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 run with by our At Last Adventures Shuttle or have one of our step-on guides if you're travelling by bus or in a large group. Special guided tours that include the fish hatchery or former water filtration plant are also available.
Contact us for more details or to book your tour.