms


The June Motel & Swim Club 24 rooms 11 Sauble Falls Parkway book.sauble@thejunemotel.com thejunemotel.com/saublebeach

Best Western Plus (pg. 59) 226-436-3030 10 Eastridge Rd. bestwestern.com

52 rooms


Shenstone Inn 15 rooms 519-534-1831, 888-353-0931 19745 Hwy 6 shenstoneinn.ca Topnotch Restaurant & Motel 519-534-1310 10171 Hwy 6

15 rooms

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Blue Bay Motel (pg. 3) 519-596-2392 32 Bay St. S. bluebay-motel.com

16 rooms

Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages 37 rooms 800-591-4254 7468 Hwy 6 bruceanchor.com

Namesia Cabral

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Resorts/Lodges The Blue Mountains/Collingwood Blue Mountain Resort (pg. 48) 760 rooms 705-445-0231 190 Gord Canning Dr. bluemountain.ca 228 rooms

The Westin Trillum House Blue Mountain (pg. 48) 705-443-8080 220 Gord Canning Dr. westin.com/bluemountain LEGEND Air Conditioning Internet Pets Pool/Waterfront

Pretty River Inn (pg. 51) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line prettyriverinn.com

Owen Sound

Cobble Beach Inn (pg. 68) 519-370-2173 221 McLeese Dr. Twp. of Georgian Bluffs cobblebeach.com Restaurant/Food Services Hot Tub Accessible

Thornbury/Clarksburg Royal Harbour Resort (pg. 51) 519-599-5591 1 Harbour St. royalharbourresort.com

10 rooms

45 rooms

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Campgrounds Cape Croker

Cape Croker Indian Park 315 sites (pg. 18) 519-534-0571 112 Park Rd. Neyaashiinigmiing capecrokerpark.com


Durham Conservation Area 519-369-2074 323198 Durham Rd. E. svca.on.ca

210 sites

Saugeen Springs RV Park 100 sites (pg. 56) 519-369-5136 173844 Mulock Rd. saugeenspringspark.com


Whispering Pines Family Campground (pg. 20) 220 sites 519-935-2571 719601 Hwy 6 wpc.campontario.net

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Summer House Park (pg. 11) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd. summerhousepark.ca

Silver Lake T&T Park 110 sites 519-395-3330 56 Silver Lake Rd. silverlaketentandtrailerpark.ca Inverhuron Provincial Park 519-368-1959 19 Jordan Rd. ontarioparks.com






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235 sites


Aintree Trailer Park 877-396-8533 2435 Huron Conc. 12 aintreepark.com

171 sites

Fisherman’s Cove (pg. 67) 519-395-2757 13 Southline Ave. fishermanscove.com

513 sites


Miller’s Family Camp 85 sites 519-795-7750 108 Miller Lake Shore Rd. millersfamilycamp.com

Trillium Woods Camp 110 sites 519-534-2555 129 Bryant St. trilliumwoods.ca

Owen Sound

Memorial Park 519-538-2530 179 Grant Ave. meaford.ca/memorialpark

122 sites

Roebuck Campground 519-375-1205 245370 Sideroad 22 roebuckcampground.ca

100 sites

Harrison Park (pg. 29) 519-371-9734 75 2nd Ave. E. www.owensound.ca

100 sites


Saugeen Bluffs Cons Area 519-353-7206 32 Saugeen Bluffs Rd. www.svca.on.ca

Port Elgin

Brucedale Cons Area 519-389-4516 137 Sprucedale Dr. www.svca.on.ca

203 sites

52 sites

Campgrounds MacGregor Point Provincial Park 360 sites 519-389-9056 1593 Bruce Rd. 33 ontarioparks.com

Woodland Park (pg. 20) 519-422-1161 47 Sauble Falls Pkwy. woodlandpark.on.ca

Red Bay


Red Bay T&T Park (pg. 16) 877-901-2098 428 Huron Rd. redbaycamp.ca

70 sites

Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach Resort Camp 300 sites (pg. 20) 519-422-1101 877 Bruce Rd. 8 saublebeachresortcamp.com Sauble Falls Provincial Park 519-422-1952 1400 Sauble Falls Rd. ontarioparks.com LEGEND Internet Laundromat

154 sites

730 sites

Happy Hearts Park (pg. 6) 519-596-2455 93 Cape Hurd Rd. happyheartspark.com


Dreamaker Family Campground 118 sites (pg. 22) 519-797-9956 6870 Hwy 21 dreamaker-campground.com


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Lobies Park (pg. 59) 192 sites 519-881-3435/519-881-0625 20 Hannah Street brockton.ca/lobiespark Saugeen Riverbank Campground 75 sites (pg. 59) 519-881-0491 1343 Bruce Road 4 saugeenriverbank.com

Stokes Bay

Heron Point Cottages and Trailer Park (pg. 14) 65 sites 519-592-5871 59 Heron Point Rd. heronpoint.net



Bruce Peninsula National Park 242 sites 877-737-3783 407 Cyprus Lake Rd. pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/bruce/index.aspx Restaurant/Food Services

137 sites

6 sites Flowerpot Island – On Georgian Bay 877-737-3783 pc.qc.ca/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/index_E.asp

Bluewater Park (pg. 16) 519-534-2592 400 William St. southbrucepeninsula.com

91 sites

Roth Park Family Camping (pg. 18) 519-534-0145 102 Parkside Ave. rothparkfamilycamping.com

127 sites

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Cottage/Condo/Chalet/Cabins The Blue Mountains/Collingwood The Westin Trillium House 224 units at Blue Mountain 705-443-8080 (pg. 48) 220 Gord Canning Dr. westin.com/bluemountain


Saugeen Springs RV Park (pg. 56) 519-369-5136 173844 Mulock Rd. saugeenspringspark.com

10 units

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Whispering Pines Family Campground 7 units (pg. 20) 519-935-2571 719601 Hwy 6 campontario.net

Fisherman’s Cove (pg. 67) 519-395-2757 13 Southline Ave. fishermanscove.com

Lion’s Head

Holyrood Silver Lake T&T Park 4 units 519-395-3330 56 Silver Lake Rd. silverlaketentandtrailerpark.ca

Lion’s Head Beach Motel & Cottages Inc. (pg. 14) 519-793-3155 1 McNeil St. lionsheadbeachmotel.com

Hope Bay

Miller Lake

Cedarholme B&B & Cottages (pg. 15) 519-534-3705 108 Beech St. cedarholmebb.com

6 units

11 units

5 units

Miller’s Family Camp 519-795-7750 108 Miller Lake Shore Rd. millersfamilycamp.com

13 units

Summer House Park (pg. 11) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd. summerhousepark.ca

9 units

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Cottage/Condo/Chalet/Cabins Oliphant

Fiddlehead Resort 519-534-0405 50 Oliphant Way fiddleheadresort.com

3 units

Owen Sound

Red Bay T&T Park (pg. 16) 519-534-2098 877-901-2098 428 Huron Rd. redbaycamp.com

Sauble Beach

Cottages at Cobble Beach (pg. 68) 519-370-2173 221 McLeese Drive cobblebeach.com

5 units

Rainbow’s End Cabin (pg. 40) 519-538-3523 6th Sideroad, RR 8 rainbowsendcabin.com

Red Bay

Cedar Grove Camp 519-534-1927 264 Red Bay Rd.

1 unit

6 units

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Amabel Shores Cottages (pg. 22) 416-371-4894 104 3rd Ave. N. amabelshorescottages.com Bel-Air Motel & Cottages (pg. 20) 519-422-1051 328 Main St. saublebeachrentals.ca

4 units


5 units

Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages 7 units 800-591-4254 7468 Hwy 6 bruceanchor.com

16 units

Harlow Dunes (pg. 22) 5 units 226-926-2223 107 2nd Ave. N. harlowdunes@gmail.com harlowdunesca

Stokes Bay

Heron Point (pg. 14) 519-592-5871 59 Heron Point Rd. heronpoint.net

Bluebay Cottage (pg. 3) 519-596-2392 32 Bay St. Bluebay-motel.com

Escarpment Heights Motel (pg. 6) 519-596-2228 16 Hay Bay Rd. escarpmentheights.com

1 unit

2 units

Princess Cottages (pg. 8) 3 units 877-901-8282 34 Bay St. tobermoryprincesshotel.com

Roxy’s Gas & Variety (pg. 6) 11 units 519-596-8300 6313 Hwy 6 roxysgasandvariety.com

4 units

Bed and Breakfast The Blue Mountains/Collingwood

Hope Bay



Pretty River Inn (pg. 51) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line prettyriverinn.com The Treehouse B&B (pg. 51) 905-392-1494 161 Point Rd. bbcanada.com/thetreehouse

2 rooms

Cedarholme B&B & Cottages (pg. 15) 519-534-3705 108 Beech St. cedarholmebb.com

Rocklyn Inn (pg. 51) 5 rooms 905-440-6300 726004 Sideroad 22B therocklyninn@gmail.com therocklyninn.ca

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3 rooms

On The Rocks Guest Inn 226-277-0766 1024 Dyers Bay Rd. ontherocksguestinn.com

4 rooms

Summer House Park (pg. 11) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd. summerhousepark.ca

3 rooms

Owen Sound

Highland Manor Grand Victorian B&B (pg. 40) 4 rooms 519-372-2699 867 4th Ave. ‘A’ W. highlandmanor.ca

Sauble Beach

Nielsen’s B&B 2 rooms 519-422-1489 15 Genrob Place ruthtnielsen@gmail.com

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Come discover more in the heart of southwestern Ontario and find out why Perth County is the perfect rural retreat! Stretch your legs just minutes outside of Stratford and discover charming towns nestled in rural paradise. Explore delicious local flavours, scenic parks and natural areas, and unique shopping experiences. Whether you’re travelling solo, with friends, as a couple, or a family, Perth County has unique experiences and memorable adventures to suit every interest. Tour an artisan cheese farm or maple syrup sugar bush, hit the links at one of our six remarkable golf courses, spend a day on the water at Wildwood Conservation area, enjoy a gourmet meal made with local ingredients at one of our many delicious restaurants.



Make memories feeding farm animals like goats and alpacas, take a hike on one of our many scenic trails, or enjoy a visit to a renowned museum. Our charming small towns and villages will fill you with delight as you discover the magic of rural destinations and countryside experiences. This is just a taste of what Perth County has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a fun day trip or a quiet weekend getaway, Perth County has you covered. Discover more at perthcountytourism.ca and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PerthCoTourism Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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