- Inglis Falls hike from Harrison Park www.greysauble.on.ca
- Jones Falls hike around Pottawatomi Conservation Area www.greysauble.on.ca
- Indian Falls hike www.greysauble.on.ca
- Golf one of 4 local golf courses www.greybrucegolf.com
- Walk or Bike through the city and read the 33 interpretive plaques highlighting our cultural and architectural heritage
- Bike the Tom Thomson Trail from Owen Sound to Leith, past Hibou Beach (stop for a picnic and jump in the bay), continue past Tom Thomson’s gravesite at the Leith Church. For a more challenging ride home follow Tom Thomson Lane, the country road back into Owen Sound (one hill), or turn back the way you came and follow the water back. www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/tom-thomson-trail
- Walk the 3 km Paved harbour walkway and read the interpretive plaques along the way
- In the Fall watch the salmon climb the fish ladder at the Mill Dam
- Fish along the harbour wall or along the Sydenham river, or bring your boat and head out into Georgian Bay or better yet, hire a fishing charter for the day www.fishingaction.com
- Horseback Riding www.glendale-farms.com
- (Glendale Farms offer trail rides, and summer camps)
- View or Photograph some of the many species of Orchids and Ferns in various parks around Owen Sound
Enjoy being active while on vacation? Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Owen Sound all year long. Boat, fish, swim, hike, cycle, and golf during the warm summer months. When the winter snows fall, switch gears to snowmobile, cross country ski, ice fish, skate and snowshoe.
Harrison Park is an urban dream, with more than 40 hectares of streams, trails, gardens, playgrounds, forest and green space, right in the heart of the city.
Often called our “jewel in the crown,” the park features dining and recreation facilities, a full-service campground, boat rentals, a bird sanctuary, mini-putt, basketball courts, pools, and an open-air rink. Its network of trails leads through forest, fields and streams to InglisFalls, and connects directly with theBruceTrail on the Niagara Escarpment.
When Harrison Park was turned over to the city a century ago, it was deemed one of the most beautiful parks in Ontario. Today, it remains one of the area's greatest attractions, retaining the natural beauty and rustic charm that have drawn generations of people to its gates.
Harrison Park was honoured in style on July 14, 2012 with a Grand Sydenham Flotilla and Old Time Picnic as part of it's 100th Birthday Celebration.
Beaches and Swimming
There are several places to swim in and around Owen Sound, from heated pools to public beaches.
Just north of the city limits on the east side of the bay is Hibou Conservation Area, a great place to take the family for the two natural sand beaches, hiking trails, playground and picnic facilities.
On the western shore you'll find Kelso Beach Park, which has a sheltered picnic area and playground. It's the site of our annual Summerfolk festival, plus Canada Day festivities and our Movies and Music series each Friday throughout the summer.
Further north lies Sarawak Family Park, across from the Owen Sound Golf and Country Club. It has a sheltered beach, small playground, washrooms and picnic facilities.
If the waters of Georgian Bay feel a little too cool, or poolside lounging is more your style, head to the heated outdoor pools at Harrison Park, or indoor pools at the Owen Sound YMCA, Stone Tree Golf and Fitness, and the Day's Inn Hotel & Conference Centre.
Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking
Owen Sound Bay and the harbour are natural ports of call for recreational boaters all summer long. Retail services and restaurants are available within a short walk of the floating docks on the inner harbour.
Boaters are also served by the Owen Sound Marina and the Owen Sound Yacht Club.
Canoes and paddle boats can be rented by the hour at Harrison Park, for use on the Sydenham River, which flows through the city.
Those wishing to rent canoes or kayaks for longer excursions should contact outfitters in the area. Details available from the Owen Sound Tourism office.
Kelso Beach Park
Kelso Beach Park is a 9 hectare oasis on Georgian Bay, at the mouth of the Pottawatami River in Owen Sound.
Recreational facilities include a brand new splash pad, sandy playground, picnic shelter, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, waterfront access and paved, multi-use trails.
It is accessible by car via the Eddie Sargent Parkway (with parking on site), or by foot or bicycle via the Harbourfront Walkway. The park offers views of the eastern shore of the harbour, and is lined with willow trees in many areas.
Kelso Beach Park is home to some major annual summer events, including the Keystone Family Fun Festival, Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, Canada Day Celebrations, Owen Sound Ribfest and the 10-day Salmon Spectacular Fishing Derby. The Emancipation Festival and picnic, one of the oldest in North America, will be held here in 2012 to mark the festival’s 150th anniversary.
The land was originally part of the Anishinaabe native territory that extended from what is now Collingwood to Goderich, Ont. The shores of the bay were filled in for shipping and industrial purposes, such as wharfs and grain elevators, and to create Kelso Beach Park. The park was redeveloped in 1982 to include parking, a large amphitheatre, playing fields, plantings, playgrounds and walkways.
A new master plan has been developed for the park, and can be downloaded at:
Public camping is available across the road at the Kelso Beach Campground, for $30 per night, plus taxes. Call 519-371-9734 for more information or to make a reservation.
For more information about the splash pad rules and regulations, please click here.
Here you will find quiet paved roads, compelling scenery and a few challenging hills to help build your endurance. For bike-friendly roads within the city, consult the City Map available at the Visitor Information Centre.
In Owen Sound, you can eat what you catch! Anglers can test their skills against Owen Sound's Chinook salmon, rainbow trout or brown trout. Owen Sound is one of the hottest fishing spots in Ontario, with five rivers emptying into the 13-mile-long bay. Enjoy the challenge of the rivers and streams, or the deep water excitement of the bay where the 35-pound salmon lurk. Access Ontario's finest fishing from one of Owen Sound's four public launching ramps, including the six lane ramp just north of the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre. Fishing off the Owen Sound Harbour Wall is most popular in late summer and fall when the Chinook salmon are running upstream. The best time of day to catch these beauties is late in the evening, and throughout the night until early morning. The best time to catch rainbow trout from the harbour wall is late fall and early spring as the trout head upstream to spawn. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Golf the Sound
There are 34 golf courses in Grey Bruce making it the hottest new golf destination in Ontario. The Owen Sound area has its share of the best links: the Owen Sound Golf & Country Club, one of the area’s “must play” courses; the Scenic City Golf Course; Stone Tree Golf & Fitness, among the first courses to be designated an Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary; and our newest addition, Cobble Beach Golf Links, a short drive north of the city on the shores of Georgian Bay and recently ranked as the 22nd top course in Canada and 253rd worldwide.
Hike our numerous, well-groomed trails managed by Grey Sauble Conservation. Several link to the Bruce Trail, the longest footpath in the world, stretching from Niagara Falls all the way up the escarpment through Owen Sound to Tobermory. Our trails are popular among day hikers wishing to explore Owen Sound’s natural attractions on foot, including stunning waterfalls, cliff-top views and rocky shorelines.
A featured hike at Inglis Falls can be viewed on the Bruce Trail Website.
Nestled into the Niagara Escarpment (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), Owen Sound is in the heart of a vast natural wonderland, with Harrison Park as the glowing jewel in the crown. In all seasons, Owen Sound is an outdoor playground the whole family can enjoy!
Owen Sound has four popular waterfalls around the outside of the city. Indian Falls, Inglis Falls, Jones' Falls at the Pottawatomi Conservation Area and Weavers' Creek Falls in Harrison Park.
Inglis, Indian and Jones' Falls are part of Conservation Areas operated by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority