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

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

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Your Backyard

... Just Got Bigger!

Sydenham River Valley below Inglis Falls, Lorna Rouse

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

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.

Culturally Diverse

One of the region’s best cultural attractions is located within Georgian

Bluffs. Grey Roots Museum & Archives is on Grey Rd. 18 just 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.

Active Naturally

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. In October 2017 alone the airport received direct business/leisure flights from Montreal, Denver, Pittsburg, Washington, New York and other major cities. The Township is working closely with Grey County and the Province of Ontario to investigate and secure charter flights, scheduled flights and business development opportunities to ensure the full potential of the airport is realized and the Grey Bruce region benefits by both economic spinoff and growth as well as connectivity to major cities. For more information please visit the Township’s website at www.georgianbluffs.ca or call the airport at 519-534-0140.

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Grey Roots Grey Roots Museum & Archives collects and interprets the 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 Ice Age Mammals. Mammoths, mastodons, and other giant mammals star in this national travelling exhibition! Ice Age Mammals explores our prehistoric world through amazing fossils, skeletons, and hands-on activities. Discover the skulls and bones of ice age animals, including a life-size cast of a mastodon skeleton. Touch a real mammoth tusk. Listen to scientists’ stories of Arctic adventures and discoveries. It’s a cool experience! The museum’s other galleries showcase original exhibits including Saints & Sinners: A Spirited History; and Arrivals and Departures: The CPR in Grey County. Moreston Heritage Village, a picturesque ten acre living history site, is open daily July and August. The village spans three time periods: Settlers (1850s); Second Generation Settlers (1885); and the Town Site (1920s). 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, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 56

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Grey Roots

and seven days a week from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving weekend. For more information, visit greyroots.com, call 519-376-3690, or find the museum on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Ice Age Mammals is produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with the Montreal Science Centre, the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. April 28

Ice Age Mammals Opens

May 26

Blue Water Car Club Annual Car Inspection

June 1

P.A. Day Adventures: Ocean Oddities

June 17

Moreston Heritage Village Sunday Spring Preview

June 24

Saints and Sinners Event

June 29

P.A. Day Adventures: Into the Woods

July 1

Canada Day: Moreston Heritage Village Opening

July 3-6

Summer KidsCamp: Break the Ice

July 9-3

Summer KidsCamp: CSI Bootcamp

July 15

Antique and Classic Car Show

July 16-20

Summer KidsCamp: The Challenge (Sports)

July 23-27

Summer KidsCamp: Dig it! (Archaeology 101)

July 30–Aug 3

Summer KidsCamp: Ruff Week: Animal Adventures

Aug 3

Emancipation Speakers’ Forum

Aug 6

Civic Holiday: Grey Roots Open

Aug 7-10 Summer KidsCamp: Seafaring Scallywags: Pirate Adventures Aug 13-17 Summer KidsCamp: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (Space) Aug 20-24

Summer KidsCamp: Timber! Pioneer Adventures

Sept 3

Labour Day: Grey Roots Open

Sept 29

Apple Trees Exhibit Opens

September 30 Pratie Oaten & final day for Moreston Heritage Village


Set Your Sights on the

Municipality of Meaford On the southern shores of Georgian Bay, the Municipality of Meaford is a fascinating fourseason 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. Beyond the celebrated Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, you’ll discover the culturally significant personalities who have at one time called the Municipality of Meaford home. 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the death of renowned artist, Tom Thomson who is buried in Leith. Walk the Trout Hollow Trail to discover where John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club and the man considered by many as the father of the National Parks system in the United States once lived and

was inspired. Across the road from the Trout Hollow Trail you’ll find Beautiful Joe Park named after “Beautiful Joe”, the hero is Margaret Marshall Saunders’ best-selling novel of the same name, about the brave dog she met while living here in Meaford. If you love events, Meaford has a variety to keep you busy all year long. From the award winning Scarecrow Invasion and Apple Pie Trail, 1000th Foot Urban Slide, Meaford International Film Festival, a weekly farmers market or the many music themed concerts and events, you’ll soon understand why people are saying “I love it here.

Unmatched canine culture, trails, special events, and designated leash free beach and parks.

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Visit us at www.meaford.ca


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

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rugged Niagara Escarpment you will find Blue Mountain Village – southern Ontario’s most exciting and diverse four season vacation destination. From pure relaxation 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. 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. Jazzmania features a 4 day music weekend the end of April; 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. Cedar Run Horse Park, a state of the art equestrian event facility will be hosting a variety of equine events. You can stop by the Sheffield Park Black History Museum. The Centurion bike race challenges all riders. The Thanksgiving Apple Harvest Festival features the area with the fall colour tour and check out the new route for the Blue Mountains Half Marathon and 5km Run, in October.

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

Downhill skiing/snowboarding Grey County is home to Ontario’s largest public ski resort, Blue Mountain. With 42 trails, 2 terrain parks, 1 superpipe and 14 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.

Snowshoeing

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. Also try snowshoeing under the stars with Free Spirit Tours.

Outdoor Skating

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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.

Snowmobiling

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.

Sleigh Rides

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

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

Winter Camping

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

Yurt Camping

MacGregor Point Provincial Park is home to 16 winterized yurts with heat, bunk beds, power for small appliances, indoor lights and an outdoor bbq and eating area. To experience everything winter in Grey & Bruce go to visitgrey.ca and explorethebruce.com.

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.

Nordic Baths

Watch the steam rise gently as

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Top 10 Winter Adventures

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.


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GREY COUNTY 2018 TOP 10 EVENTS SALSA AT BLUE MOUNTAIN JUNE 22 – 24, 2018

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this spicy event! Salsa at Blue festival is a FREE family street party transforming the entire Village into a showcase of Latin Life featuring dance lessons, live Salsa music & much more! bluemountain.ca

HANOVER SIGHTS & SOUNDS FESTIVAL JULY 26 – 29, 2018

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 17 – 19, 2018

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 24 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

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 15 – 16, 2018

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 SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

Scarecrows are going Western! 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

OWEN SOUND SALMON CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Celebrate the Salmon run! Join us at the Mill Dam for salmon tasting, live music, children’s activities, on-site interpretation and more! greatsalmontour.com

BLUE MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL OCTOBER 6-8, 2018

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 17, 2018 – JANUARY 6, 2019

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

HOLSTEIN NON-MOTORIZED PARADE DECEMBER 8, 2018

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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Experience The Adventure in Every Season! From hiking to boating, fishing to farming, artist to chef, Grey Highlands has it all. Its breathtaking landscapes attract year ‘round adventurers and explorers of all ages. Winter Warriors flock to Grey Highlands to experience our epic snowfalls and enjoy four months of Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, winter caving. It’s a hiker’s paradise all year long with miles of Bruce Trail, village trails and forest pathways. A hike to Old Baldy holds spectacular views of the Beaver Valley and a chance glimpse of a rock climber taking the more direct route to the top! Hit the trails on two wheels – our routes and roadways are world class for off road and on road cyclists. Perhaps you prefer to go waterfalling or dip your paddle into the pristine waters of the Beaver River or Lake Eugenia or swim, fish 66

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or discover your own quiet spot to unite with nature. And, if art is in your heart, Grey Highlands is home to visual artists, photographers, artisans and craftspeople. Take in an art show, visit a gallery, have a one-on-one with artists in their home studios or take in an art class or art excursion. Musicians, dancers, actors, writers, story-tellers and poets live and perform here – it’s inspirational. Grey Highlands hosts family fun-filled events year round. In summer catch Rocklyn’s Classic Car Show, Eugenia’s Gold Rush Days, Markdale’s Rotary Club Street Frolic, Cruise Night, Mountain Top Jamboree and the Flesherton Fling. And, you’re sure to enjoy the breathtaking fall colours when you take the family to our Feversham Fall Fair, Markdale Fall Fair and Rocklyn Fall Fair. If day-tripping is more your style, then you’ll love to explore the countryside and enjoy our gorgeous agricultural landscape. Visit an apple

orchard, cidery, country store and farmer’s market. Be sure to visit our Alpaca ranch, sheep farms and beekeepers. Learn about edible gardens and home grown lilies and taste the difference at Grey Highlands eateries that serve farm fresh local. Grey Highlanders have fallen in love with their historical past. Visit www.heritagegreyhighlands.ca to find out about our heritage properties and do plan a visit to South Grey Museum. You’re undoubtedly going to need a place to stay and there are so many choices in bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, chalets, cottages, cabins, camp grounds and country inns. Visit www.stayingrey.ca to find your personal paradise. For more information about creating a memorable experience in Grey Highlands visit: www.greyhighlands.ca/visitus


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.

