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Owen Sound

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Photo: Courtesy of Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce


The Owen Sound area is a great place to live and work. Located in the heart of Grey County, the city has a population of 21,000. It is well known for its historic charm, picturesque tree-lined streets and a magnificent harbour, situated on the shores of Georgian Bay.

The Owen Sound Downtown Improvement Area Board of Management (DIA) and the City of Owen Sound are working on a continued revitalization of the downtown core.

The city is supported by a modern healthcare system, strong police and fire services, cutting-edge technology, strong industry, and a significant arts-and-culture community. It is complemented by a resilient industrial workforce, modern technology, and strong economic development.

Owen Sound also boasts some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the region. Placed at the mouths of the Pottawatomi and Sydenham Rivers, near many waterfalls and trails within a short drive of the city, Owen Sound is a recreational playground. Boating, fishing and hiking are some of the most popular outdoor activities.

Cyclists in Owen Sound park

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Known as the Scenic City, Owen Sound also has many parks, trails, and facilities available for public use. They capitalize on the natural beauty of the region, and are easy to access and enjoy.

There are a number of minor sports organizations offering recreational and competitive sports activities in Owen Sound during the year. The city is home to the Owen Sound Attack junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League.

Photo: Grey Bruce Image Archives/Foto Art Owen Sound


Arts, culture and heritage merge seamlessly in Owen Sound, underpinning the city's identity. A former Cultural Capital of Canada, it is a mecca for artists in the Grey-Bruce area and well-known as the boyhood home and final resting place for Tom Thomson, one of Canada’s most-acclaimed painters and the inspiration behind the world-famous Group of Seven.

The city is the largest business centre within Grey County and the Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce is passionate about the value that local business brings to their community. Advocating for their nearly 500 members, the OSCOC gives voice to foster the business environment and facilitate the networking and educational forums that are a major ingredient in their strategic plan. The public can also connect with member businesses through their comprehensive online business directory. (

Here you will find independent companies, popular franchises, big box stores, restaurants, hotels, and everything in between.

Summerfolk Festival performers on stage

The group Small Glories performs. Photo: Courtesy of / Small Glories


Throughout the year, there are a wide variety of festivals and events, attracting visitors from near and far. The Chamber also hosts a number of networking events, information sessions and special forums focused to help members work ‘on’ their business, not just ‘in it.’ To view the calendar of events or learn more about the organization, visit the OSCOC website.

Sydney Austin, General Manager of Staples in Owen Sound will be advocating for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Syd brought his wife Diane and his young family to the Scenic City 32 years ago after taking a senior executive position with a major Food Service Distributor. They have called Owen Sound home ever since. Today, Syd’s career has come full circle and he is currently the General Manager of Staples on the western side of town, known as the Sunset Strip. He is serving as Chairman of the Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce.

The OSCOC welcomes new members, questions, feedback and participation. To contact the Chamber, email Diane or Tiffany.

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