GREY COUNTY 2019 TOP 10 EVENTS SALSA AT BLUE JUNE 21 – 23, 2019
A FREE family street party transforming the entire Village into a showcase of Latin Life featuring dance lessons, live Salsa music, parades, soccer demonstrations, fireworks & more! bluemountain.ca
HANOVER SIGHTS & SOUNDS FESTIVAL JULY 25 – 28, 2019
Hanover’s biggest block party is back! With five days of entertainment there’s sure to be something for the whole family. Check out our popular Pub Crawl and Street Dance! hanover.ca/sights-and-sounds-festival
SUMMERFOLK MUSIC & CRAFTS FESTIVAL AUGUST 16 – 18, 2019
Presenting the very best in folk music for over 3.5 decades! Georgian Bay landscapes, regional artisans showcasing their work and talented musicians make for Canada’s favourite folk festival. summerfolk.org
OWEN SOUND SALMON SPECTACULAR AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Don’t miss this 10 day family fishing festival, with live daily entertainment in the big ‘Fish Tent’, fish fries and of course fishing on Georgian Bay and the Sydenham River in Owen Sound. sydenhamsportsmen.com
CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE SEPTEMBER 14 – 15, 2019
Beautiful and rarely seen automobiles will herald in a new tradition of distinction and elegance on the shores of Georgian Bay. The extraordinary Cobble Beach will play host to a rich assortment of international automobiles and distinguished guests. cobblebeachconcours.com
MEAFORD SCARECROW INVASION & FESTIVAL OCTOBER 4, 2019
Watch as the streets of Meaford come alive with Scarecrows starting in September and into late October. Dress up and enjoy the family festival, including the parade and craft shows. scarecrowinvasion.ca
BLUE MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL OCTOBER 12 – 14, 2019
This Thanksgiving Weekend, explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music, The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails, gallery tours and more! appleharvestfestival.ca
FESTIVAL OF NORTHERN LIGHTS NOVEMBER 16, 2019 – JANUARY 4, 2020
More than 65,000 lights sparkle along the banks of the Sydenham River in downtown Owen Sound and Harrison Park during this seasonal festival. Lights are turned on from 5pm – 11pm daily for 7 weeks. festivallights.ca
BLUMINATION DREAM TRAIL NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 31, 2019
Take a magical, illuminated winter stroll through the Village, around the Mill Pond and straight through your imagination. It’s a holiday celebration every day of the week, with entrancing nightly light shows and an experience like none other. bluemountainvillage.ca/blumination
HOLSTEIN NON-MOTORIZED PARADE DECEMBER 14, 2019
One of Southern Ontario’s favourite non-motorized Santa Claus parades features colourfully decorated, hand crafted and animal driven displays which demonstrate small town charm. southgate.ca/content/holstein-santa-claus-parade
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Georgian Bluffs... Close to Home, Far From Ordinary
Township of Georgian Bluffs 177964 Grey Road 18, RR#3 Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N5 â€¢ 519-376-2729 firstname.lastname@example.org www.georgianbluffs.on.ca
... Just Got Bigger! Sydenham River Valley below Inglis Falls, Lorna Rouse
Just a few hours from major Ontario cities, Georgian Bluffs stretches north from Chatsworth to Wiarton. Copper Kettle, Cobble Beach, Big Bay, Oxenden, Balmy Beach: these are just some of the names that paint a picture of the Georgian Bluffs canvas along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. So come on up and hear the waterfalls roar in the spring, feel the cool breeze off Georgian Bay on a hot summer’s night, smell the crisp fall winds or taste the cold winter air. We are as close as this weekend!
minutes west of Rockford and Hwy. 6 & 10. County heritage is displayed in first class exhibits and in the Moreston Heritage Village. Georgian Bluffs is a haven for artists whose work may be found in roadside studios, farmers markets and local shops. The Keady Farmers Market, open every Tuesday morning year round, is a fascinating blend of rural and urban culture that attracts visitors and locals alike. Local vendors offer fresh produce, home baked goods and other local treasures can be found amidst the excitement of the weekly livestock auction.
Get in the Swing
Cobble Beach Links is gearing up for another golf season. This course, designed by Doug Carrick, offers stunning perspectives of the bay, pristine fairways and rolling greens as well as a scenic public trail system around the course. The historic Legacy Ridge Golf Club, a Stanley Thompson designed course, offers a challenging layout with fantastic views of Georgian Bay. Backed by the Niagara Escarpment, the Wiarton Golf Club offers incredible scenery in a laid back atmosphere.
One of the region’s best cultural attractions is located within Georgian Bluffs. Grey Roots Museum & Archives is on Grey Rd. 18 just
Hike the Bruce Trail as it meanders through Georgian Bluffs overlooking the famous Slough of Despond and Colpoy’s Bay. Explore our many parks and conservation areas or access our multi-use rail trail stretching from Owen Sound through Shallow Lake to Park Head in all seasons. Anglers will find excellent cold water fishing on Georgian Bay and in the tributaries and headwaters of the Pottawatomi and Sydenham Rivers. Some inland lakes offer tremendous opportunity for bass busters. Enter annual fishing derbies and explore these waters. You won’t be disappointed.
Runway to the World!
The Township of Georgian Bluffs is proud to be the sole owner of the Wiarton Keppel International Airport. The Wiarton Keppel International Airport is a Transport Canada Certified Airport and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The airport can accommodate a variety of aircraft including modern business jets, which provides an opportunity to business and leisure travelers to fly directly and conveniently to the Grey Bruce region. The airport receives business/ leisure flights from Montreal, Denver, Pittsburg, Washington, New York and other major cities throughout the year. The Township and FLYGTA have introduced scheduled passenger flights between the Wiarton Keppel International Airport and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport four days a week beginning on May 24th. The schedule service allows for business, tourism and pleasure travel. The service is operated as an air taxi meaning no long wait times. Show up 15 minutes before the flight departs and you are your way to convenient worry free travel. Allowing passengers the opportunity to connect with the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, allows for connection to the world, through connecting flights and Union Station for ground transportation. Flights can be booked on-line at www.flygta.com escapetogreybruce.ca • 2019 53
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 six exhibit galleries, archives, and a ten acre living history site. The featured exhibit this summer is Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest. This amazing exhibit focuses on rainforest ecology and features some of the real live animals that call this ecosystem home. Meet a red-footed tortoise, visit with a marmoset, and marvel at a panther chameleon. The museum’s other galleries showcase original exhibits including Surviving the Unthinkable: Citizen Soldiers of Grey, and a stunning new in house exhibit in our permanent gallery: Voices of Grey. Moreston Heritage Village is open daily July and August. Stop in and chat with costumed volunteers, or explore the village on your own with an audio tour. Wrap up your visit with a locally made treat or treasure from the museum store and café, or relax with a daily film in the 75 seat theatre. Admission price includes entry to the museum, the village, and the archives. Purchase a membership and receive invitations to exclusive members-only events, discounts on KidsCamp, and free admission to Grey Roots and five other area museums. Grey Roots is open Monday to Saturday and seven days a week from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. For more information, visit greyroots.com, call 519-376-3690, or find the museum on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest is a travelling exhibit from Little Ray’s Nature Centre, the largest exotic animal rescue in Canada. 54
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May 18: International Museums Day – Free Admission! May 25: First World War Monument Unveiling May 31: PA Day Adventures: Moreston Mysteries June 1: BlueWater Car Club Annual Inspection June 8:
Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest Exhibit Opens
June 16: Moreston Sunday Spring Preview June 23: Saints and Sinners Event June 28: PA Day Adventures: What is This Sound I Hear? July 1 Canada Day: Moreston Heritage Village Open for the Season July 2 – 5: KidsCamp: Goin’ Green July 8 – 12: KidsCamp: Fear Factor: Animal Edition July 14: Antique & Classic Car Show July 15 – 19: KidsCamp: Wizarding World July 22 – 26: KidsCamp: Desert Oasis July 29 – Aug 2: KidsCamp: Valiant Vikings August 4: Emancipation Festival: Gospel in the Barn August 5: Civic Holiday: Grey Roots & Moreston Open August 12 – 16: KidsCamp: Radical Reptiles August 19 – 23: KidsCamp: Village Voyages August 26 – 30: KidsCamp: Future Frenzy September 2: Labour Day: Grey Roots & Moreston Open September 20:
Firefighting in Grey Exhibit Opens
September 29: Pratie Oaten Irish Festival
JUNE 8 TO SEPTEMBER 9
Step Under the Canopy and discover the fascinating world of the rainforest! Meet a red-footed tortoise, visit with a marmoset, and marvel at a panther chameleon. Adventure begins Under the Canopy!
• HANDS-ON EXHIBITS • MUSEUM STORE • SPECIAL EVENTS • SUMMER KIDSCAMP • ARCHIVES AND • THEATRE • MORESTON HERITAGE VILLAGE, • CAFÉ A TEN ACRE LIVING HISTORY SITE
102599 GREY RD 18, RR4 OWEN SOUND 519-376-3690 1-877-473-9766
PLAN YOUR VISIT AT GREYROOTS.COM Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest is a travelling exhibit from Little Ray’s Nature Centre, the largest exotic animal rescue in Canada.
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 saying “I love it here!” From great live theatre and concerts, fresh local food and drink, unique stores, nature at your doorstep, a beautiful harbour and so much more. One of the best ways in which to discover the Municipality of Meaford is to join in the award winning Big Red Chair Tour, which is active between May & October. Ten oversized Muskoka chairs have been placed in scenic locations throughout the Municipality where you will discover local history and nearby attractions for you and your friends or family to experience. It’s also a
great photo opportunity, one we encourage you to share online with your friends and family. Meaford Hall is the central location for all things Meaford. The box office at Meaford Hall is where you can pick up tickets to the latest concert or live theatre event. Meaford Hall is also the location of the Meaford Visitor Centre where you will find a variety of maps, brochures and tours both in Meaford and within the region. Be sure to check out the free Art Gallery located on the second floor of Meaford Hall and keep an eye on the Meaford Hall website (www.meafordhall.ca) for upcoming concerts and events to ensure you get one of the lucky 336 seats in the opera house. If you love events, Meaford has a variety to keep you busy all year long. The award winning Scarecrow
Invasion and Family Festival is a popular draw post labour day and the 2019 theme is “Scarecrows love Books”. The award-winning Apple Pie Trail celebrates South Georgian Bay’s rich apple-growing history and reinterprets the mighty apple for the 21st century through culinary, shopping, farming and outdoor adventure experiences. The Meaford International Film Festival is another popular event which features four films, four dinners, and four parties Labour Day weekend at Meaford Hall. The Apple Harvest Craft Show continues to draw thousands of visitors and a weekly farmers market and the many music themed concerts and events at local restaurants, Meaford Square or buskers on the street, you’ll soon understand why people are saying “I love it here.”
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Just a few minutes from Collingwood, in one of Canadaâ€™s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves, are 370 unspoiled acres of mature hardwood forest. We are here, atop the Niagara Escarpment, where an incredible collection ofexperiences and memories waits for you and every member of your family. A Breathtaking World of Adventure in Nature!
Blue Mountains Welcome to the Village at Blue Mountains – blending the best of old and new, dating back 150 years to an era when time seemed to move more slowly and you knew the person who baked your bread by name. This feeling still exists in Thornbury and Clarksburg with the many artisans who have made this area their home. The turn-of-the-century streetscapes offer a generous helping of acclaimed restaurants, boutique and gallery shopping. The Georgian Trail and Bruce Trail wind through forests of pine, cedar, birch and maple. Cornfields, hayfields and apple orchards quilt the landscape. Unwind in a pub, take in a lively street festival, visit the harbour for boating, and swimming. Watch the salmon and trout at the fish ladder and canoe the Beaver River. At the foot of the beautifully rugged Niagara Escarpment you will find Blue Mountain Village – southern Ontario’s most exciting and diverse four season vacation destination. From pure relaxation
TOGETHER Friendships are formed when you high-five your way through Summer. Stay active and happy on 13 adventure-fueled attractions. BlueMountain.ca | @BlueMtnResort
GOLF SEASON IS HERE! to adrenalin-charged adventure Blue Mountain has it all. Enjoy skiing, guided family hikes, golfing, ropes course, downhill mountain biking and the Ridge Runner – Ontario’s first mountain coaster. One of the top spas in Canada is located minutes from Blue Mountain Village - Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain offers guests a relaxing escape in the heart of a tranquil forest setting. Open year-round, the renowned Scandinavian Baths vary from hot to cold and include Saunas, Steam Room and Solaria for a few hours of digital detox and wellness. Registered massage treatments can also be reserved. At the top of the mountain enjoy the view from the 420 foot suspension bridge at Scenic Caves. Explore the caves and caverns or take the ½ mile Twin – zip line. Your children will enjoy the gem mining, mini-golf and the Big Rock Railroad. Adults and teenagers will marvel at the Tree-top Canopy walk, the 1000 foot Escarpment Zip-line ride with a 150 foot vertical drop or add the Thunderbird ½ mile Twin-Zip Ride to your tour. Take the apple pie trail through the valley and enjoy treats along the way and be sure to visit The Farmer’s Pantry – a fruit stand with a twist. On top of its many activities the area is becoming known for its award winning festivals. Salsa at Blue Mountain in June is a sizzling hot Latin weekend; free music concerts in the park in July and August; art tours; antique shows; fireworks and Jazz on the Mountain the first weekend in July. You can stop by the Sheffield Park Black History Museum. The Centurion bike race challenges all riders. The Thanksgiving Apple Harvest Festival features the area with the fall colour tour and check out the new route for the Blue Mountains Half Marathon and 5km Run, in October.
