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Winter in Owen Sound



Owen Sound Winter Guide 2015/2016

Winter Guide Owen Sound 2015 2016

  • Downtown Owen Sound
  • Festival of Northern Lights
  • Fun in the Snow
  • Indoor skating schedule
  • What’s On in Owen Sound & Area
  • Attack Hockey Schedule
  • Sweet Sounds in Owen Sound
  • Where to Stay
  • Cultural Attractions

Owen-Sound-Winter-Guide-2015-2016.pdf (13 MB)


Ice Skating

All ages and skill levels will enjoy lacing up their skates and meeting with friends and family on their choice of 3 indoor rinks and 1 outdoor artificial surface in Harrison Park.

HARRISON PARK Skating at Harrison Park
Order of Good Cheer Outdoor Rink

Skate outdoors at the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer Rink. Open daily during the winter and lit until 11pm. HOSE rule applies - Hockey on Odd-Numbered days, Skating on Even-Numbered. Food is available at the Harrison Park Inn next door. Enjoy the Festival of Northern Light displays surrounding the rink (mid-November to early January).

Don't worry what the weather is outside as you delight in special skating times at either the Bayshore Community Centre or the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre.

Skating schedule, rates and information.

Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing can be enjoyed on numerous trails close to home. Residents of the city break trails throughout Harrison Park or at neighbouring Conservation areas of Inglis Falls, Pottawatomi or Hibou.

The Owen Sound Cross Country Ski Club maintains many trails in nearby Massie.

Have you tried cross country skiing at night? Try something new on a lit route at the Sawmill Ski Trail between Shallow Lake and Hepworth. (1km east of the lights in Hepworth)

Enjoy Cross Country Skiing and snowshoeing on 10 kms of groomed trails at Cobble Beach and skating on a manmade rink.

Snowshoeing in Harrison Park at Weavers Creek Falls in Owen SoundBeginners or visitors may consider renting equipment at:

BikeFace (Snowshoes only)
269 10th St. East, Owen Sound - 519-376-9777

Cobble Beach (Snowshoes only)
221 McLeese Drive Kemble, ON 519-370-2173

Suntrail Outfitters (Skis & Snowshoes)
Highway #6 (100 Spencer / 60 Queen East)
Hepworth, Ontario 519-935-2478

Don't forget your camera and remember to share your experiences. Use #OwenSound in your instagram posts and tweets.

Toboggan at Harrison Park in Owen SoundTobogganing

For kids it's the best part of winter, and for adults it's one of the best secret workouts you can get. Owen Sound's Harrison Park has one of the best tobogganing hills in the region, sporting both a smaller hill for toddlers and a more advanced decent for thrill seekers. Later, stop at the Harrison Park Inn Restaurant for a hot drink and a bite to warm up.

Winter Waterfalls

Ever seen a waterfall in the winter? Spectacular natural ice formations can be found at Inglis Falls, Jones Falls, Indian Falls and Weavers Creek Falls, all in or near Owen Sound.

Inglis Falls is located just south of Owen Sound and is part of the Grey Sauble Conservation watershed. This beautiful cascading waterfall is must see any time of the year. There are over 8km of trails within the conservation at a variety of lengths and difficulties, including the Bruce Trail which links to Harrison Park and Weavers Creek Falls. Inglis Falls Conservation area is the perfect spot for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing during the winter months.

Weavers Creek Falls is located in our beautiful Harrison Park. A short boardwalk west of the pool at the back of the park will lead you to this small yet intimate falls. The boardwalk is not shovelled in the winter, making it a great setting for a winter snowshoe.

Go to for more information on winter waterfalls in the Grey Bruce region.
Download their Winter Waterfall Hiking Guide here.

Photo by Doug Cleverley


Owen Sound is the smallest city in Ontario (and one of the smallest in Canada) to boast an OHL Major Junior 'A' Hockey Team. The Owen Sound Attack - provincial champions in 2010-2011 - captured the heart of the community and it's first OHL Championship during its memorable run to the 2011 Memorial Cup. Experience the family friendly Bayshore Community Centre as Saturday nights are hockey nights in Owen Sound. The team plays many Wednesday nights as well. For the complete Owen Sound Attack schedule, visit:

Minor Hockey plays a significant role to our youth, so support them and come out to a game or tournament.

