The Area

Chi-Cheemaun Car Ferry

The Chi-Cheemaun ferry makes round trips each day to South Baymouth terminal on Manitoulin Island. They offer summer night "Sunset Dinner Cruises" which offer a wonderful meal, grand sunsets and spectacular views of Georgian Bay.

Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery : The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery houses an excellent permanent exhibition of memorabilia and artwork by the celebrated Canadian painter, Tom Thomson, who grew up in Leith, just north of Owen Sound. The Gallery manages a growing collection of historical and contemporary Canadian Art, including a wonderful representation of Thomson’s colleagues, the Group of Seven . Visit the Gallery to see exhibits of contemporary art by regional and national artists. Admission by donation.

Grey Roots Museum & Archives : Come experience the people and communities of Grey County’s past and present at this exciting new facility. Grey Roots combines Grey County’s Museum, Archives and Tourism Services through permanent and nationally touring exhibits, archival and genealogical resources, theatre, cafĂ©, gift shop, events and more! Tourism Services rounds out the experience as a gateway of information to the many natural wonders of the region.

Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum : Owen Sound played a role in the development of Ontario, and in the opening up of Western Canada. The Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum preserves the history of marine and rail transportation in the area. Located in the historic CN station on the waterfront, it features exquisite ship models by skilled artisans, along with CNR and CPR memorabilia, and temporary special exhibits each season. The building is wheelchair accessible and has free parking beside the beautifully landscaped walkway along the harbour. The gift shop offers a variety of museum memorabilia to remember your visit. School tours and group rates can be arranged.

Billy Bishop Heritage Museum : A late-Victorian brick house near Owen Sound’s downtown core preserves the boyhood home and memory of one of Canada’s greatest pilots and most decorated serviceman. Memorabilia from peace time and both World Wars are displayed in the exquisitely furnished Victorian home, including pictures of planes, battles, flying suits and a model of the Avro Arrow. Special exhibits throughout the year include a memorable Victorian Christmas. A gift shop has books, cards, model kits, prints and much more. School tours and group discounts can be arranged.

The Roxy Theatre, a former movie theatre, is Owen Sound’s best location for staging live performances for audiences up to 400 people. Concert and stage performances delight audiences year round.

Located in the centre of the city, the theatre is air-conditioned and within easy walking distance of ample free, after-hours parking. The marquis offers prominent signage to announce coming performances.

It is home to the Owen Sound Little Theatre.

Bruce Trail : The Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail are integral parts of Owen Sound’s natural environment. More than one million people from around the globe have hiked the world-famous Bruce Trail which passes through Owen Sound as it winds its way from Queenston to Tobermory along 740 kilometres of the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail Association strives to maintain and preserve the trail which was built to give people a place to walk and enjoy the simple pleasures of nature.You will find the trail easily accessed from several points in and around the city. A particularly pleasant, yet challenging, hike travels from Harrison Park to Inglis Falls Conservation Area . From Inglis Falls,the route continues along the Bruce Trail to the Pottawatomi Conservation Area to see Jones Falls. Wonderful views of the city are highlights of this section of the trail.

The Sydenham Bruce Trail Club , the local chapter of the Bruce Trail Association, organizes guided Bruce Trail hikes Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Call Owen Sound Tourism at 1-888-675-5555 for details. Anyone hiking the Bruce Trail should invest in a copy of the Bruce Trail Guide , available at most book stores in Owen Sound or by calling 1-800-665-HIKE.

Niagara Escarpment : The Niagara Escarpment provides unique wildlife habitat: home to 100 species of trees; 320 species of birds, some indigenous to the escarpment alone; and 50 of the 70 species of fern known to exist in Ontario. Because of the escarpment, "northern Grey County is a patchwork quilt landscape. Rolling, glacial sculpted farmlands are interspersed with patches of deciduous forest, meandering rivers and creek valleys lined in dark green cedar. The rural countryside is dotted with farming homesteads not greatly changed in over a century."

Georgian Bay : Often called "the sixth Great Lake", Georgian Bay bisects Owen Sound and becomes Owen Sound Bay. Sailors, windsurfers, divers, and fishing fans come to our area for the pleasures of its Georgian Bay coast. Marina operators and outfitters serve visitors’ needs.

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority : The Authority manages more than 27,000 acres of land in and around the Niagara Escarpment on Grey and Bruce Counties. Eighteen conservation areas provide a wide variety of recreational facilities including picnic grounds, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and cross-country skiing. Some of the more popular conservation areas in the municipalities surrounding Owen Sound make for excellent nature appreciation opportunities, such as Indian Falls , Inglis Falls and Pottawatomi Conservation Areas .

Harrison Park: Few cities can boast of as much greenspace as Owen Sound with parks in every city neighbourhood. Harrison Park, the crown jewel of our parks system, straddles the scenic Sydenham River and features beautiful landscapes, century-old trees, hiking trails, walking paths and plenty of intoxicatingly clean, fresh air. In addition, there is a fully serviced campground, licensed restaurant, snack bar, picnic areas, tennis courts, swimming pools, paddle boats, canoeing, mini-golf, fishing and a large bird sanctuary.

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