There’s lots to love about Grey County, especially in the winter months. Our natural landscapes lend themselves beautifully to a wide variety of outdoor activities.  Whether you’d like to go hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, take a sleigh ride through a winter wonderland, or ride a fat bike through the snow, Grey County’s the place to be. Looking for something new to try? Read on for a few of our favourite ways to get outside.

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing/Hiking

Fat Biking

Sleigh Rides

Winter Waterfall Tour



Downhill Skiing

Please note – Fees may apply. Contact information has been provided, where available, for more information.

Cross Country Skiing/snowshoeing/Hiking

Cross-country Skiing or Snowshoeing trails are offered throughout the county, with some offering hiking as well. In addition to Nordic Ski Clubs with membership or day pass options, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails are maintained in several of Grey County’s forests. Horseback riders and snowmobilers may also be welcome to share the forest space, so please be mindful of your surroundings.

  • The Glenelg Nordic Ski Club grooms 7 km of track-set ski trails at Grey County Forest 24 – Glenelg Klondyke Trail. Snowshoers are welcome but are asked to stay off the track-set ski trails.

44512 Concession 8, Markdale  519-376-3265

  • An additional 25 km of groomed trails through hardwood forests are also maintained by the Glenelg Nordic Ski Club. Note: Cross-country skiing only at this location

Hamilton Lane & Concession 8, West Grey, accessible from the north only along Hamilton Lane

Memberships are available through and day passes can be purchased as well.

153 Windy Lane, Markdale  519-986-4369

  • Maintained by the Owen Sound Cross Country Ski Club, the Massie Hills Ski Trails are 9.6 km of groomed trails, suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers. Snowshoeing is welcome, but not on the set tracks. Day passes and memberships are available.

East Entrance – 497250 Concession 6, Owen Sound  519-376-8046

260 Scenic Caves Road, The Blue Mountains  705-446-0256 ext 222

  • Grey County Forest 41 has 2.5 km of trails at the fish hatchery through pines & hardwood forest and into fields, that continues through to property owned by the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority. Great skiing and snowshoeing trails are also available on 141 hectares at Kinghurst Management Unit.

702736 Sideroad 5, Chatsworth  519-372-3265

  • Ski, hike or snowshoe through forests and wetlands at Grey County Forest 19 – Grey Main. The trails at this location also welcome horseback riders and snowmobiles.

473275 Camp Oliver Road, Priceville

  • The marsh and forest at Grey County Forest 20 – Dornoch near Markdale is a great place for a shorter, 2 km, ski or hike that shares the trails with bikes and snowmobiles.

394755 Concession 2, Markdale  519-376-3265

  • Between Collingwood and Meaford, the trails at Grey County Forest 40 – St. Vincent Tract are a 1 km trek through mixed forest for hikers, fat bikes, snowshoers and skiers to share.

Concession 2, St. Vincent

  • One of Grey County’s biggest forests, Lily Oak, has 9 km of marked hiking trails and 2 km of logging trail available for use. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is also welcome, as is horseback riding.
  • Allan Park offers 15 km of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on its large property, managed by the Saugeen Conservation Authority.

301820 Concession 3 SDR, Hanover  519-3673040

  • Ron Savage Side Trail north of Owen Sound offers a 5.4 km loop snowshoe trail.

Parking Lot – Grey Road 17, north of Owen Sound

  • At Kolapore Uplands Trails, cross-country skiers can enjoy 50 km of marked trails in a semi-wilderness setting. Trails are complex, and maps are recommended. They are available at the Ravenna Country Market near the main access point (not recommended for less experienced skiers) or purchased online.

495445 Grey Road 2, Ravenna  519-376-2205 ext. 1376


Fat Biking

Fat Biking is gaining in popularity as an active winter sport. What is it? According to Wikipedia, ‘a fat bike is an off-road bicycle with oversize tires designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud.’ Fat bikes are also great on traditional mountain bike trails. Here are a few places to go for a ride:

There are 2.5 km of trails near the fish hatchery in Grey County Forest 41, running through forests of pine and hardwood, then opening into fields before continuing on to Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority property. The trails are also used by cross-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobiles.

702736 Sideroad 5, Chatsworth  519-372-3265

Grey County Forest 20 – Dornoch near Markdale also welcomes bikes, as well as skiers, snowshoers and snowmobiles, on 2 km of trails. Please be aware of your surroundings, and share the trails.

394755 Concession 2, Markdale  519-376-3265

If you’re new to the sport or just don’t want to bring your own gear, Blue Mountain is a great place to try fat biking. The South Base Lodge Rentals shop has a fleet of fat bikes to get you out on the trails.