$79* Rounds, GPS Cart Included Book your tee-time online at bluemountain.ca/teetimes Learn more at BlueMountain.ca
705-445-0231 *Price per person, plus HST. Offer valid Monday to Thursday, May 21 to August 29, 2019, excluding holiday Mondays. Tee times subject to availability. Visit bluemountain.ca/golf for details.
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.
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. 60
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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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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.
Grey Bruce is home to 3,600 kilometres of groomed trails and a host of sled-friendly accommodations and eateries. Visit the OFSC District 9 website or www.ridegreybruce.com to plan your trip.
Don’t pack away your sleeping bag just yet! Hepworth’s Atelier Arboreal will extend your camping season in an outdoor tipi. Forget your spider dogs; the team at Arboreal serves up gourmet meals and breakfast in bed… or sleeping bag.
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.
With your snowshoes on, trek through evergreen forest to frozen caverns where you will crawl into the depths of the Niagara Escarpment. Free Spirit Tours located in the Beaver Valley outfits, guides and encourages you on this unique winter experience; they even provide warmth after the fact with a mug of hot apple cider.
Something very unique for the Apres Ski lovers, both Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery and Georgian Hills Vineyards have opened their vineyards up to snowshoeing followed by wine tasting and cheese pairings around the fireplace. Great for a romantic escape or girlfriend weekend experience.
Located just steps from pristine Lake Eugenia and in the heart of the Beaver Valley and all it has to offer. Offering 2 private one bedroom suites, with breakfast included each morning. Just minutes from the Bruce Trail, area waterfalls and Lake Eugenia access. Experience local eateries, village shops, art studios, farmer’s markets and farmgates.
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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 snowshoers and cross country skiers alike will enjoy our Breathtaking World of Adventure in Nature!
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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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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.
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.
Spectacular Hikes and Epic Lookouts Fossil Glen Nature Reserve, Georgian Bluffs Kolapore Uplands, The Blue Mountains Irish Mountain Lookout, Meaford Old Baldy Lookout, Beavery Valley Sydney Bay Lookout, Cape Croker Greig’s Caves Hope Bay Overhanging Point, Bruce Peninsula National Park
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It’s a good day to ride
Bicycles are considered vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, and have the same rights and responsibilities on public roadways as motorists. Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals. Group cyclists must ride in tight formations to the right, and leave gaps to allow space for motorists or other bicyclists to pass.
It’s your responsibility to pass cyclists safely. Be patient, slow down, and pass only when the way is clear. Maintain at least 1 metre between your vehicle and a bicycle at all times, it’s the law.
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Ride Grey Bruce:
Take the time to just be 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.
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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
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.
