Escape to Grey Bruce Magazine 2021

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Explore & Discover Bruce-Grey Region

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. . . the adventures are endless! In spite of the global coronavirus pandemic, Grey and Bruce Counties remain a wonderful place to visit, with clean air, lakes and rivers, miles of trails and the beauty of Lake Huron/Georgian Bay at our doorstep. Our tourism operators are working hard to keep everyone safe, and appreciate your cooperation with the Covid-19 rules put in place to protect us all. We hope to see you soon! We are all in this together!

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Cover Photo: Les Anderson Content Pages Photo: Lorna Rouse Copyright June 2021 • Edition 21 Escape Productions. All rights reserved. Printed at Transcontinental Printing/RBW Graphics Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada All information in this guide was deemed accurate at the time of printing. Advertisements do not represent an endorsement of events, facilities or activities.







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Niagara Falls

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7 Brockton

40 Billy Bishop Home & Museum

12 Paisley 17

Sauble Beach

Hit the Beach

46 Grey Roots Museum & Archives


Red Bay


Fishing Islands of Oliphant


Waterfalls of Grey County

23 Tobermory


Birders Take Flight


A Cyclist’s Dream


Miller Lake

Gardeners & Plant Lovers


La Scandinave Spa


Lion’s Head

Parks Canada

55 Scenic Caves Nature Adventures


Hope Bay


Winter Adventures



Ride Grey Bruce

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Hit the Trails in Grey Bruce


West Grey

Where to Stay in Grey Bruce


Town of Hanover


Perth County


Fish On


Incredible Paddling

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25 Orchids and Singing Sands 28

Lion’s Head Lighthouse


Greig’s Caves


Bruce Trail Conservancy


Harrison Park


The Centennial Tower



Saugeen Shores

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




Offers Refreshing Change of Pace Welcome to Walkerton! When you’re craving a change from the beaches and trails of the Bruce Peninsula, head to Walkerton, where you’ll find a vibrant downtown with a delightful mix of historic charm and on-trend shops offering some of the best clothing, floral and home décor selections around, plus spa and holistic healthcare services and a wide array of cafes and restaurants to satisfy your palate. There aren’t many places in Grey-Bruce where you can book an expert bra or bikini fitting, order a custom cut from an experienced butcher, and choose from a huge variety of guitars and other instruments from two independent music stores. Need a new sound system, home theatre, hot tub or deck? Craving sushi, risotto, wood-fire pizza or vegan, gluten-free entrees or treats? Walkerton has you covered! Most of our shops and restaurants offer online services, take-out and delivery, and store-front pick-ups. For a full list of retailers and restaurants head to Continued on next page


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Our lively downtown is just the start. The Saugeen River passes through Walkerton, offering wide, accessible walking and cycling trails with lookout points, interpretive plaques, and a bridge taking you to Lobies Park, where you’ll find a public boat launch, municipal campground, playground and visitor information at the campground kiosk. It’s a great place to enjoy a family picnic and let the kids run loose, as is Centennial Park, which also has an outdoor pool. Eager to get on the water to fish or paddle? Canoes, kayaks and inflatable tubes can be rented from the Saugeen Riverbank Campground or from Joy’s Source for Sports in downtown Walkerton. Paddling brochures, showing all the Saugeen River access points from Hanover to Lake Huron, are available at the visitor centre in Lobies Park. The river has wide areas of calm sections, interspersed with mild rapids and eddies, making the route ideal for learning the basics of navigating rapid water. Here in Walkerton you can access the river at the end of South Street, or from Lobies Park. Fishing the Saugeen in Walkerton and the surrounding municipality of Brockton is excellent, with some of the best fly fishing in Canada available right here! Junction 5 & 19, a tackle shop in Walkerton, can stock you with all you need or put you in touch with expert guides if you’re a novice. If golf is more your style, you’re in the right place for that as well with the Walkerton Golf and Curling Club and the Whispering Hills Golf Club both close by, offering a great way to pass a morning or afternoon. Curious to explore the region’s rolling countryside, picturesque farms and quaint, relaxing hamlets? Brockton includes smaller communities such as Cargill, Pinkerton, Elmwood, Riversdale and Chepstow, home to the oldest continuously operating hotel in Bruce County, the beautifully restored Chepstow Inn. Nearby is the Village of Cargill, where lumber baron Henry Cargill built his empire from logging the Greenock

Swamp, one of the largest forested wetlands in Ontario at over 20,000 acres! Steeped in stories and legends, the swamp harbours a fascinating mixture of folklore and intrigue and is an ecosystem like no other. You can access the wetland from the Schmidt Lake Trail off Schmidt Lake Road near Chepstow. Trail maps are available at, or in booklet form from our visitor information centres in Cargill or Walkerton. Cargill comes alive each summer with a seasonal artisan market featuring over 40 local vendors in Mwargaret’s Mercantile, plus a museum and cultural centre, blacksmith demonstrations and fresh burgers and fries featuring Bruce County beef from Wednesday to Sunday, plus holiday Mondays, until Labour Day (COVID-19 regulations permitting). New this year will be the Bruce County Bookstore and the Sawdust and Timber Café and Ice Cream stand. A visit to Cargill is not complete without viewing the mill dam, the heritage murals and cut-outs by Walkerton artist Steve Mackie, and the self-guided heritage walking tour. With luck, the Cargill Dinky Train will also be in operation, offering visitors a guided tour through the town and a glimpse into its colourful past. Heritage walking and driving tours are also available in Walkerton, for the history buffs among you! The Brockton area is also a popular spot for ATVs and mountain bike riding. Check out the Bruce County Rail Trail and the Brant Tract Trail near Paisley. More info available at and at mtbthebruce. com/trails. If you’re looking for an alternative to the more crowded destinations in Grey and Bruce, check out Brockton. Staff at our visitor information kiosks in Cargill and Walkerton are happy to assist! Find out more at

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Fish ON! 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 plying 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 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. Article by Josh Choronzey

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SAUGEEN SHORES. More than just the







You think of Saugeen Shores: Port Elgin, Southampton, and Saugeen Township your first thought may be its gorgeous beaches. And you would be right! The beaches are something to come and explore for sure, but come explore the other amenities we have to offer. Saugeen Shores is located on the shores of Lake Huron and coming to Explore the Shores is a great way to experience the area.


Further to the pristine beaches, Saugeen Shores is known for its over 40km of trails. The rugged and natural Woodland and Bieners’ Bush trail networks are a great way to get back to nature. The Saugeen Rail Trail is a tree lined accessible trail that links Southampton with Port Elgin and to our downtowns. North Shore trail is a paved multi use trail again linking the two towns together. This trail highlights the beautiful Huron coast. These trails are multi- use so come and stroll or bike, either way you will get to explore the shores.


In Saugeen Shores you can experience the trails or beaches in the morning and experience fabulous shopping in the afternoon. Saugeen Shores has it all – in our two vibrant downtowns you’ll meet welcoming business owners in unique retail boutiques, find specialty shops for adventurers, foodies, and more, and have impressive culinary experiences; all within a walkable picturesque setting. Our downtowns have treasures waiting for you to discover so you can take a piece of Saugeen Shores home with you.


Come to Saugeen Shores? The people are friendly, the air and water are clean and the sun always seem to be shining. There is always more to explore; the parks are a fabulous place to explore including our 2 splash pads. The Southampton Rotary Accessible splash pad is fully accessible and is fun for all. The Port Elgin & District Lions Club Splash pad in North Shore park is conveniently located near the Port Elgin main beach and North Shore Trail. Fairy Lake is another great place – come see the turtles, check out the carp and feed the ducks while strolling around the inland lake (another wonderful trail!).


When you come to Saugeen Shores try our ‘Learn like a Local” campaign. Starting in June 2021 this will direct you to specific locations throughout Saugeen Shores and with QR codes learn a little history of the area. Go to to find out more. Yes, Saugeen Shores is more than the friggin’ Beach. Come Explore the Shores. • 2021 11

Express Your Talents in Paisley Paisley is a unique community located in the heart of Bruce County. Perfect for a day trip, a welcoming and safe place to call home and a supportive culture to own a business, the Village of Paisley has it all!

Visit Paisley

Paisley is full to the brim with history, nature and artistic elements. Take a stroll on the Paisley Heritage Tour to check out the many heritage buildings and features. Paddling and fishing are a large draw in the spring, summer and fall, with 3 Saugeen River access points located in the Village. Be sure to check out one of the many paths along the river or the Trestle Bridge walking trail. Follow the Paisley Art

Tour to find over 20 murals and public art pieces scattered throughout the Village. Visit Paisley during one of our unique community events – Paisley Blues Fest, Artists on the River or the Paisley Fall Fair. Check out or for information to plan your next visit!

Open Your Creative Business in Paisley

Step into one of the unique businesses that call Paisley home for an entrepreneurial talent show. Almost everyone has an artistic flare or creative talent! Have you always wanted to open a business? Explore your creative side and express yourself in a supportive and eclectic community. Share your talents and be a part of the experience.

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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 of 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.

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Sauble Beach is the second longest freshwater beach in the world…over seven miles or (11 kilometres) in length. The unique sandbar deposits along the Lake Huron shoreline keeps the water relatively shallow and warm. The beach’s name originated when early French explorers dubbed the Sauble River “Rivière aux Saubles.”

Lorna Rouse • 2021 17

Hit the Beach!

Ken Atkinson

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 time-tested 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.

Fishing Islands of Oliphant The Saugeen Fishing Islands are rich in history. The Rankin Survey was done in 1855 and laid out the town of Oliphant. Saugeen Fishing Islands Reserve No. 1 are approximately 89 islands in Lake Huron off the western coast of the Bruce Peninsula and became Crown Land in 1885. These islands lie about 15 kilometres from Oliphant north to Howdenvale off the west coast of the Bruce Peninsula and were named after the abundant fish that once populated the waters. The shallow waters around the islands, with numerous shoals and sandbanks, have long formed a treacherous barrier for ships between the mainland and the open water of Lake Huron. In the late half of the 19th century and the early 20th numerous ships met a watery grave among these islands, either blown onto an outer reef by a Lake Huron storm, or wrecked while seeking safe passage through the islands’ narrow channels. The Flemings were among the earliest cottagers on these islands that lie along the western shore between Oliphant and Red Bay. “Oliphant” was named after Laurence Oliphant, who in 1854 was Superintendent General of Indian Affairs. These islands are shared between the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and Saugeen First Nation who have found evidence around the Islands of net fishing going back some five thousand years. The Fishing Islands were returned to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation in 1968. Fishing and the waters were and are central to their traditional economy and way of life and indeed to their spiritual beliefs. SON members feel a strong moral obligation to care for the water. The water is as important to them, if not more important, than their dry land territory. The Fishing Islands were one of the best whitefish spawning grounds on the Great Lakes. Today the Saugeen Ojibway are once again the owners of the commercial fishery around the Saugeen Peninsula. The Saugeen Ojibway Nation co-manage the fishery with the Ontario Government . In 1834 Crown Lands issued an order in council to the Huron Fishing Co. for the Fishing Islands. Prior to its fishing legislation of 1857, the Crown was supposed to have treated the Great Lakes fisheries as a public right. Captain Alexander MacGregor was the first to turn the fishing here into a commercial enterprise. He sailed and fished among the Saugeen Islands during the eighteen twenties, and took up his headquarters on the island which he called his Main Station. Here he built a large stone house now known as the Old Fort, on account of its tremendous walls and narrow windows. History of the County of Bruce gives the date as about 1834. Captain MacGregor and his men lived here for a number of years, and caught great quantities of whitefish and herring, which they shipped to Detroit. The Captain had a contract with a Detroit firm to ship 3000 barrels yearly for which he was to receive one dollar per barrel.

Until the late eighteen forties no fishing licences had been issued by the Government for Lake Huron. It was at this time that a number of people formed the Niagara Fishing Company and secured the sole license for the waters. The 89 Islands vary in size from a mere shoal of flat rock with a few currant bushes to the largest, Cranberry Island containing one hundred and twenty four acres. The Islands can be roughly divided into six groups, two south of the Gut and four to the north. Whiskey Island, situated about half a mile from shore, is circular in shape, and is covered with thick beautiful woods. The island is appropriately named. It seems that many years ago, an illicit whiskey-still existed here and as far as is known did good service. One Sunday in the Captain MacGregor days, it is related, the fishermen from Main-Station held a celebration which ended in a general fight. It was from then on that the fishermen called the place Whiskey Island. Lately the name has been changed to “Shamrock,” but it is hard to forget the old name. Smokehouse Island (No. 10) is the large island just north of Whiskey and separated from it by Smokehouse Channel. It contains over forty acres, thickly wooded with cedar, tamarack, and spruce. At the southern corner are the remains of the old Schell saw-mill, burned down about 1885. The Island was named by the Ojibways who had a smoke-house here for smoking their fish. Article by Susan Schank • 2021 19

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environment and the people of the Saugeen/Bruce Peninsula.

2. I WILL: Explore the Saugeen/Bruce Peninsula and leave foot prints only.

3. I WILL: Take photos to die for, without dying for them. 4. I WILL: Follow the road into the unknown, but never venture off the road.

5. I WILL ONLY: Park where I am permitted to park. 6. I WILL ONLY: Picnic in selected designated areas.


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.

I WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY TO: Dispose of my garbage properly – either in designated areas or take it HOME.

8. IF I CHOOSE TO SLEEP OUT UNDER THE STARS: I'll stay within designated campsites.

9. IF NATURE CALLS: I won’t answer the call on nature. 10. I WILL BE PREPARED FOR: All weather, all possibilities and all adventures.

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Pitcher Plant, Lorna Rouse

Birding Hotspots

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Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Les Anderson

Birders Take Flight

Gardeners & Plant Lovers 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

• 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

Combine these garden sites with the natural beauty of Grey-Bruce. Explore hiking trails, waterfalls, historic lighthouses, Bruce Peninsula rare orchids and ferns, rugged coastline and beautiful beaches.

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Tobermory: Tip of the Peninsula 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 at the Tobermory Princess Hotel.

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Respect the Beauty of the Bruce! 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. 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 waste 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.”

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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 there is an entry fee. For more information, visit: or

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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.



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Point Hangcliff “Neshebeese Oshitquon” Lion’s Head is located on the shores of Isthmus Bay and sits on the 45th parallel, halfway to the North Pole. The village’s 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, and 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. 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. Due to the overwhelming numbers of visitors to this small village, paid parking has been instituted from 6 a.m. till 8 p.m. Parking downtown will cost $3.00 per hour. Premium locations such as the beach, the marina and McCurdy parking lot which allows you access to the trails will cost $6.00 per hour or $30.00 per day. Overflow parking lot will be located at the arena, across the road from the local LCBO. 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

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see down to the Village of Lion’s Head and Isthmus Bay to the south-west, sweep around the whole of the coast of Whippoorwill Bay 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 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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The Saga of the Lion’s Head Lighthouse continues . . .

1932 1903 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. 1911 In November plans for a lighthouse were prepared to replace the light on a pole. 1913 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 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.”



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1983 & 1984 Students, under 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. 2000 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 accepted donations and volunteer help, so the community could once again, take ownership of their lighthouse. It is located at the original spot that it sat on in 1919, 40 feet west of its last location. Brian Swanton and Douglas Hill led the charge, to get the lighthouse to once again shine on the shores of Lion’s Head. 2021 Once again the lighthouse was damaged by a north easterly pelting rocks at her, but as of print date in May, the lighthouse is still intact.

Hope Bay:

A Thriving Cottage Community

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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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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 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 at Bluewater Park Pavillion 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. in the heart of downtown with countless local goods from May to Labour Day. The group of vendors are celebrating their 13th season.

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The Bruce Trail

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The Bruce Trail is your chance to explore the wonders of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere, and a unique natural treasure. 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 trail blazes to guide your way (white painted rectangles for the main Bruce Trail and blue ones for side trails). TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT BRUCE TRAIL HIKE Explore all the Bruce Trail has to offer while protecting the Niagara Escarpment by following these tips to minimize your impact. 1. Plan Ahead Research your hike. Check for trail closures or changes. Plan an alternate destination in case you find the trail or trailhead busy. Pack essentials like water, food and clothing layers. 2. Park Safely and Legally If a trailhead parking lot is full, do not park on the road. Where roadside parking is allowed, park only in designated areas. Do not block driveways or farm gates. 3. Stay on the Trail Staying on the marked trail will ensure that you remain safe, sensitive vegetation is not damaged, and relationships with private landowners along the trail are not strained. 4. Pack Out Your Trash Pack out everything you pack in, even biodegradable items and toilet paper. Bring trash home if bins are full or unavailable. 5. Leave Nature as You Found it Leave rocks, mushrooms, plants and other natural objects where you find them. Avoid open fires or leaving your mark on trees or rocks. Do not feed or disturb wildlife. 6. Manage Your Pet Leash your pet at all times on the trail. Pack out the poop. Watch for trail signs showing areas where pets are not allowed. 7. Be Mindful of Private Property Many landowners graciously allow the Bruce Trail on their property. Trespassing or misuse of the trail could lead to a request to remove the trail from their land. To learn how you can explore and help preserve this ribbon of wilderness, connect with the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

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Owen Sound: This Great Lake City Robert A. Cotton Owen Sound is a city that welcomes you with wonderful views of Georgian Bay, endless recreational possibilities and wonderful entertainment venues, all centered around a beautiful harbour. It also provides visitors and residents alike an excellent opportunity to experience its fascinating history as a Great Lakes port and that history starts at the harbour. The city is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Peoples at the mouths of the Pottawatomi and Sydenham Rivers on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. Their ancient settlement of Nawash, on the west shore of the outer harbour, is now the site of Kelso Beach Park, home to Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival. Farther along the shore is Georgian Shores Marina, now the host of the Salmon Spectacular fish derby, and just beyond it the Georgian Yacht Club. On the east shore of the outer harbour is the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, close to the historical location of Boyd’s Wharf which was built in 1844. On a strip of shoreland north of here is the former site of the Polson Iron Works, established in 1888 to build the first Canadian steel steamship, the S.S. Manitoba. This site was later occupied by Russel Brothers Ltd., steel fabricator and boat builder from 1937 to 1994. A very tangible way to understand Owen Sound’s history as an important Great Lakes port is to stroll along the east side of the inner harbour. 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 section that the package freighter MS Hibou slipped her moorings and slid into the dark November morning in 1936. All observers could see were short sweeps of her searchlight as she cleared the harbour. An hour later a sharp turn to port shifted her cargo to starboard creating a list the Hibou couldn’t recover from. Nearly two miles out of Owen Sound the Captain’s call to lower the life rafts was swallowed by the night as were the

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cries of the crew as they followed the rafts into the dark, icy depths of the bay. A single dim window lamp guided the survivors, clinging to their raft in the frigid November waters, to the distant shore and safety. The Hibou was lost November 21, 1936 along with her Captain, Norman McKay. Ten of her 17-member crew survived. Walking north, imagine a ship steaming out of the harbour with smoke and flames coming out of her stack as her crew furiously stoke the boiler. Moments ago that ship was getting steam up and the captain, looking fierce behind his heavy black beard, was shouting at the men to hurry and finish loading his steamer, the Pacific. One of Captain “Black Pete” Campbell’s rivals had sailed an hour earlier, and he had no time to lose if he was going to beat that sidewheeler, the Cambria, to Killarney. “Black Pete” loved to race. Looking across the harbour you will see a flat roofed onestorey brick building. This is the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station that now houses Mud Town Station, a brew pub and restaurant. It was built in 1946-47 replacing an older station. In 1884 that entire area housed the eastern terminus for CPR including grain elevators, freight sheds and a roundhouse. On May 10, 1884 just before 10 a.m., Canadian Pacific’s new palace steamer S.S. Algoma approached this terminus for the first time. Flags and bunting adorned Owen Sound’s homes, public buildings and the new CPR elevators as scores of excited citizens, cheering and blowing whistles, made their way through the streets towards the harbour. By the time the steamer and the crowd converged at the railway dock there was little standing room. The crowd expected something extraordinary and extraordinary they got. The Algoma and her soon to arrive sister-ships, the Athabasca and Alberta, were the most modern vessels ever built. They had new technologies such as the Chadburn telegraph for improved communication between pilot house and engine room. Navigation was easier with the Thompson Compass and they were the first ships on the Great Lakes to have electric lighting. Operating between Owen Sound and Port Continued on page 36 • 2021 33




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Continued from page 33 Arthur at the head of Lake Superior their presence promised a prosperous future for the citizens and their town. Continuing along the harbour walkway you will come to the city’s Westside Boat Launch built on the site of the Owen Sound Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. Established in 1875 the shipbuilding yard had the first drydock on the upper great lakes. There were many incidents of ships suffering damage from storms, collisions or grounding and the ship building and repair business was very lucrative. The J. H. Jones was salvaged and repaired here after it collided with the much larger Pacific in the North Channel the night of September 16, 1898. There had been some confusion as the two ships attempted to pass each other in the channel’s narrow confines and the Pacific struck the Jones driving a considerable hole in her port bow. The Jones began to sink at once. Fortunately, there were no fatalities although Mrs. Young, a 70-year-old lady from Tobermory, enjoying a deep sleep in her cabin, was nearly left behind. Realizing she was missing, two crewmen boarded the sinking Jones, crashed through her cabin door and, shouting that the ship was sinking, rushed her off to safety. Just beyond the boat launch you will see the Owen Sound Grain elevator built in 1925 to replace the CPR elevators that had burned in 1911. The night of that fire a large crowd had gathered in downtown Owen Sound to celebrate their candidate’s victory in the provincial election of November 11, 1911. As news of the fire spread the crowd rushed down to the docks. Both of CPR’s elevators were ablaze and the

S.S. Athabaska was in jeopardy. The ship, having no steam up couldn’t move so several citizens braving the flames grabbed the lines to pull her along the wharf and out of danger. The wooden elevators were consumed quickly by the flames and their loss caused the all-important grain trade to bypass the port for 14 years. That trade returned with the construction of the current elevator ensuring the city’s continued prosperity. Lake boats are a rare sight in the harbour today but on occasion they can be seen unloading at the grain elevator or waiting out the winter. Factories and railway tracks have been replaced by parkland and walking trails. The harbour is now a growing cultural and recreation centre for citizens and visitors alike. Once a place of hard work and industry it is now a place of peace and relaxation. A place to enjoy music, boating, walking, biking and so much more. Owen Sound is the home port of the Chi-Cheemaun, the Tobermory to Manitoulin Island ferry. She is operated by the Owen Sound Transportation Company, a company that this year is celebrating its 100th year of sailing out of Owen Sound Harbour. 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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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

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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 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.

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 2nd Ave. East in Owen Sound. Online booking now available.

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The Centennial Tower As you enter the city of Owen Sound from the south on highway #6, the tower is located on the west side of the road, just as you break over the hill on 9th Avenue. Conceived as a Centennial project to celebrate Canada’s 100 birthday, the tower and the park surrounding it were a joint effort by the students from West Hill Secondary School and OSCVI in 1967. It was built on the foundation of Brown’s Lime Works – a lime kiln and quarry. The Kilns had operated on this site since 1887, processing escarpment limestone for use as building mortar. Portland cement, a product pioneered in Grey County, replaced lime mortar in later years. The tower rises 10 metres from its lower level to the observation deck, and provides a stunning view of the city and waters beyond. The tower was designed by Owen Sound engineer A. M. Mackay and built with funds raised by the students from the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute and the West Hill high school. In 2001, the Owen Sound City Council worked with residents to restore the Centennial Tower to its present condition, funded by the City of Owen Sound and the Ministry of Culture and Recreation through a Ontario Millenium Funding Program. There are picnic tables and trails that will lead you down to Harrison Park from this Scenic Lookout.

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Our Story: 100 Years on the Waterfront This summer, the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre is celebrating the 100th birthday of Owen Sound Transportation Company, looking at the history of the port, the people who worked on the ships, and the different aspects of the marine service through time. The use of Owen Sound as a commercial port began in 1842 when storekeeper W.C. Boyd purchased a schooner to transport his family and supplies from Toronto. To cope with the sandbar that blocked the inner harbour’s mouth, he built a dock beyond it and soon, a whole fleet of small ships was using Boyd’s wharf. By the end of the 1800s, Owen Sound was the busiest port in Canada. Each week during the navigational season, three CPR steamers sailed to Sault Ste. Marie and Fort William. Four liners of the Northern Navigation Company from Collingwood and two from the Algoma Central Railway called at Owen Sound regularly. As soon as Owen Sound developed as a port, vessels began transporting goods to the remote communities along the north shore of Georgian Bay. The Dominion Transportation Company and Owen Sound Transportation Company were two companies vying for this business. Products ranging from groceries to building supplies and manufactured goods came from across Ontario and Quebec. Arriving in Owen Sound by rail, they were transferred to the boats and delivered to the North Shore of Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island as far as Sault Ste. Marie and Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior. The Owen Sound Transportation Company began the Tobermory-South Baymouth ferry service in 1930, with the small wooden ship Kagawong, which could carry eight automobiles per trip. In 1931, the OSTC applied for an exclusive franchise for the ferry service. It was granted, and in 1932, the M.S. Normac started on the ferry run. She could transport 66 passengers and had staterooms for 40; she could also carry 18 automobiles. The service became so popular that in 1946, the company built the Norisle. She could handle 50 automobiles, and during her first season, Norisle carried almost 13,000 vehicles and more than 40,000 people. By 1963, that number had grown to nearly 20,000 cars and 60,000 passengers. Due to long delays, the Norgoma joined the ferry service, replacing the smaller Normac. From 1964 until 1973, the two ships sailed the route, but the line-ups continued to grow. Finally, in 1974, the Ontario Government purchased the service and commissioned the Chi-Cheemaun to be built at the Collingwood Shipyards. Our exhibit will be available in person when the museum is open and virtually after June 15th, through the magic of augmented reality and on our website




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Billy Bishop Museum is a National Historic Site located in the City of Owen Sound, ON. The museum is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving local history, including the childhood home of Victoria Cross recipient William Avery “Billy” Bishop. The Museum seeks to engage our community by connecting local stories to the Canadian war experience and broader currents of global history. Visitors can take a step back in time in the Bishop Family home to view the permanent exhibit of Billy Bishop’s family life growing up in Owen Sound during the Victorian era to later years as a military hero. We also have exhibits that change throughout the year, so be sure to come back and visit again! Visiting during the summer, you can purchase a ticket to join us for one of our Victorian Teas on the grounds of the museum. In October, Honouring Our Local Veterans Ceremony, held at the Owen Sound Legion, celebrates those who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces, and is free for the public to attend. Check out our current exhibits and ongoing events to include them as part of your visit to our great area on our new website Stay connected on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Admission to the museum is $5.00 for adults and children under 18 are free. Scheduled exhibit tours are also available. Call us for more information.


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Park the Car and Stroll Downtown Anne Finlay-Stewart A barrel arch bridge across the Sydenham River at 10th Street was built in 1911 and a hundred years later a replacement is being dedicated as the Gitche Namewikewedong (Great Sturgeon Bay in Ojibwe) – Bridge. A quick zip across town but resist the temptation! Park your car in one of our free lots and take a walk through Owen Sound’s historic downtown. 10th Street to the east of the Sydenham River was called Division Street until a New York-loving mayor championed changing street names to numbers. The Seldon House stands at the corner of 10th and 2nd: : a hotel that served no alcohol back when it was owned by a daughter of the founder of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. In the last half of the 19th century you would find John Sloan’s melodian factory half a block east, and pass the Victorian-revival Chicago building on your way to Damnation Corners (four taverns, none still standing) and Salvation Corners (four churches, still there.) North of the 10th and 2nd intersection are some reminders of our twentieth-century life. The Owen Sound Hydro Electric System Office, when we received our first power from the plant at Eugenia Falls in 1915, and the 1945 art-deco

bus terminal saw thousands of travellers through its doors. Head south to some of the oldest commercial buildings on our main street. 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. There are so many other treasures to discover in town. 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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Gitche Namewikwedong 10th Street Bridge On Friday, December 11, 2020 the Owen Sound 10th Street Bridge was reopened complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The 110-year old Bridge was closed Sept 2019 for complete reconstruction and infrastructure replacement. On September 14, 2020 Susan Staves Schank member of the Chippewas of Nawash made a formal request to Council to dedicate the 10th Street Bridge Gitche Namewikwedong, stating that Indigenous place names contribute to the preservation, revitalization and strengthening of Indigenous histories, languages and culture. Indigenous peoples in our region and across Canada are working to restore their place names and revitalize their languages after colonial policies and law sought to eradicate them. This is part of the Truth and Reconciliation efforts for our peoples. ‘Reconciliation’ means to restore or renew a friendship. The Gitche Namewikwedong Bridge designation is a positive step towards Truth and Reconciliation. The Council asked for public input to suggest other potential names for the Bridge. On October 19, 2020, Owen Sound Council voted unanimously to name the Bridge, dedicating it the Gitche Namewikwedong Bridge, which means Great Sturgeon Bay the name of the bay before European contact. The Dedicated of the new name for the Bridge is scheduled for June 21 2021 National Indigenous Peoples Day. Susan Staves Schank is the Chair of the Gitche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden, which is under construction at the south end of Kelso Beach Park near

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the location of the original Nawash village on the territory of the Anishinabek Nation: The People of the Three Fires known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nation, and the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, known collectively as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional keepers of this land. The Gitche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden Mission Statement is: • To acknowledge our first people’s presence in the past, present and future on traditional territory. • To reclaim place, culture, ecology, and wellness. • To educate all nations about the legacy of residential schools and helps build right relationships with reconciliation.

Our hope is that all nations will honour the culture and spiritual teachings. Together we will walk the sacred path of truth, honour and build a better future and walk in a sacred way. What we do today is for future generations. Through traditional stories, and indigenous plantings we will honour and remember our Indigenous Ancestors. With open and friendly dialogue, we strive for mutual understanding, balance, and unity for the people of our community so we may move forward together in a good way with one heart. Enjoy the Garden! To make a donation: • 2021 43

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With the warmer weather, turtles are on the move. Slow down and watch for them, especially when driving through wetland areas.

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Turtles are most active in May and June, and when the temperature is moderate – about 15-25 degrees Celsius. If you find a turtle on the road, and it is safe to do so, carefully move it across the road in the direction it was heading. Never turn it around or move it to a new area – it will end up crossing more roads to find its way back home. If you find an injured turtle, call the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre at 705-741-5000 – we have first responders and volunteer drivers all across Ontario who can help. Did you know we have more than 1000 injured turtles admitted each year? Visit to learn more, or donate towards our new centre.

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Made in Grey is more than just food, it’s a community! When you see the Made in Grey logo, you have a guarantee that your food and drink was thoughtfully grown, raised or created in Grey County. Watch for the Made in Grey sign at select markets, stores and restaurants as you shop and eat your way across Grey this year. • 2021


Grey Roots Museum & Archives 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 exhibit galleries, archives, and a ten-acre living history site. Come explore our exhibit galleries featuring local stories and treasures from our artifact collection. Opening this summer, Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs will explore the past hundred years of County history through its various signage from farmland to industry. More Power To You: Simple Machines in Everyday Life, explores the ways simple machines use the power of physics to make our lives better. A stunning new exhibit in the permanent gallery, Voices of Grey, shares the stories of Grey County through the words of past and present citizens. Moreston Heritage Village is open daily throughout



the summer and features historic and replica buildings including a sawmill, schoolhouse, garage, and blacksmith shop. Chat with costumed volunteers or explore the village on your own with an audio tour. Wrap up your visit with a locally made treasure from the museum store or relax with a film in the theatre. Admission price includes entry to the museum, the village, and the archives. Purchase a membership and receive invitations to exclusive members-only activities, discounts on programs, and free admission to Grey Roots and five other area museums. When you visit, we ask that you work with us to keep our site safe for your family, other visitors, and our staff and volunteers. Our visitor experience is now a bit different, and all visitors (including members) are required to book a time slot for their visit in advance. For more information, visit, call 519-376-3690, or find the museum on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


Plan ahead for parking.

Check our Website.

Tourism information for the County of Grey can be found on

If a parking lot is full, do not park on the road. Where roadside parking is allowed please park only in designated areas and do not park on both sides.

Pick up litter.

Keep dogs on leash.

Keep pets on a leash, on the trail, and under control at all times.

Always clean up after yourselves. Pack out what you bring in, including pet waste.

Stay on the trail.

Follow the marked trail, respect private property and trail closures.

Read all signage.

Observe signs noting permitted uses and trail rules.

Observe COVID-19 protocols.

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Experience Grey County’s Waterfalls

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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.



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 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 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 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. An 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. Paid parking. 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. • 2021 49

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 “We 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.

intending to visit. Please follow the safety requirements in effect by the Government of Ontario. Continue to watch our website at tourism for updates on events and activities and to see why we love it here.

Plan your trip with activities that allow for safe social distancing such as a bike ride on our beautiful country roads or hike on one of our many trails. After a great day of activity, relax and enjoy one of our many local restaurants. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly had an impact on tourism experiences and we are working hard to find new and refreshing ways for you to enjoy all our community has to offer. Before heading out, know what to expect, confirm what safety practices are in place for where you are


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It’s a good day to ride.

• Be Prepared – plan your ride & book any reservations in advance. • Please Do Not Trespass – respect private property & follow off-road trail signage. • Be kind, ride safe, and have fun!



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 County: 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. Grey County has the stuff cycling dreams are made of.

Off-Road Riding

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Rail Trails

Following the shoreline around Ontario is something the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (GLWT) has been doing for decades, expanding into Bruce and Grey Counties several years ago. In Grey County, GLWT follows the Island View Drive cycling route from Wiarton to Owen Sound, featuring scenic road riding with intermittent paved shoulders, a few good ascents and descents, and Big Bay and Cobble Beach. Owen Sound’s waterfront is best seen from a bicycle, and there is good parking and lots of food and beverage choices. From Owen Sound to Meaford, GLWT follows the Tom Thomson trail, through Leith, up and over the escarpment, past Coffin Ridge Winery, with gravel road sections. In Meaford, GLWT joins the Georgian Trail, through Thornbury to the edge of Grey County at Blue Mountain Village. Both Meaford and Thornbury have scenic harbours, great food and drink and parking available. Blue Mountain Village is accessible by bike and requires reservations to access activities and food and drink.

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Near Blue Mountain, Three Stage, Loree Forest and Kolapore Uplands all offer great single track trails. Further afield, Allan Park, Derby Tract, and Glenelg-Klondike are great choices for off-road riders. Rail trails provide a great cycling experience for those looking to ride on predictable, open trails but away from all motorized traffic. The Georgian Trail links Meaford to Thornbury, Blue Mountain Village and Collingwood, with parking available in each community. The Grey County CP Rail Trail runs from Owen Sound to Dundalk. The Georgian Bluffs trail connects Owen Sound with Parkhead, and has magnificent views of Georgian Bay.

Hit the Road: Great Road Rides

Beautiful quiet country roads run through the Niagara Escarpment, Beaver Valley, along Georgian Bay and through the rolling hills of Saugeen Country. Grey County’s cycling routes are organized by length and difficulty and can be found online at or in hard copy map. • 2021 53

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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!


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 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.

Discover West Grey The Municipality of West Grey has an abundance of recreational, cultural and business opportunities. Set amongst tall pines, meandering rivers and pristine lakes—West Grey is a perfect backdrop for satisfying the spirit of exploration. Three branches of the mighty Saugeen River wander through West Grey and host world-class fly fishing, canoe and kayak trips, and family-friendly camping. Visit our many parks and conservation areas to explore trails, oldgrowth pines and catch a glimpse of the many species of birds, butterflies and wildlife. Strap on a pair of cross-country skis or lace up a pair of skates in the winter months. West Grey has two indoor ice rinks for figure skating and a robust minor hockey program that promotes skilled and fair play. Snowmobilers love West Grey for its many trails, rest areas and picturesque scenery. Stop in to warm up at any of the West Grey restaurants for home-made cooking and fellowship. Visit the specialty shops to purchase tasty sweets or unique local art by some of the country’s best who have made West Grey their home. In West Grey, everyone is welcome and will feel immediately at home. We hope you’ll visit soon. • 2021 57

Town of Hanover Self-Guided Walking Tours

Vibrant and progressive. Hanover is ideally located to provide a centre of commerce and services for residents and the surrounding area. Here are our Top 10 Summer Outdoor Activities for 2021:

Picnics in the Park

Take a self-guided walking tour of our downtown street banners, created by the Saugeen Artist Guild. Look for our Windows in Time posters and Building Recognition Plaques that provide awareness about our businesses and building’s history.

Pack your own, or grab some takeout for a picnic in the park. Heritage Square is the jewel of downtown Hanover and is home to the Labyrinth of Distinction. Hanover Park gives you access to green space adjacent to the Saugeen River, a picnic pavilion and several play structures.

Take in a Movie under the Stars

Walk and Cycle the Community Trails

Be sure to check out the operational status of Gateway Casino and the Hanover Raceway. Post time for live harness racing is Saturdays at 2pm. You can even enjoy the races on the patio of the Match Eatery & Public House.

Did you know that Hanover has 11km of Community Trails in the Saugeen River Valley around the Town of Hanover? Enjoy the fantastic views from the 91m pedestrian bridge over the Saugeen River.

Take a Selfie with one of our Murals

While visiting Heritage Square, you’ll also enjoy a view of Hanover’s murals, illustrated by well known local artists, Cliff Smith and Gary McLaughlin. Two murals display a fun depiction of historic events, present amenities and hopes for the future.

Fish, paddle or tube on the Saugeen River

Access the Saugeen River from Hanover Park. This is the official beginning of the Saugeen River canoe route as per the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA). Please plan your river trek and also be aware of the Dam (but enjoy the view) located just before the 7th Avenue Bridge.

Catch a movie in the great outdoors, under the stars in the comfort of your own car. Experience the Hanover Drive-In, one of Ontario’s last remaining Drive-In Theatres.

Join us in the Entertainment District

Shop and Dine in the Downtown District

Our vibrant downtown features an array of shopping and dining options for your safe enjoyment. Shop local. Support local.

Eat Well Farmers’ Market

Continue your quest for local quality each Saturday morning in Heritage Square at a farmers ran farmers’ market.

Neptune Scoops

NEW! Find this youth led Ice Cream Truck parked at Launch Pad, Youth Skills Centre. Neptune Scoops brings enthusiasm and liveliness to all community members by scooping fresh ice cream.

Your Outdoor Activities List Get Takeout for Picnics in the Park Self-Guided Public Art and Historic Tours Walk and Cycle our Community Trails Fish, Paddle or Tube on the Saugeen River

Shop and Dine in the Downtown District See What's Happening in the Entertainment District Take in a movie at the Drive-In Theatre

Shop Local at the Eat Well Farmers' Market in Heritage Square

Discover more,

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. • 2021 59

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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



Where to Stay in Grey Bruce

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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 Pretty River Inn (pg. 54) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line

Lion’s Head

9 rooms

Lion’s Head Beach Motel & Cottages Inc. (pg. 27) 519-793-3155 1 McNeil St.

