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A Guide to In and Around Owen Sound

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Paddling the Sydenham

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Looking for a scenic paddle?
Looking for a scenic paddle?

The inner harbour of Owen Sound is one to try. Set out from one of the boat launches or the city marina and travel to the harbour and the Sydenham River. While paddling you will pass many iconic Owen Sound sites such as the Bayshore Community Centre, Kelso Beach and the grain elevators. 

Inner Harbour
Inner Harbour

Paddle under the major bridges and stop at the floating docks on the east side of the inner harbour.  Take a break to pop into the eclectic downtown shops or grab a bite to eat the many cafes and restaurants within short walking distance before continuing on to the Owen Sound Mill Dam and Fish Ladder.

Owen Sound Mill Dam and Fish Ladder
Owen Sound Mill Dam and Fish Ladder

It’s possible to greet one of the many ships that come into the Owen Sound Harbour each year. Great Lakes freighters transporting grain, salt and cement to the elevators or the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry, which sails from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island during the summer months.

 

If you don’t have a canoe or kayak you can rent them by contacting outfitters in the area; the nearest is Suntrail Source for Adventure in Hepworth.

Harrison Park
Harrison Park

Canoes and paddle boats can also be rented by the hour at Harrison Park for use on the Sydenham River between the park and the Mill Dam and Fish Ladder. While you’re at the park you might chose to eat at the Harrison Park Inn or play a game of mini golf at the Putt 'n Paddle. Open daily during the summer and weekends in the spring and fall, weather permitting.