Owen Sound The Scenic City of Waterfalls
A panoramic lookout of Owen Sound is possible from Centennial Tower on 9th Ave. East (Hwy 6) at the top of the hill. Kelso Beach Park has a beach, boat launch and picnic area next to the marina on 3rd Avenue West. The Harbour Walkway skirts the waterfront all around the harbour. Georgian Bluffs Trail is a 16-km., hard-packed trail for cycling and hiking that connects the west outskirts of Owen Sound to Shallow Lake and Park Head on Road 10. The scenic route along Road 1 through Balmy Beach offers panoramic views of the bay and nearby Indian Falls, a bight shaped, 15-metre cataract. Jones Falls cascades off the cliffs adjacent to Highway 6 at Springmount, while Inglis Falls roars off the escarpment along the south scenic route on 2nd Avenue East.
Harrison Park, off 2nd Avenue East, has a campground, mini-golf, tennis and tranquil ponds where visitors can rent boats to paddle among the waterfowl. Beautiful flowerbeds, bridges, trails and playgrounds line the watercourses. Weavers Creek boardwalk follows the valley from the park's swimming pools. The Sydenham River has a fish ladder on 6th St. West off 2nd Ave. West.
Story Book Park is located at the south outskirts of the city. This fairy tale theme park combines kiddie rides including a mini-ferris wheel, merry-go-round, train and family rides with a petting zoo and mini-golf. There are three waterslides and a splash pad area to cool down in during summer.
The Bishop House Museum preserves the boyhood home of one of Canada's greatest fighter pilots. Memorabilia from both World Wars are displayed in the exquisite Victorian home, located at 948-3rd Ave. West.
Owen Sound Waterfront Heritage Centre portrays the city’s rail and shipping heritage. A train caboose, miniature railroad, ship models and photos await inspection at 1165 First Ave. West. During summer, the centre hosts free Sunday evening Harbour Nights Concerts.
Tom Thomson Gallery, at 840 First Ave. West, honours artist Tom Thomson who is remembered for his bold paintings of the Canadian wilderness. The gallery hosts treasured, national art exhibits, traveling shows, lectures, films, concerts and art workshops. It opens daily July – Aug. and Tue. – Sun. the rest of the year.
Gallery de Boer – Fine Art is located on 2nd Ave. East in downtown Owen Sound. Its exhibits feature a unique display of numerous artists showcasing over 200 magnificent artworks, including genres of abstract, contemporary, traditional, impressionism, sculpture and more. Exhibits are continually updated with fresh, new work from artists represented by the gallery as well as private consignments.
Grey Roots Museum & Archives is located on Grey Road 18, the city bypass west of Rockford. The impressive complex hosts exhibits, a theatre, café, gift shop, archives and educational programs. Moreston Village opens for tours daily during summer. See costumed interpreters perform pioneering life skills that would daunt the most accomplished multi-tasker! Buildings include an Aboriginal wigwam, 1800’s log homes, blacksmith shops, schoolhouse, 1900’s automotive garage and bandstand. Museum memberships offer privileges of free admission to special events at both Grey Roots and other regional museums.