Written By: Tuesday, November 17th 2015

Do you want to visit somewhere cool?

That is the question I asked friends before taking them to these sites.

Centennial Tower:

Conceived as a Centennial project to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday; the Tower and the park surround it were a joint effort by two Owen Sound high schools. OSCVI and WHSS. The tower was built by funds raised by students. The Tower is built upon the foundation of Brown’s Lime Works – a lime kiln and quarry. Kilns operated on the site since 1887.

The Tower was opened to the public May 24, 1969. In 2001 the Owen Sound City Council worked with local residents to restore the tower to its original condition.

You can visit the first level of structure by the top level is only open during the summer months. The tower is located on Highway 6&10 on your right as you are just leaving the city.


Further up than it looks #centennialtower

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Potawatomi Memorial Forest:

This is a great spot for a picnic or to simply enjoy an afternoon among the memorial forest. In 1995 the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation established a Memorial Forest Program. Family and friends can purchase a tree in memory of a loved one. The Pottawatomi Memorial forest is at the end of Young’s Drive, west from Nicol’s Gully Road. Trees can be purchased by contacting Grey Sauble Conservation at 519 376-3076


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Water filtration plant at Inglis Falls:

The Rockford water filters were built in 1910 and served an area of Owen Sound that was being expanded at that time. Water was taken from the Sydenham River above Inglis Falls and cleaned in the filters before sending it on to Owen Sound. These filters provided 2,500,000 gallons of water per day to homes and factories. The whole system was based on gravity. The project began in 1910 and was completed by 1912. The project consisted of a water works dam, a 24″ aqueduct concrete feed to the filter, the Rockford filters, six miles of 12″ pipe, and a 5,000,000-gallon reservoir. This was a tremendous undertaking for the time, with over 400 men involved, the mixing of the concrete for the filters and reservoir, and digging and covering of the pipes done by hand. A man’s work for a day was to dig, help lay, and backfill one 12′ length of pipe. (Source)

To find this cool spot, park your car at Inglis Falls and take the path just behind the picnic area above the falls on the parking lot side. It’s about a 5 minute walk up a very clear path.  


West Rocks

Our final stop is the West Rocks. There is a bit of a climb to this hike but it is definitely a great place to explore and very easy to find. The path is located right across the road from West Hill Secondary School. Just park in front of the tennis courts and go. The rocks can be slippery so take your time.


A view from the bottom:


A clear view of Georgian Bay from the top: