Experience our real peak season.
It’s been a summer for the ages—a summer with long days at the beach, soaring temperatures and remarkably warm Georgian Bay waters. But if you know the real secret about Grey County, you know the locals are already counting down to our true peak season. No longer labeled as summer’s boring cousin, fall is about to arrive in Grey County and the options are endless.
Summer drives a long line of traffic to our region, packing our beaches and flooding our attractions but when that school bell rings, and the nights get a little cooler, the magic really starts to happen in Grey County. It’s comfort season here—with quieter roads and fewer crowds. The bay stays warm, the trails are bug free, and the apples are ready for harvest.
You can pull on a warm sweater and paddle the Beaver River in peace along banks lined with changing leaves. You can light the BBQ and enjoy a meal outside with Grey County craft beverages and delicious local produce from our farmer’s markets. You can get up close and personal with the artists who call this great county home on a fall studio tour. You can explore our colourful back roads, stopping at scenic lookouts and waterfalls along the way. You can cycle to a local winery, enjoy a tasting on the patio and then unwind at the Spa Scandinave.
It’s festival season too, from scarecrows to the apple harvest and local agricultural fairs, our towns and villages come alive in a celebration of autumn’s splendor. To complete this remarkable fall lineup, the salmon start battling upstream, jumping their way up the fish ladders in Owen Sound and Thornbury.
There’s a hint of nostalgia as another summer closes, but in Grey County there’s an even bigger buzz of excitement as peak season arrives. Fall is a time for pairing food with adventure, art with landscape, fall festivals with family fun and rich culture with vibrant autumn colours.
Follow the links below to find your perfect Grey County fall route and make this the year you experience Ontario’s best fall colours:
Beaver Valley Fall Driving Route
Blue Mountain Fall Driving Route
Owen Sound & Wiarton Fall Driving Route
Southern Grey County Fall Driving Route