Owen Sound

This bustling city with a small-town feel, in the heart of Grey County and at the base of the Bruce Peninsula, is fast becoming a hub for dining, live entertainment, history and culture.  Make Owen Sound your “Plan Ahead, Book Ahead” go-to this summer by checking ahead for accommodation vacancies, dinner reservations at funky restaurants (think Casero Kitchen Table) and concert tickets at Heartwood Hall (tickets go fast!). Not only do you avoid disappointment, planning ahead makes everything go just that much smoother.  Before making any plans, check out the city’s COVID-19 Resources and Information.

With a beautiful harbour that’s the winter home of the MS Chi-Cheemaun, there are plenty of waterfront views and close by attractions a short walk or car ride away from the visitor centre parking lot. History buffs will love the four Historic Walking Tours that weave their way around the city and include several stops reflecting Owen Sound’s Black history. The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre, housed in the former CN Station, shares space with the Information Centre right beside the harbour with outdoor exhibits including a caboose, passenger train coach and a tug, the Ancaster, which appeared on the last Canadian one dollar bill.

Add to that, inner city jewels like Harrison Park, a refreshing 40 hectacres natural sanctuary with streams, playgrounds, trails, gardens and Black History Cairn, a tribute to the city’s first Black settlers.  Cycle through the park, plan a family picnic under the trees with take-out from the Harrison Park Inn.  Another inner city jewel is the Artists’ Alley Project, a collection of murals by local artists on an alleyway off 2nd Avenue East. 
 
Other must-visit cultural and heritage attractions are listed below – remember to call ahead to check operating hours and for COVID-19 protocols and procedures. The number of people allowed in at one time may be limited, so book ahead whenever possible.

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