Parry Sound District
Parry Sound District encompasses most of the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay as one of the most rural of the Bluewater regions. Vast tracts of wilderness are dotted by small towns and villages that serve as vital supply centres for large areas and also preserve the cultural heritage of Northern Ontario. This is the heart of the 30,000 Islands, a designated World Biosphere Reserve due to its unique geology and ecology as the world's largest fresh-water archipelago. Intriguing marine heritage sites include boom-and-bust ghost towns and lighthouses at Pointe au Baril, Snug Harbour and Britt. Parry Sound's Museum on Tower Hill exhibits the fascinating history of the district as well as a fire lookout tower and a lovely rock garden. Sightseeing flights, boat cruises and dinner cruises of the sound are major attractions from spring to fall while the Stockey Centre and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame feature year round entertainment and the Festival of the Sound summer concert series. The provincial parks of Grundy Lake, Killbear, Sturgeon Bay, Oastler Lake and Massasauga preserve the beautiful beaches, scenic landscapes, wildlife habitats, world class boating and fishing that theses parks are known for. The Painted Rocks are exquisitely patterned rock flats along the shores of Bayfield Inlet. Parry Sound's Rotary & Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail connects the downtown with the beach while the Seguin Trail is a wilderness rail corridor that will ultimately connect the district to Algonquin Park. The Magnetawan, Key and Naiscoot Rivers are outstanding canoe routes and the district is famous for its winter snowmobile trails.
Highway 559 leads to Snug Harbour or Dillon, which are good launch locations for boating around Franklin Island. The island has starkly sculpted, multi-coloured rock and convoluted shorelines that form intriguing shapes. Wilderness campsites can be found on crown land surrounding the area. Snug Harbour lighthouse presides over the inlet while the Red Rock lighthouse appears as a squat fortress on a tiny island offshore. The hamlets offer fishing, marine services, cottage resorts and lovely beaches.
Bayfield Inlet, on Hwy 529-A, has boat access to the colourfully veined and polished Painted Rocks along the north shore of Charles Inlet where hikers can explore fantastic alvars for kilometres. The Georgian Bay archipelago contains idyllic swimming, picnic spots, fabulous fishing, camping and cottage resorts. The 30,000 Islands are truly spectacular as the world’s most extensive lake based island chain. Its glacier-scoured, granite islands dotted by windswept pines, contain some of Canada’s most incredible scenery.
We have range of two and three-bedroom cottages fully equipped with all the facilities. Each cottage comes complete with pots and pans, cutlery and there's a barbecue on the porch. Just bring your own bedding and you' re ready to settle in! We even have a "Bunkie" for a quick overnight stay. Cottages and Bunkies are cleaned and sanitized after each visit, so rest assured, you will have a pleasant stay. Rowboat and canoe rental is available for islands and untouched shorelines which are only a paddle away and waiting to be explored. Boat rentals are available on a daily rate. We service all boat engines. We also do boat repairs. Boat launching is available free of charge to
This small, intimate four season Inn provides the perfect ambience for its noted fine dining and extensive wine list. It features a beautiful post and beam structure with large stone fireplace and lovely scenic views of river and flower gardens from the dining room and outdoor deck. Local artists' work decorates the walls. Luxury chalets have Jacuzzi, fireplace, air conditioning, King size beds, internet access, and many other amenities. Open year round, close to Parry Sound's 30,000 Island Cruise, Provincial Parks, beaches, Seguin snowmobile trail, walking, hiking, ATVing, cross country skiing and many first class golf courses. Come, experience our warm and friendly atmosphere with
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 available to purchase. The ship has a licensed bar on board, carrying a variety of beers, coolers, wines, mixed drinks and soft drinks. The Captain narrates a live commentary that includes history of the area, local legends and wildlife
You’ll find 75 acres of natural paradise less than two hours north of Toronto or 2 hours south of Sudbury in the heart of Georgian Bay Country, the world’s largest fresh-water archipelago - the 30,000 Islands. Settle into a spacious open or wooded site among windswept pines and nature at its finest. Feel the sun warm your soul by day, then gather by the fire and marvel at the “Near North” starry skies by night. ATV and nature trails are accessed directly from your site. Enjoy the heated pool, trampoline, mini golf, gift boutique, wagon rides, bingo, two nearby sandy beaches, playgrounds, themed events, large 30 & 50 amp
Grundy Lake Provincial Park has beautiful camping and beaches, including group campsites, drive-through sites for motor homes and secluded back country sites. The park contains old growth forest, trails and scenic lookouts and it is home to some rare species such as the Pink Lady's Slipper and Blandings Turtle. It has a nature display centre and operates guided hikes, canoe instruction and nature interpretive programs. All the park lakes are free of motor boats to keep them quiet and free of pollution. Canoe and boat rentals are located outside the park at the junction of Highways 522 & 69. Park Bus service to the park from Toronto is available by calling 1-800-928-7101.
Highway 559 leads to Killbear Provincial Park with its beautiful sand beaches, campgrounds and picnic areas. A bicycle path runs the length of the park and the Lookout Trail offers stunning views. A nature centre and amphitheatre conduct interpretive programs and musical entertainment on summer weekends. The park also has a dog exercise area and beach for pet owners. The landscape epitomizes Georgian Bay’s eastern shoreline of sparkling water, and colourful rock outcrops bedecked by windswept pines. The coast is also famous for its scintillating sunsets over the lake.
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 Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to the hockey hero’s accomplishments through a film, memorabilia and interactive hockey games. The Festival Performance Hall hosts the Festival of the Sound, which is Canada's premier summer music festival mid-July to mid-August on beautiful Georgian Bay. The acoustically perfect concert hall, licensed bar and waterfront patio make this a memorable venue as patrons can watch stunning sunsets over the bay during show intermissions. Some concerts, both classical and jazz, create magical
Oastler Lake Provincial Park, located on Oastler Park Drive, has a lovely beach for warm swimming in its sheltered, inland lake. Serviced campsites and picnic areas are available as well as wilderness walk-in sites. A wetland trail, dog exercise area, boat launch and canoe rentals are available. Motor boats are allowed on the lake.
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME...at Snug Haven Resortamongst the rocks and pines of one of the most beautiful inlets along Georgian Bay, just north of Parry Sound.Snug Haven caters to both family and fishing vacations, and are open all year round. We offer fully equipped private housekeeping cottages, all with a breathtaking view of Georgian Bay. You can expect your cottage to be impeccably clean, comfortable and ready for you to start your holiday. Several cottages have fireplaces for those fall evenings or for relaxing after a long day of fishing. During your stay, enjoy complimentary use of canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, barbecues, a recreation room with a pool table and games.Also ask us for
Traditions begin here at Grand Tappattoo Resort! Under new ownership, our sixty-one room lake front, year-round resort is situated on beautiful Otter Lake, just south of Parry Sound and twenty minutes from the historic Village of Rosseau. We offer guests a complete resort experience beginning with a choice of accommodations from newly appointed private rooms to exclusive three-bedroom cottages. Begin your day with a vigorous workout in our refurbished recreational facilities that include an indoor pool, gym and sauna. Savour our chef's masterly prepared fare while dining with a spectacular view overlooking the pristine lake. Spend the day relaxing on the beach,
Located downtown Parry Sound, The Country Gourmet is a breakfast and lunch café with our specialty being fresh and homemade items. We are known for our inspired and interesting soups and salads, quiche and comfort foods like lasagna and shepherd’s pie, wraps and sandwiches made on our own home baked bread and grilled Panini sandwiches. We strive to offer a variety of choices for all diet options including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan. ALL DAY BREAKFAST - FAMOUS SUNDAY BRUNCH We also have a large cookie and baked
Massasauga Provincial Park is a wilderness park that can be reached from Pete's Place in Blackstone Harbour, from Three Legged Lake or by boat from Georgian Bay. No camping is allowed at access points, but only at designated interior sites, most of which are accessible only by boat. Permits and canoe rentals are available at Pete's Place or Oastler Lake Park. Moorings and docks are available throughout the park. The park’s features include old growth forest, plentiful wildlife, incredible geology, a maze of islands and fabulous fishing. The park contains diverse features such as rocky cliffs, shallow, sandy beachs, desert like alvars and marshes. A variety of rare plant and
Since 1967, the Wolf Den has been a fixture in downtown Parry Sound. Visitors to the Georgian Bay and Muskoka areas have relied on us for the best selection of native Indian art and crafts, especially porcupine quill baskets, hand-crafted pottery and jewellery, clothing, leather goods, carvings and more. We have the best selection of moccasins in the Parry Sound area - over a hundred styles for women, men, children and infants!We're in our second generation of service, and we are proud to offer our unique selection of goods world-wide. We offer secure online shopping at www.wolfden.ca but hope you can drop by and enjoy our 'trading post' atmosphere. Follow us on Facebook for
Georgian Bay Whole Foods is Parry Sound's source for affordable organic foods, personal care products, natural cleaning products and natural remedies. The store carries a comprehensive variety of groceries, baking supplies, teas, fresh produce, meats, dairy, peanut butter, honey and confectionery. We have been serving the district since 1975 with knowledgeable staff, personalized service and quality products. Located in downtown Parry Sound.
The 30,000 Islands are truly spectacular as the world’s most extensive lake based island chain. Its glacier-scoured, granite islands dotted by windswept pines, contain some of Canada’s most incredible scenery, delicate ecosystems with rare plants and animals as well as culturally significant marine architecture, historic sites and shipwrecks. Most of the islands may be visited since they are designated as crown land, provincial parks, Georgian Bay Islands National Parks or Georgian Bay Land Trust properties that are collectively protected for conservation and heritage legacy purposes. The McCoy Islands lie a few kilometres offshore from the Shawanaga Inlet and can be accessed
Bayfield Lodge is a rustic cottage resort located in Bayfield Inlet with direct access to the magnificent 30,000 Islands where the possibilities for fishing, water sports and exploring are unlimited. The cottages are set among towering pines and flower gardens with a view of the waterfront. They are equipped with heating, full kitchens with cookware, complete bedding and baths; you only need to bring towels and personal items. Our country store sells groceries, fresh produce, baking, cold drinks, brewed coffee, ice, bait, tackle and Kawartha Dairy ice cream. Boat dockage and rentals of boats, motors and canoes are available, as well as parking for vehicles, trailers and boats. The area is
Georgian Bay Airways is a Sightseeing, Charter and Floatplane Training Facility, conveniently located right beside Parry Sound's Town Dock. This seaplane service will take you on a flight to remember! Offered on a continuous basis daily, you can choose from sightseeing air tours, a Fly & Dine to World Famous Henry's Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island, or several other popular area Restaurants, Romantic Sunset Champagne flights, as well as fly-in day trip adventures for Fishing, Hiking on a Georgian Bay Island and ATVing. We have an on-site Ice Cream Parlour with 16 Flavours of Nestle Ice Cream, and a Specialty Coffee Shop where you can get a Latte or Cappuccino to roam the waterfront.
All aboard the Island Queen for a relaxing cruise through Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands, the largest concentration of fresh-water islands in the world! Passengers can choose between two cruises, our Original Two-Hour Morning Cruise, offered daily in July and August, or our Flagship Three-Hour Afternoon Cruise, offered daily from June 1 to Thanksgiving Monday each season. Our two-hour morning cruise follows a meandering route past charming summer retreats that draw so many generations of families back to the inner islands of Georgian Bay. The windswept islands that give shape to the narrow channels and shallow waterways that the Island Queen cruises through on this tour are what many
The 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 trail affords a good view of the Seguin Falls and it is lit for safe use at night. A Skate & BMX Bike Park with ramps is located on Great North Road.
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A visit to our shop will make your jaw drop! We carry just about anything you can think of and then some... funny souvenirs, wacky T-shirts, collectibles, African wood carvings, gifts, jewellery, knives, incense, moccasins, women's fashions, purses, blown glass, suncatchers, retro-candy and classic soft drinks. See our specialty section for the unusual: Journey Beyond - Spiritual books, new age items, crystals, card readings Watch for our newest addition: The General Store by Somewhere in Time, carrying groceries.
Waubuno Park Beach has lovely flowerbeds, picnic areas, a playground, snack concession and washrooms. 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.
In 1889 Pointe au Baril lighthouse replaced a lantern-topped barrel as an historic landmark. The site has a panoramic view of the channel and it maintains boat docks with a beautifully landscaped causeway and flowerbeds. It is accessible only by boat and opens for tours Thu. - Mon., 9-5 in summer. Emmaline, the lighthouse keeper makes fresh baked goods for sale. The lighthouse also displays historical photos and artifacts of the region.
The village of Britt is located halfway between Parry Sound and Sudbury, just far enough off the highway that most folks bypass Hwy 526 that leads to this sleepy little enclave. However, visitors can still have all the perks that go with a waterfront vacation. Britt has some of the finest full service marinas on Georgian Bay where boaters can dock or rent boats, water sports equipment and fishing supplies. Local accommodations include waterfront inn suites, cottages and campgrounds. Guests can enjoy dining overlooking the river in Britt where fresh fish dinners are superb. The Key River also provides visitor services with direct access to Georgian Bay. Wild blueberry picking is fabulous
Magnetawan is a scenic little village that has been in existence since the mid-1800’s. Steam ships began to ply the waters of the Magnetawan River beginning in Burk’s Falls and travelling to Magnetawan and on to Ahmic Harbour crossing 2 lakes, Lake Cecebe and Ahmic Lake. Boat lift locks were necessary at Magnetawan and hand operated lift locks are still in place. Visitors may walk across two rushing waterfalls at the locks and continue a half-hour hike around the Island. From the locks you have a view of St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, made famous by Casson of the Group of Seven when he painted “The Church on the Rock”. The Heritage Centre Museum is open
Pointe au Baril has marine access to some of the most beautiful areas in the Georgian Bay archipelago where visitors can enjoy idyllic swimming, picnic spots, camping and cottage resorts. The 30,000 Islands are truly spectacular as the world’s most extensive lake based island chain. Its glacier-scoured, granite islands dotted by windswept pines, contain some of Canada’s most incredible scenery, delicate ecosystems with rare plants and animals as well as culturally significant marine architecture, historic sites and shipwrecks. Most of the islands may be visited since they are designated as crown land, provincial parks, Georgian Bay Islands National Parks or Georgian Bay Land
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
The village of Rosseau is situated on the boundary between Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts. It has lovely lakes for water sports and lakefront accommodations in the region, as well as prestigious academic institutions such as Rosseau Lake College where students benefit from an eclectic, outdoor oriented curriculum of the highest calibre. The village also sports a Farmers’ Market, boutiques and restaurants. The Humphrey Schoolhouse Museum, located on Hwy 141, exhibits the area’s pioneering history. Nearby Rosseau Falls is a scenic cascade beside a picnic area on Hwy 141 east of Rosseau. Sunset Cruises boats visit Rosseau from their base at Port Carling during summer for