Owen Sound



Reminder to check ahead BEFORE visiting. Hours of operation and admissions may be changed as per Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework and travel restrictions may apply in some areas. 

Owen Sound is a sweet little gem of a city and glows extra brightly in winter, especially during the Festival of Northern Lights, November 21st to January 3rd. Holiday-themed displays sparkle along the Sydenham River in the city’s core and in Harrison Park.  The park itself makes an awesome destination for walking, snowshoeing or ice skating, followed by a pit stop at the Harrison Park Inn Restaurant (dine in, take-out or local delivery) to recharge your batteries.  
 
The music scene is hot here with live acts taking to the stage at Heartwood Hall and The Roxy Theatre, with adjustments made for capacity and many events rescheduled at this time. The Georgian Bay Symphony has moved their 2020/21 season online, so can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Before concert-time, dine in or take out at one of the many funky and unique restaurants, most within walking distance to the venues.  Nearby are Casero Kitchen Table, Jazzmyn’s, Sizzlin and Nathaniel’s (set to re-open in early 2021).   At Mudtown Station Restaurant and Brewery, accompany your meal with their signature craft brew made on-site. Just outside of town, pop in for a lovely glass of wine and spectacular view at Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery. 
 
Take in a bit of the city’s culture and history on your visit.  Iconic and influential Canadian artist Tom Thomson was born in nearby Leith and many of his works are at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.  Visit a Canadian First World War hero’s family home at the Billy Bishop Museum and explore the history of the county at Grey Roots Museum and Archives.
 
Make a Saturday morning visit to the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market, open year-round, and then maybe stroll down the main drag to the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op, located in what used to be McKay Brothers Department Store (this beautiful building is a work of art itself). 
 

 

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