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Owen Sound Visitor Guide 2013 | GreyBruceEscape magazine


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Owen Sound Visitor Guide - THE HEART OF GREY-BRUCE

Welcome to Owen Sound, the perfect home base from which to explore the
region. Affordable, accessible and inviting, the city is close to some of the area’s
best beaches, ski hills, cycling and hiking trails, rivers, waterfalls and farm-fresh
produce, plus the renowned cliff-tops and caves of the spectacular Bruce Peninsula.
Owen Sound offers all the amenities you need: Shopping, dining, arts, culture, recreation,
plus relaxed hospitality.

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Owen Sound Visitor Guide 2013 | GreyBruceEscape magazine

  1. 1. OWEN SOUND TOURISM888-675-5555 l 519-371-9833www.owensoundtourism.caConnect with us:VISITOR’S GUIDEONTARIO, CANADAThe TALL SHIPS® are coming!August 16-18, 2013More Festivals & Events Inside!
  2. 2. OS2 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKFREE Live Music Tent 10 am – 6 pmThe Bills – Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne - Té& many more Summerfolk guest artists and local bandsInner Harbour, Owen SoundAugust 16 & 17• Deck Tours (boarding pass required)• Kids Activity Area• Vendors• Live Interactive Outdoor Theatre• Parade of Sail - August 18Purchase Boarding Passes atOr call 1-888-655-9090Advance Purchase Strongly RecommendedDetails, full events list atwww.owensoundtourism.caOr call Owen Sound Tourism at1-888-675-5555.Connect with us:Family-friendly festivals and events all summer long,many free or very affordably priced, including:HARBOUR NIGHTS CONCERT SERIESFree concerts by the waterSundays 7 pm June 23 – August 11featuring BECKONSunday July 28The sailing ship logo, Tall Ships®, Tall Ships Are Coming!®, TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®, Tall Ships America®,Adventure and Education Under Sail® are registered trademarks and service marks owned by the American Sail Training Association.www.tallshipsowensound.compresents
  3. 3. 888-675-5555 | OS3CONTENTSThe Heart of Grey-Bruce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Life in the City:Downtown Owen Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Parks and Playgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Boating and Fishing around the Sound �����9Fun and Fitness in Owen Sound . . . . . . . . 10Top Picks for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Regional Arts Centre andCultural Capital of Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Waterfalls of Grey County . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Grey Bruce Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Hike the Famous Bruce Trail& many others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222013 Festivals and Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Owen Sound Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Accommodation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27Fern Capital of Ontario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Visitor Information CentreOwen Sound operates a four-season, full-service Visitor Information Centre on thewaterfront, housed in a historic railwaydepot at 1155 1st Ave. West. Our friendly,knowledgeable staff will help with all yourvisitor needs, from maps and guides tosouvenirs and trip planning. Can’t make itin person? Visit orcall 519-371-9833 or 888-675-5555.THE HEART OF GREY-BRUCEWelcome to Owen Sound, the perfect home base from which to explore theregion.Affordable, accessible and inviting, the city is close to some of the area’sbest beaches, ski hills, cycling and hiking trails, rivers, waterfalls and farm-freshproduce, plus the renowned cliff-tops and caves of the spectacular Bruce Peninsula.Owen Sound offers all the amenities you need: Shopping, dining, arts, culture, recreation,plus relaxed hospitality.SHOPPING:  Stroll through our revitalized downtown, exploring specialty shops andboutiques. Owen Sound is also home to major brand-name retailers and an indoor mall.DINING: More than 70 restaurants, cafes, bars and bakeries to tempt your taste buds,plus a historic farmer’s market open all year. ARTS: Enjoy the Roxy Theatre, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Georgian Bay Symphony andmany galleries, festivals, concerts and events. HERITAGE: Discover  museums and galleries celebrating local heroes such as ace fighterpilot Billy Bishop and maverick artistTomThomson,plus walking tours exploring the city’sarchitecture and commemorating the black settlers that found refuge here following theUnderground Railroad. Owen Sound is home to the oldest emancipation festival in NorthAmerica, now celebrating 151 years. RECREATION: Explore four local waterfalls and the Bruce Trail. Indulge in your favouriteoutdoor passion, be it golf, canoeing, sailing, hiking, cycling, fishing or swimming. In thewinter, there’s snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skating and cross-country skiing. SPORTS: Junior “A” OHL hockey (the Owen Sound Attack), a 10-day annual salmonderby and softball, lacrosse, hockey and soccer tournaments complete the picture. Owen Sound TourismPublished by: Escape Productions, Lorna RouseCover photos: Ship, Fair Jeanne Downtown Shopping, Owen Sound Tourism Harbourfront, Owen Sound Tourism Lupercalia Winter Arts Festival, John Fearnall, www.goodnoise.caCover design: Shelley JacksonEditorial: Paulette PeirolMagazine design: ESV DesignPrinted locally at: Transcontinental Printing / RBW Graphics
