This summer, help us ask visitors to Rediscover Grey Responsibly. The Staff at The Township of Southgate are offering these insider tips when you are recommending to visitors Rediscovering Southgate.
Contact their Visitor Centre
Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library, 80 Proton St N, Dundalk, N0C 1B0
Your tourism business has the power to influence travel through your newsletters, blogs, social media posts and daily interactions with visitors to Grey County. Help us ask visitors to Rediscover Grey Responsibly by using this page of insider tips curated by Township of Southgate Staff. It's an easy way you can recommend safe experiences this summer that are also hidden gems and unique travel options beyond the mainstream for your customers.
Top Southgate Summer Outdoor Activities for 2021
Recommending outdoor adventures in Southgate is easy, but before they go, be sure to direct customers to Grey County’s Outdoor Activity Map, to check on parking and the most current information on what’s open, busy or closed.
Dundalk Memorial Park
Facilities include the public swimming pool, baseball diamond, skateboard park, sports court, BMX pad and a large playground. You can head Downtown Dundalk to take selfies with the historic murals or book an overnight stay at the campground.
The Holstein Jubilee Park, Pavilion & Waterfall
Facilities in the Park include a viewing area, picnic areas, a pavilion, a ball diamond, playground equipment and walking trails. The mill pond is stocked with brook trout. In the evening head to the rear of the park for a view of the sunset. Look for the foundation of an old sawmill ruin, hidden in the woods and walk past an operational feed mill built on the foundation of the original grist mill built in 1876.
The CP Rail Trail
This multi-use trail goes from Dundalk to East Bayshore Road in Owen Sound and provides good views of Georgian Bay as the trail climbs in elevation and follows a wide arc east of the city and runs parallel to Highway 6 to Chatsworth. The trail surface is stone dusted from Owen Sound to Berkeley and then turns to coarse gravel from Berkeley to Dundalk. The portion from Berkeley to Dundalk is a rougher trail and allows for ATV use, and would best be suited for mountain bikes only.
Features a baseball diamond, soccer field, playground equipment, and picnic area. If you are there in the evening keep your eyes to the west and enjoy the setting sun.
Hopeville Park & Pavilion
Features a baseball diamond, pavilion, playground equipment and a quiet picnic area.
Varney Conservation Area
Small, roadside park located off Highway 6, south of the Town of Durham in the small hamlet of Varney. It is one of the few day-use areas that still provides swimming from an on-site pond. This is a perfect stop for a picnic.
Swimming, paddling and fishing are just a few pastimes associated with Wilder Lake, a shallow 87-acre lake. Expect to find bass, perch and panfish as the main species occupying the waters. Expect peace, quiet and serenity to be the main themes of your visit.
With wide open spaces golf makes maintaining 6 feet apart easy! Luckily Southgate has a few courses on offer that you can recommend, but before they go, be sure to direct customers to Grey County’s Outdoor Activity Map, to check on parking and the most current information on what’s open, busy or closed.
The Mount Forest Golf Club
9-hole course set in the rolling hills just north of Mount Forest in Southgate. From a 525 yard finishing hole to mid length par 3’s and a couple of reachable par 4’s this course has it all! The Clubhouse Restaurant is open year round and offers great food in a friendly and warm atmosphere.
Homestead Golf and Winter Resort
Located 15 minutes north of Mount Forest in Southgate. The 18-hole golf course is Nicknamed “wee Carnoustie” because of the interesting layout, moguls and doglegs. The short par 69 golf course has a state of the art irrigation system. The Bogey and the Blonde Restaurant has an extensive menu and is open year round.
9-hole, par 36 course located in Melancthon Township across Hwy 10 from Southgate. Dundalk is the closest community and many of the members are from Dundalk and Southgate. The Club has a pro-shop, licenced restaurant and tournament/banquet facilities. Group or private spring lessons are available for adults and juniors.
Southgate Takeout Spots
With physical distancing in effect, if visitors are finding it hard to score a patio spot, Township of Southgate Staff recommend you remind them of these spots to grab a meal to-go for alfresco dining or a summer picnic. Don’t forget that added reminder asking them to help keep Grey County clean by putting trash where it belongs!
The Junction Family Restaurant
Holstein General Store
Misty Meadows Market
Enjoy a large variety of tasty sandwiches, homemade meals ready for take out, soft serve ice cream traditional butter tarts and other Mennonite baking.
The Southgate Community Farmers’ Market
The Southgate Community Farmers’ Market operates on select Wednesday’s from 4 to 7 pm at the Lion's Pavilion in Memorial Park in Dundalk. Check out a variety of locally grown vegetables, homemade crafts, lovingly-prepared baked breads, butter tarts, jams and more. Up to 20 local vendors display everything from naturally-raised beef and produce, cured meats, honey, maple syrup, woodworking, breads and baked goods to herbs, jellies, mustards and bedding plants. Current information can be found on their Facebook page Southgate Community Farmers’ Market.