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Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, the Parry Sound area was recognized as a holiday land by the Huron First Nation more than a century ago. As ships enter the Big Sound and pull into port at the town dock they are greeted by a view of the Parry Sound Harbour and the trestle bridge standing 32 m (105 ft) above the water and 517 m (1695 ft) in length. This active train bridge is the longest east of the Rocky Mountains.
Parry Sound was built on lumber however homesteaders were soon followed by vacationers who came to relax at the heart of the 30,000 islands. Surrounded by forests, lakes, streams and the rugged beauty of pink granite, the landscape exemplifies the Canadian Shield. A vacationer’s paradise, Parry Sound is easily accessible to visitors by roadway or waterway.
Much of Parry Sound’s history is recaptured in the West Parry Sound District Museum’s exhibitions. The facility is surrounded by the Tower Hill Gardens and the location of the lookout tower a 30 m (98 ft) tall tower standing high above the tree line and offering visitors 360° views of the town and Georgian Bay.
Visitors will be delighted with the variety of recreational activities available. From a kayaking adventure or a boat cruise amongst the 30,000 Islands along rocky shorelines and up close with wildlife and the infamous wind-swept pines to catching the big one on a fishing trip, exploring our rugged wilderness on an ATV or taking in the ultimate view of Georgian Bay on a float plane ride.
There are four provincial parks within easy reach of Parry Sound including the very popular Killbear Park, offering hiking trails and an interactive interpretive centre for visitors. For those seeking a scenic walk or bike ride along the shores of Georgian Bay the 6.5 km (4-mile) Waterfront Trail runs adjacent to the town dock and takes visitors past the sailing centre and two public beaches.
History and shopping go hand-in-hand in Parry Sound as many of the historic buildings downtown are still in use as stores, galleries and studios. The downtown area is easily accessible to passengers, a short walk or quick two-minute shuttle ride from the main pier. Parry Sound is home to many fine artists and craftspeople - working in oils, watercolour, woodworking, stained glass, sculpture, fine stoneware and porcelain, sewing and photography.
Arts and Entertainment
Parry Sound is rich in arts and entertainment. Featuring everything from folk/roots music to classical/blues/jazz, the 400-seat, acoustically perfect performance hall located in the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts offers year-round entertainment in addition to being home to the Festival of the Sound, Canada’s premier summer music festival. The Stockey Centre’s architecture combines the cottage theme with the natural surroundings of Georgian Bay.
Located in the same building as the performance hall, along the fitness trail and steps from the town dock is the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, an interactive museum that is very popular with hockey fans visiting the area.
Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Boarding
Other Popular Activities
Killbear Provincial Park
Bear Claw Tours
Parry Sound Bikes
West Parry Sound District Museum
Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
Bobby Orr Hall of Fame
Downtown Parry Sound
Tower Hill Gardens and Lookout Tower
Parry Sound truly is the world-renowned jewel of the 30,000 Islands on Georgian Bay. Come see for yourself!
45.21.21 N, 80.02.00 W
Marine Channel 16
52 Seguin Street
Parry Sound Ontario
Canada P2A 1B4
705 746 2101
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