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Moving to Owen Sound

Nicknamed the Scenic City, Owen Sound is known for its expansive harbour, winding rivers, numerous trails, thriving historic downtown and plenty of park space.  Our City is the perfect destination to explore the natural beauty of Ontario while experiencing authentic food, culture, arts and entertainment.   

Owen Sound is the seat of the County of Grey municipal government and hosts a number of regional, provincial and federal government offices. There is a selection of elementary, secondary, and private schools. Owen Sound also boasts a campus of Georgian College - the home of the Centre for Marine Training and Research.

Check out the welcome booklet above, or click here for more information that might be helpful to new residents.  If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to contact us.

Whether you've recently relocated to Owen Sound or are just thinking of making this great City your future home, you are so welcome here.

Click here for a helpful guide for newcomers to the area, courtesy of Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership (GBLIP).

Cliquez ici pour un guide utile pour les nouveaux arrivants dans la région, gracieuseté de Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership (GBLIP).

  • Four conservation areas (Inglis Falls, Indian Falls, Hibou, and Pottawatomi) and plenty of walkable trails
  • Kelso Beach
  • Harrison Park
  • Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
  • Billy Bishop Home and Museum
  • Owen Sound Community Waterfront Heritage Museum;
  • The Farmers' Market
  • Mill Dam

View more ideas of day trips, businesses, restaurants and local places to explore on our Owen Sound Tourism website.

Residents and tourists can enjoy a variety of recreation facilities. The City operates two arenas, indoor and outdoor pools and skating rinks, a skateboard park, and numerous soccer and baseball complexes. Excellent boating, fishing, and golfing are available on and around Georgian Bay. Cross-country skiing areas, downhill skiing clubs, and thousands of kilometres of snowmobile trails are accessible during the winter months.

Our younger generation is of course very important to the City of Owen Sound. We are pleased to offer many sports, clubs, and services to encourage and support our youth. This includes Minor Sports and Youth Services.

You can also check out the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce website for information about getting a membership, participating in their classes, and using their modern facilities.

The Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library has information about getting a library card as well as participating in their exciting programs and utilizing their amazing facilities.

Parking passes, lot locations, accessible parking, and other information is provided on our Parking webpage.

Transit passes can be purchased at the Transit Terminal, City Hall, or the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library. 

More information is available on our Conventional Transit webpage.

Find out about your property taxes including how to pay your bill, setting up an account, PAD enrolment, FAQ and more on our property taxes page.

Find out about your water bill including rates, PAD enrolment, water conservation tips, understanding your water bill, and more on our water and waste water page.

Our Election webpage has information about new voting methods, candidates, dates, and other pertinent information.

Thank you for choosing Owen Sound.

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