Grey Highlands is located in a beautiful part of Grey County known for its sweeping, panoramic vistas. In addition to the Niagara Escarpment World Bio Reserve which passes through it, area highlights also include Eugenia Falls, Lake Eugenia, the Bruce Trail, Osprey Bluffs, and the Saugeen and Beaver Rivers.
Formed in 2001 by amalgamating the villages of Markdale, Flesherton, Artemesia, Euphrasia and Osprey, Grey Highlands consists of hamlets, rural and heritage communities, agricultural flat lands and rolling hills. Recreation includes downhill and cross-country skiing, kayaking and canoeing the Beaver River, hiking the Bruce Trail, cycling and snowmobiling.
The main industry is agriculture and many Mennonite families run farms in the area. The main business centres are Flesherton and Markdale, where businesses are established in heritage homes and buildings. Bed and breakfasts are also popular on the scenic rural routes. Equestrian services and creative arts are growing in the area.
Named for an early settler, William K. Flesherton, who started a grist and saw mill on the Boyne River, Flesherton is known as “The Gateway to the Beaver Valley”. The village is home to the Split Rail Festival, which celebrates arts, crafts and heritage.
Located in the heart of the Beaver Valley, Kimberley is at the start of the Beaver River Canoe Route, and is also known for Old Baldy, a dramatic rock face. In fact, the Beaver Valley — a 20-mile narrow wedge in the Niagara Escarpment that follows the Beaver River — detaches this rock outcrop from the main escarpment. Rock climbing excursions are offered by local guides.