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When it comes to providing some of the best angling opportunities in the Province, Grey Bruce ranks near the top. Whether you’re looking to troll the big waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay for salmon, wade a trout stream or spend a summer’s day playing one of the many inland lakes for warm water sport fish, you can find it here! Big water anglers can score on both salmon and trout during the open water seasons on Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Popular ports to access the deep waters include Meaford, Thornbury, Owen Sound, Lion’s Head, Wiarton, Southampton, Port Elgin, Kincardine and Sauble Beach. Offshore trolling for Chinook Salmon begins in the spring and summer as soon as the ice leaves local bays and boat launches. The Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular and the Chantry Chinook Classic are two major derbies held in the region each summer. In-land angling opportunities are endless for summertime anglers. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass provide anglers of all ages with incredible action from both the boat and on-shore. Pike, panfish, walleye, stocked trout and fish such as carp and suckers can be found throughout the inland lakes. For river fisherman, we have some of the country’s best migratory trout fishing. The Saugeen River is known across North America as a hotspot for steelhead (rainbow trout). Steelhead enter the river during the late fall, winter and spring, providing angling opportunities during the off seasons before they complete their spawning run and return to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in May. The Beaver River, the Bighead and the Sydenham River also provide anglers with excellent trout fishing. Shore angling access is not an issue as these rivers have plenty of areas to access the waters by foot. Walleye, pike, and perch can be found awaiting eager winter anglers on many inland lakes. During very cold winters the bays of Colpoys and Owen Sound often freeze providing anglers with ice safe enough to fish on. When
the “bigwater” freezes anglers have the chance to fish for whitefish, trout and even salmon, an opportunity that only exists in a few places across the planet. Please practice catch and release or sustainable harvest to ensure our fisheries are preserved for everyone to enjoy. Article by Josh Choronzey
Fish Ladders The Mill Dam, Owen Sound Thornbury Fish Ladder
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Find Us…Lose Yourself The Durham Art Gallery excites art lovers with its incredible rotating presentation of local, Canadian and international artists. Every two months there are two, new shows opening and the summer of 2019 holds many wonderful surprises. Early summer sees Jill Price & Tonia di Risio sharing the Main Gallery in a feast for the senses that explores and illuminates the concept of ‘housework’ with a playful and colourful reverence. In July, Rebecca Jane Houston presents a series of interactive, kinetic sculptures in her show PLAY. Accompanying this work in the East Gallery will be our summer, youth-based artists show. Also in the second weekend of July, The Durham Art Gallery will co-present the second annual Durham ArtsFest, featuring interactive galleries in shop windows, a multitude of artist and artisans in Artists’ Alley and live music and art performances. Don’t miss the Saturday night, street dance and beverage garden, featuring a live band and interactive art installations. In September we will present, From Durham With Love; an exhibition featuring artists from Durham region. This splendid group show will be curated by The Station Gallery’s’ curator, Olex Wlasenko. Come explore Durham’s quaint shops, fabulous trails, dams and waterfalls. Just off Hwy. 6, across the historic, Heritage Walkway Bridge is where you’ll find us, and lose yourself in compelling, contemporary art.
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Nestled in Nature Four branches of the mighty Saugeen River flow through on their westerly rush to Lake Huron, quietly calling the avid fisherman and nature lover in each of us. Seasonal campgrounds scattered along the rivers’ edges beckon camping enthusiasts of all ages. A hub of agricultural farming activity and fresh from the farm offerings. Caverns deep below Canada’s oldest operating brewery building where the ancient, pristine spring lends its name to the award-winning brew. Festivals, spring and fall craft sales, art galleries and unique studios scattered amid stunning and vast geography. Catching the rays floating on tubes down the peaceful, meandering river.
Outdoor recreation adventures abound: hiking, biking, crosscountry skiing & snowmobiling on some of Ontario’s best trails. Swinging the clubs at one of many hidden golf course gems found within our boundaries. Easy, direct highway access makes getting here from urban centres like Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and the GTA a breeze. Come to West Grey as a visitor. Come back as a local.
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Town of Hanover
Hanover invites you to join us and discover more! We are a progressive community where residents of all ages enjoy safe, healthy lifestyles, meaningful employment, excellent services and personal fulfillment.
We support growth while respecting and celebrating our heritage; enhancing our downtown; protecting our natural resources; and welcoming all to a friendly, caring, inclusive and supportive community. Our community is committed
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to good government, effective and efficient management and maintenance of municipal services, productive partnerships and collaborating with our local businesses and municipal neighbours to build local economies and community services for our mutual benefit. Ideally located to provide a centre of commerce and services for residents and the surrounding area, Hanover boasts numerous amenities that all contribute to a fantastic quality of life. Discover more Hanover by visiting the Eat Well Farmers’ Market running on Saturday mornings in Heritage Square, where you will have the opportunity to purchase fresh, quality local food directly from the farmer that grew it. Continue your taste journey and savour the legendary donuts prepared at Schultz’s Gone Totally Baked, and quench your thirst at our celebrated craft brewery, MacLean’s Ales. Enjoy the sights at the Hanover Raceway, where you will adore live harness racing every Saturday, and experience outdoor movies at one of the last remaining Drive-In Theatres in Ontario. The excitement continues at the new Gateway Playtime Casino and at our annual Sights & Sounds Festival, the fourth weekend in July. You may also try your hand at flying at the Saugeen Municipal Airport or experience live entertainment at the Hanover Civic Theatre. So much awaits you in Hanover – Thanks for joining us!
