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Cottage Country Living: Accessing Healthcare in Grey & Bruce

Moving to Cottage Country: How and Where to Access Healthcare in Grey and Bruce

Buying a property in cottage country could be your dream come true. Moving to a new area can pose a lot of questions, though, particularly around healthcare and your ability to access necessary medical services. When you move from Toronto, Hamilton or another more populous city, will you still have access to doctors, emergency services, and home support in Grey and Bruce counties?

Absolutely! In this post, you’ll find links and information to help you prepare for your healthcare needs as you plan your move to Owen Sound, Tobermory, Southampton or the surrounding areas.

This part of cottage country is served by a network of hospitals called Grey Bruce Health Services. When you move to the area, you will want to make sure you know where the nearest hospital and emergency room are located—just in case!

The GBHS network has hospitals in Owen Sound (head office), Lion’s Head, Markdale, Meaford, Southampton, and Wiarton. Click here to find the phone number and map location of each one.

In case of a health emergency in Grey & Bruce:

If you experience an emergency while visiting or living in Grey-Bruce cottage country, call 911.

For a mental health crisis or emergency, call the Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce at 1-877-470-5200. This service is provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce. The crisis line is staffed by volunteers who help people in distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Planning for Your Healthcare in Moving to Cottage Country

Here are a few local services that may help with ongoing healthcare services and support, depending on your needs:

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Our local health unit provides a variety of services and programs for residents of all ages including (but not limited to) immunization and screening for communicable diseases, dental health, food safety, health education programs, a sexual health clinic, and public health standards enforcement.

Plan your move to Grey-Bruce with information about healthcare services and programs.
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How to reach them:

Grey Bruce Health Link Coordinated Care Planning

Coordinated care planning can help meet your unique needs, particularly where multiple services or providers are involved. 

How to reach them:

Home & Community Support Services of Grey Bruce

HCSS Grey Bruce manages and delivers Ministry of Health-approved community support services to eligible adults who reside within Grey and Bruce counties.

How to reach them

  • Visit their head office in the Heritage Place Mall (1350 16th Street, Owen Sound)
  • Call their central intake office at 1-833-659-5491
  • Visit their website

Wheelchair Accessible Charter Bus Service, Kunkel Bus Lines

Kunkel’s vehicles include a coach bus and school vans equipped with wheelchair lifts, tie-downs, and additional seating for other passengers. These are located in Durham, Hanover, Owen Sound, Walkerton and can be dispatched throughout Grey and Bruce counties. 

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Mobility Transit Service in the City of Owen Sound

Door-to door-transportation (within city limits) for Owen Sound residents with mobility limitations that restrict their ability to use conventional public transit. This bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift, while regular Owen Sound transit buses are wheelchair accessible.

Learn more about transportation in Owen Sound and the surrounding areas.
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How to reach them

  • Call for bookings: 519-376-7500, or reach Administration at 519-376-4274 ext 3233
  • Send an email to

Midwives Grey Bruce

Moving to cottage country can be a great choice for growing young families! If you want are or plan to become pregnant in Grey/Bruce, you may want to use the services of our local midwives.

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REACH Centre Grey Bruce

The REACH Centre in Owen Sound provides educational and recreational day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Intake and assessment is required to access support services.

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Grey Bruce Audiology

Take care of your complete hearing health with assessments, hearing aid services and sales, and more. 

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Grey-Bruce Foot Clinic

Professional chiropodists will provide assessment and treatment for foot concerns and can also provide custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes (located in Hanover).

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Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce

Access services and supports for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and their caregivers.

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Want to learn more about escaping the city and making Owen Sound, Tobermory or elsewhere in Grey and Bruce cottage country your home?

Still not sure where to turn? Contact Ontario’s Community and Social Services Help Line at 211 or visit the 211 website to search for assistance by topic.