Owen Sound is the urban heart of Grey County. Protected by the Niagara Escarpment, Owen Sound is a beautiful, green city home to cultural riches. The Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Roxy Theatre, Summerfolk Festival and exciting outdoor events like the annual Salmon Spectacular live here.
The area around the upper Great Lakes was the home of Ojibway people. In 1815, William Fitzwilliam Owen surveyed the area and named the inlet after his older brother Admiral Edward Owen. A settlement called Sydenham was established in 1841 by Charles Rankin. The settlement was renamed in 1851 and became an incorporated town in 1857.

Local Gems

Accessible from the parking lot, the Pavilion is 100 feet from the shoreline
Bayshore Road
Leith, ON

523 metres of cobble stone beach, spit, and wooded area; parking and picnic area; .4 km nature trail, please watch for poison ivy.

Casero sign and food collage
946 3rd Avenue East Bldg. A
Owen Sound, ON N4K 6H6

The folks behind the Casero Taco Bus - a wildly popular food truck in Sauble Beach - have opened a year-round restaurant in Owen Sound. Enjoy Mexican-style food made from scratch featuring local ingredients. Enjoy a selection of Mexican beverages including cane sugar soft drinks, mescal and tequila on site.

Watercolour by Sue Allison
1155 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON N4K-4K8

The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre is open daily, 10am to 4pm, from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.

Moreston Heritage Village in the summer
102599 Grey Road 18
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6

Grey Roots engages and educates our communities in the human history of the County of Grey by preserving and sharing collections, stories and memories.

Cycle the Freedom Trail in Harrison Park
75 2nd Ave East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2E5

Harrison Park straddles the scenic Sydenham River and features beautiful landscapes, century-old trees, hiking and cycling trails, boat rentals, mini-putt, a bird sanctuary, playgrounds and campground. There's a licensed restaurant; the Harrison Park Inn, on site. Public pool open in summer months. Visit the Black History Cairn at the park and Weaver's Creek Falls, near the pool.

Heartwood Concert Hall
939 2nd Avenue East, Upper Floor
Owen Sound, ON N4K 3K3

The premier concert hall and event space in downtown Owen Sound, home to excellent performances and events year-round. Performers who have graced the stage include Hayden, Terra Lightfoot, Coco Love Alcorn, The Sadies and many more. Heartwood is fully licensed and serves a wide selection of local beer and cider.

Spring Indian Falls Waterfalls Photo
318616 Grey Road 1
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N4

The main natural feature of this site is the horseshoe shaped waterfall, named after the Newash Indian tribe who lived in this area at one time. The 15 metre high waterfall was formed by the erosion of soft Queenston shale beneath hard Manitoulin dolomite, in a manner similar to Niagara Falls.

Water Flow in July at Inglis Falls
237785 Inglis Falls Road
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6

Situated in the heart of the 200-hectare Inglis Falls Conservation Area, Inglis Falls is an 18 metre high cascade, created by the Sydenham River meeting the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The erosive power of the water has carved a deep gorge at the base of the falls. On a clear day you can see down the valley into the City of Owen Sound and out to the Owen Sound harbour.

Kemble lookout

Located along Scenic Grey Road 1, this parkette is a must see.  The Parkette is a memorial to the members of the Kemble Women's Institute, past and present, and it celebrates the 110th anniversary of the organization and features a unique tea service carving of rock and concrete.  Stunning views to the east over Georgian Bay with lovely gardens.

Owen Sound Visitor Information Centre
1155 First Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8

FREE summer concerts are offered on Sunday evenings at the Visitor Centre in June and July, and a great collection of art banners grace the harbour walkway. The Owen Sound Visitor Centre is located in a historic railway station on the waterfront, which also houses the city's marine and rail museum.

Jones Falls/ Grey County Waterfalls Tour
717875 Highway 6
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N7

Pottawatomi & Jones Falls Conservation Area offers a wonderful cascade waterfalls that you can hike to from the Owen Sound Transportation parking lot and can also the falls from Highway #21 as well. This area is visited by many who hike over 7 kilometers of trails.

Roxy Theatre exterior
251 9th Street East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 1N8

The Roxy Theatre is owned and operated by the Owen Sound Little Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Owen Sound, Grey County, Ontario, Canada. Join us!

Saints & Sinners growler, tumbler and maps
102599 Grey Road 18
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6

BEER. WINE. CIDER. HISTORY. Once a hotbed for bootleggers during Prohibition, Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties now boast several thriving drink producers. VQA wineries, craft breweries and heritage cideries are using locally-grown grapes, hops and apples to produce some of the best beverages in North America.

Grey Road 18
Owen Sound, ON

Tucked between the gentle slopes of a long-vanished glacial landscape and the soaring cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment is an oasis of peace and tranquility-Silent Valley.  The peaceful forests, flower-rich meadows and sparkling wetlands belie its turbulent past, a past that extends 12,000 years to a time of glacial scouring and upheavel, through to the settling by pioneers in the 1800's and lat

children's train ride
Owen Sound, ON N4K-5N8

Story Book Park is a childrens playground for kids all ages, with rides, trains, animals, mini golf, restaurant and a waterpark.

Tom Thomson Art Gallery
840 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4

There’s always something going on at the TOM!  

25 m Lane Pool
700 10th Street East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2G8

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.