  4. 4. OS4 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKLIFE IN THE CITY:DOWNTOWN OWEN SOUNDAhistoric port city with many urbanamenities, Owen Sound has retainedits small-town charm over the years.The community offers shopping, dining,recreational facilities, theatre, cinemas,galleries, museums, a symphony, hospital,college, library, transit system, marina, junior“A” hockey, accommodations and majorgovernment offices. Its harbour was one of the busiest ports onthe Great Lakes.Today, Owen Sound is hometo the most advanced marine simulator andresearch centre in North America -- TheGreat Lakes International Marine TrainingCentre at Georgian College. We’re a green city, with 40 parks and 21playgrounds, including our “jewel in thecrown,” Harrison Park, and trails along theriver and harbour, plus access to the BruceTrail. Need on-line services? Computers areavailable at our downtown library, andwireless access can be found throughout thedowntown and at the Visitor InformationCentre.GETTING AROUND:Owen Sound is divided by the SydenhamRiver and harbour, and all points are labelledeast or west in relation to that. The avenues run parallel to the river --north and south -- starting with the lowestnumbers in the river valley. The streets runeast and west, with the river and harbourseparating them. Free city maps are available at the VisitorInformation Centre,as well as at most stores,gas stations, public buildings and hotels,and on-line at’t have a car? Taxis are plentiful, andmost rides within the city cost less than $7.Owen Sound also operates a transit systemthat runs Monday to Saturday. For routeinformation, call 519-376-3299, or enquireat the visitor centre. If you’re exploring the city on foot,you’ll notice many interpretive plaquesalong the way. There are more than 40 ofthem, commemorating our cultural andarchitectural heritage. Enquire about ournew Trails Map at the Visitor Centre or CityHall.Farmers Market, Owen Sound TourismOwen Sound TourismDowntown Shopping, Owen Sound Tourism
  5. 5. 888-675-5555 | OS5SHOPPING:Downtown Owen Sound is distinguished byheritage architecture, wide, leafy sidewalksand unique shops and boutiques. The cityhas several independent book sellers andcafes, two bike shops and a board shop,plus stores specializing in everything fromclothing, toys and kitchenware to homedécor and photo equipment. Many retailers close on Sundays. Heritage Place Shopping Centre east ofthe downtown features more than 75 storesand eateries, including large anchors suchas Sears, and is open Sundays. Along 16th Street East you’ll also findmany well-known department stores thatcan meet your travelling and visitor needs.There are also numerous pharmacies andsupermarkets, some open late. On the west side of town, up the 10thStreet hill, you will find more stores,restaurants, a movie theatre, bowling alleyand an outdoor shopping mall, the GalaxyCentre.OWEN SOUND FARMER’S MARKETSaturday mornings are humming at theOwen Sound Farmer’s Market, one of theoldest in Ontario. Come for fresh GeorgianBay fish, fruits and vegetables, honey, maplesyrup, prepared meats, artisan breads andpastries.Enjoy preserves of every descriptionand breakfast hot off the grill with locallyroasted coffee.Buskers often entertain whilepatrons linger,finding everything from hand-made woollens, soaps, candles and hand-turned wooden pepper mills to greetingcards, pottery and moccasins. Open year-round, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdaysbehind City Hall. Call 519-371-3433 or visitwww.owensoundfarmersmarket.caPick up a copy of our freerestaurant guide, availableat the Visitor InformationCentre or online, atwww.owensoundtourism.caEATING:The city has something for almost everyappetite and budget, from intimate, finedining establishments to family restaurantsand cafes. Many source fresh ingredientsfrom farmers and producers in the Grey-Bruce area.Hottest Yard Sale Under The Sun,Owen Sound TourismOwen Sound TourismThe Artists’ Co-Op, James Masters
  6. 6. OS6 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKFor Opening Times Please Check Our Websitewestern boot specialists323418 East Linton Rd. (off Grey Rd. #1)7 miles north of Owen Sound• TUESDAY 7am-2pm, Year round - KEADY• WEDNESDAY 3-6pm, May 22 to Oct. 9 - CLARKSBURG• WEDNESDAY 8am-1pm, June 26th to Aug. 28 - PORT ELGIN• FRIDAY 3-7pm, May 18 to October 11 - DUNDALK• FRIDAY 3-7pm, June 7 to October 11 - MEAFORD• FRIDAY 2-6pm, June 14 to October 4 - WALKERTON• FRIDAY 10am-2pm, May 17 to October 11 - WIARTON• FRIDAY 3-7pm, May 17 to Oct. 11 - WILLIAMSFORD• SATURDAY 8am-1pm, May 18 to Oct. 12 - FLESHERTON• SATURDAY 9am-12pm, May 18 to Oct. 12 - KINCARDINE• SATURDAY 9am-12pm, May 18 to Oct. 12 - LION’S HEAD• SATURDAY 7am-12:30pm, Year round - OWEN SOUND• SATURDAY 9am-1pm, May 18 to Oct. 12 - PAISLEY• SUNDAY 10am-1pm, May 19 to Sept. 29 - TOBERMORYCelebrate local flavours atGrey Bruce FARMERS’
  7. 7. 888-675-5555 | OS7PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDSOwen Sound has a vast amount ofgreen space, including waterfrontplaygrounds, public gardens, leafy,shaded cemeteries, numerous downtownparks and our treasured Harrison Park,featuring over 40 hectares of streams, trails,gardens, forest and a large, fully accessibleplayground. Here are some of our mostpopular destinations:KELSO BEACH PARKAt the mouth of the Pottawatomi Riveron the western shore you’ll find  KelsoBeach Park, which has a sheltered picnicarea, playground, splash pad (courtesyof the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer),washrooms, paths, playing fields and anamphitheatre. The site was originally a settlementof the Anishinaabe First Nations people,whose territory extended from what isnow Collingwood to Goderich. The shoresof the bay have been filled over the yearsto make the land more usable for shippingand industrial