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A viewing platform overlooking Georgian Bay from a Grey County trail.

Grey County owns approximately 8,500 acres of forest (45 individual forest properties) and 77 km of CP Rail Trail from Owen Sound to Dundalk. These forests and their recreational trails are enjoyed by many people for a variety of activities. Some activities include hiking, mountain biking, birding, and, in some specific locations, ATVing and snowmobiling.

Grey County is completing a Recreational Trails Master Plan to help us manage our trails and plan for the future. Through this plan, we are documenting trail needs and prioritizing future trail projects and management practices.

Grey County is committed to using an inclusive planning process. As we complete the Recreational Trails Master Plan, we will work with stakeholders and the community to discuss all needs and concerns of different groups and trail users. This will include discussions about what activities should be allowed in each County forests. Grey County forests and trails are for everyone to enjoy and we need to ensure trail activities are compatible as users share the trail.

We are open to listening to your feedback in many ways.  Multiple public open houses will be scheduled in the fall of 2017 to allow the public to make comments. Feedback can also be shared by email, or calling Scott Taylor, SeniorPlanner, at 519-372-0219 ext.1238.  

To stay up to date with the Trails Master Plan, be sure to visit this webpage regularly.  You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications about upcoming meetings, feedback opportunities and draft documents.


Upcoming Workshop

Join us for a workshop to learn about the Recreational Trails Master Plan. 

Wednesday November 29, 2017
at 6:00 p.m.
Grey County Administration Building
Council Chambers
595 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound

This meeting is your chance to hear what we've done so far and to participate in a workshop for the project. The meeting is open to all members of the public. 

Staff Contact(s)

Scott Taylor
Senior Planner


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Explore this page to learn more what makes an intelligent community.  Read about key projects happening throughout our region and stay up to date on the latest news.

Alpha Street Revitalization

The Alpha Street housing community in Owen Sound is one of Grey County’s largest affordable housing properties. Originally built in the 1969, the homes were showing their age. 

Coordinated Rural Transportation

A driver helps an elderly man into an awaiting Home and Community support services van.

Grey County's large landscape is one of our greatest assets, but, if you don't have access to an affordable means of transportation, it can also be a major barrier.

Age-Friendly Communities Study

We want Grey County to be inclusive and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities. We recently partnered with students from the University of Guelph to look at policies that better support youth and older adults.

Green in Grey - Natural Environment Study

View of a lush green landscape from atop a lookout.

Grey County recently completed a Natural Heritage Study we called Green in Grey. The study identified key natural areas and linkages and recommended policies related to these features.

ATVs on County Roads Pilot

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On September 6, 2016, Council approved a one-year pilot allowing the use of ATVs on many County Roads. The decision will be reviewed again in a year following a report with details of the pilot.


A community paramedic tests the vital signs of a patient in their home.

From 2015-2017, Grey County paramedics embarked on a two-year clinical trial to study the effectiveness of community paramedicine in reducing emergency room visits by chronic disease patients.

Redeveloping Long-Term Care

A long term care resident sits in a wheel chair next to a window and is assisted by a healthcare professional

Grey County is making important changes long-term care.  County Council is moving forward with plans to combine the beds at Grey Gables and Rockwood Terrace into a new 166-bed County home in Durham. 

Recolour Grey

People walk down a path in the park.

Recolour Grey is the name of Grey County’s five-year review of the County Official Plan.  Recolour Grey challenges everyone to think 20 years into their future and envision the County the way they want to see it.