First, let me start off by saying, we are so proud and excited about our communities in Grey/Bruce Counties that this article may be terribly biased. We grew up here, live here with our families, are active in our service clubs and absolutely LOVE it here. So if we sound a little excited about you relocating here, we hope you understand!

Why relocate to Grey/Bruce Counties? Perhaps you’ve been hired at Bruce Power, are retiring or are looking for a recreational property (aka a cottage) – then you’ve come to the right place! Grey/Bruce is packed full of natural beauty, tons of year-round activities and peace and quiet.

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What are the Advantages vs. the Disadvantages of living in Grey/Bruce? We break down the pros and cons here:

Advantages:

  • Natural Beauty - Aside from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay (both beautiful), Grey & Bruce Counties have unbelievable natural beauty. Sandy beaches. Waterfalls. Rivers. Forests. Open spaces. Small lakes. We are also famous for our glorious sunsets over Lake Huron. I could go on and on – you have to see it for yourself! Click here to visit our Pinterest page for photos from around Grey/Bruce.

  • Choices – Rural, Suburban, Urban and Cottages. Whether you like living in a city or you are looking for a rural retreat (Tara), this area caters to both and everything in between. We have small towns (Southampton, Port Elgin, Chesley, Kincardine etc.), tiny villages (Allenford, Elsinore, Keady etc.) and 1 good sized city (Owen Sound). If you’re looking for a cottage on or near the beaches of Lake Huron, we have plenty to choose from. You can find exactly the type of property and lifestyle you are looking for in Grey/Bruce. Click here to find properties for sale in Grey/Bruce.

  • Activities – summer or winter, we have it all. In the summer the most popular activities include swimming, hiking and walking trails, water activities i.e. fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing and surfing. There are many golf courses in the area. Camping, biking, and music in the parks to name a few more. Or maybe you just enjoy long walks on white sand beaches enjoying stunning sunsets – yup – we have that too.

    In the winter we have cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and Blue Mountain isn’t far away for you downhill skiers.

  • Service Clubs – If you’re looking to join a club or church for fellowship – we have all the clubs and churches you may want. If you like to volunteer, your choices are limitless.

  • No Traffic – There are no 6 lane highways to the area where you end up spending hours sitting in traffic. Its quiet country roads from the major Cities which remain quiet throughout the year. Traffic jams are basically non-existent.

  • Amenities & Shopping – There are lots of amenities and shopping in the area – you’ll want for nothing. From small, family owned businesses and restaurants, coffee shops, big box stores, to higher end clothing stores are throughout the region. There are museums, art galleries, and plenty of family friendly community events to enjoy.

  • Peace and Quiet - A laid-back relaxed community is yours to be found and enjoyed in Grey/Bruce. The most stressful part will be choosing where you want to live!

  • Distance to the Major Cities - Less than a 3 hour drive to the Cities (Toronto, Hamilton, KW, Guelph) – I call this an advantage because the Cities are not too close, but not too far away.

Disadvantages:

  • The Winter Weather – the weather is unpredictable in the winter because of our proximity to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Lake effect snow can come in without much warning. Having myself recently moved to the area, I have found that the winters are not as bad as I had imagined. Make sure to get good snow tires on the vehicle and drive cautiously if the weather is bad. Better still, stay home and watch the snow fall with a warm fire and warm beverage.

  • Public Transportation – you will need to own a vehicle as there isn’t a lot of public transportation here. Owen Sound has public transportation, but most of the other towns do not. For those that do not drive, there are plenty of taxi’s in the area to get you where you need to go.

We hope you enjoyed our completely biased article about Relocating to Grey/Bruce Counties! Should you have any questions or comments, The Saugeen Team is here to help! Call or email us anytime and we’ll be happy to help!