The City of Owen Sound provides its 22,000 residents a blend of urban and natural attractions. Owen Sound is in part of Grey County, and is "The Hub" of the Grey-Bruce region. The city has plenty of museums, galleries and artists'studios, a live theatrecompany. Shop in unique and charming boutiques, specialty shops and malls. Dine in or out at one of the many restaurants spread throughout the city. It has a full range of accommodation from quality hotels and motels to quaint B & Bs, cottages, fully serviced campgrounds, and rugged unserviced camping on the Bruce Trail. Wrapped by the Niagara Escarpment, a unique eco-system recognized by UNESCO, the city is only 2.5 hours northwest of Toronto.
Owen Sound's workforce of 10,000 is largely made up of manufacturing, education, retail trade, health care,
Owen Sound has 12 English elementary and 3 secondary schools and 1 French elementary, as well as 6 private schools. The University of Western Ontario offers extension courses in Owen Sound in support of certain undergraduate degrees.
Owen Sound is the gateway to the Bruce Peninsula. It likes on Georgian Bay and has a number of beaches and marinas in the community and close by, as well as 1 indoor and 1 outdoor swimming pools. There are a number of downhill ski areas nearby on the Niagara Escarpment and 4 golf courses very close by. The city also has a movie theatre, one live performance venue, and 9 baseball diamonds. For those preferring to watch their sports, the city i shome to the Owen Sound Attack OHA Jr 'A' hockey team. There are also three museums and an art gallery.
The town is a mix of older (pre-1970) houses, recently-built homes, and cottages along the waterfront. The average prices (2006) for single family detached homes(not on water)is $160,000, and semi-detached homes running $105,000, with townhouses running about $130,000 and condos around $155,000.