Owen Sound was named Sydenham when it was surveyed in 1840 for European settlement. Pioneers began arriving the following year and the community gained its current name in 1851. Owen Sound was incorporated as a town in 1857, and then as a city in 1920.
For much of its history, Owen Sound was a major port, known as the Chicago of the North. Its location on Georgian Bay gave it access to the upper Great Lakes, and major rail lines moved cargo south from there. The Gateway to the West, Owen Sound saw thousands of settlers moving through on their way to the prairies. At one time, industries lined both side of the bay.
While the old industries are gone, new ones have sprung up on the outskirts of the city. Provincial and federal services, regional shopping and entertainment districts all provide services to the people of Bruce and Grey counties. Tourism also plays a big part in our economy as Owen Sound is only a two-hour drive from the Greater Toronto Area via Highway 10 and Highway 6.
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