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West Grey


Photo: Courtesy of Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority


The municipality of West Grey was formed in 2001, when the former communities of Bentinck, Glenelg, Normanby, Neustadt, Durham were amalgamated. According to Stats Canada, approximately 12,500 people reside here.

It is a picturesque region of Grey County where the waterways of the River Styx, Rocky Saugeen River, Beatty Saugeen River, and South Saugeen River wind their ways toward Lake Huron to the west. Several well-maintained parks and facilities take advantage of the natural landscape. Summer recreational activities include golfing, fishing, swimming, paddling, hiking and bicycling. In the winter, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular outdoor pursuits.

swimmers at McGowan Falls 

McGowan Falls. Photo Courtesy of Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority


McGowan Falls within the Durham Conservation Area is a popular spot for anglers and sightseers alike. The falls are more gradual than some, yet scenic set amongst the cedars of this public park. They are great for taking pictures or for wading into on a hot summer day.

West Grey is emerging as a regional cultural hub with a strong arts community. The Durham Art Gallery and several private studios and galleries across the area showcase world-class photography and visual art. Many award-winning authors, artisans and musicians call West Grey home.

Durham Art Gallery exhibit 

Photo: Durham Art Gallery


The municipality has partnered with neighbouring municipalities and Grey County to take a regional approach to promoting growth in residential, commercial and service sectors. It continues to focus on business retention, succession and attraction while leveraging regional resources and grant application.

The West Grey Chamber of Commerce (WGCC) and Durham BIA work closely with the municipality to promote and engage the business community, fostering a healthy and sustainable business environment and economy. The WGCC also drives tourism to the area and exalts West Grey’s scenic beauty and rural lifestyle.

Although many physical gatherings have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, the WGCC plans many networking events throughout the year including regular Business Network Socials and featured speaker forums.

Access to Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plans, as well as member discounts on everything from audio and webinar conferencing to travel and shipping expenses are just some of the many benefits to joining this dynamic group.

WGCC gift certificates are available to the public, redeemable for local goods and services. There’s never been a better time to shop locally and patronize our neighbourhood businesses. These certificates make excellent gifts, door or contest prizes or employee incentives.

Women Talking by Miriam Toews will be advocated by Amanda Bible, leader of the Bible Team for Rock Capital Investments, The Mortgage Centre.  As a consultant for a major bank, Amanda became frustrated with the lack of options offered to her clients and the inflexibility of the financial institution when it came to qualifying for a mortgage. As the leader of her own mortgage firm today, she turns no one away and works with a multitude of lenders, providing highly competitive rates and many options to meet all of her clients needs.

The WGCC welcomes new members, questions, feedback and participation. To contact the Chamber, email Nella.

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Grey County Reads is supported through advertising by these local businesses and organizations:

Amanda Bible - Rock Capital Investments Inc., The Mortgage Centre
Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture and Cabinetry
The Bicycle Café

The Bookstore

Chapman's Ice Cream
The Colour Jar
ColourPix Graphic Design Services
Graciela Robertson, Grey County Real Estate Inc. Brokerage
Grey County Apparel/Hello Country Magazine
Grey County Public Libraries
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
John Tamming Law
Alex Ruff, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Lyn Grant Financial Services Inc.
Mullin Bookkeeping
Nature's Path Osteopathy and Alternative Healing
The Restaurant - Leela's Villa Inn
Speaking Volumes Books and Audio
Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound


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