Get a new perspective on Owen Sound from one of our scenic lookouts, perched on top of the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment.
Favourites include the Centennial Tower and Stony Orchard Park on the east side of Owen Sound, Inglis Falls to the south and the West Rocks Management Area, offering a bird's eye view of the city and harbour from the west.
Climb the spiral staircase of the Centennial Tower to reach one the highest peaks in Owen Sound, overlooking the city and harbour from the east. The tower is off of 9th Ave East, south of Superior Street, next to an ice cream shop. If heading north, look for the City of Owen Sound entrance sign on your left. The Centennial Tower is right on the Bruce Trail and connects with both Harrison Park and Inglis Falls, passing stunning stone formations and cliff faces.
The tower is open from May to early October, closing after Thanksgiving.
Treat yourself to an expansive view of the Owen Sound Harbour from Stoney Orchard Park. Fall colours abound in autumn and the wide, flat trails are easily accessible in winter as well. Park off 23rd Street East near Ecole St. Dominique Savio.
Standing atop Inglis Falls, 18 metres above the river valley, affords a spectacular view of the forests, cliff-tops and bay that surround Owen Sound. On a clear day you can see far into the distance to the hills of Kemble Mountain. Accessible year-round. Parking fee in summer and on weekends in spring and fall.
The West Rocks Management Area follows a stretch of the Bruce Trail along the western ridge of the Niagara Escarpment above Owen Sound. Hike up to the bluffs from 9th Street West, across from Owen Sound District Secondary School, or access the trail from 7th Street West near 7th Avenue West. You'll pass the site of a former quarry and the open space there allows you to see far across the city and harbour. Wear good walking shoes as the ground is uneven.