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Beautiful scenery abounds in Grey Highlands, giving rise to a number of sporting activities that use the natural beauty to enhance playful outdoor activities.
With an abundance of lakes and rivers, Grey Highlands enjoys a few swimming and picnicking areas in which to cool off and relax. Each facility is maintained and water-tested but also unsupervised so take care when entertaining small children.
The Flesherton pond is a popular spot in town, just off Grey Road 4 heading west towards Ceylon. The grounds have ample parking, sandy beach and covered picnic area. Entrance to the water is shallow but deepens dramatically allowing for a fulsome swim in a relatively contained area.
Trek on over to Lake Eugenia where another public beach awaits. The entrance to the swimming area is less sandy but stays shallow right up to the location of buoys marking the limit of your access. A grassy park with picnic tables and a newly installed gazebo provide for a enjoyable summer afternoon of water fun and blissful gazing at the lake, public dock and boaters out on the water.
Centurian cyclists tackle a road near Eugenia. Photo: Barbara Pearn.
The region has become a well-known training ground for racers and recreational cyclists due to it’s quiet roads and challenging landscape. Bring a bicycle to the lake or any trail head parking lot, strap on your helmet and go! Check out Food, Marvelous Food for great places to pit stop for a healthy snack while you are out and about!
Hikers too, have a variety of trails to choose from ranging in skill level from easy to expert. Read Grey Highlands Hikes for a complete rundown of where to go to work off some of those unfortunate winter pounds.
Source: Caledon Horse and Carriage.
Horseback riding is another excellent way to get out and experience the beauty of outdoors and Grey Highlands can set you up quite nicely in that regard. You can enjoy a ride through the mud, water, hills and valleys of Markdale at Caledon Horse and Carriage.
Ahhhhh, golf is one of this region’s most beloved pastimes and you can find several courses to keep you coming back again and again.
Talisman Golf Course.
Talisman Golf Course near Kimberley reopened in 2016 following years of neglect and some say it is better now than it ever was. A picturesque 9-hole course with escarpment views on either side, it is not overly challenging as it gently caresses the meandering Beaver River.
Highland Glen is a semi-private 18-hole golf course with lush fairways and long rough that opened in 1999 but has a newly-renovated clubhouse, golf shop and après-golf facility.
Source: Markdale Golf Club
For an older, more established course, check out Markdale Golf Club where you’ll find a good mixture of water and sand hazards together with well-groomed fairways and greens.
Dunadel is a 9-hole public course between Flesherton and Dundalk known as a forgiving course with nice open play.
Source: The Ferns Golf and Country Club.
Perhaps the most difficult course in Grey County is The Ferns Golf & Country Club, bounded by the Rocky Saugeen River to the south and treed crown lands to the north and west. A naturally beautiful property carved out of a 150-year-old hardwood forest, it is a hidden gem well worth experiencing.
Hopefully, that gets you started on a summer of playful activities to please the whole family. Whether you are looking for muscle-building exercise or a more leisurely-paced pastime, Grey Highlands can fit the bill.