purposes, and to create KelsoBeach Park, named after Henry Kelso, aformer municipal employee. The park isused for many city festivals and events,including Canada Day celebrations, theSummerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, theSalmon Spectacular Fishing Derby and as ofthis year, the Emancipation Festival.SARAWAK FAMILY PARKNorth of Kelso on County Road 1 you’llfind Sarawak Family Park, across from theLegacy Ridge Golf Club. It has a sheltered,rocky beach, a playground, washrooms andpicnic areas.HARRY LUMLEY BAYSHORECOMMUNITY CENTREOn the east side of the harbor you’ll findthe Bayshore Community Centre, home ofthe Owen Sound Junior “A” Attack hockeyteam in the winter and site of a boat launch,sheltered pier, beautiful community gardensand an accessible playground in summer. Athree-kilometre multi-use harbour walkwaystretches from the Bayshore to Kelso BeachPark. This area is also the jumping off pointfor the Tom Thomson Trail, which extends toMeaford. Request a copy of our new trailsmap at the Visitor Information Centre.WATERFALLSOwen Sound boasts four natural cascadeswithin a short drive of the downtown:Weaver’s Creek Falls in Harrison Park; InglisFalls just south of the park; Jones Falls at thetop of the 10th Street West hill; and IndianFalls, off County Road 1 near Balmy Beach,north of the downtown. Pack a lunch, wearcomfortable footwear, and make a dayof it! These waterfalls are included in theGrey County Waterfall Tour. Request a copyfrom the Owen Sound Visitor’s Centre, ordownload it from our web site at www.owensoundtourism.caHARRISON PARKIf you’re looking for a romantic retreat,family fun or simply a place to stretch yourlegs and breathe in clean, invigoratingfresh air, head to Harrison Park, off 2nd Ave.East, where you can enjoy a swim, feed theswans, or float along the river in a rentedpaddleboat or canoe. Often called our “jewel in the crown,”the park features dining and recreationfacilities, a full-service campground, boatrentals, a bird sanctuary, swans, mini-putt,basketball courts, pools, and an open-air icerink. Its trail system leads to Inglis Falls, andconnects with the Bruce Trail. Depending on the time of year, you canenjoy an ice cream cone or hot chocolateat the Harrison Park Inn Restaurant, watchtrout and salmon swim upstream to spawn,or visit the Black History Cairn, part of thecity’s Freedom Trail commemorating itsfirst black settlers. In winter, lace up yourskates at the open-air icerink, go tobogganing,cross-country ski orsnowshoe and delightin the annual Festival ofNorthern Lights.Pick up a freeHarrison Park guideand map from theOwen SoundVisitorI n f o r m a t i o nCentre.Good Cheer Splash Pad, Owen Sound TourismHarrison Park, Lynn Reket
  8. 8. OS8 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOK*dining *shopping *art *entertainment *events *services *and so much more**July: Hottest Yard Sale Under the Sun *August: Streets Alive! Buskerfest **November: Moonlight Magic * Downtown Christmas Open House*Contact Info: info@downtownowensound.ca519-376-9225Experience Downtown Owen Sound All Year Round• Highly scented hand poured candles• Locally handmade cottage crafts• Corporate gift baskets, fundraisersand weddings
  9. 9. 888-675-5555 | OS9BOATING AND FISHINGAROUND THE SOUNDBOATINGOwen Sound’s bay and harbour are naturalports of call for recreational boaters.The cityhas public boat launches on each side ofthe harbour and the west side launch hasa coffee shop, live bait and tackle and afish cleaning station. There is also a floatingdock for visiting craft on the east side of theinner harbour, within walking distance todowntown stores and restaurants. Canoesand kayaks may be rented from outfitterssuch as Suntrail Source for Adventure innearby Hepworth. (call 1-877-882-2958, orvisit The Georgian Shores Marina on the westside of the harbour offers overnight, weeklyand longer term docking for up to 400 boatsplus a full range of marine supplies andservices. It has a licensed mechanic on site,a fully stocked chandlery open daily, a gasbar, wireless Internet, marine techniciansand more. Day trips by water can take you toLeith Shores, White Cloud Island, Meaford,or Wiarton. You can also head up the BrucePeninsula alongside the stately NiagaraEscarpment, recognized as a UNESCO WorldBiosphere Reserve. Call 519-371-3999 orvisit www.georgianshoresmarina.comANGLINGOwen Sound is one of the hottest fishingspots in Ontario with five rivers emptyinginto Georgian Bay, making it a magnet forboth serious anglers and novices. ChallengeyourskillswithChinooksalmonandrainbow,lake or brown trout.Access the bay from oneof Owen Sound’s four public boat launches,including the six-lane ramp just north of theHarry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre.You can eat what you catch here. Don’t have a boat? Fishing off the OwenSound harbour wall is at its finest in latesummer and fall when the Chinook salmonare running upstream. Catch these beautiesin the evening and throughout the nightuntil early morning. Rainbow trout are bestcaught in the late fall and spring. Ice fishingis also popular when the bay freezes over. Watson’s Tackle near the Owen Soundharbour ( canmeet your fishing needs. There is also aCanadian Tire and a Wal-Mart store at theeast end of town.SALMON SPECTACULARFISHING DERBYThe highlight of the fishing season in Grey-Bruce is the 10-day Owen Sound SalmonSpectacular at the end of August. The eventattracts about 5,000 anglers and theirfamilies, who compete for thousands ofdollars worth of prizes in salmon and troutcategories. Enjoy the popular fish fries anddaily entertainment that go hand-in-handwith this festival.Call 519-376-7177or visitwww.sydenhamsportsmen.comMILL DAM AND FISH LADDERThe first fish ladder in Ontario was built atOwen Sound’s mill dam in 1959. It enablesspawning fish to migrate up the SydenhamRiver in the spring and fall, leaping fromstair to stair. Witness Rainbow trout inApril and May and the spectacular Chinooksalmon from September to October. Furtherupstream, where the river enters HarrisonPark and continues through conservationlands, the fish can be seen laying eggs in thecold, shallow waters.The mill dam is off 2ndAvenue West. at 6th Street and has ampleparking.Fish Ladder and Mill Dam, Owen Sound TourismOwen Sound Marina, Rodger Miller
