Walk, hike, bike or cross-country ski one of the many trails looping their way through the city.
Trail surfaces range from asphalt to dirt to packed stone dust to interlocking brick. Along the harbour’s edge, there is room for both cyclists and walkers on the walkway running from Kelso Beach to the other side of the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre.
Harrison Park’s natural paths are hard-packed, as are those along the Sydenham River. Bike paths tend to be asphalt surfaces; less-travelled city roads make scenic bike routes, too!
Owen Sound Trails Network
Situated in a dynamic outdoor playground, the City of Owen Sound is proud to be home to some of the area’s most elaborate trail systems. Trail users can enjoy the sunsets from trail routes along the shores of the bay or the quiet strolls along the harbour walkway. The world famous Bruce Trail runs through the city taking in some breathtaking scenery. The jewel of Owen Sound; Harrison Park offers trail goers a diverse selection of both hard surfaced and natural earthen trails extending into the vast Grey Sauble Conservation land leading to the ever popular Inglis Falls. The Tom Thomson rail trail provides outdoor enthusiasts with a well maintained portion along the City’s east shore and a proposed extension to the community of Meaford. Visitors can also find a “rail trail” route on the west side of the city extending from the harbour into the scenic Municipality of Georgian Bluffs. For those that like to explore, Owen Sound has four gorgeous waterfalls hidden within the city, all accessible by trail and waiting for the adventure seeker. The City of Owen Sound provides trail enthusiasts with a magnitude of trail options for all levels of users; from walking to cycling; hiking to running, Owen Sound has it all.
Explore other Owen Sound and area trails by clicking on the links below.
- Bruce Grey Trails Network
- Bruce Trail
- Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
- Indian Falls
- Inglis Falls
- Jones Falls
- Sydenham Bruce Trail Club
- Tom Thomson Trail
Recreation Trails Master Plan
The City of Owen Sound has produced this Draft Master Plan to provide a guiding document to steer all works and policy related to “trails” within the City of Owen Sound. Trails are a popular recreational venue among the general public and visitors to the City. The benefit of trail systems has become a major focus of municipalities across Canada. The benefits of trails within a built environment are endless. Trails provide recreational, Active Transportation and numerous Tourism opportunities. Owen Sound posses a large network of trails as noted in this Plan. Managing these trails and providing the user with the utmost in available trail resources is a major component to this Plan. Future trail additions within the City of Owen Sound are numerous. Potential to create and promote Owen Sound as a recognized “trails destination” is reasonable goal as laid out in sections of this Plan.
View the Trails Master Plan (3.5 MB)