Grey County Ontario Rural Communities
by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
One of the best “perks” of writing about Ontario and its communities and events is that we get to visit so many “great” communities. A while ago Judi and I decided that we would explore rural communities in Grey County.
Above is a list of Grey County Rural Communities we visited over the past few years.
Annan is just northeast of Owen Sound and is part of Grey County. The Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery is located near the village of Annan and overlook the blue waters of Georgian Bay.
Judi and I travel through the Hamlet of Banks to get to Blue Mountain Resort. The views along the way are spectacular!
Beautiful countryside, but I couldn’t find any information about Bowes Hill.
When we passed through Cheeseville we couldn’t see any “cheese‘ but we did see “wild turkeys“!
The Village of Clarksburg is located just south of Thornbury and is nicknamed “Artsburg” because of all the art galleries located in the village.
Duncan is located in the Blue Mountain and overlooks Beaver Valley.
According to Wikipedia, “Dundalk has the highest elevation of any populated place in southern Ontario at 526m (1,735 feet)“.
Durham is a beautiful community with an amazing park in its downtown area.
Here is another on I can’t find any information about! But, as you can see, it has a “sign“!
Eugenia is an interesting little community, the Home of the “Gold Rush“, Eugenia Falls and Eugenia Lake!
Judi and I drive through it on our way to Toronto. Feversham is the home of the Ice River Springs bottling company and the Feversham Gorge Conservation Area.
Flesherton is known as the “Gateway to Beaver Valley“.
Judi and I were amazed at how Hanover had grown. To the east there are “big box stores” and to the west, there is the “Hanover Raceway“. Even though it has grown, the downtown area has been able to retain its “small town” feel!
The winding road through Heathcote crosses over the Beaver River. If you stop in Heathcote you could buy a “yummy” pie “Blackbird Pie Company” or you could rent a canoe or kayak and “paddle” along the Beaver River!
If you are near Owen Sound, you can visit the Keady Livestock and Farmers’ Markets on Tuesdays.
Canadian Artist, Tom Thomson, is buried in Leith.
When we pass through Loree, Judi and I always bet how many cars we will see at the Loree trail.
Markdale, home of Chapman’s Ice Cream.
There’s a beautiful river and dam flowing through the middle of Massie!
Owen Sound is the largest community in Grey County and is the winter home of the MC Chi-Cheemaun and the Owen Sound Attack (CHL hockey team). It is also where the Grey County offices are located.
Ravenna is at the crossroads, if we go straight, we are heading for Collingwood. If we turn right, we are heading for Toronto. Better straight than right!
High on the hill we can see the “blue waters” Georgian Bay and the “water tower” in Thornbury. To get there we go down the hill, through Redwing. What a “scenic” trip!
Rockland, on the way to the Grey Roots Museum and the Moreston Heritage Village.
Rocklyn, home of the Rocklyn Fall Fair, Judi’s and my favourite small fair.
If you are looking for a great place to eat, find where the “snowmobilers” go in the winter! You’ll find plenty of them in Singhampton.
Slabtown, an “oasis” in the middle of “no where“, just south of Clarksburg.
Thornbury, our “awesome” adopted “hometown“!
A great place to visit and explore! The Falls are breathtaking!
Thanks “right” folks, Wodehouse, population “88“!
“Grey County, a wonderful place to live, play and work… and to VISIT!”