The Salmon Tour
The Owen Sound Salmon Tour features gorgeous fall colours, stunning waterfalls, and of course, our mighty Chinook Salmon heading in from Georgian Bay to spawn on the Sydenham River.
Owen Sound is one of the few places in Ontario where you can watch the salmon spawning in their natural habitat, in streams and rushing rivers, migrating upstream to lay their eggs in the shallows before winter settles in. The salmon run is weather dependent, usually beginning mid-September and lasting until about mid-October.
Set against a backdrop of stunning fall colours, rivers and waterfalls just two hours north of Toronto, the Owen Sound Salmon Tour fun and educational adventure for all ages.
The guided tour brings you up close and personal with the legendary Chinook salmon, prized by fishermen and honoured by many cultures.
The salmon’s journey -- and yours -- starts at the city's historic harbour then continues through downtown Owen Sound, to the first fish ladder to be built in Ontario. Here’s you’ll see the salmon leaping and thrashing their way to the top of a steep drop in the river at the mill dam.
Follow the salmon to Harrison Park, Owen Sound’s “jewel in the crown” bursting with fall colours and offering trails, playgrounds, a restaurant, family campground, black history cairn and Weaver’s Creek Falls, part of the Owen Sound Waterfall Tour.
Continue on to the Grey-Sauble Conservation headquarters, where the spawning channels are just a short walk away.
The tour’s climax is Inglis Falls, right on the Bruce Trail. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in the region and a fantastic look-out point over Owen Sound and Georgian Bay, particularly in fall with when the sugar maples explode with colour.
Experience the salmon by land or sea!
Shuttle Tour: ($25/person) (Fitness level: Easy)
The At Last Adventure shuttle will pick you up at the city’s historic harbour, and take you to each stop until we reach the Inglis Falls destination. The shuttle will then take you back to the harbour where the tour started.
Canoe Tour: ($50/ person) (Fitness level: Moderate)
Experience the journey first hand as if you were a salmon. This journey begins by paddling up stream from the mouth of the Sydenham River. Enjoy paddling through the beautiful downtown of Owen Sound and into the natural beauty of the Mill Dam. From here we continue the tour by shuttle on land.
Canoe and Hike Tour: ($60/person) (Fitness level: Moderate to High)
Experience the journey first hand as if you were a salmon. This journey begins by paddling up stream from the mouth of the Sydenham River. Enjoy paddling through the beautiful downtown of Owen Sound and into the natural beauty of Harrison Park. We will do a small portage over the Mill Dam and get to see one of the first fish ladders in Ontario. Once we get to Harrison Park we will continue on foot walking along the river until we get to Inglis Falls. Once the tour is complete a shuttle will take you back to your vehicles at the Harbour.
Step on Guide: ($/person varies according to group size)
Our guides are available to lead/assist with large organized groups. A guide can meet your tour bus or convoy at the start of the tour and lead your group from there.
Available Dates and times
Available Dates and Times
10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm Tours available September 27th, 29th,October 2nd,4th, 6th,
1pm-4pm Tours available on September 28th, October 3rd and 5th.
9am-12pm and 1pm to 4pm Tours avaiable September 30th and October 7th
If you have a group of 5 or more and would like to request a specific date and time please contact us!
Contact us for more details or to book your tour.