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Owen Sound Things to Do

  • Hiking the Bruce Trails

    The Bruce Trails is an 800 km hike that follows the Niagara escarpment from Niagara to the Bruce Peninsula. I've only hiked a fraction of it but what I saw in a few miles convinced me to do the whole trail bit by bit. I felt like I was in a rain forest and all of a sudden, I'm on top of a cliff looking down at what looked like the Carribean!...

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  • Historical connection to South England

    Christ Anglican Church in Meaford has stained glass windows created from fragments of glass from the churches bombed in WW2 England. The pieces were salvaged by Reverend Harold Appleyard from Meaford who served as a Military Chaplain during the war years. The glass was re-leaded and returned to Christ Church as a memorial for Canadian men and women...

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Owen Sound Restaurants

  • WOW

    This place gave me a WOW experience. My partner and I had a wonderful meal at the Rocky Raccoon on the main street in Owen Sound. We stopped in without reservations for dinner. The chicken dish was excellent, seasoned as I like - which I never get. The chef came to the table to discuss the meal. The owner(I think) was there and he came over and...

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  • Waterfront seafood haven

    Whenever I'm visiting a lakeside town in the middle of North America, I always head down to the waterfront and look for a bustling restaurant with good foods of the harbor and plenty of local cars in the parking lot. It's pretty much a sure-thing that I'll find fresh fish decently prepared in a place that the locals take pride in. The Rusty Gull...

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Owen Sound Nightlife

  • Nightlife? Not so much.

    Owen Sound isn't really a place to come to for nightlife... but if you must, there are a couple of rather dismal bars (as someone else mentioned above). In the winter around Christmastime, there's a rather impressive display of lights and decorations all along the river (which runs through the center of town - you can't miss it). To the best of my...

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  • Bar Scene Sucks

    When 'going out on the town' in Owen Sound, there's not much selection. Basically, you have two places to choose from, Beach Brothers, which has a very small clique following, and The Harb, which has, over the years, become the better of the two bars. Right above The Harb there's Smugglers, a strip club, but its not for the faint of heart or anyone...

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Owen Sound Local Customs

  • cement elevator

    At first I thought this was another of those impressive Great Lakes grain elevators that you see dotting the Lake Huron shore.But a VTer who lives in Owen Sound informed me that this is actually a storage system for powdered cement.The things that you learn via VT!

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  • Old Townhomes

    Owen Sound was a prosperous manufacturing center in the late 19th and early 20th century. I was glad to see that a good deal of the housing stock from 100 years ago has been preserved - and is still in relatively good condition!

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Owen Sound What to Pack

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    by hotsauce28 Written Oct 2, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're doing any sort of hiking along the trails, make sure you have good hiking boots. It can get quite slippery and trainers just won't cut it - lots of moss covered rocks and watch out for the tree roots!

    Photo Equipment: YES!

    Miscellaneous: We took a portable burner to make coffee when we found a pretty spot during the hike. No open fires allowed!

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Owen Sound Off The Beaten Path

  • Hunt for Waterfalls!

    There are 7 waterfalls in Grey County (Owen Sound) but I only managed to find 3 of them.Two of them were very touristy (but still beautiful) but my favourite one was the smallest at only 7 meters high - Hogg's Falls.Hoggs FallsTake Hwy 4 west to the East back line north. Turn east on Lower Valley road and look for two yellow posts on the north...

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  • Grey Roots Visitor Centre & Museum

    There is an exhibit on the underground railway discussing the history of Black people who escaped slavery to come here to settle. Also, there is a fabulous area for kids with circus activities for amusement....get a chance to play with the diablo! South of Owen Sound off highway 6 at Inglis falls.

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Owen Sound Favorites

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    A little bit of Suffolk in Ontario?

    by yooperprof Written Dec 2, 2006

    Favorite thing: St. George's is a very striking and attractive Anglican Church on the eastern side of the town center. It dates from the early 1880s, and was built with the local "Niagara Escarpment limestone." It's in a historic style that reminds me of some of the classic churches of rural East Anglia: John Constable could have painted it!

    It's at "Salvation Corner" - the intersection of 10th Street and 4th Avenue east.

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