The ride isn’t over once you reach Wiarton; keep heading north through town and swiftly get back 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 return to highway 6 and continue north to Tobermory. Here you can catch the Chi Cheemaun ferry and travel to Manitoulin Island. 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. Stop at the Beaver Valley Cidery in Kimberley or visit majestic Eugenia Falls, just one of the waterfalls on our tour. escapetogreybruce.ca • 2018 67


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Fish ON!

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

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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

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West Grey:

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.

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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! A vibrant downtown and an array of attractions, dining options and great shopping awaits you! There is a bit of history, local celebration, entertainment and an all around good time in whatever brings you

here and in what you decide to do. Ideally located to provide a centre of commerce and services for residents and the surrounding area, Hanover boasts numerous amenities including exceptional recreational, cultural, educational and employment op-

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portunities that all contribute to a fantastic quality of life. Discover more Hanover by visiting the Eat Well Farmers’ Market running on Saturday morning’s in Heritage Square, where you will have the opportunity to purchase fresh,


quality local food directly from the farmer that grew it. Continue your journey by shopping our vibrant downtown that displays an array of specialty gift stores and dining options. Home to Schultz’s Gone Totally Baked, your pallet will savour these delicious donuts and other baked goods that have been a staple of our community for many years. Looking to quench your thirst? Hanover is also home to MacLean’s Ales Brewery! Open for tours and tastings, this state of the art facility also hosts numerous events like Hopfest and the NEW Boots & Brews Country Music Festival. More sights await you every Saturday night at the Hanover Raceway, where you will enjoy live harness racing, or test your luck at Gateway Casinos. For a great family attraction & outing, catch an indoor movie at the Paramount Theatre or an outdoor movie at the DriveIn theatre, participate in the live entertainment regularly featured at the Hanover Civic Theatre, or learn more about our history through self-guided walking tours, community trails and display’s at the P&H Centre Archive and our Library. Join us at our excellent recreational facilities and for our annual local celebrations like the Sights & Sounds Festival, Dream of Glory Final, Taste of Grey and special holiday celebrations. See Launch Pad, our youth skill development centre. You may also try your hand at flying at the Saugeen Municipal Airport! So much awaits you in Hanover – Thanks for joining us!

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Municipality of Brockton Tired of the mainstream? Head upstream along the Saugeen River to the Municipality of Brockton. Brockton hosts the vibrant communities of Walkerton, Cargill, Chepstow, and Elmwood. And is the perfect daytrip away from the crowded shoreline. Our clean water lifestyle promises to be a refreshing change of pace for our visitors. Keep it reel, and enjoy the area’s first-class fly fishing. Visitors are encouraged to use sustainable catch and release practices to ensure the future health of our rivers. Kayaking, canoeing, or floating in a tube downstream lure many people to the area. Grab the kids and get your feet wet at the Kinsmen’s Splash Pad in Walkerton. Brockton is also home to the legendary Greenock Swamp, Ontario’s single largest forested wetland. Contact Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority for a tour. Wash your worries away with the many parks and trails in Brockton. They’re perfect for hiking, cycling, camping, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. You’ll have a ball using our Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park or joining the Dirt Pigs SloPitch Tournament. Visit Saugeen Municipal Airport and watch planes dip and dive during the Canadian National Aerobatic

Championships. Catch a live performance at Victoria Jubilee Hall or Cargill’s Pickn’ by the Pond music festival. Don’t miss Brockton’s Doors Open event and access architectural, historical and cultural buildings in the area. We promise you’ll be hooked when you explore the unique businesses and local watering holes during your visit to Brockton.

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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

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

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from Meaford to Collingwood while the Saugeen Rail Trail surrounds the community of Saugeen Shores.

Cycling Events

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 17th at Blue Mountain. The Manitoulin Passage Ride runs June 3rd, The Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race is August 11 and The Centurion Blue Mountain wraps up the season on September 15 – 17.

The Best Recreational Routes in Grey Bruce Thornbury/Heathcote Loop, The Blue Mountains Eugenia Lake Circuit, Eugenia Island View Drive, Georgian Bluffs


CONSIDER GREY COUNTY

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ituated two hours north of Toronto, Grey County offers beauty you can’t get in the city and a more relaxed and family-oriented lifestyle. Framed by the breathtaking landscapes of Georgian Bay, lush river valleys, and the renowned wonder of the Niagara Escarpment and Blue Mountain, Grey County pairs the sophistication and convenience of urban living with the timeless small town charm of rural Ontario.

A place where people feel genuinely at home and naturally inspired – enjoying an exceptional blend of active and healthy living and economic opportunity.

With the natural beauty, employment opportunities waiting to be filled and affordable housing prices, rural communities in Grey County have become even more attractive for newcomers looking to settle and put down roots. New to Grey is an initiative focused on welcoming newcomers to our County and encouraging them to stay. Our first step is identifying our resources and forming partnerships in the community. One such partner is the Rural Employment Initiative housed out of the Newcomer Centre of Peel. This organization has been Grey County’s direct link to newcomers who are interested in moving to rural communities. Together as partners, Grey County and the Rural Employment Initiative hosted 31 newcomers on a tour of Grey County on February 28. Our guests had a small taste of the countryside and connected face to face with employers at the Regional Job Fair in Owen Sound.

“Thank you so much for your time showing us the beautiful Grey County and life and opportunities that lie within. Honestly, I felt connected to the area through the amazing people’s welcoming nature and the genuine smile speaks all… this trip cleared up many of my misconceptions, primarily, about small-town life and employment opportunities.”

Some of our guests even participated in interviews. The New to Grey initiative continues to grow as we make Grey County a more welcoming region that embraces newcomers in our workforce and our communities. Grey County offers everything its residents need and want, which is why those who live here experience such a high quality of life. Whether you’re new to the region or new to Canada, Grey County is a great place to live, work, and play.

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Food & Drink

Bootleggers Cove Pub...............................................3 Elsie’s Diner......................................................... OS8 Joe Tomato’s....................................................... OS8 Nathaniels......................................................... OS16 Pebbles Family Restaurant.......................................68 Sauble Pizza Delight................................................22 The Bleeding Carrot.............................................. OS8 The Nutty Bakers Food Shoppe............................. OS6 Tobermory Princess Hotel..........................................8

Adventure

Blue Heron Cruises....................................................8 Blue Mountain Resorts.............................................60 Bruce Anchor Cruises................................................6 Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours......................................18 Earth Bound Gardens...............................................18 Greig’s Caves..........................................................15 Scandinave Spa......................................................64 Scenic Caves Nature Adventures..............................59 Saints & Sinners Trail.......................................... OS16 Sauble River Marina.................................................22 Story Book Park................................................. OS10 Wilmer Pond Fishing................................................68

Art Galleries

Tom Thomson Art Gallery...................................... OS2

Golf

Cobble Beach.........................................................80 Monterra Golf..........................................................61

Realtors

Candace Moore Remax............................................20 Chestnut Park.................................................... OS17 Darlene James Remax ..............................................8 Dennis Herman Remax.............................................21 Marylon Hall Remax.............................................. OS6 Paul Annett Royal LePage........................................18 Remax Grey Bruce Realty.................................... OS10 Terri Hastings Kellerwilliams Realty ��������������������������20

Services

Haye’s Crescent Senior Apartments �������������������������14 Renewed Computers.......................................... OS16 Steven Hencze Mortgage Broker..............................68

Unique Shopping

Artists Co-op of Owen Sound................................. OS6 Fantasyland......................................................... OS6 Frog & Nightgown...................................................15 Georgian Shores Marina........................................ OS8 Handicraft House....................................................20 Marjennys Cakes.................................................. OS6 Roxy’s Variety...........................................................8 Sauble Beach Antiques............................................22 Scott’s Home Hardware .........................................14 Suntrail Source for Adventure...................................25 The Horse Habit................................................. OS10 The Sweet Shop........................................................6 Welbeck Sawmill.....................................................68 Zehrs Market....................................................... OS8

Museums

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre ������������������26 Bruce Power Visitor’s Centre....................................20 Community Waterfront Heritage Centre ����������������� OS6 Grey Roots Museum & Archives................................56

Beginner and intermediate art classes "en plein air" A Wildwood Arts Adventure by Arst, Robert Pointer

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