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

Owen Sound

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

100 rooms

Inn on 6th (pg. 44) 519-376-3510 896 6th St. E.

25 rooms

Travelodge (pg. 44) 519-371-9297 880 10th St. E.

Sauble Beach

65 rooms

Bel-Air Motel & Cottages (pg. 16) 519-422-1051 328 Main St.

4 rooms

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

20 rooms

Coach House Inn (pg. 23) 519-596-2361 7189 Hwy 6

39 rooms

Escarpment Heights Motel (pg. 23) 519-596-2228 16 Hay Bay Rd

26 rooms

Tobermory Princess Hotel (pg. 23) 877-901-8282 34 Bay St. S.

20 rooms

Sauble River Marina & Lodge Resort 6 rooms (pg. 16) 519-422-1762 18 Marina Ave.




Blue Bay Motel (pg. 23) 519-596-2392 32 Bay St. S.

16 rooms

Best Western Plus (pg. 7) 226-436-3030 10 Eastridge Rd. Topnotch Restaurant & Motel 519-534-1310 10171 Hwy 6

52 rooms

15 rooms

Resorts/Lodges The Blue Mountains/Collingwood Pretty River Inn (pg. 54) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line LEGEND Air Conditioning Internet Pets Pool/Waterfront

Thornbury/Clarksburg Royal Harbour Resort (pg. 54) 519-599-5591 1 Harbour St.

45 rooms

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Campgrounds Cape Croker

Cape Croker Indian Park 315 sites (pg. 30) 519-534-0571 112 Park Rd. Neyaashiinigmiing


Durham Conservation Area 519-369-2074 323198 Durham Rd. E.

210 sites


Whispering Pines Family Campground (pg. 16) 220 sites 519-935-2571 719601 Hwy 6


Silver Lake T&T Park 110 sites 519-395-3330 56 Silver Lake Rd.


Inverhuron Provincial Park 519-368-1959 19 Jordan Rd.

242 sites

Miller Lake

Miller’s Family Camp 85 sites 519-795-7750 108 Miller Lake Shore Rd. Summer House Park (pg. 26) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd.

235 sites

Owen Sound

Saugeen Riverbank Campground 75 sites (pg. 7) 519-881-0491 1343 Bruce Road 4

Trillium Woods Camp 110 sites 519-534-2555 129 Bryant St. Harrison Park (pg. 37) 519-371-9734 75 2nd Ave. E.

100 sites


Saugeen Bluffs Cons Area 519-353-7206 32 Saugeen Bluffs Rd.

Port Elgin

203 sites

52 sites

171 sites

Fisherman’s Cove (pg. 3) 519-395-2757 13 Southline Ave.

513 sites

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

122 sites

Roebuck Campground 519-375-1205 245370 Sideroad 22

100 sites

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Bluewater Park (pg. 30) 519-534-2592 400 William St.

91 sites

Roth Park Family Camping (pg. 30) 519-534-0145 102 Parkside Ave.

127 sites

Red Bay T&T Park (pg. 18) 877-901-2098 428 Huron Rd.

70 sites

Sauble Beach

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Red Bay

Memorial Park 519-538-2530 179 Grant Ave.




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


Dreamaker Family Campground 118 sites (pg. 18) 519-797-9956 6870 Hwy 21 Lobies Park (pg. 7) 192 sites 519-881-3435/519-881-0625 20 Hannah Street

Brucedale Cons Area 519-389-4516 137 Sprucedale Dr.




Sauble Beach Resort Camp 300 sites (pg. 16) 519-422-1101 877 Bruce Rd. 8 Sauble Falls Provincial Park 519-422-1952 1400 Sauble Falls Rd.

154 sites

Woodland Park (pg. 16) 519-422-1161 47 Sauble Falls Pkwy.

730 sites

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Whispering Pines Family Campground 7 units (pg. 16) 519-935-2571 719601 Hwy 6

Hope Bay

Cedarholme B&B & Cottages (pg. 29) 519-534-3705 108 Beech St.


Fisherman’s Cove (pg. 3) 519-395-2757 13 Southline Ave.

Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head Beach Motel & Cottages Inc. (pg. 27) 519-793-3155 1 McNeil St.

6 units

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

13 units

Summer House Park (pg. 26) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd.

9 units

Oliphant 11 units

Bay Street Cottage (pg. 16) 519-534-1338 471 Bay Street

Red Bay 5 units

Red Bay T&T Park (pg. 18) 519-534-2098 877-901-2098 428 Huron Rd.

2 units

4 units

Stokes Bay

Heron Point (pg. 27) 519-592-5871 59 Heron Point Rd.

4 units


Bluebay Cottage (pg. 23) 519-596-2392 32 Bay St.

1 unit

Escarpment Heights Motel (pg. 24) 519-596-2228 16 Hay Bay Rd.

1 unit

Princess Cottages (pg. 24) 3 units 877-901-8282 34 Bay St.

Sauble Beach

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Bel-Air Motel & Cottages (pg. 16) 519-422-1051 328 Main St.

16 units


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Bed and Breakfast The Blue Mountains/Collingwood Pretty River Inn (pg. 54) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line

Hope Bay

Cedarholme B&B & Cottages (pg. 29) 519-534-3705 108 Beech St.

Miller Lake

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3 rooms

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

4 rooms

Summer House Park (pg. 26) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd.

3 rooms

Owen Sound

Highland Manor Grand Victorian B&B (pg. 44) 4 rooms 519-372-2699 867 4th Ave. ‘A’ W.

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