  10. 10. OS10 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKFUN AND FITNESS IN OWEN SOUNDPLAYEnjoy acres of mature parks, playgroundsand green space in Owen Sound, plusoutdoor recreational facilities such as soccerfields, basketball courts, tennis courts andball diamonds.There’s a skateboard park onthe harbour and a new one in the makingat Victoria Park near the city`s recreationcentre.CYCLEOwen Sound offers a range of options fromquiet trails to paved roads, and is part ofthe Ontario Cycling Network. You’ll findtwo bike shops here, Bikeface and Jolley’sAlternative Wheels, to meet your cyclingneeds and offer tips on local routes. Stop byour bike-friendly tourism office to pick upregional bike maps and our own trails guide.SWIMPools, beaches and splash pads - the choiceis yours. There are indoor pools at the JulieMcArthur Regional Recreation Centre, StoneTree Golf & Fitness and the Day’s Inn &Conference Centre. Two heated outdoorpools, on a treed, shady hilltop, can befound in Harrison Park. For pool hours atthe recreation centre and Harrison Park, visit orcall (519) 371-9222. Kids too young to swim- and their parents - will love the new splashpad at Kelso Beach Park, a very busy placeon hot summer days. Prefer the beach? Head to the HibouConservation area on the east side of thebay,where you’ll find a sandy beach,shallowwater, hiking trails, a playground and picnicareas. On the west side, check out SarawakFamily Park across from the Legacy RidgeGolf Club. It has a small beach, playground,sheltered picnic area and washrooms. Ifyou’re craving beach culture, head to SaubleBeach, only 20 minutes from Owen Sound.You’ll still be back in time for dinner.HIKETrails are plentiful in Owen Soundand lead to some of our greatestnatural attractions, includingstunning waterfalls, cliff-topviews, and rocky shorelines.The Bruce Trail - the grand-daddy of them all - is neverfar, looping around the city andconnecting two area waterfalls, Jones andInglis. You can also hike from Inglis Falls upto Weaver’s Creek Falls in Harrison Park, orto the Centennial Look-out Tower. Be sure topick up a copy of our new Owen SoundTrailsMap while you are here, or download it are 34 golf courses in Grey Bruceand Owen Sound has some of the best.Cobble Beach Golf Links, on the shores ofGeorgian Bay, has been ranked amongthe top 22 courses in the country by Rolexrating experts. It offers a resort, spa, fitnesstrails, ice rink, tennis courts and a plungeHarbourfront Trail, Lynn RecketBruce Trail, Fran SanaganSnowshoeing at Harrison Park, Lynn Reket
  11. 11. 888-675-5555 | OS11pool. Nearby is Legacy Ridge, another –must play– course, and Stone Tree Golf &Fitness, closer to the city.All three offer Stayand Play–packages with two Owen Soundhotels, the Best Western Inn on the Bay andthe Days Inn Hotel & Conference Centre.Visit OUTYou don’t have to give up your regularroutine while visiting Owen Sound. Severalfitness centres offer day passes, includingthe Owen Sound & Area Family Y, theWomen’s Health & Fitness Centre (offeringSTOTT pilates), the Day’s Inn, StoneTree Golf& Fitness, and Sportmakers. The Y`s facilityincludes a fitness studio, running track, cyclestudio and conditioning centre. If asanas aremore your thing, the Trillium Healing ArtsCentre and Tone Yoga offer daily classes.SKIEnjoy kilometres of groomed cross-countryski trails and snowshoeing in nearbyHepworth at the Sawmill Ski Trail, or atCobble Beach Resort. Equipment may berented from Suntrail Source for Adventure( Winter waterfallsmake an exciting destination for those onsnowshoes - check out Weaver’s Creek,Inglis Falls and Jones Falls near Owen Sound.SKATEThe city has a seasonal outdoor rink inHarrison Park and indoor rinks at the JulieMcArthur Regional Recreation Centre andthe Harry Lumley Bayshore CommunityCentre, home of the Owen Sound AttackOHL team. For times and prices, contact theVisitor Information Centre.SNOWMOBILEWinter is big here, and many of ouraccommodators and restaurants offerspecial rates for snowmobilers. Trail passesare readily available.Harrison Park, Owen Sound TourismCobble Beach GolfSwans at Harrison Park, Paul Murphy
  12. 12. OS12 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKFind local food hotspots in thepicturesque villages of Paisley, Lion’sHead, Mildmay, Eugenia, Flesherton,and ClarksburgExplore our rural culture onthe Horse and Buggy Trail, at fallfairs, ‘fish fries’ and other local foodevents across the regionTake in Ontario’s Apple Countryat dozens of orchards celebrating allthings apple. Experience greatrestaurants, vineyards and year roundculinary adventures on the Apple Pie TrailWhen it comes to local foodGrey Bruce has it all. Over 400farms & local food artisans, 14 Farmers’Markets, U-Picks, butchers and bakers& wine and beer makers!Discover our local delicacies andput them on the top of your list toenjoy the freshest, tastiest and highestquality foods you’ll find anywhere.Don’t forget to bring your coolers!Explore our culinary bounty by visiting foodlinkgreybruce.comWe make it easy to celebrate the seasons with local food all year round.
