Thinking of relocating to or investing in Owen Sound? In this guide, you’ll find key demographics, average home prices, things to do and more.
Owen Sound has fast become known as a hub of arts and culture, destination for outdoors adventures, and the ultimate place to find work-life balance. This modern city of 21,000 serves as city centre for much of the larger region of Grey and Bruce counties, and many who live outside the city boundaries visit daily for employment, shopping, school, healthcare and more.
Owen Sound City Guide
Owen Sound is a small, modern city at the intersection of rural Ontario and cottage country. It is outlined by the breath-taking limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment on three sides and opens up to the sparkling waters of southern Georgian Bay.
Owen Sound is nearby to the natural beauty of the Bruce Peninsula to the north, the sun and sand of Sauble Beach to the west, and the outdoor fun of the ski mountains and resorts of the Blue Mountains and Beaver Valley to the east. Further down the road, the nearest cities are Barrie (119 km away), Guelph (140 km), Kitchener (147 km), Waterloo (146 km), Cambridge (167 km), and Toronto (190 km).
See also: Choosing a School in Grey and Bruce
Things To Do in Owen Sound
Owen Sound is the largest urban community in Grey and Bruce counties. As the central hub of Grey County, it offers regional services like the largest hospital in the area and houses the Grey County government offices, one of the seven campuses of Georgian College, the weekly Saturday Owen Sound Farmers’ Market, and the reading treasures of a large public library.
It’s home to the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack, the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival (August), the Salmon Spectacular fishing derby (August-September), and the Festival of Northern Lights (November-January). Nearby at the Cobble Beach golf resort community, the sophisticated Concours d’Elegance is held every September to showcase rare and international cars.
In 2004, Owen Sound was named as a Cultural Capital of Canada. Today, the city continues to promote local, national, and international culture through festivals and events and diverse museums and galleries.
The history of one of our local World War II hero is preserved at the Billy Bishop Home & Museum. The local history of our region’s people is on display at the Grey Roots Museum & Archives; and marine, rail, and industrial heritage are celebrated at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre.
The visual arts are on full display at many local galleries, including the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and the Artist’s Co-op. If you’d like to make art yourself, new local businesses like the Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts and Daisy’s Clay House offer hands-on adventures for adults and children. You can experience exciting live theatre at the Roxy Theatre.
See also: Accessing Healthcare in Grey & Bruce
Outdoor Adventures in Owen Sound
Nicknamed the “Scenic City,” Owen Sound offers our residents four seasons of nature fun wherever they turn. Our two major parks are Harrison Park and Kelso Beach Park, both of which offer camping. From Harrison Park, you can connect to the many hiking trails, including the world-famous Bruce Trail with its spectacular views from the Niagara Escarpment and its wide array of flora and fauna, including rare ferns. You can continue along the Bruce Trail or drive to the eight local waterfalls like the majestic Inglis Falls. Our waterfalls are only some of the natural riches in the 80 conservation areas of Grey Sauble Conservation.
Many other forms of outdoor recreation are available here. Excellent boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are available on Georgian bay. Hiking and cycling are very popular here, as well as the three golf courses in the area. In winter, residents can enjoy thousands of kilometres of snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing areas, and downhill ski clubs nearby at the Blue Mountains and Beaver Valley.
The city operates two arenas, a major soccer complex, and many baseball and softball fields. There is also a recently built recreation centre that houses two rinks and the YMCA fitness facility with its two pools.
The city’s downtown is within walking distance of much of Owen Sound and it’s home to many small local businesses, as well as our art galleries, library, and farmer’s market. On the east side of the city, the Heritage Place Shopping Centre and the Heritage Grove complex offer more shopping choices.
Owen Sound Demographics
The population of Owen Sound is 21,341. The median household income in Owen Sound is $51,042 per year. Health care, retail, and manufacturing are the largest industries in the city and approximately 25% of people in Owen Sound work as professionals.
As of August 2021, the average house price in Grey-Bruce was $642,235. The median days on the market is 17 days, and there were 365 new listings in August. The majority of homes in Owen Sound have 3 bedrooms and are detached houses and as you can see, there’s plenty to choose from when you’ve chosen to make the Grey-Bruce region your home.
Where to Find Owen Sound Real Estate for Sale
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