has it all – fun outdoor experiences, delicious culinary adventures and cultural activities. Whether it’s a hike to one of ten waterfalls
or along the Bruce Trail, a paddle down the Beaver River, cycling
the scenic country roads or savouring the view from the top of Blue Mountain
, there’s an experience to suit you.
Some of the most spectacular vistas along the Bruce Trail
can be seen along this section of the trail as it winds its way through Grey into Bruce
and hooks up with the Ganaraska Trail
at Glen Huron near Collingwood through Simcoe
. Less rugged trail
systems can be found in Grey’s communities, parks and along rail trails, just right for a more leisurely stroll or family outing. Tour by car to take in the ten pretty waterfalls, using the handy brochure
as your guide for locations and nearby attractions.
For the more adventurous, the Niagara Escarpment makes for some awesome climbing and caving experiences
. A local operator, Free Spirit Tours
, offers guided tours complete with equipment, a great option for beginners! Or visit Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
and take your own self-guided tour or book a “Guided Eco Adventure Tour” which includes the suspension bridge, treetop walk, touring the caves and two ziplines.
The paved back roads of Grey are a cyclist’s dream, passing through a variety of terrain ranging from farmers’ fields to forested areas with hills and curves adding a bit of a challenge. For mountain bikers and those who prefer a more relaxed touring speed, there are kilometres of dirt and community trails. And the Cycling Guide
makes it easy to choose and map your route.
Grey’s culinary experiences just keep growing! The “Saints & Sinners Bootleggers Run” pocket map
is one of the most recent additions with a map and list of local wineries, breweries and cideries. Pair up your favourite local beverage with local food
– dine out or pick up fresh ingredients from a farmers’ market or store to create your own culinary masterpiece. Check out the Apple Pie Trail
with close to 40 apple-themed stops from tasty treats and meals to art to orchards to baking your own apple pie to winetasting. Be sure to visit Thornbury
, a compact, pretty mecca of trendy restaurants and food shops.
For paddlers, both the Beaver
Rivers offer scenic routes and along the Sydenham, a view of Owen Sound’s historical homes as well as nature. Whether it’s in a canoe or kayak on a SUP (stand up paddleboard), beginners to those more experienced will find their waterway
here with inland lakes, rivers and the shores of Georgian Bay.
The fishin’ is fine in Grey and one of the angling highlights of the season is the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular
, August 26th to September 4th. This derby is a celebration of fishing with a live entertainment tent, fish fries, bingo, activities for kids and more.
There’s lots of fun to be had for all ages at Blue Mountain
! Kids and adults alike love the Plunge! Aquatic Centre, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Cascade Putting Course, the climbing wall, live concerts, fireworks and more taking place all season long. Shop, dine and dance the night away in the Village
. Plan some “down time” at one of the two spas onsite or visit the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
a short drive away.
Literally step back in time with a visit to Moreston Heritage Village
at Grey Roots Museum & Archives. Stroll through the Village and drop in for a chat with the smithy at the blacksmith shop, check out what’s going on at the garage and try your hand at several hands-on activities. Guided tours are offered three times a day during the summer. Visit Grey’s smaller museums, such as the Meaford Museum
, located at the Meaford harbour. Tour the museum then take a stroll along the pretty waterfront and harbour. Head to Flesherton and the South Grey Museum
and be sure to visit The Bakery
downtown for tasty butter tarts and other goodies.
Culturally speaking, Grey is “right up there” with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery
and its impressive collection of this iconic painter’s work, the historic Roxy Theatre
and the lovingly restored Meaford Hall
. Outdoor summer concerts and festivals, such as Owen Sound’s Summerfolk
(with headliner Bruce Cockburn in August 2016) on the waterfront, make music a visual as well as listening pleasure.
Great shopping, fun festivals and events, cool dining experiences, amazing outdoor adventure and a warm welcome make Grey just one of the reasons to visit BruceGreySimcoe this warm weather season!
Colour it your way when you visit beautiful Grey!
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