The general store was once the original big box retailer; only it came complete with gossip and a place to tie up your horse. In Grey County, the general store culture is still thriving today. They have reinvented themselves to be everything a modern retailer cannot be, which makes them so much fun, and delicious.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Distance: 40 km
- Surface: Paved
- Start: Kelso Beach Park
This loop climbs up the Escarpment through the west side of Owen Sound (19th St. W, Sommers, 24th St. W, West St., Valult Works Road) After all the climbing take a break and look behind to see all the way across the bay to the east of Owen Sound with church steeples and a few towers peaking through the treetops.
Continue west on Girl Guide Road, with relatively low volume of traffic making for a leisurely country ride. (Sdrd 10,Highway 6, Ledgerock Road). Watch for wildlife on these lightly traveled roads. Ride south on Jackson Road, cross Hwy. 21 and proceed south on Grey Rd 3. This road offers more rolling hills with greater rises and descents. You may encounter horse drawn buggies as you are now entering the fringe of Mennonite community.
Go left on Grey Rd 5 and head to the village of Kilsyth, which has a neat general store for a snack and refreshment, where you turn left again onto Conc. 7. The road turns right and after a few climbs and descents, cross Grey Rd 18, proceed through Waverly Heights, a community of small farms and residences. Soon you will come to a long steep downhill past Greenwood Cemetery and go down Harrison Park hill. Be aware of the park entrance at the bottom of the hill where cars can pop out onto the road without warning. Now head north through downtown and back to Kelso.
The Good Cheer Splash Pad at Kelso Beach Park is the hottest place to stay cool in the summer! Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk. NO admission fee!
Beautiful Owen Sound harbourfront park with beach, picnic shelter, washrooms, extensive play area, amphitheatre, soccer fields and trails.
The Owen Sound Marina is a floating community of 400 slips accommodating vessels up to 65' in length with visiting dockage available throughout the season. Complete Dockage. Indoor Heated & Outside Storage. Washrooms, Showers & Laundry.