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 splash pad
- sandy playground
- picnic shelter
- soccer fields
- baseball diamonds
- waterfront access
- 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 Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, Canada Day Celebrations, Owen Sound Ribfest and the 10-day Salmon Spectacular Fishing Derby.
The land was originally part of the Anishinaabe native territory that extended from what is now Collingwood to Goderich, Ontario. 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.
Public camping is available across the road at the Kelso Beach Campground