Grey County

About

Grey County includes some of the best ski slopes in Ontario, but the region is becoming a popular destination for foodies, spa-seekers, nature-lovers, and even wine enthusiasts, thanks to an emerging wine region in the Southern Georgian Bay area.

Grey County first became a county of Upper Canada in 1852. Since then, the economy remains largely based on agriculture; however, tourism is becoming increasingly important to the region. Grey County is also home to 10 beautiful waterfalls – 7 of which are accessible during the winter months.

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Annual EventsAttractions & EntertainmentOutdoorsEating & DrinkingShoppingRest & RelaxMapsKey Locations

Annual Events

The main festivals include:
. January – Celebrate Winter Festival – Blue Mountain
. March/April – Grey County Maple Syrup Festivals – various locations
. July/August – The Sun Times Music & Moview – Owen Sound
. August – Summerfolk Music and Folk Festival – Owen Sound
. September – Owen Sound Fall Fair – Owen Sound; Summer Sundown & Fireworks – Blue Mountain
. October – Apple Harvest Festival – Blue Mountain & Thornbury
. November to January – Owen Sound Festival of Northern Lights – Owen Sound

Attractions & Entertainment

TOM THOMSOM ART GALLERY
Owen Sound / Grey County
Gallery
The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is a regional public gallery and national cultural attraction with a revolving program of contemporary and historical exhibitions, lectures, forums, films, concerts and workshops. The gallery has its own collection of over 2,300 works of art, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and craft. In addition to a rich base of works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, the collection offers significant contemporary art by regional and national artists. The focus is on works relating to the landscape, and the many contemporary interpretations of that tradition.
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GREY ROOTS MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Georgian Bluffs / Grey County
Museum / Gallery
Experience the intriguing stories of Grey County’s 19th and 20th century peoples and settlements, through Grey Roots original exhibits as well as nationally touring exhibits. The museum also includes the Nels Maher Print Shop and the Grey County Gallery, which presents the history of Grey County’s people against a backdrop of the County’s natural features. website / google maps

BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
The Blue Mountains / Grey County
Pedestrian Village / Live Music / Special Events
Four season pedestrian village, open everyday of the year, with 50 boutiques, shops, restaurant patios, with special events that include live music, entertainment and family-friendly activities.
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PLUNGE! AQUATIC CENTRE
The Blue Mountains / Grey County
Water Park
An all-ages, four-season water adventure park. Plunge! is inspired by the tradition of cottage-style boathouses and includes both indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, rope swings, slides and comfortable Muskoka dock chairs.
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SOUTH GREY MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL LIBRARY
Flesherton / Grey County
Museum
A community history collection representing the settlement and development of Southern Grey County. Rotating exhibits offer opportunities to view history through the objects and stories of people from early eras in the community.
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Outdoors

The Blue Mountains / Grey County
Scenic Caves / Suspension Bridge / Skiing(nordic) / Snowshoeing / Treetop Canopy Walk / Zip Lining
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures strives to provide a safe and unique recreational experience for people of all ages. Guests can: climb to the top of the Niagara Escarpment to view the surrounding land mass; climb through the caves; walk, ski or snowshoe along the nature trail and the suspension bridge; and zip through the treetops on cables.
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WHINNY ACRES GUEST RANCH
Priceville / West Grey / Grey County
Horseback Riding / Sleigh Ride / Snowshoeing
Whinny Acres offers horse adventure for all levels of riders. We offer 1 or 2 hour trail rides with miles of trails in all types of terrain. Ride up hills, through valleys and numerous types of forest. Also bed & breakfast and bunkie accommodations.
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BLUE MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
The Blue Mountains / Grey County
Skiing(alpine) / Tubing / Skating / Snowshoeing / Biking / Golf / Hiking
An all seasons resort with a focus on alpine skiing, situated on a section of the Niagara Escarpment about 1 km (0.6 mi.) from Nottawasaga Bay. It is the third-busiest ski resort in Canada, after Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia and Mont Tremblant in Quebec. It is one of the largest resorts in Ontario and has been extensively built out, featuring 42 runs, 16 chairlifts and 3 freestyle terrains. The resort has recently undergone major renovations, including new high-speed lifts and a new “village” similar to those built at Tremblant and Whistler at its base. Resort includes other complementary activities including the 4 season Plunge! Aquatic Centre and Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster.
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Eating & Drinking

MJ BYRNE’S IRISH PUB
The Blue Mountain / Grey County
Pub / Live Music
A genuine Irish Pub with 28 Draft beers from around the world and live music every night.
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Shopping

CROCK A DOODLE
The Blue Mountain / Grey County
Pottery
Drop-in pottery painting, with a large selection of items to choose from. All ages, and no reservations required. Other Ontario locations include Milton, Chatham, Kingston, Niagara Falls, to name a few.
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Rest & Relax

SCANDINAVE SPA, BLUE MOUNTAIN
The Blue Mountains / Grey County
Spa
An authentic nature spa, offering the renowned Scandinavian Baths experience. The Spa is open all year from 9am-9pm and includes a Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges & relaxation areas. Also available are Registered Massage treatments, relaxing getaway packages & an on-site bistro serving healthy local fare.
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PRETTY RIVER VALLEY COUNTRY INN
The Blue Mountains / Grey County
Inn
The Inn is located on 125 acres of the Niagara Escarpment (UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) overlooking 3,050 acres of the Pretty River Provincial Park minutes away from the Bruce Trail. A small intimate Inn with 11 accommodation choices all boasting wood burning fireplaces, seating areas, fridges and ensuite private bathrooms.
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Maps

Check out the map on the Explore Ontario page to see where Grey County lies within Ontario.

Key Locations

Following are the cities, towns and townships within Grey County.

City
Owen Sound

Municipalities
. Grey Highlands (including Markdale, Artemesia, Euphrasia, Osprey, Eugenia Ceylon, Maxwell, Singhampton, Priceville, Kimberley, Feversham, Flesherton)
. Meaford
. West Grey (including the communities of Aberdeen, Allan Park, Alsfeldt, Ayton, Barhead, Bentinck, Biemans Corners, Bunessan, Calderwood, Crawford, Durham, Edge Hill, Elmwood, Glen, Glenelg Centre, Habermehl, Hampden, Irish Lake, Lamlash, Lauderbach, Lauriston, Louise, Moltke, Mulock, Nenagh, Neustadt, Pomona, Priceville, Rocky Saugeen, Topcliff, Traverston, Vickers, Waudby and Welbeck)

Town
Hanover
The Blue Mountains

Township
Chatsworth
Georgian Bluffs
Southgate

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Visit the Official Regional Site of Grey County

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