Escape to Grey Bruce - Grey County 2021

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

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




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

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

Purple Valley

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

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

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

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

S.S. Athabaska was in jeopardy. The ship, having no steam up couldn’t move so several citizens braving the flames grabbed the lines to pull her along the wharf and out of danger. The wooden elevators were consumed quickly by the flames and their loss caused the all-important grain trade to bypass the port for 14 years. That trade returned with the construction of the current elevator ensuring the city’s continued prosperity. Lake boats are a rare sight in the harbour today but on occasion they can be seen unloading at the grain elevator or waiting out the winter. Factories and railway tracks have been replaced by parkland and walking trails. The harbour is now a growing cultural and recreation centre for citizens and visitors alike. Once a place of hard work and industry it is now a place of peace and relaxation. A place to enjoy music, boating, walking, biking and so much more. Owen Sound is the home port of the Chi-Cheemaun, the Tobermory to Manitoulin Island ferry. She is operated by the Owen Sound Transportation Company, a company that this year is celebrating its 100th year of sailing out of Owen Sound Harbour. Visit the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre for more stories and information before continuing into the city with all its shopping, dining and cultural attractions including the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Billy Bishop Home and The Library. Robert A. Cotton is a photographer and amateur historian. In 2018 he published a book ‘Owen Sound Harbour – A Photographic History’, using historical photographs to tell the story of the harbour.

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Harrison Park Harrison Park is a rare urban oasis, considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in Ontario. Clean, fresh and invigorating year-round, Harrison Park is Owen Sound’s “Jewel in the Crown,” a 40-hectare retreat with gardens, playgrounds, trails, recreational facilities, a full-service campground, with the Sydenham river flowing through it. The park offers access to the Bruce Trail and two waterfalls, Weaver’s Creek Falls and Inglis Falls. You can swim outdoors in a heated pool under a canopy of trees or cool off on the quiet boardwalk leading to Weaver’s Creek falls, featuring a plunge and a cascade. Canoe and paddle boats are available for rental, and the park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, mini-golf and flat, easy trails for walking or cycling. While you’re there, visit the Black History Cairn and learn about Owen Sound’s role as the northernmost stop

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on the Underground Railroad trail to freedom. The oldest emancipation festival on the continent is held here each year during the last weekend in July! Visit the bird sanctuary to feed the ducks and swans, and marvel at the peacocks and other waterfowl. You can purchase corn from the dispensers provided. In late fall, you can watch Chinook Salmon migrating up the Sydenham River as it flows through the park, to their spawning beds. Harrison Park was the passion of a sawmill owner, John Harrison in the late 1800s, so much so they called it Harrisons’ Pleasure Grounds. After his death his family donated the parkland to the city, for a small sum of money. Today it remains one of the Scenic City’s top attractions, still retaining the natural beauty and rustic charm that have drawn generations of people through the gates. The park is a must-see, whether you have an hour to spare, or an entire day or a weekend. Admission and parking are free.

Park Amenities Include: Heated outdoor pool Canoe & Paddle boat rentals Mini-Putt Golf Weaver’s Creek Falls Cycling and Walking Trails Black History Cairn & Freedom Trail Bird Sanctuary Accessible Playgrounds 2nd Ave. East in Owen Sound. Online booking now available.

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

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




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Billy Bishop Museum

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


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

bus terminal saw thousands of travellers through its doors. Head south to some of the oldest commercial buildings on our main street. The Molson’s Bank when it was built in 1860, and the brick vault is still visible in Birgit’s Café. Right next door was McKay Brothers’ Dry Goods – a business that ran from 1924 until 1989. Look up, in what is now the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op, and you can still see the “money monorail”, where money moved to and from the office up on the mezzanine. Like most Ontario towns, Owen Sound had its downtown 5 and dime stores. In renovating the old bingo hall for the new Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts, workers discovered the tilework that had been behind the lunch counter at the original Kresge’s store. The green and black tiles are bringing back happy memories for Owen Sounders coming in to the new Palette Café in the Centre. There are so many other treasures to discover in town. The harbour, the rivers, the train stations, all reminders of our history as a rail and marine hub – all within easy walking distance of our downtown.

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

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

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

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Give Turtles A Chance!

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

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

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


Grey Roots Museum & Archives Grey Roots Museum & Archives tells the unique stories of beautiful Grey County. Located just south of Owen Sound on Grey Road 18, the facility features exhibit galleries, archives, and a ten-acre living history site. Come explore our exhibit galleries featuring local stories and treasures from our artifact collection. Opening this summer, Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs will explore the past hundred years of County history through its various signage from farmland to industry. More Power To You: Simple Machines in Everyday Life, explores the ways simple machines use the power of physics to make our lives better. A stunning new exhibit in the permanent gallery, Voices of Grey, shares the stories of Grey County through the words of past and present citizens. Moreston Heritage Village is open daily throughout



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


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Pick up litter.

Keep dogs on leash.

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

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

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

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Experience Grey County’s Waterfalls

Indian Falls

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



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

Take the Tour

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

Winter Waterfalls

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

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

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

Waterfalls Around the County Walter’s Falls: Located in the village of Walter’s Falls, this 14-metre plunge waterfall is a beauty. Open four seasons, hike or snowshoe the Walter’s Creek Side Trail on the Bruce Trail or just view it from the balcony of The Falls Inn. Holstein Dam: Located in the Holstein Egremont Park, this cascade waterfall is formed when the Norman Reeves Creek exits the historic millpond. Open during all four seasons, you can explore the park and the village in one day. Eugenia Falls: Just outside the village of Eugenia, this 30-metre cascade waterfall is steeped in history. The site of a short-lived gold rush, the falls once supported five mills and was the site of Ontario’s second hydroelectric plant. The falls are open in spring, summer and fall. Paid parking. Not accessible during winter. Hoggs Falls: This hidden gem is located on the Bruce Trail between the villages of Flesherton and Kimberley. This fourseason plunge waterfall is just a short five-minute hike from the parking lot. McGowan Falls: Just outside the village of Durham, this three-metre cascade waterfall is part of the Durham Conservation Area. Visit the falls and stop for a swim at the sandy beach. This waterfall is open all four seasons. *There is a parking fee at some locations during the summer months. • 2021 49

Set Your Sights on the

Municipality of Meaford On the southern shores of Georgian Bay, the Municipality of Meaford is a fascinating four-season destination that has residents and visitors alike saying “We love it here!” As a destination, the Municipality of Meaford is known for great live theatre and concerts, fresh local food and drink, unique stores, natural surroundings, a beautiful harbour and so much more.

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

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


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It’s a good day to ride.

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



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



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

Off-Road Riding

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Rail Trails

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

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

Hit the Road: Great Road Rides

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

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

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


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

Outdoor Skating

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



Cross-Country Skiing

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


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Top 10 Winter Adventures Nordic Baths

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

Winter Camping

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

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

Sleigh Rides

Yurt Camping

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

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

Winter Caving

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

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

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

Town of Hanover Self-Guided Walking Tours

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

Picnics in the Park

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

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

Take in a Movie under the Stars

Walk and Cycle the Community Trails

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

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

Take a Selfie with one of our Murals

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

Fish, paddle or tube on the Saugeen River

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

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

Join us in the Entertainment District

Shop and Dine in the Downtown District

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

Eat Well Farmers’ Market

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

Neptune Scoops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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trees bud in spring. Take the time to get off your bike and just be. Be still for a moment while surrounded by this gorgeous natural gift. It’s amazing to take in the sounds of your surroundings after you turn off your bike—you seem to be able to hear everything without the sound of the motor running. At Lion’s Head there is a beach pavilion with washrooms and picnic tables for your enjoyment. Head back south to the liquor store corner, then turn right to get back to Ferndale, and onto highway 6 and continue north to Tobermory. Another colourful ride awaits you during the autumn months in Grey County. The winding roads and stunning colours of Grey Road 13 in the Beaver Valley are sure to impress. Visit the majestic Eugenia Falls, just one of the waterfalls on our tour. • 2021 59

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

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

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Caves and flowerpots

Community trails

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

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

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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