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Overview of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

The City of Owen Sound is a blend of urban and natural attractions. Clear blue water, relaxing beaches and a bright sky are set against green valleys and limestone cliffs. Owen Sound is "The Hub" of the Grey-Bruce region, the cultural centre of a beautiful nature-based City of travel destination. A part of Grey County, Owen Sound and its surrounding communities of Chatsworth, Georgian Bluffs and Meaford are worth checking out.

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  • Population: 21,431
  • Population Density: 911.5/ km²
  • Area: 23.51 km²
  • Latitude: 44º 34' N
  • Longitude: 80º 56' W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 307msl
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Language: English
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History of Owen Sound, Ontario

The city of Owen Sound was originally known as Sydenham when it was first settled in 1841 by Charles Rankin. The city gained its current name in 1851 and was incorporated in 1857. For much of its history, Owen Sound was a major port city, known as the "Chicago of the North". Its location on Georgian Bay gave it access to the upper Great Lakes, and major rail lines moved cargo south from there. One of Owen Sound's most famous men was World War I flying ace and Victoria Cross winner William Avery "Billy" Bishop, Canada's leading pilot in the war and a veteran of Vimy Ridge. His gravesite can be visited in the city's Greenwood Cemetery by those willing to take the time to locate the stone.

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Owen Sound's Demographics

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Owen Sound's Climate

Owen Sound is famous for large snowfalls in the winter months.

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Education in Owen Sound, Ontario

Owen Sound is home to both elementary and secondary schools and has a Georgian College campus as well.

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Transportation around Owen Sound, Ontario

The transportation service in Owen Sound is a four route system operating during the day Monday through Saturday. All four routes provide ½ hour service from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, bus services operate between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm with ½ hour service on the East Bay Shore and Brooke routes and one-hour service on the Core and Cross Town routes.

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Tourism and Attractions of Owen Sound

Visit the Owen Sound's art galleries, historic museums and heritage homes, theatre and symphony. The city is also home to many great restaurants and unique shops. There are also many local tours in operation throughout the year, including waterfall tours, garden tours, a lighthouse tour and historic walking tour as well.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Owen Sound
  • Wiarton
  • Zion
  • Wolseley
  • Kemble
  • Lindenwood
  • Hogg
  • East Linton
  • Balmy Beach
  • Leith
  • Annan
  • Copperkettle
  • Benallen
  • Springmount
  • Jackson
  • Alvanley
  • Shallow Lake
  • Cruickshank
  • Hepworth
  • Shouldice
  • Allenford
  • Sauble Beach
  • Squire
  • Kilsyth
  • Keward
  • Keady
  • Grimston
  • Marmion
  • Luek Mill
  • Williamsford
  • Holland Centre
  • Walters Falls
  • Strathavon
  • Massie
  • Chatsworth
  • Arnott
  • Hemstock Mill
  • Bayview
  • Chesley
  • Woodford
  • Elmhedge
  • Strathnaim
  • Bognor
  • Balaclava
  • Inglis Falls
  • Durham

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Geography of Owen Sound, Ontario

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Owen Sound's Government

The Owen Sound municipal government is made up of a Mayor and eight Councillors that all represent the city as a whole.

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Owen Sound's Economy and Industry

Being both the gateway to cottage country, and in the heart of Ontario's beef, apple and corn region, farming and tourism are both integral parts of the Owen Sound economy.

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Owen Sound's Culture and Significant Events

Owen Sound was named 2004 Cultural Capitals of Canada. With choirs, country dancers, cellists, cultural events and festivals, the range of talent in Owen Sound is vast. Some of the local events that are celebrated are: Billy Bishop Day in June, Summerfolk--a music festival held in August, Celtic Festival held every September and the Festival of Northern Lights--over 200 illuminated Christmas displays sparkle along the banks of the Sydenham River in downtown Owen Sound from mid-November to mid-January each year.

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Sports in Owen Sound, Ontario

Owen Sound has an Ontario Hockey League team, the Owen Sound Attack, which plays home games in the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

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Media of Owen Sound

Owen Sound has one local daily newspaper, The Owen Sound Sun Times.

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