Mrs. T’s B&B on Beautiful Georgian Bay
The world-renowned jewel of the 30,000 Islands on Georgian Bay
Parry Sound is a town of 6,400 persons located on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay (the big Sound). It is the heart of the 30,000 Islands and is a popular cottage country and tourist destination.
Parry Sound is located 225 km (140 mi.) north of Toronto on highway 400 and 160 km (99 mi.) south of Sudbury. Bus service is provided by Ontario Northland daily and Via Rail’s “Canadian” transcontinental passenger train also stops in Parry Sound. The local airport is a 15-minute drive south of town.
Sports, recreations and cultural activities are all available. The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts is the principal performance venue for the annual Festival of the Sound (classical music festival for 3 weeks in July and August), and hosts concerts, live theatre and other events throughout the year.
Annual dragon boat races, sailing competitions, road races, minor hockey tournaments also provide sporting activities. Parry Sound is the home of hockey legend Bobby Orr after whom the community centre is named. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and the Tower Hill Museum are favourite attractions. Three provincial parks, Oastler Lake, the Massasauga and Killbear are a short drive from town. There is a walking trail in town and the Park-to-Park trail connects Killbear with Algonquin Provincial Park. In winter, many kilometers of snowmobile trails are accessible from Parry sound. Also in winter, Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club has 30 plus km of groomed cross country ski trails.
Boating is a popular pastime in summer. There is kayaking and canoeing (rentals available from White Squall Outfitters), sightseeing cruises on the Island Queen and MV Chippewa and private charters. The 30,000 Islands, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, can also be viewed by air with tours offered by Georgian Bay Airways.
Golfing is enjoyed at the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club, the Seguin Valley Golf and Country Club, Deer Run Golf Course and the Rocky Crest Golf Club all within short driving distance.
Fine dining is provided by the Log Cabin, Bistro on the Bay and Resort Tappatoo Resort. Excellent more casual meals are found at Wellington’s Pub and Grill, Bay Street Café, Trapper’s Choice Restaurant, Don Cherry’s and Craganmore Point Resort (accessible by boat) and Boston Restaurant (Chinese fare). There are a variety of fast food outlets to choose from.
Parry Sound was originally the centre of a logging industry. The modern townsite was established in 1857 by William Beatty near the Ojibwa village of Wasauksing (“shining water”) at the mouth of the Seguin River which empties into Parry Sound, the body of water that gives the town its name. It was surveyed and named by Captain Henry Bayfield in the 18th century in honour of the Arctic explorer, Sir William Edward Parry. Depot Harbour on Parry Island, with the Great Lakes’ deepest harbour, was destroyed by fire in 1945. In 1916, a cordite factory and in the late 1920’s an explosive and munitions factory was established at Nobel just south of Parry Sound. The Dominion Industries Limited and CIL plants have since closed but a number of small industries in the area flourish. They include small boat, hovercraft and airplane manufacturing and conveyor belt and vulcanizers and industrial presses.
The town is the judicial centre for the district of Parry Sound, has a modern fully equipped hospital and is commercial centre for over 30,000 people when the population in the surrounding area swells during the summer.
Dining In Parry Sound
Visitors to Parry Sound have many choices when it comes to finding a place to dine! Whether you are looking for a romantic dining destination or for a casual spot to get together with friends and family, its all here.
Places to Visit
Parry Sound is an active community and has a number of scenic trails and local destinations available for everyone to enjoy!
The Town of Parry Sound owns and maintains the well-known Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment Waterfront Trail, a 6 kilometre trail that hugs the shore of Georgian Bay. Known locally as the ‘Fitness Trail’, one will find a number of interpretive plaques along the way. Crushed granite lines the trail making it suitable for walking, running, hiking, cycling and wheelchairs. In winter months, the Fitness Trail becomes part of the Parry Sound Snowmobile Club’s trail network. Trail heads can be found at the bottom of Bay Street, Champagne Street, Prospect Street or Salt Dock Road. The Northshore Rugged Trail is just that, a rugged trail that follows the Georgian Bay shore. This area is a dog off-leash area with the trail head located at the bottom of Salt Dock Road.
Shops in Parry Sound
There are so many unique places to shop when visiting Parry Sound. Listed below are some of the shops Mrs. T. loves to frequent.
Things to Do
The Town of Parry Sound prides itself on providing first rate community amenities in a variety of ways – from trails to facilities, and everything in between! State of the art performing arts centre, a world class blue flag beach, events and activities for the whole family. Come and enjoy the diverse Parry Sound lifestyle, a rich sports history, favourable location for easy access to your four-season playground. It’s worthwhile to take some time to explore the Town of Parry Sound.