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Nestled along the scenic banks of the Sydenham River, historic Downtown Owen Sound welcomes you.

Images of Downtown Owen Sound

Whether you live in, work in, or are visiting . . . Downtown Owen Sound has it all !

Experience the heart of the City with a tremendous variety of unique restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, and boutiques. What’s more, we have one of Ontario’s best local farmers’ markets, a terrific community theatre, and a complete range of personal, financial, professional, and wellness services.

Visit often and make Downtown Owen Sound a part of your lifestyle.

Supporting the Community

Established in 1973, the Owen Sound Downtown Improvement Area (OSDIA) supports a membership of more than 300 downtown merchants, services, property owners, and professionals.

We are committed to providing effective leadership in the ongoing development of our membership area as a vibrant and sustainable business, cultural, and residential community.

We believe that we can achieve this goal by supporting initiatives aimed at improving, beautifying, and promoting the downtown area on behalf of all of our members.



Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering in Downtown Owen Sound

Do you have a strong interest in how your downtown looks? Are you interested in the events we attract to the downtown or the events we hold ourselves? Do you have thoughts and ideas on how we can market and promote our great downtown? If you answered yes to any of the above questions … we need you !

With a strong commitment and a wide range of perspectives, knowledge, skills, and experiences, our Board of Management and Committees are enthusiastically moving forward with a strong vision for Downtown Owen Sound success. Please consider volunteering and sharing your experience with us. (Click here for more information).



News Highlights
  • All Candidates Meeting

    The OSDIA is hosting an All Candidates meeting on Wednesday, October 15th at the Harmony Centre (formerly Knox United Church).  Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00.  All candidates, for both Mayor and Councilors will be invited to intend.  Questions will focus on Downtown Owen Sound.  This is your opportunity to hear what the […]

  • Volunteers Needed!

    Are you a person who is generous with your spare time?  Do you like being part of a successful event?  Are you a supporter of Downtown Owen Sound?  Then consider volunteering at the 26th Annual Hottest Yard Sale Under the Sun Saturday, July 5th.  We are in need of volunteers for performer merchandise, performer Green […]

  • New OSDIA Board Members Appointed

    Two new  Board Members have been appointed to the OSDIA Board of Management effective immediately, Patti Smith and Louise Nichol. Patti Smith is the proprietor of Show Offs Home Stuff on 2nd Avenue East in the 900 Block.  Patti shares the space with the Bleeding Carrot, owned by husband Jim Ansell.  Both building and business […]

  • 2014 Executive Officers Elected

    The 2014 OSDIA Executive Officers were elected at the February 20th OSDIA Board of Management Meeting: Chair – Maryann Thomas, Ginger Press Vice Chair – Colleen Purdon, City Councilor Treasurer – Dave Parsons, Parsons Foto Source Terms will run until February 2015.   There are also three Board vacancies.  These terms also run to February 2015.  […]

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