74.5 m. Owen Sound (pop. 16,724) calls itself with some justifica-tion, the ‚Å“scenic city‚, being built in the narrow gorge-like valley which the Sydenham Creek has cut in the limestone escarpment. Although its striking setting, its boating, swimming and fishing, its location between the Blue Water country to the W. and Huronia to the E., have made it a tourist centre, it has long been a port and industrial city. its diversified industries produce heavy steel and bronze castings, leather goods, paint, furniture, textiles, hosiery, wooden goods and much else, and there is a boat-building industry.
The harbour, which has 15 miles of frontage, is dominated by a huge 4 million-bushel grain elevator; grain and other freight unloaded here from lake vessels is distributed All over S. Ontario by road and rail transport. Owen Sound harbour has the reputation of being one of the first to open and the last to close owing to its relatively temperate climate.