There certainly is a lot of hype surrounding ‘mindfulness’ these days—and for good reason with the hustle and bustled of our quick-paced lives. Grey County provides an awe-inspiring array of rich colours, sounds, smells and textures throughout the four seasons to practice mindfulness. Any patch of nature that captures your senses will do, be it the sun’s rays dancing through rustling trees, a warm breeze enveloping you, or an orchestra of crickets in tangled wild flowers.
Grey County has oodles of family-friendly places, events and activities to enjoy. We've chosen the best of the season for you to explore.
Take a leap of faith on the new Apex Bagjump. Work your way up to the maximum height of 21 feet, and prepare for a free fall onto the air bag waiting below. Satisfy your inner thrill seeker with the ultimate adrenaline rush!
Fall Hours (September 8 - November 1):
Welcome to Ontario's Apple Country - a special place where the moderating effects of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment create perfect conditions for growing amazing apples - and baking perfect apple pies!
Welcome to the NEW Activity Central - your one-stop action shop for endless recreation in the Blue Mountain region. Recreation is our specialty and we have something to suit everyone - from serene to extreme! Try the new Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, snowshoeing along the escarpment, tobogganing with the family or go for speed on a snowmobile tour.
Blue Mountain Resort is the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada.
Enjoy a farm tour that includes barnyard animal fun and shopping for local products, honey, maple syrup and local meat. Dejong Acres is apart of the Kemble Mountain Maple Syrup Festival.
Pool rentals, aquafit, night swims, swimming lessons.
Durham Conservation Area is an ideal campground nestled along a picturesque stretch of the winding Saugeen River and boasts 2 sand beaches. With over 200 campsites, it is also just a leisurely trek into the heart of the Durham town centre. It covers over 61 ha (150 acres) including over 3 kms (2 miles) of Saugeen River frontage.
Eagle Adventure operates year round offering a unique experience in customized outdoor adventures. Our company personnel are experienced in kayak, canoe, voyageur canoe, nordic walking/hiking, regular hiking and caving. We use our skills to take you on enjoyable and safe family adventures but have the skills to step it up to whitewater and overnight adventures if you wish.
From the moment you enter Elsie’s Diner, you will feel like you are stepping back in time to the Fabulous 50’s. Come sit in a comfy booth or grab a stool at the counter. Tap your toes to the great oldies music. A great place for Guys to bring their Dolls for date night.
At the Farmer's Pantry you'll find pick your own apples, raspberries, pumpkins and cherries, a petting farm, our Wildlife Interactive center, Farmer's Mini Golf, a Cedar Maze, a Rope Maze, events and activities on some weekends throughout the summer and fall! Check out farmerspantry.com for details!
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!
Grey Roots engages and educates our communities in the human history of the County of Grey by preserving and sharing collections, stories and memories.
Box office opens approximately 1 hour before show times.
Ice skating, hockey and swimming are available. Meeting room rentals are also available. There are special programs/schedules on PA Days, Christmas Break & March Break so please call ahead for information: 519-364-2310.
The indoor walking track is also open from 6:00am - 10:00pm daily (subject to seasons) - admission by donation.
The all new Hanover Raceway & Entertainment Facility. Live racing every Saturday from May 2- Oct 4th. Post Time 7:15 p.m. except August 1, Post Tiem is 7 p.m.and Oct 4th Post time is 1:30pm. Live racing Wednesdays in July and August at 7:15pm. Post Time &:15p.m. "Dream of Gory" Stake Race on Saturday August 1, Purse is $100,000.
Harrison Park, Owen Sound's "Jewel in the Crown," straddles the scenic Sydenham River and features beautiful landscapes, century-old trees, hiking trails, walking paths, boat rentals, mini-putt, a bird sanctuary and campground. There's a licensed restaurant; the Harrison Park Inn, on site. Watch Chinook Salmon migrating up the Sydenham River, though the park, in fall.
If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity, Blue’s newest winter attraction has you covered! Now open, Hike N’ Tube gives guests a taste of downhill without the speed and equipment associated with skiing and snowboarding.
The fall colours bring the waterfalls in Grey County to life. Take a photo with the vibrant red & golds at Hogg's Falls and hike the connecting Bruce Trail. Be sure to obtain a copy of the waterfalls tour map to take in other great waterfalls in the area.
This multi-purpose, fully accessible recreation destination has altered the culture of fitness and recreation across Grey and Bruce Counties. The dream became reality when the City and Family Y forged a new partnership toward the creation of this facility and the Federal and Provincial governments made funding commitments along with over 800 generous donors from this community.
Beautiful Owen Sound harbourfront park with beach, picnic shelter, washrooms, extensive play area, amphitheatre, soccer fields and trails. Site of the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, Canada Day Celebrations, Owen Sound Ribfest and more!