  13. 13. 888-675-5555 | OS13TOP PICKS FOR KIDS– FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO GET EVERYONE SMILINGKids are a special kind of tourist, asevery parent knows. Here are somegreat ways to keep them happy whilevisiting Owen Sound:• Head to the Owen Sound Museums on Fridays for some crafts and exciting science! Funky Fridays run from July 9-Aug. 23 at the Marine & Rail Museum and the Billy Bishop.• Taste scrumptious home baking, touch a soft buffalo hide or hand-knit woolens, and grab a bag or two of popcorn at the Owen Sound Farmer’s Market – open year-round every Saturday morning.• Throw some pillows and blankets into the car and head to the Owen Sound Drive-In Theatre – one of the last of its kind in the province.• Cool off at the splash pad at Kelso Beach Park or enjoy the shallow warm-water pool at the recreation centre.• Sled on the most awesome toboggan run around, at Harrison Park.• Make art at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery on the third Sunday of each month.• Hop on a paddle boat or canoe at Harrison Park.• Swim, hike and make sand castles at the Hibou conservation area. • Catch a free outdoor movie at Harrison Park on Friday nights during the summer.• Become a pioneer at Moreston Heritage Village, at Grey Roots Museum & Archives.• Tie up your skates at one of three ice rinks.• Let loose at one of the city’s 21 playgrounds (two are fully accessible).• Stroll the boardwalk at Weaver’s Creek Falls in Harrison Park.• Cheer on Owen Sound’s Junior-A hockey team, the Attack, on home ice.• Discover glacial potholes a short walk from Inglis Falls, on the Glacial Pothole Side Trail.• Climb on a real caboose at the Marine & Rail Museum.• Take the whole family bowling at Westside Bowl.• Cycle quiet trails through Harrison Park and along the City’s inner harbour.• Feed the swans and ducks at Harrison Park.• Book a full day for Storybook Park, a themed playground for toddlers and preschoolers.• Enjoy a horse and carriage ride during the annual Festival of Lights.• Cast a fishing line on the shores of the Sydenham River, in the harbor or further upstream.• Explore the arboretum (a sort of living tree museum) at the Grey-Sauble Conservation headquarters.• Catch crayfish, tadpoles, and minnows on the shallow banks of the Sydenham River in Harrison Park. In the fall, watch Chinook salmon heading to their spawning grounds.• Discover the Children’s Peace Labyrinth at Division Street United Church.Good Cheer Splash Pad, Owen Sound TourismGrey Roots Museum, Petal Furness
  14. 14. OS14 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOK519 371 0031www.billybishop.org519 371 3333Open to all…admission by donationDiscover history and heritage in Owen Sound948 3rd Avenue The Owen Sound Museumsgratefully acknowledgesongoing support from1155 1st Avenue West
  15. 15. 888-675-5555 | OS15Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Mike YuhaszREGIONAL ARTS CENTRE ANDCULTURAL CAPITAL OF CANADAOwen Sound enjoys a lively arts scenethat includes a regional orchestra,theatretroupe,artgalleries,museumsand more. Combine our performing andvisual arts with our cultural heritage andyou’ll get a sense of why we were named aCultural Capital of Canada in 2004. Many of our cultural facilities offersummer camps for kids. Stay connected withus on Facebook,YouTube and Twitter.TOM THOMSON ART GALLERYThe Tom Thomson Art Gallery is a nationalcultural attraction with a top-notchprogram of contemporary and historicalexhibitions, lectures, classes, films, concertsand workshops. It possesses a nationallysignificant collection of Tom Thomson’swork (74 pieces including artifacts), over90 pieces by the Group of Seven, 42 piecesby world renowned photographer EdwardBurtynsky as well as work by Emily Carr,John Hartman and a substantial collectionof work by female and First Nations artists.The Tom Thomson Experience is an ongoingexhibition of his work and features his localroots. The Gallery offers programming for thewhole family: free monthly “Make Art”sessions, plus studio classes and summerart camps for children. For movie buffs, the“TOM” hosts the Reel Film Festival andGallery Night at the Movies. The TOM’s annual Canadian Spirit projectpartners with community groups locally andregionally and includes the Tom ThomsonArts Festival (Sept. 21-22), a contemporarymulti-arts festival on the beautiful shores ofGeorgian Bay.Call 519-376-1932 or visitwww.tomthomson.orgTHE ROXY THEATREThe Roxy Theatre is the premier regionaldestination for live entertainment. The400-seat former opera house, owned andoperated by Owen Sound Little Theatre(OSLT), allows you to bring a bar beverageto your seat while enjoying a show. Murderous mobs announce the comingof spring with OSLT’s The Donnellys, anaction-packed drama from April 11-20.For family-friendly fun, try Motus O DanceTheatre’s Circus Terrifico May 4th... OnMother’s Day, it’s an affair fit for a queenwith Leisa Way & The Wayward Wind’s’ YouGive Me Fever - a tribute to music icon andHollywood glamour girl Peggy Lee. If youlove the nightlife, don’t miss The LemonBucket