Things To See

 

Right up there with scenic vistas no trip is complete without shopping vistas, great drives and a few events along the way.  We will expose all the hot spots.

Whether you are looking for Antiques or Bake Shops or maybe just a good book, you will find it all here.  Locate the Beer, Wine & Spirit stores.  Locate Specialty Shoppes including Craft & Gift Shops or perhaps you just need to find a General Store or Grocery Stores.  We have Shopping Centres, Factory Outlets, Florists/Garden Centres, Outfitters and Suppliers.

There are gifts for family and friends that reflect the beauty of your stay in the region. Artists, artisans, crafters and creators have their materials on display in the local galleries and shops, many of whom use the land around them for inspiration.

Antique shops can be enjoyed from one end of the region to the other. Travel from shop to shop. 
Talent is not only born and bred in the area, but new talent is attracted to the natural beauty. Many art stores and galleries are housed in historic buildings, works of art themselves!  Several studio tours are held throughout the year.

Experience over two dozen festivals and year round events in the area – you are sure to find something new to experience and something new to treasure.  
You will find native Aboriginal Shows, Agricultural Air Shows and Military Displays.  For pet lovers you will not want to miss the Animal Shows.  You will find Antique, Arts & Crafts as well as Ethnic and Multicultural Events.  Visit the Fairs & Exhibits and join the Fishing Derby.  You will find Food,
Holiday and Horticultural Events.  Join in the Local Celebrations.  Take in some Music, Theatre & Dance or enjoy a Parade.  Search for Special Events.  Why not take in some local Sporting Events?

The many Festivals in Grey Bruce provide endless days of experiences during all four seasons. As a unique complement to the natural wonder and beauty of the region, all festivals celebrate the diverse peoples and their cultural heritage, with plenty of room for the wacky and the wonderful. 

No matter how you look at the region, Grey Bruce covers a lot of earth with over 8,580 square kilometers of land, so if you like to get around you are going to love it here.  Since the invention of the automobile people have been getting lost.  Getting lost in the city can be stressful but getting lost in Grey Bruce – well, let us just say it can be a lot of fun.  Whether you’re on a motorcycle or in a car be sure to fill up the tank, take along a map and drive.  A full tank of gas ensures that you can explore the hidden side roads as much as you want; you never know what awaits you around the next bend.

If you would prefer to have someone take you, we have a number of operators that offer guided tours.

For more information on the following topics, visit the links below.

§     Shopping
As a farm community and home to multi-generational families, antiques abound in Grey Bruce. From stores to auctions to farmers and flea markets, hidden treasures await your discovery.

§     Festivals & Events!!
Grey Bruce boasts a wide array of Festivals and Events through all 4 seasons, from the Wiarton Willie Festival in February to the Festival of Northern Lights Ceremony that runs November through January in Owen Sound and every month in between. Do not be disappointed. Plan your stay early because getting a room at the last minute could be difficult.

§     Roadside Attractions
As you make your way across the country side you will notice the natural beauty of the region. You will also find a number of man-made beauties that are deserving of a stop along your travels. Either way a photo op is definitely in order.

 

Shopping

As a farm community and home to multi-generational families, antiques abound in Grey Bruce. From stores to auctions to farmers and flea markets, hidden treasures await your discovery.  

Owen Sound is the largest community in the area and is home to Heritage Place Shopping Centre, Zehrs, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, restaurants a 7-theatre Galaxy Cinema, a NO FRILLS outlet, IGA, numerous fast food restaurants and dozens of smaller retail stores.  Rich in heritage, Owen Sound has more than 1 million square feet of commercial space hosting boutique shopping and unique restaurants.

Whether you are looking for furniture or locally made collectibles, you will find items here that are desired the world over and are unique to Grey Bruce.  Check out some of the wonderful antique shops for that piece of Queen Anne’s glassware you have been searching for to add to your collection.  There are gifts for family and friends that reflect the beauty of your stay in the region. There are artists, artisans, crafters and creators.  Dedicated treasure hunters could spend all day sifting through local flea markets and farmers markets. 

