Here are just a sample of some of the potential hosts, guides and cool dudes you'll meet during your weekend with us. 

Melissa Crannie

When she’s not devoting herself as Tourism Marketing Coordinator for the City Owen Sound, Melissa can be found enjoying the creative entrepreneurial aspects of her photography business, Maison Noire – House of Art. Born and raised in the Scenic City, when asked her thoughts on Owen sound, here is what she had to share: "When I think of Owen Sound, I think ‘deep local’. A tourism industry term that instantly resonated with me. Being “local” went deeper than just living here for any given period of time. For me, it meant a “rooted individual within the community”. Someone who takes in everything the area has to offer, appreciating the quaint place where everybody knows your name, and the city where you feel so deeply connected.  To be honest, growing up I didn’t always feel this way. I was the girl who was going to be the first to get out this place! It’s amazing to think I ever felt that way. As I have grown up, married, started a career, a side business, and had our 4 beautiful children here… it truly was as though the Sound was calling! It just felt so right. I mean where else can you say the water, trails, and restaurants are all right at your front doorstep?  Anyone who appreciates a unique urban district such as ours, is quick to realize that it’s not only “where you want to live”, but it’s also “where you want to work and play”. I want to influence and persuade others to enjoy this gritty, culturally rich, ever changing, and always welcoming community too. Good things are happening here!"

Viveca Gravel

Viveca was born and raised in Owen Sound. After leaving to go to school, she chose to come back for the quality of life, local atmosphere and calmer community living.  She has a passion for Owen Sound’s rich and historically significant past and when not at work, spends her time exploring Owen Sound’s waterfalls, rivers, trails and parks and volunteering with Girl Guides, the Canadian Cancer Society and local theatre groups. On occasion she takes part in a local film activity, having most recently appeared in The Bruce (a documentary on TVO) and a zombie horror film (yet to be released). Viveca loves food, both eating and cooking, and bakes cakes for hire as a hobby. Having spent time in local media sales, she has gotten to know many successful business owners and loves to shop local as much as possible.

Photo: Viveca Gravel (right)

Carlin Val

Carlin is the owner of At Last Adventures and At Last Forest Schools.   At Last Adventures takes groups on adventure tours rock climbing, caving, canoeing, hiking and so much more.   At Last Forest Schools (ALFS) is where students get to take a day off school each week to visit Forest School. ALFS has become so popular that they have opened three locations in and around Owen Sound, and now he is beginning to franchise ALFS to other locations across Ontario.  

James McGregor

Grew up on the precipice of Owen Sound’s most famous waterfall, moved to Edmonton for a career with the Oilers NHL hockey team, and has since returned to Owen Sound with his wife and young children. An avid hiker, he loves dogs, kids, cooking and pretty much any sport. He’s a member of the city’s economic development and tourism committee and professionally trained in sports management.  

Mike Seiler

Mike Seiler, a creative entrepreneur, is the Broker of Record and Owner of Century 21 In-Studio Realty.  Having lived in Owen Sound for approximately 6 years, what initially drew Mike to the area were the affordable real estate values and the beautiful landscapes.  He even wrote a blog about it.  Mike lives in Owen Sound with his wife and four children and is an active member of his church and community.

Jessica Mcilwrick

Jessica loves culture, adventure and learning (not necessarily in that order). She is a true people person.Having mastered sign language, she’s now teaching it to her two young boys who are active in local sports. When she’s not on the lacrosse arena or at the rink, Jessica is a realtor with Century 21.

She moved to Owen Sound from the GTA 3 years ago and has never looked back. She loves the laid back living the city provides as well as the outdoor adventures at its doorstep.

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Josh Burnett

Josh is the owner of Owen Sound Fitness & Training, the largest locally owned and #1 voted Fitness Club in Owen Sound.  Growing up in Owen Sound Josh didn't appreciate or acknowledge the true beauty of the area until he left. Five years at York University and University of Windsor, as well as 2 overseas teaching contracts in Icheon, South Korea and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Josh realized what he was missing; the views, the people and the small town culture.

 

After returning from Saudi Arabia, Josh decided to take his passion to the next level as owner of Owen Sound Fitness & Training. With a view of Georgian Bay from the front doors, it was the perfect marriage of passion and location.  Josh lives in Owen Sound with his loving girlfriend Kayla and crazy puppy Allie (#Alliethegymdog).  Josh is also avid in the world of investment properties, currently owning 7 rental units and with plans for additional investments in the future alongside Kayla (who's just about to close on her first property!)  Together, the two absolutely love to experience all that Owen Sound has to offer and are looking forward to showing anyone interested the same.

Mike Comello

When he’s not busy writing code for a software company in Ontario’s silicon valley, Mike cycles the hills, country roads and trails of the region. Mike launched the Owen Sound Technology Network to link tech folks in the area (and enjoy local craft beer and ultimate Frisbee!) The ability to cycle, hike and fish steps from home, combined with OHL hockey and high calibre arts and music, at a reasonable cost, made his choice to live in Owen Sound an easy one.  

Jade McMeekin

Jade grew up in Owen Sound and moved back to the area after experiencing over a decade of life in the big city.  A lover of the outdoors and wanting a more relaxed lifestyle for her family prompted the move back from Toronto when her son was 2.  She is a Registered Massage Therapist, mom, music festival volunteer, cyclist, hiker, skier, paddler and most of all an advocate for a healthy life that includes getting outside and enjoying the arts and culture this area has to give!

(photo Jade McMeekin & Steve Kenny)

Steve Kenny

Originally from Brockville, Steve landed in Owen Sound for work. When work wanted to move him again, he said no!  Steve has called Owen Sound home for the past 10 years and is an active member of the community as the president of the Georgian Bay Folk Society and as a member of the Community Services Committee.  He is an entrepreneur who runs his own artist management company from his living room and occasionally the many downtown coffee shops. Despite Owen Sound seeming remote to most, he finds it a quick run to the airport for the frequent travelling his business requires. The benefit of living in Owen Sound means he gets to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a daily basis.

Meghan Lipka

Meghan Lipka was raised in Owen Sound and is now happy to be raising her family here. She can often be found with her two young boys, out for a walk at Harrison Park or in the fall, at the Mill Dam watching the salmon jump.  Meghan is the busy owner of a drywall business that services a large part of the region.  During her downtime she enjoys the variety of restaurants Owen Sound has to offer, recreational sporting leagues like women’s volleyball, and the social scene, including live music at Heartwood Hall, OHL hockey games with the Owen Sound Attack, the Roxy Theatre, Summerfolk Music Festival and much much more. Meghan feels Owen Sound is the perfect place to live and to raise her family, considering it has so much to do, and is only a short drive to the city if you need a big city fix.

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