The City of Owen Sound is located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay in a valley below the sheer rock cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. Owen Sound is characterized by a magnificent harbour and bay, two winding rivers, tree-lined streets, an extensive parks system, and tree-covered hillsides and ravines, which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Owen Sound is the largest urban community in Grey and Bruce Counties, which combined represent a primary commercial market of 158,000. Owen Sound is the seat of the County of Grey government, and is the location for a number of regional, provincial and federal government offices. There are twelve elementary schools, three secondary schools, and six private schools in addition to a Georgian College campus.
The downtown, recently refurbished and reminiscent of the 1900s, offers an economy that is balanced and diversified. The Heritage Place Shopping Centre on the east side complements the vibrant, scenic downtown core and other arterial shopping areas.
Josh, a little boy, was in church one Easter Sunday with his mother Janet, when he started feeling sick. 'Mummy,' he inquired, 'can we leave now?' 'No,' his mother replied, 'the service isn't over yet.' 'Well, I think I'm about to throw up.' Josh announced. 'Then go out of the front door and around to the back of the church and throw up behind a bush.' said Janet. After about sixty seconds, Josh returned to his pew, alongside his mother. 'Did you throw up?' Josh's Mum asked quietly.'Yes,' Josh answered, embarrassed. 'How could you have gone all the way to the back of the church and returned so quickly?' Janet demanded. 'I didn't have to go out of the church, Mummy. They have a box next to the front door that says, "For the Sick".'