Grey County has so much to offer all year round, summer especially! You should never be at a loss of things to do in this area, but if you are we have put together a list of our favourite things to do in the summer in Grey County. Get out there and have some fun in the sun!
1) Go to the Beach
Nothing says summer like a day at the beach. Sauble Beach and Wasaga Beach are definitely staples in the area: people drive from all over for these beaches and they’re worth the drive! If you’re looking for a beach with less crowds there are plenty of smaller beaches and conservation areas on the bay you can go to: Northwinds Beach, Christie Beach, the Thornbury Pier, Memorial Park, Fred Raper Park, and McCarroll Park to name a few. If you are looking for a quiet day on the water then inland lakes and ponds in Grey-Bruce are for you. Lake Eugenia offers great swimming, boating, waterskiing, paddling, fishing and the list goes on! Townsend Lake, Irish Lake, and Markdale & Flesherton ponds are great options too! For a more in depth list of local beaches checkout our article here.
2) Get a Scoop of Ice Cream at Local Shops
The town of Markdale in Grey County is of course home to Chapman’s Ice Cream: no one does ice cream better than we do! With Chapman’s so close to home there are lots of local shops that offer tons of different flavours for you to get a scoop of. Fire & Ice in Markdale and Jolley’s in Flesherton are two great stops for Chapman’s ice cream. Pom Pom in Thornbury is a wonderful stop for homemade popsicles, milkshakes, smoothies and of course ice cream and more!
3) Visit Local Museums
School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a day of learning! One of the best ways to spend an afternoon is by traveling back in time, learning of the distant past, and being captivated by local history and there are several local museums to take you on this journey. Grey Roots Museum and archives is the largest local museum with the most in depth exhibits and Moreston Heritage Village. Other great local museums include the South Grey Museum in Flesherton, the Meaford Museum, the Billy Bishop House in Owen Sound, Sheffield Park Black History & Cultural Museum and Craigleith Heritage Depot both in the Blue Mountains.
4) Vineyard & Brewery Tours
Grey and Bruce are home to some of the most beautiful vineyards and best breweries and cideries around, and visiting some would make a wonderful summer day trip. Some of our favourites are Coffin Ridge, Georgian Hills, the Beaver Valley Cidery, Northwinds Brewery and the Thornbury Village Cidery and Brewery. The best part? You don’t have to worry about drinking and driving! New company “The Beer Bus” runs all-inclusive tours to several local vineyards, breweries and cideries with transportation, samples at each stop, snacks, refreshments and a tour guide! For more information on them visit www.thebeerbus.ca.
5) Go Golfing
Golfing is a big draw to Grey and Bruce. Area golf courses range from great local family courses right up to PGA grade courses. There are also a range of public, semi-private and private golf courses/clubs so there is something for whatever you’re looking for. If you ask one of our realtors Russ, whenever (if ever!) he gets some time off you will find him on a local golf course. I personally do not golf too much so I asked Russ for some expertise. Some of his favourite courses are Lora Bay which has hosted Telus Skins and is overlooking the beautiful Georgian Bay. Batteaux Creek is also at the top of Russ’ list; just south of Collingwood this 18 hole course features bent grass fairways which is a real treat. If you are looking for great value Russ recommends Highland Glen south of the Beaver Valley.
6) Visit Specialty Shops
It is always great to support local businesses no matter the time of year, it just seems to be more fun in the summer. The sun is out, there are tons of street sales, and it just feels good to spend a day on the town. Lots of local shops also get tons of fresh, local produce during the summer. Some of our favourite shops with local products include the Kimberley General Store, Grandma Lambe’s, the Farmer’s Pantry, and not to mention all of the local farmer’s markets! There are also plenty of local stores to check out to update your summer wardrobe to get you ready to beat the heat in style! I have mentioned this before but my personal go to’s are Thornbury & Meaford for some much needed shopping!
7) Enjoy Local Live Music
Having a meal on a local patio is already great, add in some live music? Now that is a night out! Lots of local restaurants have different musicians come in or host open mics/jam nights including The Leeky Canoe in Meaford and Fire & Ice in Markdale. You are also sure to find great live music at tons of local events throughout the summer. One of my favourites is Thornbury’s Jazz by the bay that takes place every week throughout July & August. The Meaford Hall also brings is live musicians all throughout the summer, for a list of shows going on through the summer click here.
8) Go Camping
I mentioned above that one of our agents Russ loves to golf. Well another one of our agents Kelly has this same passion but for camping! As soon as the summer hits she loves to spend time outside and to get in some camping whenever she can and there are lots of places to do so in Grey County! One of the best local campgrounds in my opinion is at Memorial Park in Meaford. There you can camp in a charming forest right on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay! And you are close to shopping and amenities in Meaford and Thornbury. Great for a summer weekend getaway or a vacation for the family!
9) Travel the Scenic Routes
Lots of people think that the best time of year to travel our local roads is the fall for all of the colours. Although it is beautiful in the fall, lots of people forget how stunning it can be in the summer too. With the valley all lush with green and enveloped by a bright blue sky and beaming sun, you just have to smile. Remember that the summer is warmer too making it fantastic convertible weather. If you really needed more convincing, just take a look at this shot taken on Grey Road 13 between Eugenia and Kimberley… do I really need to say more? Just stunning!
10) Hike the Bruce Trail and See Local Waterfalls
This is another one that everyone has different opinions about. Once again, the fall is great for hiking and getting to enjoy the colours, the spring is great because the waterfalls are at their fullest, and the winter is a whole other experience all together. The summer however, definitely has some specialties too. The heat makes it great to cool off under the waterfalls (you definitely cannot do that any other time unless you want to freeze!), the forests are all lush with summer green and it’s a great time of year to look for lots of different kinds of wildlife. Get out and enjoy our beautiful outdoors!