Orkestra on May 24th. In June, OSLTpresents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance ofBeing Earnest, a trivial comedy for seriouspeople.What has four hands, one piano andimpeccable musicianship? It’sThe Fung ChiuDuo on June 23rd.. Join us for the Mudtown Music and ArtsFestival August 9th. In the fall, we’ll featureour Hats Off Tribute Series and a new ThirstyThursday Rockabilly Saloon Series. Be partof a rare, intimate show with Daniel Lanoison October 5th. And don’t forget to sing astylish happy birthday to us Oct. 19th at TheRoxy’s 100th anniversary party, featuringjazz legend John Alcorn with daughterCoco Love Alcorn, The Silent Film Ensemble,Edwardian costume, historic displays andmore. OSLT’s Les Miserables will tear at yourheart in November with12 unforgettableperformances of this musical masterpiece.Call 1-888-446-7699 or visitwww.roxytheatre.caGEORGIAN BAY SYMPHONYThe symphony presents five main concertsand various afternoon concerts each seasonbeginning in October. It also supports anaward-winning youth orchestra. Foundedin 1972, the GBS has grown to over 50volunteer members with a core group ofprofessionals. For our opening concertOct.26 organist Ian Sadler will perform SaintSaëns’ Symphony No.3 (Organ Symphony)with the GBS. The concert will also featureworks by Handle, Willan and Kevin Lau. Joinus on FacebookVisit www.georgianbaysymphony.caFung Chiu, Roxy Theatre
  16. 16. OS16 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKHarbourfront Trail, Lynn RecketGALLERIES & STUDIOSDowntown art spaces aside from the TOMinclude Gallery DeBoer and the 40-memberArtists’ Co-op, which displays a rangeof mediums and styles, from potteryand painting to jewellery, weaving andglasswork. Ask for the regional Art Map atthe Visitor’s Centre.OWEN SOUND ART CRAWLCatch Owen Sound’s Art Crawl on Saturdaymornings near the Farmer’s Market fromspring to fall. You will find a collection ofarts and crafts ranging from photography tometalwork and much more. Each Saturdaypresents a different set of artists.HISTORIC WALKING TOUR & PLAQUESMore than 45 outdoor interpretive plaquespaint a colourful picture of Owen Sound andits people, culture and architecture. Learnabout our marine history, black heritage andnational heroes such as Dr. Norman Bethuneand Agnes Macphail. Find out how we werecrowned “The Gateway to the West” andearned the moniker “The Corkscrew City”-- only to become one of the last places inOntario to uphold prohibition.OWEN SOUND MARINE& RAIL MUSEUMTravel back in time to Owen Sound’sindustrial past when the city was a thrivingport. Housed in a former Canadian NationalRailway station on the waterfront, themuseum features artifacts, scale models,archival photos and interactive stations.Outside, view the Ancaster tug, made inOwen Sound and familiar to those who recallthe $1 bill.Visitors can also board a restoredcaboose sitting on the area’s only remainingrail lines. This summer view Scottish Spirit,Canadian Dreams, an exhibit focusing onthe rich industrial legacy of William Kennedyand Sons Ltd. A second exhibit, The LastStop, provides a historic overview about theend of rail service in the Owen Sound area.Call 519-371-3333 or visitwww.marinerail.comBILLY BISHOP HOME AND MUSEUMVisit the boyhood home of Canada’s famousflying ace and wartime hero, William Avery“Billy” Bishop. Find out about his amazinglife and legacy as well as Canada’s militaryand aviation history. Experience a slice ofVictorian life in this national historic sitefeaturing many of the furnishings andpossessions of the Bishop family, who livedin this grand home over a century ago.Outside, enjoy beautiful gardens inspiredby the Victorian era. In July and August,Victorian teas take place on the grounds.This summer see To Learn, To Serve, ToAdvance, detailing the history of the aircadet movement, and Local Heroes, anexhibit about Owen Sound’s three VictoriaCross winnersCall 519-317-0031 or visitwww.billybishop.orgGREY ROOTS MUSEUM & ARCHIVESGrey Roots Museum & Archives invitesvisitors to explore Grey County throughexhibits, events and programs. The largefacility features six galleries, a theatre,indoor waterfall, tourism informationcentre, picnic area, archives, and a seasonalheritage village. Annual special eventsinclude a maple syrup festival in March,the Emancipation Festival speaker’s forumand a Spoke and Bustle Steam Show inAugust, and the Pratie Oaten Irish Festivalin September. Key exhibits this year include“Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover AncientGreece” (opening May 18) and “Saints andSinners: A Story of Alcohol in Grey County”(opening September). Group rates and toursavailable. Call 1-877-473-9766 or visitwww.greyroots.comBLACK HERITAGEOwen Sound was the last stop on theUnderground Railroad, a route taken byslaves fleeing the United States duringthe 1800s. It is now home to the oldestemancipation festival in North America,currently celebrating its 151st year.View theBlack History Cairn in Harrison Park.Visit www.blackhistory.owensound.caABORIGINAL CULTUREVarious First Nations inhabited theOwen Sound area prior to the arrival ofEuropean settlers.The city is home to theM’Wikwedong Native Cultural ResourceCentre, the Ningwakwe Learning Press,and the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition.Celebrate National Aboriginal Day at GreyRoots Museum & Archives on June 21st.Visit: www.ningwakwe.on.cawww.mwikwedong.comEmancipation Cairn Plaque, Owen Sound Tourism