The smell hits you even before you reach the door. Fresh baked bread - that heavy yeast smell that says “there is something wonderful on the other side of this door.”   From pies with local berries, to sticky buns you can not put down, the bakers will have you coming back for more. 

Fresh produce all summer long, all locally grown, make meals a treat. Hobby farmers, Mennonite farmers and garden market farmers all contribute to the market, offering choices from fresh vegetables and fruit to fish and beef.   Homemade fudge, used books as far as the eye can see and even a plant or two for the garden.   Most markets run from the May long weekend until Canadian Thanksgiving (second Sunday in October).

There is no need to load up your car in the city with groceries, as every community in the County has a grocery store. Why subject your food to the long drive from the city when you can purchase it fresh, right here.   Locally grown fresh produce, bread baked in the morning, and a dessert, pre-ordered and waiting for you.  

No matter what you may have forgotten at home, you can replace it here.  Local Outfitters have all your adventure needs.  Four seasons of activities are covered from snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving to jogging and mountain biking.

 

Festivals & Events!!

Grey Bruce boasts a wide array of Festivals and Events through all 4 seasons, from the Wiarton Willie Festival in February to the Festival of Northern Lights Ceremony that runs November through January in Owen Sound and every month in between.  Do not be disappointed.  Plan your stay early because getting a room at the last minute could be difficult.

The Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound – year round entertainment
The Roxy Theatre, owned and operated by Owen Sound Little Theatre, seats 400 in an air-conditioned, wheel-chair accessible auditorium and is available to rent for concerts, plays, speakers and more!  

Wiarton Willie Festival in Wiarton – February
Linked annually to February 2nd, Groundhog Day, the Wiarton Willie Festival is the largest winter event in Grey Bruce. Thousands take in over 40 different events, celebrating winter, Canada and the prognosticating groundhog. From the first prediction in 1956 the Festival has grown from a single day to upwards of 10 days. Events start off with Sauble Beach Winterfest's wake up Willie call and winds up the Wiarton Willie Festival Events.  Over the years, the Wiarton Willie Festival has garnered many awards. There is something for everyone.  

Huron Fringe Birding Festival at MacGregor Provincial Park - Third week of May
Each year thousands of birds make their way north along the Lake Huron shoreline. This continuous variety of birds makes the Huron Fringe Birding Festival exciting. The festival and its guided hikes, speakers and workshops give everyone, novice and expert alike the opportunity to see nature up close. All activities start in the park. Pre-registration is recommended. The festival is offering 82 scheduled activities including birding trips out of the park, photography workshops, birds of prey demonstrations, wildflower hikes, reptiles at risk, forest health, astronomy and archaeology. 
   
Old-Time Maple Syrup Festival in Paisley – Later part of March
The Old-Time Maple Syrup Festival is a long-time tradition which sports plenty of pancakes, sausages and real maple syrup. Find out how maple syrup is made, take a horse-drawn wagon ride or enjoy the full pioneer encampment complete with demonstrations. Kid’s activities, demonstrations in the main ring and timber sports are some of the highlights.   

Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival in Tobermory – Every May
The Festival is a chance to discover native orchids and wildflowers, plus learn from experienced naturalists and be inspired by the rugged scenery of the area. Festival activities include guided hikes, orchid tours, orchid photography workshops and more. Be Orchid Friendly! Please stay on the trails and do not pick, dig or trample any plants.  

Georgian Festival Theatre in Meaford – All summer long
Outstanding professional summer theatre!  Youth Theatre programs run all summer.  


Hanover Canada Day Celebrations in Hanover - July 1st
Celebrate our nation's birthday. It's a great family fun event with something for everyone. The lineup of activities includes two stages featuring a variety of entertainment, children's carnival and BBQ. Bring your family for lunch and enjoy this great afternoon event.  

Kincardine Scottish Festival in Kincardine - first weekend in July
Gather your clan on the bonnie banks of Loch Huron to experience the sights and sounds of Scotland. Pipe Bands, Highland Dancers, Heavy Events and world-class Celtic entertainment are the highlights of this friendly festival in Victoria Park, Kincardine. 

Summer Affair in Meaford – early July
A Weekend of Fine Arts & Music. 10-5pm two days, fabulous food & jazz entertainment. Works of art by local artisans all along the waterfront. Sponsored by Meaford & District Chamber of Commerce.
     
Markdale Ice Cream Festival in Markdale - Civic Holiday weekend
The Markdale Ice Cream Festival welcomes you to spend a couple of days with us to enjoy a taste sensation, local hospitality and be a participant in the many events that will have your taste buds tingling. The coolest event of the summer! 
     
Paisley Beef Fest in Paisley - Civic Holiday weekend
A fun packed family weekend with dances, kiddie carnival, mud volleyball, men's and ladies' slo-pitch tournament, youth soccer, market vendors, BBQ beef dinner, Antique car and farm show, Sunday street parade, Sunday night open air dance, and much more. Come and enjoy Bruce County Beef. 

 
Summerfolk in Owen Sound - third weekend in August
From the shores of beautiful Kelso Beach Park, The Georgian Bay Folk Society is pleased to present annual Music and Crafts Festival "Summerfolk". Come help us Celebrate The Past - Embrace the Future.  

P.A.R.T. Walk in Paisley - third weekend of August
Enjoy a walk through our Heritage Village, and discover local artists, musicians, artisans, writers and thespians, as they display their talents. Stroll amongst the 53 Heritage attractions of the self-guided LACAC Tour. Included in the tour are the Hose Tower (1891), Paisley Drugs (1908), the Town Hall (1876), Stark's Mill (1885), the Steele Block (1890), the Coffman House (1866), and the Church of the Ascension (1864).  

Bruce Peninsula Studio Tour – Labour Day Weekend
Each year in Lion's Head on the Saturday & Sunday of Labour Day Weekend, some of the finest artists on the Bruce Peninsula open their studios to the public. Watch for the bright yellow 'logo' signs for directions to over twenty different artists. Tour maps are available at many locations and admission is free.  

Owen Sound Celtic Festival in Owen Sound – Mid September
The Owen Sound Celtic Festival is a three-day annual celebration of Ontario's Celtic heritage. Live music & dance indoors and out all weekend..
     
Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin - the first weekend in October
Site of the 2004 1446lbs World Record Pumpkin, Pumpkinfest reigns supreme in giant vegetable growing! Join us for this wacky, fun-filled family event. The search for the most enormous vegetables in the world and the biggest two-day car show in Ontario is only part of the fun. This award-winning event has grown to become a major festival with up to 55,000 people enjoying over 40 events and attractions in a fall fair atmosphere! 
     
Christmas in the Country in Hanover - every year - last full weekend in November
Christmas in the Country is a charming event which takes place at the Headquarters Conservation Area, south of Hanover. Thousands of Christmas lights and hundreds of candle lanterns adorn the tree-lined laneways of the park, creating a charming and festive atmosphere. The event is very much hands-on with different festivities take place at each of the buildings.   



Festival of Northern Lights Ceremony – November thru January
‘Catch the Magic' with a visit to Owen Sound's Festival of Northern Lights!  All ages will be captivated by over 210 lighted displays and more than 18 kilometres of light strings along the banks of the Sydenham River in downtown Owen Sound and Harrison Park, on daily from 5 to 11 pm. Capture the warmth and spirit of the Holiday Season as the Festival celebrates with nine weeks of special events, making Owen Sound the Christmas capital of Grey Bruce!  
  
Sauble Beach Winterfest in Sauble Beach - late January
Sauble Beach Community Centre. Great weekend of Family Fun! Friday: Opening Torchlight Parade, Tree Burning, Battle of the Bands, Chaperoned Teen Dance. Saturday: Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast, games for everyone (indoors-small fry/outdoors-larger species) and the Sno-Riders Winterfest Dance. 

 
As a 4 season destination, we have it all. 

 

Roadside Attractions

As you make your way across the country side you will notice the natural beauty of the region.  You will also find a number of man-made beauties that are deserving of a stop along your travels.  Either way a photo op is definitely in order.

Artesian Well
This Well is known to visitors of "Beaver Meadow" in Coronation Park at the north end of the village of Mildmay on Hwy. 9. Enjoy the 2-km walking trail along the banks of Otter Creek.  Experience the coldest water on earth at Mildmay's famous, ever-flowing artesian well.  Spend sometime in the playground or enjoy a picnic. This stop is located on the north end of the village of Mildmay on Hwy. 9.

Big Bruce
Big Bruce is a Hereford bull.  Grey and Bruce Counties are amongst the top beef producing regions in Canada and certainly lead the herd in Ontario.  Some of the best beef cattle farms in Canada are located right here.  Be sure to get a photo with "Big Bruce".  He’s located on the front lawn of the Municipal building for Arran Elderslie on Bruce Rd. 10 on the north end of Chesley.

Bruce Trail Cairn
The Cairn can be found in Tobermory along cobblestone sidewalk in the Harbour. If you are hiking the Bruce Trail it is the end of the line or the beginning of the journey!  Make sure to stop on by for a photo op.  Take Hwy 6 into Tobermory along the harbour. 

Christ Church Anglican
The 1862 church exhibits McCausland Glass.  Stained glass fragments collected from WWII church and cathedral ruins in Europe have been used to create memorial stained glass windows.   Many believe these to be the oldest in North America.  You’ll find the church located at 34 Boucher Street in Meaford.

Grey Bruce Fish Art
You’ll discover 12 wonderful metal fish sculptures 5 ft. x 5 ft. which have been artistically designed by local artisans throughout the Saugeen Water Shed.  This art figures can be located across 10 towns in Saugeen Country.

Grey Roots: Your Heritage and Visitor Centre
Visit the exhibits to learn more about Grey County's pioneer past and agricultural heritage.  Grey Roots combines Grey County's Museum, Archives and Tourism Services all in one convenient location just south of Owen Sound.  Grey Roots is located at 102599 Grey Road 18, west of Rockford.

Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre
Harry Lumley is perhaps Owen Sound's most famous hockey legend, winning the 1950 Stanley Cup while backstopping the Detroit Red Wings. He captured the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's most outstanding goaltender in 1954 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lumley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980.  The arena is located at 1900 3rd Avenue East in Owen Sound.

Historic Leith Church
Constructed in 1865, this was Tom Thomson's church home for the first 20 years of his life.  It is also the burial ground of this well-known Canadian artist.  The church is located on Grey Road 15 in Leith.

Inukshuk
This massive rock form has for years been a symbol to many on their travels. As you make your way up the Peninsula, this is one of the first stops you can make along the way. Why not have a group or family shot taken around the rock for the scrapbook or photo album! This inukshuk is roughly 10ft wide and 20ft high. Inukshuk means "In the image of man". They were originally erected as a compass or guide for a safe journey. This structure resides on the front lawn of the Handicraft House Trading Post, which, if you go inside, also features a 9ft (stuffed) Kodiak bear. 
Take Hwy 6 out of Wiarton and head north about 3-4 minutes, on your right hand side. 

Marine & Rail Museum
The museum is housed in a former Canadian National Railway Station on the waterfront in Owen Sound - a location covering both aspects of its historical focus. A wide variety of displays of artifacts, models and photographs of area's marine and rail transportation heritage.  The museum is located at 1155 1st Avenue West in Owen Sound.

Meaford Hall
Built in 1908, the Hall remains one of the most distinguished historical public landmarks in Meaford.  The upper floor houses an original opera house, now home to the Georgian Theatre Festival.  The hall is located at 12 Nelson Street East in Meaford.

Moose - Larger than Life!
This pair of life size Moose that have been carved out of metal, are situated on the front lawn of the Handi-Craft House. This is a great place to stop and take your photo with a moose or an Inukshuk, which is also located here. This Trading Post is also home to a 9ft. (stuffed) Kodiak bear, which is located inside.  You’ll find it on Hwy #6 just north of Wiarton on the right hand side.

