Escape to Grey Bruce 2022

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Explore & Discover Bruce-Grey Region

. . . 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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36 Grey Roots


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12 Majestic Bruce County Lighthouses

38 The Artists Coop


Saugeen Shores

13 Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

40 The Tom

14 Incredible Paddling 17 Classic Car Tours 18 Fishing Islands of Oliphant 19 Off The Beaten Track 20 Gardeners & Plant Lovers 23 Boat Tours 28 Bruce Trail 30 Gitche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden 31 Trails

39 Storybook Park 40 Owen Sound Library 42 The Sound Waterfront Festival 42 Summer Live Music Festival 44 Waterfalls 48 Cycling 51 Grey County Signature Festivals

15 Sauble Beach 18 Oliphant 19 Red Bay 22 Tobermory 24 Miller Lake 25 Lions Head 27 Hope Bay 30 Owen Sound 50 Meaford

53 Scenic Caves

57 Hanover

54 Winter Adventures

63 Perth County

55 Ride Grey Bruce 56 Fish On

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Lorna Rouse Rivers, Streams, Gardens, Wetlands, Forests, Farms, and Trails Plus Shopping and Dining in Our Thriving Downtown! Add Walkerton to Your Summer Bucket List!


Off the Beaten Path Beaches and busy attractions are great, but sometimes you need a break. Something a little different, and off the beaten path. Welcome to Walkerton, a historic town with an eclectic range of on-trend shops and a wide array of cafes and restaurants to satisfy your palette. The Saugeen River flows through town, offering excellent fishing, paddling, and tubing, and off the water you’ll find family-friendly trails, wide open parks, golf courses and nearby rural gardens. Venture further to discover hamlets and villages, rolling farmland, and one of the largest forested wetlands in Canada – all within the Municipality of Brockton. Start in Walkerton, where you’ll find some of the best clothing, floral and home décor selections around, plus spa and holistic healthcare services, independent music and electronics stores, kids clothing, a traditional butcher, a lingerie boutique with expert bra fitting services, and so much more! A full list of retailers and restaurants can be found at The Saugeen River Trail offers a wide, accessible walking and cycling path with lookout points, interpretive plaques, and access to the river. Cross the bridge into Lobies Park, where you’ll find a boat launch, washrooms, municipal campground, playground and the Brockton Visitor Centre, with lots of information about things to see and do in the area. Eager to get on the water to fish or paddle? Canoes, kayaks and inflatable tubes can be rented locally, and paddling brochures are available at our 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. There are four river access points in Brockton.

Fishing the Saugeen in Walkerton and area is excellent, with some of the best fly fishing in Canada available right here! Experienced guides are available to help assist you. Enjoy golf? 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. If gardening is more your style, check out the new Heart of Bruce Botanical Gardens Tour, with five local gardens open to explore. Learn more at https://explorethebruce. com/heart-of-bruce-botanical-gardens-tour/. Curious to explore the region’s rolling countryside, picturesque farms and quaint, relaxing hamlets? Brockton includes smaller communities such as Cargill, Pinkerton, Elmwood and Chepstow, home to the oldest continuously operating hotel in Bruce County, the beautifully restored Chepstow Inn. Continued on next page

Tour Walkerton’s Grande Dame of Performing Arts Victoria Jubilee Hall, a regional hub for arts and culture, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and opening its doors to the public! The historic venue plans to welcome visitors this summer through private tours, offering a behind-the-scenes look at one of Brockton’s pre-eminent heritage buildings, and Walkerton’s first town hall. See the iconic bell tower from within, the beautiful 300-seat opera hall and visit each of the eight different levels. Please call 519-881-2826 for more information, or email • 2022 5

Nearby is the Village of Cargill, where lumber baron Henry Cargill built his empire from logging the Greenock Swamp, which spans 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 it off Schmidt Lake Road near Chepstow. Trail maps are available at, or in booklet form from our Visitor Information Centre. While in Cargill, visit the Cargill Museum and Visitor Centre, the Bruce County Bookstore, the Cargill Art Gallery, and an ice cream stand overlooking the Teeswater River and mill dam. Summer events there will include free wagon rides, a timber framing demonstration, a children’s book festival, a blacksmithing demonstration, and special days to meet local publishers, historians, and artists. For more information about these and other events, see 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. Heritage walking and driving tours are also available in Walkerton, for the history buffs among you! Cyclists will be interested in the new Greenock Swamp Cycling Tour at You can also check out the Brant Tract Trail near Paisley for mountain biking, and the Bruce Rail Trail if you’re keen on ATV adventures. Whatever your passion or interest, staff at the Walkerton Visitor Information Centre, open seven days a week from spring to fall, will be happy to assist! Find out more at

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Huron Kinloss The Hub is a space in Huron-Kinloss to co-work and grow business. Our vision is to become a regional leader in business development and recruitment by nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship. Our mission is to provide space and connection to resources where entrepreneurs can nourish their ideas through networking, learning and collaboration, and grow economic development throughout the region. Through The Hub, entrepreneurs can access resources, events, and connections they need to succeed in starting or expanding their business. Online programming includes Start a Business, Business Expansion, Quick Start Entrepreneur, Youth Entrepreneurship and Selling Beyond the Farmgate, which are free, self-paced and available on The Hub’s website. Additional services include co-working desks and a meeting space for rent, and connection through Wednesday Warm-Up, a monthly entrepreneur networking group. Co-work in a creative space, connect with like-minded people and grow your business with a support team. Whether you are starting out or looking to grow, we can help simplify the process! Business consultations are available. 6


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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

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over 20 murals and public art pieces scattered throughout the Village. Visit Paisley during one of our unique community events – 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.



Saugeen Shores

We have got you covered When you think of Saugeen Shores: Port Elgin, Southampton, and Saugeen Township your first thought may be its gorgeous beaches. And you would be right! Here are some other reasons and seasons to come to Saugeen Shores.

If you come in the Summer

Located on the shores of Lake Huron you are going to want to explore our beaches. Eidts Grove Beach is off the beaten path and a short bike ride from Gobles Grove. Both are beautiful beaches in any season. Port Elgin’s Main beach is a happening place. It’s sheltered for families and there is a los to do for youth. Bring a volleyball and stroll along the pier. At Southampton’s Beach you can find Gerry’s fries – a good place to feed your belly and then stroll along the sandy beach to find your spot.

Trails anyone?

Saugeen Shores has 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. You can stop along the way at the infamous Wednesdays Farmers market in Port Elgin and the Marine Heritage Market on Friday in Southampton.

Biking anytime

North Shore trail is a paved multi-use trail that also links 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.

Shopping anyone?

With two vibrant downtowns you’ll meet welcoming business owners in unique retail boutiques, find specialty shops for adventurers & foodies, and more. We 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.

Sunsets in any season

The fabulous sunsets along the Huron shores are spectacular; you will never be disappointed. Some great points to view the sunset are Pioneer Park at the Southampton Harbour, Port Elgin Harbour and Chantry View Beach. Even driving in the winter along the North Shore, you will see spectacular views and a spectacular show.

Patio Season is anytime

Summer is a great time to sit on a patio. But many local patios have extended their season and added warming options to make your stay enjoyable on those nice spring or fall days. Cozy up with a hot beverage and enjoy the atmosphere.

Explore the History

You will find we are steeped in History: Bruce County Museum, Marine Heritage Park, and Chantry Island to name a few. Explore places like Denny’s Dam, the Town Pond, and Fairy Lake. Try our “Learn like a Local” campaign. This program uses QR codes to direct you to specific locations throughout Saugeen Shores and learn a little history of the area. Go to to find out more. • 2022 9

SWERVE event coming to Bruce County this September To swerve is to change direction. Often suddenly. It’s a shift to get around the big obstacles that stand in our way. A swerve is a conscious act of innovation, something we’ll need to meet the big challenges we face. From how we use energy to how we produce food, from the way we make things to how we get around, the world is coming up against barriers that require us to swerve before we run out of road. Quickly. The swerve we need is one that navigates by new ideas and follows the signposts of emerging technologies. It demands inspiration. Imagination. A willingness to explore alternate pathways and a refusal to accept limits. That’s the spirit you’ll find at SWERVE, a free public festival that will immerse you in the new ideas and technologies that can help us shape the future we want. Hosted by the Nuclear Innovation Institute from September 9-11, 2022, SWERVE will offer a hands-on experience—for kids and adults—with the electric cars and trucks we’ll soon be driving (or that might drive us). It will introduce the new sources of clean energy needed for a low-carbon economy. And it will use virtual reality to explore new ways to manage our natural environment, explore space and entertain ourselves. Over three days this September, SWERVE will bring the frontiers of science and technology to Bruce, Grey,



and Huron counties, allowing us all to imagine the possibilities that can put us on the path to a better future. What is SWERVE? Located this year at The Coliseum in Southampton, a vibrant, year-round community on the shores of Lake Huron, this multi-day festival of ideas, inspiration and imagination allows kids and adults to journey through the next generation of technologies, letting them see and explore how they could change the world. Come and explore electric vehicle demonstrations, food trucks and a host of complementary programing, anchored by our thematic spaces: • Touch the Future: Interactive exhibits and videos that let people discover and engage with new technologies— from 3D printing to drones, simulators and robots—to see how they are changing agriculture, manufacturing, energy, health and space exploration. • Going Mobile: An exhibition of future mobile technology, from personal mobility to EVs and batteries. • Explore the Future: NII Explore’s Kid Zone for STEM challenges and immersive experiences, featuring VR worlds, robots, a makerspace and science experiments. Learn more at and don’t miss an update— join the conversation on social media: @Nuclear Innovation Institute on Facebook and @niiexplore on Instagram.

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Majestic Bruce County Lighthouses Chantry Island Lighthouse is located on Chantry Island which is a federal migratory sanctuary. Take the tour of the Light Keepers cottage, then climb the 106 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Chantry Island Lighthouse tours have been operating for 20 years. It is best to book the tour boat ahead of arrival at 866-797-5862. Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton – home of the relocated Stokes Bay Lighthouse & interactive marine heritage exhibits. Big Tub Lighthouse in Tobermory – this lighthouse is a perfect picnic destination. Cove Island in Tobermory Sail past this historic site in Fathom Five National Park aboard the ferry. Lions Head Lighthouse. Originally built in 1903. I had been rebuilt and repositioned a few time due to the high energy weather of Georgian Bay. In 1969 the lighthouse was replaced by an automated light. Then in 1983 some ambitious students built a replica which stood 28 feet high. That light tower got destroyed early in January 2020. Again, it was rebuilt and located on the original spot it sat in 1919. So, once again the light will shine on the shores of Lions Head.

Tour Hints

• Guide services are available at Flowerpot Island lighthouse. • Watch the weather. Sites accessible by boat only are highly dependent on weather. • Admission fees vary at each location. • Wear appropriate footwear for sites that are open for climbing.

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Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is a worldclass community museum located in Southampton. Journey through thousands of years of natural and human history in our permanent galleries which include interactive and family friendly exhibitions that tell Bruce County’s history. The Mezzanine level is devoted to the creation stories, pre-Bruce County times and the Anishnaabwe Endaat Gallery, which showcases Anishnaabwe culture in a broader environmental and cultural context. In our lower levels, you’ll see what life was like for the early settlers of Bruce County and travel back in time by train in “Riding the Rails,” when the railway stretched all the way to the Huron shoreline. In “The Last Frontier,” you’ll meet the County’s Pioneers, and experience the life of a soldier during the First World War when you explore “Bruce Remembers.” Outside the beautiful grounds overlooking Fairy Lake. Explore the Mackenzie log home, the SS #10 Anabel School house, the stokes bay range light, and several beautiful gardens. For more information on our permanent galleries and our newest events and exhibits, visit

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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. 14


Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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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Top 4 Beaches: Port Elgin – Eidts Grove Beach is off the beaten Lorna Rouse path and a short bike ride from Gobles Grove. Both are beautiful beaches in any season. Port Elgin’s Main beach is a happening place.

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.”

Sauble Beach – The nostalgic red sign will greet you as you arrive at this 11km sandy stretch on Lake Huron. 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. • 2022 15


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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. 18


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

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

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Gardeners & Plant Lovers

Birding Hotspots

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

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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• 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

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• Parks Canada Lookout Tower – Tobermory – Migrating raptors in May • North Sauble Beach – Piping Plovers • Skinners Bluff – Georgian Bluffs – Meadow Bird species • Singing Sands – Migrating songbirds in May



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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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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” Lions 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. Rising through the forest and meadow, the trail climbs up through cedars and along the limestone cliffs past several lookouts, until it reaches the highest elevation at the Lion’s Head Lookout. From this spectacular vista, one can see down to the Village of Lion’s Head and Isthmus Bay to the south-west, sweep around the whole of the coast of Whippoorwill 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

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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 the serenity. Lion’s Head waterfront is the perfect location for enjoying crystal clear but very cold water. Whether you are swimming, kayaking or pleasure boating, you are guaranteed a memorable day.

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Lion’s Head Parking 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 in the village core at the stores will be free for a maximum of 2 hours. Premium locations such as the beach, the marina and the McCurdy parking lot which allows you access to the trails will cost $5.00 per hour or $30.00 per day. Plan to arrive early, or the parking lot will be full. There will be no parking whatsoever on Moore or William Street. Overflow parking lot will be located at the arena, across the road from the local LCBO, at the south entrance to Lions Head.

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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 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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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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Cape Croker Park A Year-Round Destination Cape Croker Park, with its deep cultural roots is a year-round Indigenous Tourism Destination located on the Georgian Bay side of the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. The 520 acre Campground is open from May to Thanksgiving Day, while the Park itself is open year-round!

Nestled between high limestone bluffs, this is the perfect get-a-way for the whole family. With 315 campsites, suitable for tents and trailers, Cape Croker Park can accommodate all types of campers. Electrical sites are available in some camping areas. Sites are comfortably laid out and close to all you’ll need while you’re away from home. There are picnic areas by the beach, at the Pavilion, and near the playground. There are 4 km of shoreline to paddle. You can check out the water birds – Ducks, Geese, Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher – sometimes the Bald Eagle flies by. Paddle across the bay from the beach area to Dbinoogewin (Pavilion). Marvel at the stunning view and blue-green water of the bay.

Our team of experienced Anishinaabe naturalists and guides offer access to these lands and our cultural history. You can learn about plants, hear stories of our deep connection to and understanding of the natural world. You can hear Anishinaabemowin, our language, and possibly learn a few words. After participating in the Anishinaabe Cultural Experiences, plunge into our beautiful blue water, relax on the beach, and take home a bottle of our Award-Winning Maple Syrup from Ziibaakdakaan Maple made right here in the Park! • 2022 29

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Gitche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden Welcome to the Gitche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden in Kelso Beach at Nawash Park, Owen Sound. Written by Susan Staves, Nahneebahweequay (Upright Standing Woman), Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Since 2010, the Gitche Namewikwedong Reconciliation Garden Committee, and our supporters, have worked with the City of Owen Sound and Indigenous Elders who are knowledge holders in our region. Using their input and cultural knowledge we developed a detailed plan for an art and historical installation and garden at Kelso Beach in Nawash Park, formerly and historically the site of the original Newash Village once home to the Saugeen Ojibwa Nation. Saugeen Ojibwa Nation territory extends from the Nottawasaga River across to Goderich, including the Maitland valley river system, and north to Tobermory. The Garden helps all cultures within the SON territory to move forward with shared understanding and respect, to walk softly and to be mindful. The art pieces share Indigenous culture and healing practices. The Sturgeon (Name) Installation brings with it the 7 dodem teachings. The Indigenous plants in the gardens tell stories and legends of the history of the location. The project reclaims place, culture, ecology and wellness. Several interpretive plaques will be placed to educate, inspire and encourage further research by visitors. In the Spirit of reconciliation the garden is a contemplative place where our community can pause, reflect and learn about the past legacy of residential schools and the intergenerational trauma that still exist today. 30


The word “Reconciliation” means “to renew or restore a friendship”. The injustices of the past cannot be changed. But here, in the present, we have the opportunity and responsibility to come together and build a new future. Through traditional stories, and Indigenous knowledge we will honor and remember our Indigenous Ancestors. Having the history of local Indigenous Peoples made public and accessible in the garden, establishes common ground and starts conversations and a place for people of all nations to gather. We make the current “invisible” presence and history of Indigenous people “visible” to people walking through the Garden, increasing the awareness and respect for long ignored history. Sharing the culture and traditions of our local Indigenous peoples helps our community address ongoing racism and colonialism. Youth involvement is an investment in reconciliation in our community. Whenever there are Committee Events at the Garden with a Sacred Fire and/or Pipe Ceremony youth are invited to help and learn from the Fire Keeper and Knowledge Keepers. In this way youth will hear stories and learn about their connection to the land and plants under the guidance of the Committee. An Indigenous way of life is based in spirituality, plant-based medicine, dance, music and art, and a belief that we are all a part of creation, nurtured by the gifts of Mother Earth who is a powerful healer and Mother to all our Relations. We are proud to acknowledge and celebrate the history and culture of the First Nations and Métis peoples of the Grey Bruce area.

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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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.

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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 • 2022 31




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Ferndale Info Centre................... 519.793.4734 Grey County Tourism.................. 877.733.4739 Grey Highlands Chamber............ 519.986.4612 Hanover Library........................ 519.364.1420 Kincardine Info Centre................. 866.546.2736 Lucknow Info Centre................... 519.528.3002 Meaford..................................... 519.538.1060

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In the late 1950s, Gord and Elsie Graham opened an automotive repair business in Meaford, Ontario. Attached to the shop was a restaurant. Gord was a mechanic, Elsie was a cook, and together they ran Bayview Motors. In 2013 their granddaughter Kris Heathers opened Elsie’s Diner, an authentic 50’s Diner, in memory of her beloved grandparents, on Hwy 6, just outside of Owen Sound. They both started her on her love of everything 50’s, from the fabulous cars, to the entertainers, and of course her love of Gramas’ cooking. Today Elsie’s Diner continues the tradition of homestyle food using fresh local ingredients. The menu reflects all the traditional favourites, including some of Elsie’s recipes. You must try their Meatloaf, Hot Roast Beef, Mac and Cheese, Fish and Chips and of course The All Day Breakfast. Other popular choices include their Fresh Burgers, Fresh Cut Fries and the best in town Milkshakes. From the moment you enter Elsie’s Diner, you will feel like you are stepping back in time. Sit in a comfy booth or grab a stool at the counter and tap your toes to the great oldies music, while enjoying the old fashioned food and customer service. There is a ton of memorabilia from the 50’s adorning the walls, which makes this 50’s diner a “blast from the past”. Don’t forget to save room for an ice cream at Licky Lou’s old fashioned ice cream shop inside of Elsie’s Diner, with 20 flavours to choose from and the largest selection of sundae toppings in the area.

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Canadian National Railroad in Owen Sound by Torben Hawksbridge This year will mark the 90th anniversary of the CN Station in Owen Sound, now the home of the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre—Marine and Rail Waterfront Museum and the Owen Sound Tourist Office. In 1882, the Grand Trunk Railroad assumed control of a variety of railways that combined stretched from Port Dover on Lake Erie to Wiarton on Georgian Bay. In 1894, the Grand Trunk brought rail service to the west side of Owen Sound by completing a spur from Park Head through Shallow Lake to Owen Sound. On the west bank of the harbour, the railway constructed a yard, a two-stall roundhouse with turntable, freight sheds to serve the city’s industries and harbour along with a single-story station. Some Canadian railways, including the Grand Trunk, were nationalized in January 1923 to form the Canadian National Railway system. Steam powered trains into the 1950s being replaced by diesel power in 1960. The original Grand Trunk station was razed in 1932 and replaced with the current stucco and brick station on the same footprint. The new station included a large waiting room, a ladies’ waiting room, an office for the railway’s agent and operator, and rooms for freight and express shipments. The station provided daily passenger service to Toronto via Palmerston and Guelph. With declining patronage, CN railiner #6101 was the last passenger train from Owen Sound on November 1, 1970. Freight was always a major component of rail traffic to and from Owen Sound. CN had tracks to serve the large grain elevator on the harbour. From here, grain was shipped by rail to eastern ports to keep Canadian wheat exports active year-round. A freight shed constructed on the harbour wall allowed for transshipment to lake freighters for ports to the north and west. Express and freight sheds lined 1st Avenue West for goods to be transported to and from Owen Sound. A spur tracked served the large Kennedy Foundry. The bridge across the Sydenham River allowed for the interchange of rail cars between the Canadian Pacific on the east harbour wall and CN on the west. With decreasing demand for freight by rail, the last CN train departed Owen Sound in the spring of 1989 after interchanging export grain hoppers with CP bound for Saint John, New Brunswick. This summer, a new working N-Scale (1:160) train model will illustrate the interplay between the station, harbour, and Kennedy Foundry. Visit our museum to learn more about the marine, rail, and industrial history of Owen Sound. Please add your story to our archival collection by sharing and recording your stories with our new “Social booth”. It is a tall computer with a touch-screen monitor. Look for it at the museum and at special events. Come celebrate with us the Station’s 90th anniversary this summer. We hope to see you at the waterfront.




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Billy Bishop Museum is a National Historic Site located in the City of Owen Sound, ON. The museum is the childhood home of Victoria Cross recipient William Avery ‘Billy’ Bishop and is a non-profit organization that 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 Home to view the permanent exhibit of Billy Bishop’s family life growing up during the Victorian era and then Billy’s time as a military hero. New exhibit this year will display CAF Veterans stories from the Afghanistan war. Stop by and immerse yourself in their stories. This is a living exhibit and if you are or know an Afghanistan Veteran, be sure to contact us if you would like to be included. Stay up to date with our website and check out our current exhibits and ongoing events to include Billy Bishop Museum as part of your visit to our area. During the summer, join us for tea in the backyard. In October, we celebrate those who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces during the Honouring Our Local Veterans Ceremony. Admission is $5.00 for adults and youth under 18 are free. Schedule exhibit tours and virtual time with our Director and Chief Curator. Call us for more information. Stay connected with our social media @billybishophomemuseum @billybishopmuseum @billybishophero

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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. 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 retain-

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The men walked in silence as they searched for the bodies. They navigated the slick rocks on the shore with eyes down, placing each foot with care. If they did raise their heads to gaze out over the still water of the bay they would see a black smear of oil. A grim reminder of the day’s marine disaster, the sinking of the Hibou. The Hibou had sailed into the dark morning of Saturday, November 21, 1936, with a crew of seventeen. Once clear of Owen Sound harbour, wanting to test his new compass, Captain McKay ordered the ship to be turned back towards the town. This hard port turn caused the cargo to shift creating a list the ship couldn’t recover from. Second Mate Allan, unable to stand on the sloping deck of the pilothouse, lost control of the wheel. The Captain realized then his ship was lost. Unable to launch the lifeboats ten crew members managed to get onto life rafts. As they moved away the ship’s lights went dark. The shipwrecked sailors did not see the Hibou go down. After spending several hours in the bay’s frigid waters they reached the Gibbons’ home on the east shore. The survivors were: Second Mate Howard Allan, Second Engineer Earl Carr, Deckhand Duncan Smart, Deckhand Fergus Record, Deckhand Daniel Rouse, Deckhand Ernest Rouse, Deckhand Douglas McIntosh, all of Owen Sound and First Mate James Agnew of Kilsyth, Deckhand Ross Galbraith of Tara, Purser Orville W. Parr of Barrie. Seven crew members lost their lives that cold November morning, all from Owen Sound: Captain Norman McKay, Wheelsman Guy McReynolds, Chief Engineer Murdoch Mclvor, Fireman Chester Dunham, Fireman James Minard, Cook Raymond Earls and Stewardess Iona Johnson. In following days searchers recovered the bodies of Norman McKay, Chester Dunham, Guy McReynolds, James Minard and Raymond Earls. Chief Engineer Murdoch McIvor’s and Iona Johnson’s bodies were never found. An initial investigation placed the responsibility for the disaster on Captain McKay. No formal inquiry was deemed necessary as McKay was lost with the ship. For further information and sources visit Scott L. Cameron’s “Steamboat Stories” at


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Owen Sound Library ‘A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert.’ – Andrew Carnegie When in Grey Bruce, check out the libraries which offer many services to both community members and visitors. Whether you want to learn more about the community, its culture and history, local writers, authors and events or just looking for a place to relax, our libraries are open for you. There are twenty-six libraries in Grey and Bruce. Some of these libraries, including the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library were started with grants from the Carnegie Foundation. Andrew Carnegie’s benevolence has helped to nurture cultural, educational, and scientific learning in many communities. Some travelers have a grail-like quest to visit Carnegie Libraries when visiting different communities. Owen Sound’s Carnegie Public Library, designed by Forster & Clark Architects of Owen Sound, is a prime example of the classical design favoured by the Carnegie Foundation. It is one of the last remaining Carnegie Libraries with an arched ceiling and intricate plaster molding. A library is much more than a building. It is a community hub that daily demonstrates the value and benefit of working together to better oneself, assist others and make things happen locally. Come in for a visit. Check them out. 40



This Spring, the TOM will be launching two new exhibitions; Rae Johnson: excuse me while I touch the sky (May 7 - July 16, 2022) and Sorouja Moll’s 365 Days: You Will Never Know (May 14 – July 23, 2022). The themes presented in these shows relate to isolation, the embodiment of landscape, and nature’s ability to act as a salve during periods of personal turmoil. Rae Johnson’s exhibition will draw on works from the Gallery’s collection and borrowed works focusing on landscapes she created while living in Flesherton, Ontario. Sorouja Moll’s exhibition is an immersive multi-disciplinary installation documenting her daily visits to the Lake Ontario shoreline during the first 365 days of the pandemic. Each day the artist gathered a stone from the shoreline, took a photograph of a figure looking out over the lake, and recorded a video of the water. This Summer, the TOM will host two exhibitions featuring artworks and artefacts of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Jon Sasaki: Homage (July 30- October 15) presents a suite of photographs of bacterial cultures derived from swabs of the palettes and brushes used by members of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication (July 30- October 15) is a travelling exhibition developed by the Art Gallery of Hamilton which will explore how artworks are authenticated using Thomson’s artworks as a guide. Visit for more information.