  17. 17. 888-675-5555 | OS17DENNIS HERMANBroker of Record/Owner519-372-7070Grey Bruce Realty Inc., BrokerageLocally Owned & Independently OperatedMEAFORD519-538-1544SAUBLE BEACH519-422-1170FERNDALE519-793-3444OWEN SOUND519-371-1202WIARTON519-534-2370LIONS HEAD519-795-7400TARA519-934-2040OLIPHANT519-534-5453TOBERMORY519-596-2255BRIAN WARDELLBroker/Manager/
  18. 18. OS24 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOK2013 FESTIVALS AND EVENTSMS CHI-CHEEMAUN CRUISE: MAY 2You know it’s spring in Owen Sound whenthe MS Chi-Cheemaun leaves her winterberth in the harbour for her summer homein Tobermory. Passengers follow the easterncoast of the Bruce Peninsula, then return toOwen Sound by bus.www.ontarioferries.comONE WORLD FESTIVAL MAY 24Celebrate the rich cultural diversity in Greyand Bruce with performing artists, schoolchildren and cultural, faith and social-justicegroups. At Market Square in downtownOwen Sound. OPEN OWEN SOUND: JUNE 1-2From a maternity hospital to a cemetery,Doors Open Owen Sound gives you awide-ranging look into the heritage ofour community. Many sites feature specialevents such as art exhibitions, music,and guided tours.  This year, there will becostumed interpreters at some sites. NIGHTS CONCERTS:SUNDAYS, JUNE 23 – AUG. 11Liven up your Sundays with this freeconcert series behind the Visitor Centre onthe harbor. Bring your own lawn chair orblanket. Donations encouraged.www.harbournights.caCANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS: JULY 1Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Kelso Beach,on Owen Sound’s west harbour. Enjoyan action-packed day of family activitiescapped by spectacular fireworks. YARD SALE UNDER THE SUN:JULY 6Main Street comes alive with entertainment,food and “yard sale” deals from localmerchants. Free.www.owensounddia.comOWEN SOUND EMANCIPATIONFESTIVAL & PICNIC: AUG. 2-3Join in the longest continuously runningemancipation festival in NorthAmerica,witha speakers’ forum at Grey Roots and a picnicat Harrison Park with live entertainment.Thefestival commemorates the struggles andtriumphs of the black settlers who escapedslavery to find a new home in Owen Soundthrough the Underground Railroad.www.emancipation.caDOG SHOW & OBEDIENCE TRIALS:AUG. 6-8The Grey Bruce Kennel Club hosts this popularannual show at Harrison Park each or call519-538-1525BUSKERFEST! AUG. 9-10Enjoy a wide variety of grassrootsperformers and seasoned veterans in theage-old tradition of busking. Watch thestreets come alive with music, magic andmerriment in downtown Owen Sound. Free.www.buskerextravaganza.comMUDTOWN MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL:AUG. 9This festival takes place in downtownOwen Sound and features music, filmsand readings, outdoor concerts, an art andculture walk and a night market.www.mudtownrecords.comSUMMERFOLK MUSIC & CRAFTSFESTIVAL: AUG. 16-18Summerfolk features music from around theworld – more than 50 performances andworkshops on seven stages on the beautifulshores of Georgian Bay. The festival includesan interactive children’s area with crafts,a playground, splash pad and a children’sparade; an Artisan Village full of one-of-a-kind hand-crafted works; dance sessions; awine bar, beer garden and a wide varietyof healthy food choices. Join the ‘Folk onthe Water’ in the 38th annual SummerfolkFestival.www.summerfolk.orgSummerfolk Music and Crafts Festival, Owen Sound TourismBobby Dean Blackburn at EmancipationFestival, Owen Sound Tourism
  19. 19. 888-675-5555 | OS25OWEN SOUND SALMONSPECTACULAR: AUG. 23-SEPT.1Thousands of anglers and their familiesflock to Owen Sound in hopes of catchingthe big one at this event, but you don’thave to be an angler to enjoy the free dailyfestivities and entertainment. The 10-dayderby features a kids’ day, seniors’ day,ladies afternoon, onstage performers, twoevening fish fries and SOUND FALL FAIR: SEPT. 5-7Get a feel for Owen Sound’s traditionalcountry roots at its fall fair, one of the oldestin Ontario. Midway on or call(519) 371-1720.OWEN SOUND RIBFEST: SEPT. 13-15Five professional “ribbers” on the NorthAmerican circuit will compete at KelsoBeach for the best ribs, best chicken,best sauce and the coveted “People’sChoice” award. Free gate admission,live music and kids’ activities. Food andbeverages extra. Cash only, ATM on site.www.owensoundribfest.comSWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL:SEPT. 20-22Jazz and chamber music are featured inOwen Sound and at the historic church innearby Leith.www.sweetwatermusicfestival.caCANADIAN SPIRIT:THETOMTHOMSONARTS FESTIVAL: SEPT. 20-22A celebration of fine art,music,performance,film and the literary and culinary arts onthe beautiful shores of Georgian Bay, thisyear’s festival will feature