Neustadt Spring Brewery
Neustadt Springs Brewery was built in the late 1800's the building is designated as an Ontario Heritage Building and is still operational to date.  The brewery utilizes pure natural spring water.  The spring still flows in caverns below. Tours conducted by appointment.  Visit the brewery at 246 Jacob Street in Neustadt.

Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport
Certified with Transport Canada the 6000 square foot terminal building is one of the most modern municipal terminals in the Province of Ontario.  The general public is welcome to visit our public lounge and watch a wide variety of aircraft take off and land.  The runway is 3932 feet by 75 feet of paved asphalt.  The airport is located in beautiful Grey County 3.8 km East of Owen Sound on Highway 26.  

Sauble Beach Sign
The Sauble Beach sign has been a landmark for over 30 years at Sauble Beach and welcomes tourists and locals to the wonderful shoreline of Lake Huron for swimming, fun in the sun, or simply relaxing on the beach. Why not end your day by watching a world famous sunset! What a great place for a group or family photo. We know that once you have been to Sauble Beach, you will want to come back again and again!  From Hepworth, take County Rd. 8 to where it meets the shores of Lake Huron and you're there. 

Saugeen First Nation Amphitheatre
This wonderful stone amphitheatre is located along the banks of the Saugeen River. If you sit on the stone benches and look out over the land, you can just imagine what it would have once been like. There is a beautiful old church on the property as well as assorted gardens and trails leading down to the waters edge.  The amphitheatre is located just outside Southampton on Hwy 21.

St. Margaret's Chapel
This wonderful old church is open to the public for visiting 7 days a week throughout the summer season and offers services once or twice a week. Make sure to add your name to the guest book inside; there are signatures and comments on the area from all over the world. Take a few moments to enjoy the chimes of the church bell, there is a rope hanging just inside the main doors. Feel free to give it a pull! 
To get to this church, take the East road north from Lion's Head in the south, and take the East road south off Dyers Bay road in the north. You will see it on your right hand side, coming from the north. 

The Big Apple Tourist Information Booth
The Town of Meaford has a population of just over 4,000 people. Meaford is a perfect four-season playground; a showcase for Mother Nature’s beauty. There's Georgian Bay - the Niagara Escarpment - Bognor Marsh - the Bighead River and lots more.  Visit the “Apple” located in Meaford.

The Depot 
The Depot's architecture is a reflection of the year 1878.  Once an old Canadian National Railway station, it will be home to a new cultural centre.  The Depot is located in Craigleith at Hwy. 26 and County Road 19.

Tom Thomson Art Gallery
The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery is a regional art centre and national cultural attraction dedicated to the innovative spirit of landscape artist and Canadian icon, Tom Thomson.  Tom Thomson (1877-1917) is considered one of the most important and influential early Canadian artists. Together with members of the Group of Seven, he created a distinct approach to portraying rugged Canadian landscapes.

Fall Colours
The best fall colour viewing can be experienced mid September through Thanksgiving.  Take lots of pictures.

Welbeck Shingle Mill
This post and beam water powered Shingle Mill produces Ontario white cedar shingles.  Tours are conducted for visitors and school groups.  For reserving a tour call (519) 369-2144.
Located on Welbeck Road in Durham.

Wiarton Willie
Wiarton Willie, our World Famous Albino groundhog, prognosticated an “Early Spring” for all of us in 2008! The festival takes places each year on Feb 2nd. Drop on by the Ross Whicher Building/Library in Wiarton to visit Willie’s home, or head on down to the water to have your photo taken at the Willie Monument.
Hwy 6 to Wiarton at turn R. at the lights.

Wind Turbine Farm
Wind energy is the fastest growing source of energy in the world. While on tour in Bruce County, it is pretty cool to see a field of Wind Turbines. These mammoth structures, which reach high in the sky, are a wonderful source for energy. Stop on by and have your photo taken with the view of the wind farm in the background.
You can take concession 4 from Hwy #21. You will be able to see these from miles away.

 

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