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. 


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Those Guelph horticulturalists are up to it again! This time, it’s an insect art competition. Some garden insects create beautiful additions to your plants. It isn’t required that you view them as pests. Garden insects can create beautiful patterns and designs on plants that can almost look like art work. Many of these garden artists [&hellip

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7/28/2014 7:27:05 AM

One of the pleasures of growing flowers is to have a few fresh arrangements around the house – even a simple single bud vase. I augment my own garden flowers with wild flowers – from roadside sweet pea and blue chicory to fence row phlox and meadow daisies, buttercups and mallow. And yet some folks [&hellip

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7/27/2014 9:55:15 PM

A large scale building renovation on a five acre lot on the west side of Markdale is nearing completion. The site is the new home of Stewart Satellite and Stewart Construction, both owned by Al Stewart of Markdale. The large 7100 sq. ft building was originally a sawmill and lumber finishing factory. There was a [&hellip

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7/27/2014 9:53:07 PM

The last remaining gravestones at the Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery on County Road 14 near Priceville will get a permanent home and conservation display with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery Committee (ODRPCC), a charitable organization preserving black heritage on the Old Durham Road, partnered with the [&hellip

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7/27/2014 9:50:10 PM

Youth unemployment in Grey and Bruce Counties is “unacceptably high,” says MPP for Bruce-Grey Owen Sound, Bill Walker. During Question Period at Queen’s Park last week, Walker, who is MPP said “. . . young people in Bruce and Grey continue to face the highest unemployment rate in the province,” Walker says. “At 21 per [&hellip

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7/27/2014 9:46:14 PM

Yes, there are two seasons in Ontario – winter and construction. But “construction” season is also a time that we love to be in our cars, taking road trips, cottage outings, driving to the beach or maybe a country picnic. So turn up the tunes and turn down your temperature to navigate construction zones.(see previous [&hellip

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7/27/2014 9:44:24 PM

When Judy Cornwell and John Mott returned from visiting her family in an Australian wine region, they were smitten with the idea of becoming vintners themselves. It was then that they realized their acreage in Beaver Valley, about five miles north of Kimberly, could better be home to an apple orchard to produce hard cider. [&hellip

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7/27/2014 9:38:42 PM

Rheanne Perry of Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton has been selected to represent the Bluewater District School Board on the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council. The Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council is a group of about 60 students from all parts of the publicly-funded education system and regions of the province. The [&hellip

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7/27/2014 9:32:47 PM

TRAFFIC COMPLAINT RESULTS IN ARREST - July 28, 2104 On Saturday, July 26, 2014 at approximately 11:04 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an intoxicated male who was attempting to drive his vehicle from a social function held on the Euphrasia-Holland Town Line, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. Police [&hellip

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7/27/2014 2:53:18 PM

OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes was in Grey County today visiting with municipal councilors and reporters at both Meaford and Chatsworth OPP detachments. Hawkes has been Commissioner only since March and ushers in a new three year strategic plan (see below) for the OPP that is, along with other aims, focused on “finding efficiencies” for the [&hellip

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7/24/2014 4:07:33 PM