Visit for more information.


Sleigh Rides

Nothing beats an old-fashioned sleigh ride on a crisp winter day. Whether you’re looking for a family outing or a romantic evening for two, here’s who to call.

Shallow Lake is home to Dual Acres Sleigh Rides, where the DeVries family has been offering wagon and sleigh rides on their family farm for over 20 years. Their larger wagons and sleighs seat 10-12 (and one is wheelchair accessible). There is a selection of smaller sleighs and wagons for smaller groups, and two seater sleighs, too. For more information, visit or call 519-935-3156.  300218 Grey Road 170, Shallow Lake

Glendale Farms, near Owen Sound, offers sleigh rides through open fields and woods to the sugar shack to warm up with  hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Call Glen Catto Sr. at 519-376-9027 to book.  258612 Grey Road 17, Owen Sound


Winter Waterfall Tour

You may have visited some of Grey County’s 8 spectacular waterfalls in the summer or autumn months, but have you seen them in the winter? You should! If you dress warmly and are careful of icy areas and deep snow, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous scenery. Take your camera and a thermos of hot chocolate. Snowshoes and/or trekking poles might be useful, too.

Five of the eight area waterfalls are winter-safe. Before your visit, download the Winter Waterfall Guide here:



If skating is more your speed, there are a number of great options, whether you prefer an outdoor setting or an indoor option.

In the heart of Harrison Park, the outdoor Good Cheer Rink in Owen Sound is sure to please, once the weather co-operates. Remember the “HOSE” rule – Hockey on odd numbered days, Skating on even numbered days. For hours of operation and information on other places to skate in Owen Sound, visit

Also weather dependant, Blue Mountain’s popular Woodview Mountaintop Skating offers a 1.1 km skating loop with fabulous views along the Niagara Escarpment. Until 8 pm, enjoy a night skate under thousands of interactive lights. Skate rentals are also available.

Also at Blue Mountain, outdoor skating is available on the Mill Pond in the heart of the village.

Many of our local arenas offer skating at their facilities. Click on the links below or call for more information.

Hanover P&H Centre – 269 7th Avenue, Hanover  519-364-2310

Desboro Community Centre – 136205 Grey Road 40, Desboro  519-794-3202

Dundalk Arena – 550 Main Street East, Dundalk   519-923-3431

Durham Community Centre – 451 Saddler Street West, Durham   519-369-5771

(Euphrasia) Rocklyn Arena – 156371 7th Line, Rocklyn  519-538-1650

Flesherton Arena – 101 Highland Drive, Flesherton   519-924-2521

Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre – 1900 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound   519-376-3594

Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre – 700 10th Street East, Owen Sound   519-376-3611

Markdale Arena – 75 Walker Street, Markdale   519-986-2811

Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre, 151 Collingwood Street West, Meaford   519-538-2772

Neustadt Arena – 210 Foler Street, Neustadt   519-799-5356

Normanby Arena – 112102 Grey Road 3, Ayton   519-665-7850

Osprey Recreation Centre – 494196 County Road 2, Feversham   519-922-3131



As you can imagine, snowmobiling (or sledding) is a very popular pastime in snow country. Grey County is no exception. Grey-Bruce is home to approximately 2900 kilometres of snowmobile trails that fall under the care and control of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), District 9. Some 26 clubs and organizations in the district develop the trails and maintain them throughout sledding season. Permits are required for their use and can be obtained through the OFSC. For information on all things snowmobile – clubs, trails, permits and more – visit the OFSC page


Downhill Skiing

Last, but certainly not least, our favourite wintertime activity – downhill skiing! For a lot of us, winter in Grey County would not be complete without hitting the slopes at Blue Mountain or at one of the six private ski clubs in the area.  It’s one of the things that has brought many seasonal and some full-time residents to the area in the first place!

Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest ski resort, with 7 chairlifts servicing 43 runs spread over 365 skiable acres, 30 of which are lit for night skiing. Ski rentals, lift tickets and hospitality services are available.  Book a stay at an on-site hotel (and get a discount on lift tickets), stroll the village and enjoy the restaurants and shops. There is no shortage of things to do at Blue!

190 Gord Canning Drive, Blue Mountains, ON  1-833-583-BLUE

Private ski clubs, Alpine, Beaver Valley, Craigleith, Georgian Peaks, Ostler Bluff, and Toronto Ski Club offer a range of membership options for individuals or families. While skiing is the main draw, the social aspects of club membership can’t be overlooked, either. Click on the links to the different clubs to see what they’re all about. One may be just the thing to get your family sliding this winter!