Visit Grey County It’s the perfect time to explore Grey County! Make sure you plan ahead and take advantage of the County’s wide variety of seasonal outdoor activities: hiking, boating, cycling, fishing, skiing and more. We want you to have the best and safest experience possible in Grey County, so we’ve put together some handy tips. Be prepared. Before you head out, check all appropriate websites and social media. Call businesses and locations ahead of time, and book reservations in advance if possible. Do not trespass. Respect public and private landowners. It’s a privilege to explore the area and trails. Ensure you obey all signs and boundaries, and follow proper trail etiquette. Respect nature, agriculture, and wildlife. Avoid disturbing the natural habitat, farmland or crops, and refrain from feeding any wildlife you encounter. Do not approach or touch farm animals. Protect our environment. Do not litter. Always clean up after yourselves. Pack out what you bring in, including food packaging, scraps and pet waste. Photography Safety: “Don’t do it for the ‘gram.” Your

safety is more important than any picture you could take. Photography near dangerous locations such as cliff edges, moving water, crevices/caves, busy roads/roadways or on private property such as farmland could result in serious injuries or accidents. Don’t let the shot be the most important thing when visiting Grey. We’re known for scenic beauty and all-season outdoor adventure, but there’s lots more to enjoy: our museums, farmers’ markets, art galleries, festivals and events, cultural sites, and of course our local culinary, wine, beer and cider scene. With the new Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, stay a bit longer in 2022 and claim 20% of your eligible expenses for leisure stays at establishments including hotels, motels, cottages, campgrounds, lodges, resorts, and bed & breakfasts. The incentive is valid for everything from overnight getaways to weekend trips, and extended stays of up to one month between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022 for Ontario residents. The year-long offer is the perfect excuse to plan a Grey County trip with family, friends, or for some time by yourself. • 2022 41

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Close to the water and the ships she loves by Anne Finlay-Stewart On the eve of her 97th birthday, I had the pleasure of a long leisurely interview with Jay Adamson, fondly known as the “honourary Captain” of the MS Chi-Cheemaun. From her home at St. Francis Place, she can see the ferry and the ships berthed for the winter in Owen Sound harbour. Jay was christened Jessie, for her Grannie, and has had a passion for boats from her earliest memory. As a child in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she was given a small model yacht to sail in the bath, “and I’d wave my arms to make waves and really make her sail. “I’ve always lived near, or pretty near, water,” says Jay, moving to Glasgow at 9-1/2 and spending all her holidays with her Grandma in Largs. She says she loved going down to the pier to watch the ships come and go, and she knew them all. Her grandma would take her for an afternoon cruise on a Caledonia steamer down into the lochs, a shore visit to Tighnabruaich if they liked, and home in time for tea. In 1960, when her father was getting ready to retire, Jay and her parents decided to take a nine week holiday to Canada, sailing from Glasgow. After a bitter April crossing – thirty-foot waves in an American “Victory” ship converted to carry 45 passengers – the SS “Laurentia” stopped in Quebec City to let new immigrants disembark and carried the Adamsons on to Montreal. After the holiday – all the way to the huge Douglas firs of north Vancouver Island and back again across the country to their ship home, Jay’s father could not stop talking about Canada. They lived in Edinburgh, but one day Jay came home from her job at the bank to the news that they were were moving. Jay asked if she might be able to transfer to another branch of the bank, but her father, ever the tease, said it wasn’t likely as their new home was “quite a bit away”. In August of 1964, her belongings safely packed in Melrose Tea crates (“the very best way to ship, Jay assured me – “not a single thing was broken”), Jay boarded the “Laurentia” once again for a much smoother voyage to a new life in Canada. After years in Toronto, in the serendipitous way life has, Jay met Agnes Nairn Brown, a former music teacher who had taught at Branksome Hall. Miss Brown was born in Owen Sound, and retired here – she is responsible for the acquisition and care of the Georgian Bay Symphony’s beautiful grand piano. The first time Jay came to visit Agnes in Owen Sound, driving down the 10th Street East hill, through the trees,

toward the water, she said to her friend “I feel like I’m coming home!” She visited many times, and one day while walking with Agnes and chattering on their way to Marketside for lunch, their friend Margaret caught up with them and said “Jay – how did you miss what I saw?” Margaret had seen a poster for the Chi Cheemaun’s spring cruise to Tobermory, and she had ducked into the shop and bought two tickets, never doubting for a moment that Jay would want to go. That was how Jay’s love affair with the ferry began. She made many trips on the Chi Cheemaun after that and eventually gave up her big house in Vaughan for an apartment in Owen Sound. In 2007, when the City was celebrating its 150th with a big Homecoming, the Chi Cheemaun had been away for two years of major refitting. Jay thought the ferry deserved its own welcome home, and when no one seemed to know if anything was planned, she walked right over to the Mayor’s office with her idea. Mayor Ruth Lovell thought it was a great idea, right down to piping the ship into the harbour, and when the beautiful fall day arrived, piper Charles Meanwell did the honours. The City Band played, the crowd cheered and you can see for yourself – Jay was grinning from ear to ear. It’s 2905 nautical miles from Edinburgh to Owen Sound, and Jay is still close to the water and the ships she loves. Editor’s Note: In March of 2021, Jay died after a brief illness. Friends of Jay have arranged to have a bench placed on the east harbour wall, facing her beloved Chi Cheemaun. On that bench there is to be a plaque with an inscription honouring Jay’s life. A memorial service will be held in Scotland in September and as Jay instructed, a piper will play “Amazing Grace.” Jay’s ashes will be buried in the cemetery next to the Royal family’s Balmoral Estate. On her memorial stone will be engraved the words “She Travelled in Good Spirits.” • 2022 43

Experience Grey County’s Waterfalls

Jones Falls

Lynn Reket

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 8 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

Jones Falls and Pottawatomi Conservation Area located just outside of Owen Sound in Springmount is a beautiful property to explore in any season. The most popular place to park is at the Owen Sound Transportation Company. From here it is a 0.4 km hike along the Pottawatomi River to reach the bottom of the falls. This trail also gets you up close and personal with the Niagara Escarpment’s dramatic limestone cliffs and rare plant species. If you continue to follow the Bruce Trail along the Escarpment edge there are several spectacular views of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation’s Pottawatomi Memorial Forest. The location of the Memorial Forest is off Young’s Drive, and was the previous home of Crystal Spring Dairy, which is one of the original farms to settle in Derby Township. The Grey County Waterfall Tour features McGowan Falls, Hoggs Falls, Eugenia 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. This self-guided route links all 8 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 1-877733-4739.

