Owen Sound

Owen Sound

From the Georgian Bay shoreline to the limestone cliffs and scenic waterfalls of the Niagara Escarpment, the city of Owen Sound is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. It is located at the base of the Bruce Peninsula.

In addition to great hiking nearby, it’s close to great water activities like fishing, boating and swimming, with local beaches like Kelso Beach at Nawash Park.

The city is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene with venues like the Roxy Theatre and Heartwood Hall, orchestras and symphonies, art galleries and festivals including the annual Festival of Northern Lights.

Map of Owen Sound

Where is Owen Sound?

The city of Owen Sound is located within Grey County, roughly 2.5 hours from the Greater Toronto Area.

The city and region are best explored by car or motorcycle, although regional bus service is available via the Grey Transit Route. Local transportation is provided by Owen Sound Transit. The town city is also reachable by boat via the Georgian Shores Marina.

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Things to do in Owen Sound

Attend a music festival

Owen Sound’s annual Summerfolk Music Festival brings together a cavalcade of singers, bands, food and art vendors for a three-day celebration every August.

Take in a live performance

With a lively calendar of live musical, theatrical and other performances, The Roxy Theatre in downtown Owen Sound offers enjoyable programming for the whole family year-round.

Explore a heritage village

Tour the 19th-century heritage village Grey Roots Museum & Archives, complete with volunteers in 19th-century costumes recreating the town’s early days.

Hike to a waterfall

Attend a symphony

Make it an evening to remember with a performance by the Owen Sound-based Georgian Bay Symphony or the Owen Sound City Band, both offering live performances throughout the year.

Browse art gallery collections

Visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and explore the life of Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson, including the actual tools he used to create his famous paintings, sketches and graphics.

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Last updated: March 29, 2024

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