The Municipality of Grey Highlands was formed by the amalgamation of the village of Markdale with the Townships of Artemesia, Euphrasia and Osprey. The area includes the unincorporated hamlets of Eugenia, Ceylon, Maxwell, Singhampton, Priceville, Kimberley, Badjeros and Feversham as well as the village of Flesherton.
Cut along its centre by Highway 10, it is situated between the Townships of Southgate and Chatsworth. The approximate population of 10,000 people is an eclectic mixture of farmers, artists and artisans, commuters and seasonal residents.
Hogg's Fall's. Photo: Barbara Pearn
Natural features dominate the landscape and provide visitors with many outdoor pursuits including boating, hiking, golfing, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling. The Niagara Escarpment has several ancillary attributes including the Bruce Trail, Beaver Valley, Eugenia and Hoggs Falls, the Beaver and Boyne Rivers as well as many recreational waterholes like the Flesherton Pond and Wilcox, Irish and Eugenia Lakes.
Seven self-guided historic walking tours featuring the different communities within the Municipality can be found in Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce (GHCOC) brochures. Each community has a rich heritage with interesting stories of our pioneering past.
Flesherton calls itself the Walking Village with off-road hikes and pleasant village streets, featuring century brick homes, farmland, orchards and two distinct trail areas right in town: The Flesherton Forest and the Flesherton Hills.
Photo: Main Street at the Markdale Cruise Night Classic Car Show. SouthGrey.ca
A year-round calendar of events, counting as many as three age-old Fall fairs, gives the area its tremendous sense of community and shows off a generations-old farming tradition.
Known for its artists, artisans, antiques, bakeries, cafés, small shops and restaurants, Grey Highlands is a worthwhile stop on your way to just about anywhere.
Rocklyn Inn B&B, Ice Cream and Snack Shop.
Currently undergoing a renaissance, the Municipality is poised for growth. New townhouse communities, brand new school and state-of-the-art hospital constructions are either already underway or just about to start. The GHCOC is excited to participate in and encourage that prosperity.
GHCOC members represent many business sectors including manufacturing, retailing, service, recreation, medical and professional groups. The community is unique with a very distinct character.
The group sponsors seminars on topics such as business, finance, and technology and is involved in many community projects that promote economic development and tourism.
Shawn Ankenmann, owner of Highland Grounds Fair Trade Coffee Shop in Flesherton will be advocating for Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. An ordained United Church Minister, Ankenmann came to Flesherton in 2013 to begin his career serving up java and sandwiches with equal parts pastoral care and community involvement. An avid reader, he hopes to bring his own brand of enlightenment to the task afforded to him by Grey County Reads.
The GHCOC encourages businesses to join the group and take advantage of the great benefits they offer to help grow and expand the new member’s network, increase exposure, build customer base and make a direct impact on the business community.
To learn more, email Michelle or call 519-986-4612.
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