If you prefer a more hands-on approach to hockey, bring your equipment for some shinney action at the Bayshore Community Centre, or remember that odd numbered days are considered hockey days on the outdoor artificial surface at Harrison Park.

Ice FishingIce Fishing in Owen Sound on Georgian Bay

Depending on weather conditions, ice usually forms in February and may last until the end of March. The best ice fishing can be found from the harbour channel out to Thompson’s Hole, approximately 3 miles out pending ice conditions. Under the ice you will find Rainbow, Brown and Lake Trout, whitefish –possibly salmon and maybe the odd Ling!

Permits are available from the Service Ontario office in Owen Sound at 1400 – 1st Avenue West. For more information, call 1-800-387-7011 or visit or Watsons Tackle at 125 14th Street West – 519-371-0090.

Parking is available at at the Bayshore Community Center north parking lot and East Side boat launch (1900 3rd Avenue East), in front of the former RCA and Goodyear plants (1066 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound), the West Side boat launch (1455 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound) north of the Visitor Information Centre and Georgian Shores Marina (195 24th Street West, Owen Sound) on the west shoreline.

Live bait and tackle can be found at:

Watson’s Tackle
125 14th Street West – 519-371-0090

Something’s Fishy
1299 16th Street East – 519-376-7400

155 18th Avenue East – 519-371-6900

>> Click here to read more about Winter Fishing from our Guest Columnist Josh Choronzey in our blog.

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is an exciting activity that is becoming vastly popular. Be lead through open fields on a manmade sled by a team of dogs into a winter wonderland.

Grey County is home to a couple of dog sledding outfitters, both offering their own unique experience and picturesque landscapes. Orientation and guided tours are provided along with personal introductions of the dogs in hopes of alleviating any apprehensions.

Rob Roy Snow Dogs (519) 922-2706

Festival of Northern Lights

Enjoy the beauty of Owen Sound in the Christmas season each evening from 5pm to 11pm, as 18+ kilometres of lights, 300+ displays and 54,000+ light bulbs twinkle along the banks of the Sydenham River in downtown Owen Sound and at Harrison Park during this popular annual festival. Enjoy several weeks of events, including concerts, craft shows, a Santa Claus parade, house tours and Christmas celebrations. The festival is a National Winter Lights Champion and Festivals & Events Ontario Multiple Award Winner. Horse drawn carriage rides around the lights provided by Windsong Horse & Carriage.

Click here for more information on the Festival of Northern Lights in Owen Sound.




The Owen Sound Eastside Snowmobile Club is an active local group involved in the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs. With an average yearly snowfall over 330cm, Owen Sound is the ideal desitination for fresh powder! Snowmobile trails enter the city at various points with easy access to accommodations, restaurants, gas stations and shopping opportunities. Current trail conditions change often during the season so check regularly, and please ride with safety in mind. We want you to visit again.

The Intrepid Snowmobiler toured the Grey Bruce region in February, 2015, using Owen Sound as his home base. With connector trails to accommodations and restaurants, an endless supply of fresh powder, and some of the most scenic views in Ontario, OFSC District 9 didn't disappoint the avid traveller. Use Owen Sound as your home base and plan your trip today!

Read more from the Intrepid Snowmobiler here:

For more information on District 9 and trail conditions, click here:

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The Bluewater Curling Club offers curling as an indoor winter sport option. This sport exercises strategic skill, team play and physical agility beneficial to mind, body and spirit of all ages.


The Bowling Alley: 10th St West, Owen Sound, 519-371-7888

Bowling centre with 5 pin and 10 pin Bowling, Billiards, snack bar. Bowling leagues for all ages, youth to seniors 50+, mixed leagues, ladies and mens leagues.

Birthday parties or parties for any event or occasion. Rock-n-Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights.


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