Grey is definitely a natural beauty! Bordered by the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay
is one of the best places to come and play. With its spectacular outdoor setting, art galleries, restaurants, theatres and attractions, it has all you need for the ultimate fall escape.
As it winds through Grey, the Bruce Trail
showcases some of the best vistas on the trail at various points along the escarpment. Grey’s trail network passes through conservation lands, communities and natural forests. And, a natural gem is the Waterfall Tour
, with nine waterfalls as the star attractions.
Feeling adventurous? Explore the caves
spread throughout the area or challenge yourself with some rock climbing.
Zipline over the treetops or admire the fall colours close up on a treetop walk. Segway along the top of Blue Mountain and savour the brilliant view below. For family adventure
, try the mountain coaster, the low ropes course, the Apex bagjump, the climbing wall and putting course at Blue Mountain Resort
Grey’s back roads are some of the most scenic and challenging routes anywhere for cycling
, and is home to the Subaru Centurion Cycling
event at Blue Mountain, September 16th
. Travel through bountiful apple orchards, rolling fields, along the escarpment and wooded lands. Fishing
is fine here, with Georgian Bay, inland lakes and local rivers home to salmon, trout and other species. Golf, canoeing and kayaking are popular fall activities. No equipment? No problem – local outfitters can fit you out with all the gear you need for a paddle.
From mid-September to mid-October, catch the chinook salmon and rainbow trout jumping up the Fish Ladder
at Thornbury on their fall migration up the Beaver River - check out the live feed
to catch them in action. Paddle, walk, cycle or drive the Owen Sound Salmon Tour
and shadow the salmon as they travel up the Sydenham River through downtown Owen Sound. Mark October 1 on your calendar for the Owen Sound Salmon Celebration
with a salmon tasting and sample local beer and wine. Guided Salmon Tours
are planned again for 2016. Also on October 1, check out the First Annual "See the Salmon Run
" and celebrate the return of the chinook salmon to their spawning grounds.
One of Grey’s well-kept secrets is the culinary attractions! Small, unique restaurants can be
found throughout Grey with Thornbury becoming known for its many restaurants and specialty food shops. It’s the host community for Glamapalooza
(Ladies Take Thornbury), held annually in November. Several of the award-winning Apple Pie Trail’s
members are located here and in other Grey communities. This is apple country – pick up a bushel or basket or fresh-baked pie at local orchards, area farmers’ markets and farm stores.
Nothing brings out the best in food like a good beverage
! Home to two vineyards, two cideries and three breweries, most are open for tastings and tours (be sure to check tour hours ahead of time). The Saints and Sinners map
makes it easy to find Grey’s local producers as well as those in Bruce
. Many local restaurants feature locally produced wine, cider and beer on their menus making it easy to sample our local nectar.
History, arts and culture are thriving in Grey. Tour the Grey Roots Museum & Archives,
visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery
, take in a show at Meaford Hall
and browse through art galleries and studios featuring works by local artists. Follow the “For the Love of Grey Barn Quilt Trail
” down country roads to view colourful quilt patterns painted on the sides of barns. Pick up a copy of the Art Map
for gallery locations and Studio Tour dates.
Enjoy one, two or more festivals and events,
stay awhile, play, shop, dine, relax and breathe at a spa.
“Colour it your way” in Grey this fall …
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