Parry Sound Heart of the 30,000 Islands
The 30,000 Islands World Biosphere Reserve awaits you in a setting of unparalleled natural beauty. Take a boat tour through the world’s largest freshwater archipelago aboard the Island Queen cruise ship. The vessel is 40 metres long and carries 550 passengers. Tours depart once daily during spring and fall, and twice daily in summer. The ship threads through narrow gaps between sheer cliffs like Hole in the Wall, ice-carved outer islands and picturesque passages such as Devil’s Elbow and the Rose Point Swing Bridge.
Join Captain Greg and his crew aboard the M.V. Chippewa III, a classic ship that once plied the waters of the Niagara River as a Maid of the Mist. Cruise to Henry’s or Craganmors, two island restaurants down the south channel that feature mouth-watering fish and chips. Experience a beautiful Georgian Bay sunset through the north channel while dining aboard this delightful ship. Afternoon and evening cruises are also on the schedule with barbecue items and a licensed bar. The Captain narrates a live commentary that includes history of the area, local legends and wildlife spotting.
Georgian Bay Airways provides the ultimate "high" with sightseeing flights over the 30,000 Islands. Combination tours include fabulous fishing trips to remote lakes, fly & hike or ATV ride adventures, romantic sunset champagne flights and fly & dine outings to Henry's Fish Restaurant or other posh resorts. The Bush Hawk aircraft sport comfortable seating and extra large windows for viewing and photographing all the breath taking panoramas. The most memorable experiences come from the floatplane’s ability to land passengers at island paradise locations for quintessential Georgian Bay adventures. The flight centre is located at the town docks and it also has a café, gift shop and ice cream for waiting passengers.
The old fire hall at Market Square displays antique fire engines in its historic building. Murals of historical images such as trains and horses hauling “brag loads” of logs appear at the Seguin Street bridge and along the Fitness Trail. Rotary & Algonquin Regiment Trail may be traversed on foot or bicycle from Great North Road around the harbour to the marina, Old Town Beach, Coast Guard Station and Waubuno Park Beach. The park has lovely flowerbeds, picnic areas, playgrounds and washrooms. A Skate & BMX Bike Park is located on Great North Road. The Rose Point Trail links the Parry Island swing bridge with James Bay Junction North and the nearby Seguin Trail, located at Seguin Road on Highway 400 south of Parry Sound. These trails follow an abandoned railway corridor that will link Killbear Park with Algonquin through wild and scenic country. It is a multi-use system for hiking, biking, horses and recreational vehicles. The Sail Parry School holds sailing races and instruction during summer on Wednesday to Saturday evenings at the end of Waubuno Road.
Parry Sound’s heritage and art treasures are skillfully portrayed at the Museum on Tower Hill. The lookout tower has over 131 steps that lead to a panoramic view of Parry Sound. The gardens and fishpond are lined with unusual rocks from the Georgian Bay islands. The museum displays fascinating artifacts from the region’s pre-historic past, aboriginal culture, shipping, logging and manufacturing involvement with the famous Nobel explosives plant and Avro Arrow engine facility. Special exhibits and art shows are featured.
Parry Sound’s Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts overlooks the waterfront as the crowning jewel of the community. It proudly holds the Festival Performance Hall and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to the hockey hero’s accomplishments through a film, memorabilia and interactive hockey games.
The Festival of the Sound welcomes visitors to Canada's premier, summer music festival mid-July to mid-August on beautiful Georgian Bay. The acoustically perfect concert hall and waterfront patio make this an ideal musical venue. Some concerts, both classical and jazz, create magical moments aboard the cruise ships.