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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.

We are 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 were held in the fall of 2017 to allow the public to make comments. Feedback can also be shared by emailing, or calling Sarah Johnson, Intermediate Planner, at 519-372-0219 ext.1241.  


Draft Plan available for review

On June 13, 2019, Council received the first draft of the Recreational Trails Master Plan. along with a staff report about the project.  Download the draft plan by clicking the button below. Send your comments to or Sarah Johnson at 519-372-0219 ext.1241.   A public open house is scheduled for July 25 as another option for providing feedback.  The commenting deadline is August 23, 2019. 

Draft Recreational Trails Master Plan

RTMP Staff Report

RTMP Public Open House
Thursday July 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Grey County Administration Building
595 9th Ave. East
Owen Sound, ON


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.


Staff Contact(s)

Sarah Johnson
Intermediate Planner


Planning and Development

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Grey County Cycling and Trails Master Plan

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New to Grey

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Newcomers are an important part of our communities in Grey County. Coming from outside of the country or from other areas of Canada, newcomers bring culture, skills and knowledge to our communities and workplaces.

2018 Municipal Election

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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

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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

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Pilot Closed

The rural transportation pilot project ended in December 2018, but we are continuing to explore more opporunities for rural transportation in Grey County. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Age-Friendly Communities Study

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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

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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.