The new Kiwanis Sk8 & Bike Park for children and youth is located at the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre. It's FREE of charge and is accessible to all people. The recreation centre next door offers twin ice pads and also houses the Owen Sound and Area YMCA, with fitness facilities and indoor pools.
Located across from Fred Raper's Park and in close proximity to the Meaford Museum, this park offers lots of open green space, a splash pad, playground equipment, public washrooms and picnic tables. Pavilion rental is available.
Located in the heart of the village, Mill Pond has your recreational needs covered! In the summer, Dockside gives you a chance to enjoy a leisurely paddle in a kayak or explore the water in a multi-person paddleboat.
Explore Blue Mountain’s vast wooded terrain with Mountaintop Segway Tours. Wind your way through wooded trails at top of the Niagara Escarpment on a state of the art 2-wheeled Segway transportation device. This guided off-road tour is a unique way to explore the peak of the mountain, while overlooking the majestic Georgian Bay region and the Blue Mountain Village.
Enjoy panoramic views as you take a scenic ride to the top of the Escarpment! The gondola is available for pedestrian and bike traffic and is suitable for all ages.
Fall Hours (September 8 - October 12):
This amazing charter excursion takes you up the Bruce Peninsula, over some of Grey County's waterfalls, across Manitoulin Island to Killarney, for an amazing fish and chips lunch!
Experience the fall migration of Chinook Salmon heading upstream in Owen Sound to spawn. You can paddle, hike, cycle or drive this self-guided tour, learning about the salmon's fascinating journey at stops along the way. The best times to view the salmon are mid-September to late October.
Nestled between the shores of Georgian Bay and the heights of the Niagara Escarpment is Plunge! Aquatic Centre, the perfect place for water activities with the family in the Blue Mountain Village, Ontario. Plunge!
Ontario’s first mountain coaster offers an exciting downhill adventure at Blue Mountain! Ridge Runner takes riders on an exhilarating coaster experience as it twists and turns 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) down the mountain through varied terrain. Riders control their own speeds—up to 42 km/h (26 mph)!
Fall Hours (September 8 - November 1):
The Sawmill Trail, which starts 1km east of Hepworth, is comprised of beginner to expert loops, well-groomed for both diagonal and skate skiing techniques. The Jackrabbit loop is illuminated for evening skiing. The trails are cut through rolling land, sheltered by hardwood and evergreen stands. There are gentle loops for beginners and challenging hills for the expert.
Nature puts on a dramatic colour show in the autumn …and it doesn’t last long. There’s no better destination than Scenic Caves Nature Adventures to savour the magical transformation between September and early November.
Shpurshire Farm is a 100 acre century farm that raises all of our animals holistically in the 'old world' style without medications or antibiotics. With our own Master Herbalist we source wildcraft and create organic Teas,Tincture and salves for people and Pets alike! We also supply Mother Nature Approved, Treats and feed for Rabbits, farm critters and Canines.
Story Book Park is a childrens playground for kids all ages, with rides, trains, animals, mini golf, restaurant and a waterpark.
An award winning orchard where it's not just the size, it's the flavour. The Ferri legacy continues with simply great apples featuring Honey Crisp, Mac, Ambrosia, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Cortland, Gala paired with apple blossom honey. On-farm market is open throughout harvest season. Pre-picked apples and farm-pressed Grandad Jack's Apple Cider are available.
Although this waterfall is on private property, there is a viewing platform where Walter's Creek plunges 14 metres in the heart of the village. Named for the pioneer John Walter and his family, the picturesque settlement grew around its waterpower, which continues to provide energy for a gristmill. The location is now home to the spectacular accommodation The Falls Inn.
Wilmer Trout Ponds, also known as Ontario Fishing Ponds, is 1 KM. north of Durham, Fire# sign 313706. Look for PUBLIC FISHING SIGN. Ponds stocked with naturally fed brown & rainbow trout, as well as large-mouth bass.Open mid-April through mid-October.
Soar through the sky as you zoom from platform to platform, high above the trees up to 50 ft above the ground and reaching speeds up to 50 km/h. The Wind Rider Triple Zip has three parallel lines that allow you and two friends to fly between platforms simultaneously.
Fall Hours (September 8 - November 1):
Push your limits, while staying a little bit more grounded. Nestled at the foot of Blue Mountain, Woodlot Low Ropes raises family and team-building fun to new heights. It is perfect for both first-time and experienced climbers, with three self-guided courses that feature 25 different aerial elements, including suspended logs, beams, ropes, cables, and cargo nets.
The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is a charity dedicated to building a caring, healthy community by creating opportunities for all people to achieve personal growth in spirit, mind and body. Serving our community since 1877, the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce enriches the lives of people of all ages and is open to all members of our community.