Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada is a year round adventure and cultural destination located on the banks of the Pottawatomi and Sydenham Rivers in a small Georgian Bay cove named Owen Sound Bay.
The City of Owen Sound is on the southern shores of Georgian Bay in the Bruce Peninsula-Georgian Bay- Grey County region of Southern Ontario, Canada. The other communities near Owen Sound for travel and tourism include the Townships of Georgian Bluffs, the Municipality of Meaford and the Township of Chatsworth.
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada enjoys many natural attractions including the Niagara Escarpment, Georgian Bay, Sydenham River, Bruce Trail and many waterfalls, wetlands, inland lakes and conservation areas. The Sydenham River and the 400+ kilometre Bruce Trail actually travel right through the centre of Owen Sound.
The best way to sightsee the community is by walking the waterfront paved and boardwalk trails. The community pathway connects to services, parks and attractions.
There is also a historic downtown self guided walking tour one can explore as well. It visits with 40 plaques depicting the cultural and architectural heritage buildings of the city.
Some of the services which are important to travelers when visiting in Owen Sound include accommodations (hotels, B&Bs, motels, inns, cottages, condos, chalets, lodges, resorts), attractions, tours, guides, outfitters, campgrounds, restaurants, coffee houses, banks, grocery stores, gas stations, post office, library,internet, shopping, gift shops and transportation (taxi, marina, bus, rental cars).
The City of Owen Sound refers to itself as the "Culture Capital of Canada". The name is derived from the impact made by the historic footprints left behind by the Ojibway First Nation people, Celtic settlers and the freedom seeking African Americans arriving in the region from the U.S.A. in the 1800s.
There are venues, events, festivals and parks celebrating the history, arts and culture year round. There are venues to visit like a theatre, orchestra, art galleries, museums (Grey Roots, Billy Bishop museums) and the M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre.
During the summer months the most popular guided and self guided activities, attractions and adventures include boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, sightseeing, golfing, fishing, hiking, biking, birding, swimming, hunting and cycling. There are guides, tours, charters and outfitters operate in the region.
Some of the more popular parks, trails and green space areas for activity include Inglis Falls Arboretum, Jones Falls, Hibou Conservation Area, Indian Falls, Inglis Falls, Bognor Marsh, Harrison Park, Kelso Park, Tom Thompson Trail and the 400+ kilometre long Bruce Trail.
During the winter months tours, outfitters and guides provide activities and adventures like snowshoeing, snowmobiling and xc skiing. Snowmobile clubs and nordic clubs operate in the region.