Located at the junctions of Ontario Highways 6, 10, 21 and 26, the city serves as a gateway to the Bruce Peninsula.Owen Sound Transit provides local bus service and specialized transportation for those unable to use the regular transit buses.
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In 1857, the government took over the reserve area and moved most of the inhabitants of Newash to Cape Crocker.
Over the years, Owen Sound was a major port best known for its taverns and brothel.
Tommy Holmes, another Victoria Cross winner, was also from Owen Sound, and the city's armoury bears his name.
In 2005 Owen Sound became the National Communities in Bloom champion in the cities of 20,001–50,000 category in Canada for its beauty, natural landscape, and strong sense of community. Winters are cold and very snowy, while summers are warm and humid, but cooled by the lake waters (Georgian Bay and Lake Huron on either side) more than most other areas of southwestern Ontario.The town was also the home of NHL Hall-of-Fame goaltender Harry Lumley and the artist Tom Thomson (buried in the nearby village of Leith). Norman Bethune, an avowed communist and pioneer of public medicine who gained notoriety in his innovative medical work with the Chinese army during the Second Sino-Japanese War, is an alumnus of the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute.Legendary hockey broadcaster Bill Hewitt was once sports director of the local AM radio station, CFOS.The city is also home to a good number of museums and cultural attractions, including: The centre trains professionals already working in the marine industry and students enrolled in the Marine Navigation Technology program and the Marine Engineering Technology program. Owen Sound also provides a variety of French education options in the form of French immersion programs in both the public and Catholic school systems, as well as the only all French school and preschool in Grey and Bruce counties.Opportunities offered to French students include exchange programs and French summer camps.The community was called names as the Chicago of the North, Corkscrew City, and Little Liverpool because of its rowdy reputation.