Beaver Valley, Lake Eugenia, Flesherton, Markdale, Priceville and the surrounding area.

Flesherton, Ontario -- The Gateway to Beaver Valley

     The village of Flesherton (population 700), often referred to as "the Gateway to Beaver Valley", is beautifully set in the rural countryside and sits at the crossroads of Highway 10 and Grey County Road #4 in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.  In addition to Grey Highlands Secondary School and MacPhail Memorial Elementary School (which was beautifully rebuilt in 2006 and abuts Flesherton Hills, a 100 acre wooded walking trail), the village includes an arena, post office, brand new library (2011), the South Grey Museum, a Canadian Legion hall, 2 churches and various small parks and walking trails.  Charming shops include a bakery, cheese and produce markets, hardware and plumbing supply stores, real estate offices, auto sales and service businesses, a funeral home and a bank, as well as popular restaurants and the Inn at Munshaw House. Flesherton also boasts a thriving artistic commuity, including various artists' studios and galleries which are regularly opened to the public.  The Farmers' Market, held at the arena each Saturday morning from May through October, and nearby scenic attractions such as Eugenia Falls, the Saugeen and Boyne Rivers and sections of the Bruce Trail, never fail to please.  


     Village history can be traced back to the mid-nineteenth century, when an influx of Scottish and Irish immigrants arrived to begin hard, new lives around this mill town on the Boyne River.  One of the first was William Kingston Flesher, who was responsible for much of the initial development of the valley economy, building a saw mill and grist mill on the Boyne River and going on to act at various times as post-master, magistrate, druggist, doctor, county warden, village reeve, captain of the local militia, and in 1872 as MP, when Flesher was elected to the House of Commons for the riding of Grey East.  The village now bears his name in recognition of his outstanding service to the community.


     Notable residents and former residents include Agnes MacPhail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons, who served as MP for the area for more than a decade; Oliver Schroer, an award winning fiddler and recording artist; Matt Galloway, CBC radio host; Chris Neil, NHL hockey player and local hero, currently playing for the Ottawa Senators. 


The Flesherton


Motorists who talk on cell phones, text or engage in other forms of distraction while driving will be easier to spot now that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is dedicating more police vehicles to enforce Ontario’s Distracted Driving legislation full-time. Ten unmarked police vehicles will take to the roads over the Labour Day long weekend. [&hellip

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8/28/2014 8:23:21 AM

This page is excerpted from the digital book, Steal this Trail, available from Amazon. Chapter 18. Local Swimming Holes The Flesherton Pond provides safe, unsupervised family swimming with a sandy beach, portable toilets and a picnic pavilion with tables. The water is tested each Thursday and the pond is posted on Friday if bacteria levels [&hellip

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8/25/2014 8:28:07 AM

Markdale has a new business; Grey Highlands Eye Care opened on Tuesday on Main Street, the business of optometrist Dr. Andrea Jones. “We specialize in quality optometric care,” Dr Jones says. This includes comprehensive eye examinations, contact lens fittings, eyewear dispensing and specialized testing including visual field testing. “We are accepting new patients and we [&hellip

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8/25/2014 7:34:18 AM

The 156th Markdale Fall Fair and the sixth summer Flesherton Fling were both held on the weekend. Here are some views.                   Fling photos courtesy of Eric Lundsted Missed the Markdale Fair? Visit our Fall Fairs page for more Fairs in the region &nbsp

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8/24/2014 10:17:18 PM

Take Your Pick It’s not as if city folk never get spinach in their teeth! While the toothpick does seem a more comfortable rural accoutrement, even our royal ancestors had a fondness for these tiny tooth tools. If I ever commit a major felony, detectives at the crime scene should look for a telltale piece [&hellip

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8/24/2014 9:38:00 PM

From tiny clock parts refashioned into jewelry to ancient timbers re-purposed as furniture, and old doors refurbished for a new room, the notion of “reduce, re-use, recycle” works for home and personal fashion, too. Recycle Architectural salvage is what’s left after an old building has been emptied of the usual antiques, such as furniture. Architectural [&hellip

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8/24/2014 9:29:25 PM

Steal this Trail, Your Guide to Amazing Hiking & Back Road Adventures is a little digital book of big adventures. You can download your copy at Amazon. Here is a Chapter from that book. The Flesherton Hills GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 44.26374 °North /Longitude -80.54554°West. Terrain: easy. Many water features; bikes okay; snowshoes and skis in [&hellip

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8/24/2014 4:46:44 PM

ANOTHER NET OF DISTRACTED DRIVERS – August 25, 2014 On Friday, August 22, 2014, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Highway Safety Division – Mount Forest Traffic Management Unit conducted distracted driving enforcement on Hwy. 10 north of Grey Rd. 4 (Flesherton) in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. Within a five hour period, police charged 11 [&hellip

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8/24/2014 7:01:10 AM

Brian Milne, Grey County Warden, members of county council and Sharon Vokes, Grey County Clerk, met today at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference with the honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. They discussed ongoing delays and a lack of commitment for the redevelopment of Centre Grey Hospital in [&hellip

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8/19/2014 3:30:09 PM

Ontario is providing small, rural and northern municipalities with stable, annual funding to build and repair critical rural infrastructure and help to create jobs across the province. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, were in St. Thomas on August 18 to announce that the new Ontario Community Infrastructure [&hellip

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8/19/2014 8:50:40 AM