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 8 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.

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 open during all four seasons. This property is open year-round and there is a parking fee. If you’re looking for a longer adventure, park at the Administration Centre and Arboretum for free and enjoy a moderately challenging hike up to the falls. Jones Falls: Located just outside the City of Owen Sound in Springmount, this 12-metre cascading waterfall is located on the Bruce Trail and is open year-round with free parking. 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. This property is frequently closed throughout the year due to flooded trails, so please check GSCA’s website before visiting. The property is closed in winter and early spring. 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. 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 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. • 2022


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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. 48


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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.

TRAIL ETIQUETTE Check our Website. Plan ahead for parking.

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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.

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

Pick up litter. 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, trail rules, and boundaries.

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Municipality of Meaford On the beautiful southern shores of Georgian Bay, the Municipality of Meaford is a fascinating fourseason destination that has residents and visitors alike saying “We love it here!” Make Meaford your destination and experience live theatre and concerts at our historic Meaford Hall, fresh local food, madein-Meaford products, picturesque landscapes, natural surroundings, and so much more.

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As Covid-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to a year of reconnecting and celebrating. There are lots of community activities and events planned and our community is working hard to find new and refreshing ways for you to enjoy all we have to offer. Before heading out, know what to expect, confirm what safety practices are in place for those places you are planning on visiting so that you can have a great experience.


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Top 10 Winter Adventures 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, 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. Harrison Park in Owen Sound, , Hanover, Walkerton, 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.


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.

Sleigh Rides

A sleigh ride through a gentle snowfall is so peaceful. Dual Acres in Shallow Lake offer horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Winter Caving

With your snowshoes on, trek through evergreen forest to frozen caverns where you will crawl into the

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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.

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

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.

Yurt Camping

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.

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. • 2022 55

Fish ON!

Owen Sound Bay Salmon, Josh Choronzey, Outdoor Media

When it comes to providing some of the best angling opportunities in the Province, Grey Bruce ranks near the top. Whether you’re looking to troll the big waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay for salmon, wade a trout stream or spend a summer’s day 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

This Is Hanover As a regional centre in Grey County, Hanover prides itself on being a progressive and vibrant community. A hub for services surrounded by a rural landscape, within 90 minutes to major urban centres, Hanover is an exciting place to live and visit with its three districts, the Downtown District, Entertainment District and Business Park District. With a casino, horse raceway, microbrewery, a live music and theatre scene, as well as lots of recreational sports to keep you busy, you’ll never be bored. Hanover’s vibrant cultural community is waiting for you to discover what it has to offer. Our Cultural matchmaker quiz lets you discover what type of cultural explorer that you are. No, it’s not a dating site, per se. It is however, a fun way to match your personality type with the cultural attractions within and surrounding Hanover. With your results, we’ll provide you a list of activities you might be interested in. Live music and events make a grand return this summer. Our Civic Theatre will re-open after extensive renovations to improve the safety, accessibility and functionality. Enjoy a great line-up of tribute acts produced by Back Porch

Events that includes Classic Seger, The Soul Brothers, Fleetwood Mac Mania and more. Boots & Brews Country Music Festival returns and a new Plein Air Festival will see artists here from across Ontario. Music in the Square will showcase local entertainment on the second and fourth Sunday afternoons this summer in Heritage Square, so bring your lawn chair and enjoy these complimentary concerts in the heart of our downtown, Heritage Square. Watch for the return of the Eat Well Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings and special Market in the Square event days. Culture Days, the last weekend in September, will encompass many of our cultural attractions and celebrate the grand re-opening of our Civic Theatre. With 11kms of community trails, access to the Saugeen River for paddling and fishing, a vibrant downtown with an array of dining and shopping options, one of Ontario’s last remaining drive-in theatres, a regional airport and aquatic centre, there’s lots to discover. Things are HIPP in Hanover with the launch of Hanover’s Innovative People Program. Visit hipphanover. ca to learn more about our HIPP Culture and Lifestyle campaigns that help you make Hanover your own.





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Where to Stay in Grey Bruce

Lorna Rouse

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. 52) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line

Lion’s Head

Bear Tracks Inn (pg. 25) 519-793-3555 2837 Hwy 6

5 rooms

Lion’s Head Beach Motel & Cottages Inc. (pg. 25) 519-793-3155 1 McNeil St.

9 rooms

25 rooms

Travelodge (pg. 42) 519-371-9297 880 10th St. E.

65 rooms

Port Elgin

Paradise Inn (pg. 13) 877-318-0066 188 Mill St.

Sauble Beach

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

Owen Sound

Inn on 6th (pg. 42) 519-376-3510 896 6th St. E.