programmingthat involves our vibrant First Nationscommunities as well as some of Canada’smost exciting contemporary artists. Traveland accommodation packages are available.www.canadianspirit.orgFESTIVAL OF NORTHERN LIGHTS:NOV. 15, 2013 – JAN. 4, 2014Lights sparkle along the banks of theSydenham River in downtown Owen Soundand at Harrison Park during this popularfestival -- one of the Top 100 Festivals inOntario.www.FestivalLights.caFloatilla in Harrison Park, Owen Sound TourismTALL SHIPS: AUG. 16-18Owen Sound is proud to host several tall shipsin our harbour Aug. 16-18:• Pride of Baltimore II,a 47-metre reproductionof an 1812-era topsail schooner• Playfair, a 22-metre Brigantine from Torontoused for youth sailing trailing• Fair Jeanne, a 33-metre Brigantine that sailsout of Brockville.Purchase a boarding pass for access to decktours on all visiting ships and to see War of1812 Bicentennial displays plus live theatre andentertainment. Boarding pass holders are alsoeligible for discounts on Summerfolk tickets thesame weekend and other special offers.www.tallshipsowensound.comCOBBLE BEACH CONCOURSD’ELEGANCE: SEPT. 13-15Cobble Beach Resort’s first Concours d’Elegance(competition of elegance) promises some of therarest and most refined classic cars of our time,all originals in mint condition. Automobileswill be judged not on their speed but theirexcellence, historical accuracy, technical meritand style. View a 1911 Cadillac with woodenspokes, a 1920 Pierce Touring Arrow, plusStudebakers, Jaguars and Mazerattis from the1950s and ‘60s, and much, much more.www.cobblebeachconcours.comNEW EVENTS
  20. 20. OS26 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKFor more Owen Sound events, visitwww.owensoundtourism.caor call 1-888-675-5555The official beverage sponsor of the City of Owen Soundmajor eventsApril 20-21 Home Cottage ExpoApril 24 Port Video Project PremierApril 27 Dinner Cruise on the MS Chi-CheemaunMay 2 Chi-Cheemaun Spring CruiseMay 4 Circus TerrificoMay 12 You Give Me FeverMay 24 One World FestivalJune 1-2 Doors Open Owen SoundJune 2 Veteran’s Appreciation DayJune 8 Big Boys Tools Toys ShowJune 6-15 The Importance of Being ErnestJune 14-16 Grey Bruce PrideJune 22 Ignite! Youth Arts FestivalJune 23 Georgian Bay Garden Club TourJune 23 Fung Chiu Duo, Roxy TheatreJune 23 – Aug. 11 Harbour Nights Concert Series (Sundays)July 1 Canada Day Celebrations at Kelso BeachJuly 5-26 Outdoor Music Movies Series (Fridays)July 6 Hottest Yard Sale Under the SunJuly 12 Good Cheer Party by the BayJuly 13 Harrison Park FlotillaAugust 2-3 151st Emancipation Festival PicnicAugust 6-8 Dog Show Obedience TrialsAugust 9-10 Streets Alive BuskerfestAugust 9 Mudtown Music Arts FestivalAugust 10 Spoke Bustle Steam ShowAugust 16-17 Tall Ships Owen SoundAugust 16-18 Summerfolk Music Crafts FestivalAug. 23 – Sept. 1 Salmon Spectacular Fishing DerbyAug. 25 Bayshore RaceSept. 5-7 Owen Sound Fall FairSept. 13-15 Cobble Beach Concours d’EleganceSept 13-15 Owen Sound RibfestSept 20-22 Canadian Spirit – The Tom Thomson Arts FestivalSept. 29 Pratie Oaten Irish FestivalOct. 19 Roxy Theatre’s 100th AnniversaryNov. 15 – Jan. 4 Festival of Northern LightsDec. 7 Festival in the ParkDec. 14 Moreston by CandlelightConnect with us:Rib Fest at Kelso BeachOwen Sound Fall FairTom ThomsonArts Festival
  21. 21. OS28 VACATION OWEN SOUND | 2013 GUIDE BOOKJacuzzi, Non-Smoking Efficiency RoomsFree Cont. Breakfast, Local Calls Wireless High SpeedFridges, Micro-Waves, Coffee Makers Meeting FacilitiesNewlyRenovated• Children 18 Under Stay Free• 32” Flat Screen T.V.’s• FREE Wireless Highspeed• FREE Continental Breakfast• 32” LCD TV • Supreme Comfort Beds• 18” Pillow Top Mattress with Lots of Extra Pillows• Fridge, Microwave and Coffee Maker• Wireless Internet404 9th St. E., Owen Sound, ON N4K 1P3519-416-5326 • www.macleanestate.ca950 6th Street East • Owen Sound, OntarioFor reservations, please call:Days Inn Conference Centre1.877.775.2614 or 519.376.1551CAA/AAA Rates AvailableExperience Georgian Bay Hospitality at it’s FinestProud to be the only hotelin Owen Sound with an indoorSaltwater pool and whirlpoolFitness Centre SaunasOn-site Restaurant LoungeFree High-SpeedWireless InternetIn-Room Fridge MicrowaveComplimentary ParkingConveniently located toDowntown and areaattractions
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  24. 24. 888-675-5555 | OS39www.festivallights.cainfo@festivallights.ca855-868-7899Festival ofNorthern LightsFriday November 15th to January 4thImagine Yourself Here…surrounded by the magic of over70,000 sparkling lights thatilluminate the night skies overOwen Sound.Fun Festival Facts:• 7-week long Festival• 7 days a week• 5:00 to 11:00pm• Horse Carriage Rides• Free skating at Harrison Park• Live Theatre at the Roxy• Attack Hockey GamesEnjoy 25 kilometers of lightsfrom the harbour throughdowntown continuing intoHarrison Park – join visitorsfrom far and wide who comeevery year to celebrate theholiday season in the heart ofGrey and Bruce Counties…You will love it!Opening CeremoniesFriday, November 15th, 5:30pmKitchenerRoxyTheatreHwy 6/10