What To Do In And Around Parry Sound
(a.k.a. "So much to see, so much to do...")
Whether you come to Parry Sound on a day trip, for the weekend, or to stay all summer, there really is SO much to do here ... with acivities, attractions, and special events for ALL ages and accessibility levels. (See links to a few of them below.)
Established in 1857 near the Ojibwa village of Wasauksing (meaning "shining shore") the town is just 225 km (140 miles) north of Toronto.
Parry Sound is situated right smack dab in the middle of a boater's paradise - whether your preference is for motorized pleasure craft, sail boats, canoes, or kayaks - and there are plenty of public boat launches giving you ready FREE access to the water. (This whole area, in fact, is arguably one of the prettiest pieces of geography in Ontario - on the water, or on land.)
Here are a few fast, fun facts about Parry Sound:
- It has the world's deepest natural freshwater port.
- The area was quite popular with Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven, and influenced many of their best scenic artworks.
- Parry Sound is the birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr.
- The home of Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary ... where they care for injured and orphaned animals. (Enquire about their day tourist hours - this informational and interpretive centre for wildlife education is great for the whole family, and not to be missed.)
- There are several golf courses nearby ... and hockey, fishing, and softball are also poplular seasonal sports in the area.
Part of the 30,000 Islands region (considered the world's largest freshwater archipelaago, and home to more than 100 "at-risk" species of plants and animals), Parry Sound is also the home of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve - one of the only 13 used UNESCO sites in Canada.
Take a tour of the 30,000 Islands on a sighseeing cruise ... or just rent a kayak or canoe, and design your own tour route. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, take a quiet seat on one of the may shoreline benches, and enjoy watching a golden sunet across the sparkling waters of the Bay.
Accomodations in the area are quite ... well, "accomodating" ... with plenty of hotels, motels, resorts, campgrounds, and B&Bs to choose from.
So enjoy the photos in our scenic gallery here ... and then explore this beautiful town and region further with the links provided.