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

100 rooms

10 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

Pretty River Inn (pg. 52) 11 rooms 705-445-7598 855-445-7598 529742 Osprey Blue Mtn Town Line LEGEND Air Conditioning Internet Pets Pool/Waterfront

Restaurant/Food Services Hot Tub Accessible

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Blue Bay Motel (pg. 22) 519-596-2392 32 Bay St. S.

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


Wiarton Thornbury/Clarksburg Royal Harbour Resort (pg. 52) 519-599-5591 1 Harbour St.


Big Tub Harbour Resort and Marina (pg. 23) 519-596-2229 236 Big Tub Rd.

16 rooms

Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottage 37 rooms Rentals (pg. 23) 519-596-2555 7468 Hwy 6

Best Western Plus (pg. 6) 226-436-3030 10 Eastridge Rd.

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Campgrounds Cape Croker

Cape Croker Indian Park 315 sites (pg. 29) 519-534-0571 112 Park Rd. Neyaashiinigmiing


Durham Conservation Area (pg. 58) 519-369-2074 323198 Durham Rd. E.

193 sites

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


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

170 sites

Fisherman’s Cove (pg. 58) 519-395-2757 13 Southline Ave.

513 sites


Memorial Park 519-538-2530 179 Grant Ave.

87 sites

Roebuck Campground 519-375-1205 245370 Sideroad 22

100 sites

Miller Lake

95 sites

Miller’s Family Camp 519-795-7750 108 Miller Lake Shore Rd. Summer House Park (pg. 24) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd.

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235 sites

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Pull Thru Sites


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110 sites

Owen Sound

Harrison Park (pg. 37) 519-371-9734 75 2nd Ave. E.

100 sites






Saugeen Bluffs Cons Area (pg. 13) 519-353-7206 32 Saugeen Bluffs Rd.

Port Elgin

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

181 sites

52 sites

Red Bay

Red Bay T&T Park (pg. 19) 519-534-2098 428 Huron Rd.

Sauble Beach

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Sauble Beach Resort Camp (pg. 16) 519-422-1101 877 Bruce Rd. 8

300 sites

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

730 sites


Dreamaker Family Campground 118 sites (pg. 13) 519-797-9956 6870 Hwy 21


Lobies Park (pg. 6) 192 sites 519-881-3435/519-881-0625 20 Hannah Street


Roth Park Family Camping (pg. 19) 519-534-0145 102 Parkside Ave.

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Cottage/Condo/Chalet/Cabins Hope Bay

Cedarholme B&B & Cottages (pg. 27) 519-534-3705 108 Beech St.


Fisherman’s Cove (pg. 58) 519-395-2757 13 Southline Ave.

Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head Beach Motel & Cottages Inc. (pg. 25) 519-793-3155 1 McNeil St.

Miller Lake

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

6 units

Summer House Park (pg. 24) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd.

Owen Sound 11 units

Rainbow’s End Cabin (pg. 42) 519-538-3523 084796/98 RR 8

Red Bay 5 units

13 units

Red Bay T&T Park (pg. 19) 519-534-2098 877-901-2098 428 Huron Rd. Bel-Air Motel & Cottages (pg. 16) 519-422-1051 328 Main St.

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Heron Point (pg. 25) 519-592-5871 59 Heron Point Rd.


Bluebay Cottage (pg. 22) 519-596-2392 32 Bay St. 1 unit

4 units

1 unit

Bruce Anchor Villa and Cabins 7 rooms (pg. 23) 519-596-2242 7468 Hwy 6/30 Legion St. Escarpment Heights Motel (pg. 23) 519-596-2228 16 Hay Bay Rd.

1 unit

Princess Cottages (pg. 23) 3 units 877-901-8282 34 Bay St.

Sauble Beach

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9 units

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4 units


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Hope Bay

Cedarholme B&B & Cottages (pg. 27) 519-534-3705 108 Beech St.

Miller Lake

Summer House Park (pg. 24) 800-265-5557 197 Miller Lake Shore Rd. LEGEND Air Conditioning





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Owen Sound

Highland Manor Grand Victorian B&B (pg. 42) 4 rooms 519-372-2699 867 4th Ave. ‘A’ W.

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Escape to the countryside for a unique and memorable getaway! Discover stunning landscapes, charming small towns, and memorable experiences – the ultimate road trip destination for everyone! Discover More Flavour with our Farm Gate Map! Over 70 listings and culinary adventures. Visit our website for maps and itineraries.

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Offering four seasons of fun, Perth County makes the perfect rural retreat! Perth County is made up of four distinct municipalities surrounding the town of Stratford. While many visitors are familiar with the Stratford Festival and trails located in town, there’s real magic to be discovered in the countryside.

Visit Perth County and explore their collection of memorable, family-friendly Discover More Adventures Signature Experiences. Beekeeping, alpaca walking, farm dinners, tea parties, Indigenous storytelling, scrapbooking, and more – there’s an exciting experience for everyone in Perth County! New Signature Experiences are launching each month, but we’ve listed a few favourites for you to add to your travel bucket-list!

The Buzz About Bees at Huckleberry Hives

Alpaca Walking at TLC Alpaca

Suit up and experience an interactive hive tour, honeycomb tasting, and beeswax candle making workshop. Available during summer months.

Meet Willie the goat, pet the horse and donkeys, and take the adorable alpacas for a walk through the countryside. Available year round.

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Graze at Lynn River Farm Enjoy 6 delicious courses from the farm, conversation around the fire, and striking quarry views at this unique farm dinner experience. Available year round.

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