HISTORY OF THE SSA
Over a century ago, it is believed that Ontario’s first fish and game protective association was formed right here in North Grey County. This effort was the result of a few farsighted conservationists who realized that unrestricted seasons, and no creel and bag limits would soon deplete fish and wildlife populations.
In 1925, some 300 North Grey residents banded together to form an association known as the Grey-Bruce Counties Fish and Game Protective Association. Possibly this name states in a nutshell what our organization is all about.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR RECENT HISTORY
In 1947, this organization became the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association.
In 1959, the SSA built and maintained Ontario’s first Fish Ladder at the Mill Dam in Owen Sound. More recently, steel covers have been placed over the fish ladder steps.
In 1997, further Fish Ladder improvements were completed to facilitate fish movements and improve volunteer safety.
Our Club Facilities
The SSA prides itself on being able to offer members and their guests a fine array of sporting facilities. In addition to the clubhouse they also include the following APPROVED shooting ranges:
- Trap Field (A T A approved 16-27 yd)
- Wobble Trap
- Interclub Trap (Team Competitions)
- 10 Station Sporting Clays Range
- 25 Station Field Archery Range (with Tournaments)
- Archery Practice Range
- Shotgun Range (for Turkey Shoots)
- Handgun Range
- Interclub Handgun (Team Competitions)
- .22 cal Rifle Range
- High Powered Rifle Range 100 yds (also approved for Handguns)
Many natural features of our site also provide excellent settings for other sporting pursuits. The Sydenham River flows through the back of the SSA property and provides excellent fishing opportunities for Brown Trout in season. We also boast extensive cedar lowlands which provide excellent viewing opportunities for wildlife and many bird species.
The Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association is proud to be affiliated with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, a 83,000 member provincial Conservation organization. The OFAH is nationally recognized as a conservation leader in Canada. As a member of the S S A, you are automatically a member in this most worthwhile organization which includes $2,000,000 Liability insurance and monthly communication through the Ontario Out of Doors magazine.
Please note: Due to misuse and vandalism, SSA facilities are NOT OPEN to non-members except when invited by a member who is present on the property.