Celebrating 15 years of Hanover’s Biggest Block Party It’s almost time to celebrate 15 years of the Hanover Sights & Sounds Festival! Join us for a weekend of fun from July 25th – 28th to celebrate the amazing performers and artists in our area. This year will feature some of our signature events including the Soap Box Derby, Keg & Cork Craft Beverage Festival, Street Dance and Caesar Sunday as well as a few new events including Axe Throwing, Lego Block Party and Bubble Soccer. We are also excited to be going green with water refill stations and encourage you to bring your refillable water bottles. We look forward celebrating and highlighting our amazing town and talent in Hanover this summer!
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Grey Bruce: A Cyclist’s Dream Quiet paved roads with rolling hills, well-packed rail trails away from traffic, technical single track winding through hardwood forests and heart-pounding downhill complete with gondola access: Grey Bruce has the stuff cycling dreams are made of.
Hit the Dirt: Mountain Biking Hotspots
Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood provides some exceptional mountain biking opportunities, including gondola access to a full slate of downhill trails. Nearby, Three Stage, Loree Forest and Kolapore Uplands all offer great single track trails. Further afield, Allan Park, Derby Tract, Brant Tract, Carrick Tract, and the Lindsay Tract are great choices for off-road riders.
Hit the Road: Great Road Rides
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for competitive road cyclists. But our quiet roads are also a great place to experience road-cycling for the first time. Our tops spots: Bruce Road 9 Wiarton to Lion’s Head, Bruce Road 13 Southampton to Oliphant, Bruce Road 33 Port Elgin to Kincardine, Grey Road 1 Owen Sound to Wiarton, Grey Road 13 in the Beaver Valley, Grey Road 19 by Osler Bluff. For some true scenic routes, try the East Bayshore Road from Owen Sound to Leith, the ride from Lion’s Head Lighthouse to Cabot Head, or explore the Pretty River Valley Road to Rob Roy.
Rail trails provide a great cycling experience for those looking to ride on predictable, open trails but away from all motorized traffic. The Bruce County Rail Trail runs from Port Elgin to Mildmay. The Grey County CP Rail Trail runs from Owen Sound to Dundalk. The Georgian Bluffs trail connects Owen Sound with Parkhead. The Georgian Trail spans
from Meaford to Collingwood while the Saugeen Rail Trail surrounds the community of Saugeen Shores.
With such great cycling terrain, Grey Bruce is increasingly hosting high profile cycling events. The inaugural Grey County Road Race, the only North American qualifier for the UCI World Cycling Tour, will take place June 15th at Blue Mountain. The Manitoulin Passage Ride runs June 1st, The Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race is August 10th and The Centurion Blue Mountain wraps up the season on September 14 – 16th.
The Best Recreational Routes in Grey Bruce Thornbury/Heathcote Loop, The Blue Mountains Eugenia Lake Circuit, Eugenia Island View Drive, Georgian Bluffs
Choosing Grey County Have you ever visited a region and said: “I’d love to live here”? Well that’s exactly what some of our new residents did. Whether it was for a job or establishing a new business, they chose Grey County as their new home.Situated two hours north of Toronto, Grey County offers beauty you can’t get in the city, and a lifestyle that is more relaxed and family-oriented. With the beautiful landscape, employment opportunities just waiting to be filled, and increasing housing prices in urban centres, our rural communities of Grey County have become even more attractive to newcomers. It truly is a place where people feel genuinely at home and naturally inspired – enjoying an exceptional blend of active and healthy living and economic opportunity.
Zack, Nivin and family
Immigrated from Egypt in 2009, Zack and family previously lived in Saskatchewan and Stratford, then moved to Grey County for a business opportunity in 2014. A friend had recommended the friendly city of Owen Sound. With the opportunity to purchase Turbitt Pharmacy, reputable schools, affordable housing costs and a friendly/helpful community, the family chose to relocate to Owen Sound with their 3 children. Their children have felt secure and welcomed in their school settings and Zack & Nivin are able to volunteer in the community and use their language skills to help them integrate into the community.
Waleed and family
From Urban to Rural – Waleed and his family moved from Hamilton to Grey County in April 2018 for a job opportunity. ü Completed his graduate degree in Hamilton ü Sought out job opportunities in the region ü Job search was exciting yet could have been better if there were more housing resources available. ü They found Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace the most helpful when searching for a house In order to help integrate newcomers into our rural communities, Waleed suggests “a mentor system, where a local resident would be paired up with a prospective newcomer. The local resident would then serve as a community guide and local connection”
The Kilian Family
The Kilian family immigrated from South Africa to rural Ontario in April 2017. Dr. Rochagne Kilian was recruited by CANAM Physicians Recruiting Inc. after she obtained her specialist qualifications while working in BC in 2014. In 2017 she was hired as a physician in Family & Emergency Medicine at Grey Bruce Health Services. Abrie Kilian, an Attorney-at-Law & Martial Artist in South Africa, has recently opened Kilian Academy – a progressive martial arts academy in Owen Sound. HIGHLIGHTS OF THEIR RURAL COMMUNITY: ü Small enough town to raise kids & have a 3 min commute to work ü Large enough to have a great rec facility and enough shopping options ü Beautiful outdoor amenities ü The community has become a safe haven for their family
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Beautiful Brockton Do you love exploring waterways, historic hamlets, rural gardens and downtowns with a distinct personality? Add Brockton to your bucket list! Located in southern Bruce County, the Municipality of Brockton includes Walkerton and smaller communities such as Cargill, Chepstow, Pinkerton and Elmwood. The Saugeen and Teeswater rivers flow through the area, promising a refreshing change of pace with activities such as paddling, tubing, angling and some of the best fly fishing in Canada. Find an experienced fishing guide in the Walkerton area who can introduce you to the sport. Boats and gear are provided. Your catch can vary from salmon and trout to bass and pike, although fly fishermen encourage sustainable catch-and-release practices. Fish stations are conveniently located along the Saugeen River in Brockton. If paddling is more your style, launch your canoe or kayak at one of several boat launches on the river, or contact a local outfitter about rentals and complimentary pick-ups and dropoffs. Why not pack a picnic lunch made from fresh local ingredients, available from several restaurants in Walkerton? Experience our clean water living by floating down the river in an inner tube (available at the Saugeen River Campground), or taking the kids to the splash pad or pool in Walkerton. Brockton is also home to the legendary Greenock Swamp, Ontario’s largest forested wetland, where guided and self-guided tours are available (see full story, page 73). For a more urban experience, head to downtown Walkerton, where you’ll find an eclectic mix of restaurants and unique shops specializing in the latest clothing trends, home décor, floral design, spa services and more. Walkerton shopkeepers are known to be exceptionally friendly, enterprising and eager to please, so if you crave a customer-first shopping experience with a carefully selected range of quality merchandise, you’re in the right place. Our local chefs often choose the freshest local ingredients in their culinary specialties, so check out our restaurants as well. Stretch your legs at Lobies Park, stroll along the Saugeen River Trail, or tour the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, a testing 72
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and training facility that ensures safe drinking water provincewide (call ahead to book a free tour). Head to the Saugeen Municipal Airport in Walkerton to watch planes dip and dive while enjoying a latte at the airport café. History buffs will appreciate Victoria Jubilee Hall, featuring live performances throughout fall, winter and spring. Heritage walking and driving tours are also available. Love mountain biking? Look no further than the Brant Tract Trail south of Paisley. One of several specialized Bruce County biking parks, it features 20 kilometres of varied trails, from tight and technical to open and flowing, geared to all ages and skill levels. Brockton is also a mecca for snowmobilers in winter, with trails that connect to local hotels. Festivals and events round out Brockton’s offerings. Check out Springtime in the Gardens and the Grapevines, Beer Steins and Moonshine events in spring. Summer brings free Music in the Park concerts, the Private Collectors’ Garage Tour of rare automobiles, a Dinner on Durham in downtown Walkerton, and Pickin’ by the Pond, a country and bluegrass festival in Cargill. Fall offers the annual Run4Health, the Dirt Pigs ball tournament and Walkerton’s Little Royal Fair. If you’re looking for an alternative to the more crowded destinations in Grey and Bruce check out Brockton. Our municipal campground in Lobies Park offers a tranquil river setting; be sure to book early! Find out more at VisitWalkerton.com or drop by the Visitor Information Centre in downtown Walkerton.
