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Tours

While visiting the scenic city of Owen Sound, follow one or more of these self guided itineraries through the city and surrounding area.

  1. Twenty-seven Rural Gardens throughout Grey & Bruce open their gates to visitors in the summer. Take note of their hours of operation before you start your tour.  Visit www.ruralgardens.ca for details.
  2. Grey County’s Waterfall Tour is a delight at any time of year. Visit all eight, or take in just a few on the 150 km self-guided driving tour. Four of the falls are within a short drive of downtown Owen Sound. www.visitgrey.ca/travel-experiences/waterfalls-and-waterways/waterfall-tour
  3. The regional Art Map is your quide to studios, galleries and art tours in the area. www.theartmap.com.
  4. Stretching from Point Clark in the south to Tobermory in the north, the Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour features 15 distinctive lighthouse and marine heritage sites along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. www.greatgetaways.tv/planner_bruce_lighthouses.html
  5. Enjoy hiking? The Grey Sauble Conservation Authority owns and manages more than 11,000 hectares of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive lands in Grey and Bruce counties, including waterfalls, gorges, caves, lookouts, trails and more.  Visit www.greysauble.on.ca for all the details.
  6. Tour Bruce County using your Adventure Passport, chock full of interesting destinations and ideas to enhance your visit.  www.explorethebruce.com/passport
  7. Much of Owen Sound’s history is explained in our Historic Walking Tour brochure. Follow self-guided routes detailing our natural and cultural history, as well as residential, commercial and industrial development. Download the Walking Tour Brochure
  8. Our Museum Tour features the Marine & Rail Museum www.marinerail.com; Billy Bishop Home & Museum: A National Historic Site www.billybishop.org; and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery www.tomthomson.org in Owen Sound, plus the Bruce County Museum www.brucemuseum.ca  and Grey County’s museum www.greyroots.com.
  9. Discover dry land “fish” in communities along the Saugeen and Sydenham rivers, including Owen Sound, through the Saugeen River Fish Art Tour. Contact us for further information.
  10. The Motorcycle Tour highlights motorcycle-friendly routes, accommodations, restaurants and bike shops in Grey and Bruce counties. www.ridegreybruce.com.
  11. The Grey Bruce Agriculture & Culinary Map will assist you in finding locally grown produce and products, as well as local farmer’s markets. www.foodlinkgreybruce.com.
  12. Consider embarking on the Georgian Bay Coastal Route tour, using www.visitgeorgianbay.com to help with travel ideas.
  13.  Explore Owen Sound’s Black history through its Freedom Trail, a 10 km self-guided walking/biking route past places where former slaves and their descendents lived, worked, prayed and were laid to rest.  www.osblackhistory.com.
  14. Take an EcoAdventure Tour, complete with zip-cable rides and a tree-top  lwalk, at Scenic Caves Nature Adventure Tours near Collingwood. Explore a labyrinth of caves and crevices including one so deep and cold that snow and ice often remain through early summer. www.sceniccaves.com
  15.  Owen Sound is an eager participant in the annual Doors Open Ontario circuit, which allows people to explore their cultural and architectural heritage, free of charge. Owen Sound Doors Open
  16. Tour more than 350 glowing displays during Owen Sound’s annual Festival of Northern Lights, daily each evening from mid-November to early January. http://www.festivallights.ca.
  17. Owen Sound’s Interpretive Plaque Program, featuring detailed information about more than three dozen sites of historic or cultural significance, makes an excellent walking tour of the city.
  18. Enjoy many Studio Tours consisting of Autumn Leaves Studio Tour at www.autumnleavesstudiotour.ca; Artists Around the Sound Studio Tour at www.knoxtrailstudio.ca/index.php?-p=events; Shoreline Artists at www.shorelineartists.com; Blue Mountain Art Tour at www.tourofthearts.ca; and the Art Town Studio Tour www.makersgallery.com/arttown.
  19. Livestock & Farmer’s Markets – Enjoy Owen Sound Farmer’s Market www.owensoundfarmersmarket.ca Saturday mornings; Keady Livestock Market www.keadylivestock.com Tuesday mornings; Meaford Farmer’s Market www.meafordfarmersmarket.ca Friday afternoons.  More markets and culinary contacts can be found at www.foodlinkgreybruce.com.

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