has it all – fun outdoor experiences, delicious culinary adventures and cultural activities. Whether it’s a hike to one of ten waterfalls
or along the Bruce Trail, a paddle down the Beaver River, cycling
the scenic country roads or savouring the view from the top of Blue Mountain
, there’s an experience to suit you.
Some of the most spectacular vistas along the Bruce Trail
can be seen along this section of the trail as it winds its way through Grey into Bruce
and hooks up with the minimum-impact Ganaraska Trail
at Glen Huron near Collingwood. Less rugged trail
systems can be found in Grey’s communities, parks and along rail trails, just right for a more leisurely stroll or family outing. Tour by car to take in the ten pretty waterfalls, using the handy brochure
as your guide for locations and nearby attractions.
For the more adventurous, the Niagara Escarpment makes for some awesome climbing and caving experiences
. A local operator, Free Spirit Tours
, offers guided tours complete with equipment, a great option for beginners! Or visit Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
and take your own self-guided tour or book a “Guided Eco Adventure Tour” which includes the suspension bridge, treetop walk, touring the caves and two ziplines. For the younger outdoor adventurer, At Last Adventures
offers a series of Forest Schools as well as rock climbing and cave adventures for adults.
The paved back roads of Grey are a cyclist’s dream, passing through a variety of terrain ranging from farmers’ fields to forested areas with hills and curves adding a bit of a challenge. The “Share the Road
” program encourages cyclists and motorists both to respect each other’s modes of transportation – watch The Blue Mountains’ video
for safe cycling tips on rural roads. For more info on cycling routes, cycle-friendly shops, accommodations, restaurants and repair shops, check out the listings on Ontario By Bike
For mountain bikers and those who prefer a more relaxed touring speed, there are kilometres of dirt and community trails. And the Cycling Guide
makes it easy to choose and map your route.
Grey’s culinary experiences just keep growing! The “Saints & Sinners Bootleggers Run” pocket map
is one of the most recent additions with a map and list of local wineries, breweries and cideries. Pair up your favourite local beverage with local food
– dine out or pick up fresh ingredients from a farmers’ market or store to create your own culinary masterpiece. Check out the Apple Pie Trail
with close to 40 apple-themed stops from tasty treats and meals to art to orchards to baking your own apple pie to winetasting. Be sure to visit Thornbury
, a compact, pretty mecca of trendy restaurants and food shops.
For paddlers, both the Beaver
Rivers offer scenic routes and along the Sydenham, a view of Owen Sound’s historical homes as well as nature. Whether it’s in a canoe or kayak, or on a SUP (stand up paddleboard), beginners to those more experienced will find their waterway
here with inland lakes, rivers and the shores of Georgian Bay.
The fishin’ is fine in Grey and one of the angling highlights of the season is the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular, August 25th to September 3rd, a celebration of fishing with a live entertainment tent, fish fries, bingo, activities for kids and more.
It’s the year of celebrations in Owen Sound as it hosts “Celebration 2017
”, honouring six major community anniversaries plus Canada’s 150th
– the biggest of these is Maawanji’ing: Festival Canadiana Owen Sound, June 30th
to July 9th
. Together with the First Nations and Metis communities, there are a wide variety of cultural events with a visit from the “World’s Largest Rubber Duck
” at the waterfront on July 7th
There’s lots of fun to be had for all ages at Blue Mountain
! This year, Blue celebrates Canada’s 150th
with three days of fun, including fireworks. Kids and adults alike will love the Plunge! Aquatic Centre, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Cascade Putting Course, the climbing wall, live concerts, fireworks and more taking place all season long. Shop, dine and dance the night away in the Village
. Plan some “down time” with yoga in the garden or in the Gan•ban Studio at iwaSpa
or visit the nearby Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
(newly expanded to include an Infra-red Sauna and Relaxation Solaria).
Literally step back in time with a visit to Moreston Heritage Village
at Grey Roots Museum & Archives. Stroll through the Village and drop in for a chat with the smithy at the blacksmith shop, check out what’s going on at the garage and try your hand at several hands-on activities. Guided tours are offered three times a day during the summer. Visit Grey’s smaller museums, such as the Meaford Museum
, located at the Meaford harbour. Tour the museum then take a stroll along the pretty waterfront and harbour. Head to Flesherton and the South Grey Museum
and be sure to visit The Bakery
downtown for tasty butter tarts and other goodies.
Culturally speaking, Grey is “right up there” with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery
, honouring the 100th
anniversary of the painter’s death with unique and compelling storytelling exhibits. Culture is alive and well at the historic Roxy Theatre
and the lovingly restored Meaford Hall
. Relatively new to the entertainment scene is Heartwood Hall
in downtown Owen Sound, well on track to becoming a musical hub in the city. Outdoor summer concerts and festivals, such as Owen Sound’s Summerfolk
, August 18th
, on the waterfront, make music a visual as well as listening pleasure.
Great shopping, fun festivals and events, cool dining experiences, amazing outdoor adventure and a warm welcome make Grey just one of the reasons to visit BruceGreySimcoe this warm weather season!
Colour it your way when you visit beautiful Grey!
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