LOBIES PARK CAMPGROUND Open Victoria Day Through Thanksgiving day
Register online at Brockton.ca/lobiescampground
20 Hannah Street, Walkerton, ON Phone: (519) 881-0625 email@example.com
Tour the Legendary Greenock Swamp! Looking for something out of the ordinary? Experience Southern Ontario’s largest forested wetland, the Greenock Swamp, through two lively and engaging summer tours. The tours encompass the legends and lore of this incredible natural area, a source of intrigue since the first European settlers arrived in the mid-1800s. Stories abound of man-eating plants, quick sand and a mysterious green light that has driven even the most dedicated outdoorsman running for his life. The first tour highlights the legends, lore and mysteries surrounding the men who lumbered in the swamp in the late 1800s. The second tour focuses on the days of making swamp whiskey during prohibition and some amazing stories, including how the bootleggers eluded authorities. The tours run on Saturdays from 2-7 p.m. and include transportation, a guided exploration of the swamp and historic sites, wine and beer tasting, theatrical re-enactments, a traditional Bruce County dinner, great stories and lots of laughs! Some walking is also involved. • Legends of the Great Swamp takes in the stories that surround the logging days of the late 1800s and lumber baron Henry Cargill, the town’s namesake and later a Member of Parliament. Cargill logged five million board feet of white pine out of the swamp every year for 25 years. Learn about the logging camps, the hardships, and the lore. Stay on your toes – unexpected visits may occur at any time!
• Bootlegging Lore of the Great Swamp highlights the prohibition days of Bruce County and the enterprising souls who lurked here, making moonshine in the dead of the night. Hear about their amazing stories, the lure of fast money and the penalties that came with getting caught. The tour includes a visit to the Walkerton Jail, where we’ll retrace the footsteps of some infamous prisoners and escape artists.
2019 Tour Dates
Saturday, May 4: Bootlegging Lore of the Great Swamp – limited tickets available. Saturday, May 11: Legends of the Great Swamp – SOLD OUT Saturday, July 13: Legends of the Great Swamp Saturday, August 17: Bootlegging Lore of the Great Swamp Saturday, Sept. 7 & Oct. 30: Legends of the Great Swamp Book early to avoid missing out! Tickets $80 per person or $150 for two. All tours are listed on eventbrite.ca, or call ahead to Saugeen Conservation at 366-3040 ext. 229. For more information visit www.svca.on.ca or www.brockton.ca Groups and tour buses can be accommodated.
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BUSINESS DIRECTORY Food & Drink
Bootleggers Cove Pub............................................. 3 Cobble Beach...................................................... 76 Elsie’s Diner...................................................... OS2 Nathaniels...................................................... OS16 Northern Confections............................................ 19 Sauble Pizza Delight............................................. 20 The Bleeding Carrot........................................... OS8 Tobermory Princess Hotel....................................... 8
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre ��������������� 24 Bruce Power Visitor’s Centre................................. 18 Community Waterfront Heritage Centre ��������������� OS6 Grey Roots Museum & Archives ���������������������������� 54
Adventure Blue Heron Cruises................................................ 8 Blue Mountain Resorts......................................... 58 Bruce Anchor Cruises............................................. 6 Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours................................... 16 Chantry Island Lighthouse Cruises ������������������������ 11 Earth Bound Gardens........................................... 16 FLY GTA................................................................ 2 Greig’s Caves....................................................... 15 Scandinave Spa................................................... 61 Scenic Caves Nature Adventures ��������������������������� 57 Sauble River Cruises by B.P. Boat Tours ����������������� 21 Sauble River Marina............................................. 20 Story Book Park............................................... OS10 Wilmer Pond Fishing............................................ 65
Art Galleries Tom Thomson Art Gallery.................................... OS8 The Durham Art Gallery........................................ 66
Golf Cobble Beach...................................................... 76 Monterra Golf...................................................... 59
Realtors Candace Moore, Remax........................................ 18 Chestnut Park.................................................. OS16 Gary Taylor, Chestnut Park.................................... 18 Kathy Dimaline, Remax........................................ 14 Marylon Hall, Remax.......................................... OS6 Paul Annett, Royal LePage.................................... 16 Remax Grey Bruce Realty................................. OS10 Terri Hastings, Kellerwilliams Realty ���������������������� 16
Services Haye’s Crescent Senior Apartments ����������������������� 14
Unique Shopping All Things T....................................................... OS6 Artists Co-op of Owen Sound............................... OS6 Fantasyland....................................................... OS6 Georgian Shores Marina...................................... OS8 Handicraft House................................................. 18 Marjennys Cakes................................................ OS6 Owen Sound Wellness........................................ OS6 Roxy’s Variety........................................................ 8 Sauble Beach Antiques......................................... 20 Suntrail Source for Adventure ������������������������������� 23 The Horse Habit.............................................. OS10 The Sweet Shop.................................................... 6 Zehrs Market.........................................OS8 & OS24
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