Grey is definitely a natural beauty! Bordered by the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay, Grey 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 and mini putt at Blue Mountain Resort.
Grey’s back roads are some of the most scenic routes anywhere for cycling. 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 salmon jumping up the fish ladder at Thornbury on their fall migration up the Beaver River. 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. New for 2015 are guided salmon tours (visit the website for details).
One of Grey’s well-kept secrets is its 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. And, travel the Horse and Buggy Trail for fresh produce, maple syrup, meats, poultry and more. 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). 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 where "Dinosaurs Unleashed" is on exhibit until October 31, 2015. 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. 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.
Make Grey your getaway destination this fall …
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