Nestled on the rugged shores of Canada’s largest fresh water archipelago and part of the UNESCO-designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Parry Sound is home to some of the best sea kayaking in the nation. Check out the Ontario Sea Kayak Centre for rentals and clinics to try this serene paddling experience. Explore the shipwrecks, light houses and ghost towns that dot Georgian Bay’s eastern shores. Whether by sail, motorboat, canoe, kayak or plane, make your way to your own secluded cove or tie up at a full-service slip with provisions and attractions nearby.
From Parry Sound harbour you can set out along the region’s famous shoreline with 30,000 Islands Cruise Lines aboard the Island Queen or Islander X, or enjoy a dinner cruise on the MV Chippewa III. Get a birds-eye-view of this remarkable ecosystem during a flight with Georgian Bay Airways and take a guided island tour, or just enjoy the scenery from the float plane as you head out to lunch at the world famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island. You can take a guided fishing expedition out of Georgian Bay Marina or spend the day visiting the makers of Parry Sound and their shops that offer products “Made in Parry Sound.”
Get muddy on the managed trail systems that travel across stunning Canadian shield landscapes with Bear Claw Tours on an adrenaline filled ATV tour, or rent a bicycle from Parry Sound Bikes and take a more leisurely ride along in-town waterfront trails (check with the shop for group rides in the warmer seasons as well). If you’re an off-road rider, bring your rental to the Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre in McDougall and take to their mountain biking, fat biking and Nordic ski trails all year round. Also in winter, enjoy some of the best snowmobiling in Ontario and try ice fishing on Georgian Bay.
Explore the three provincial parks located here – Killbear, Massassauga and Oastler Lake – and take part in interpretive programming during the summer months to learn a little bit more about the unique ecosystems and wildlife that surround them.
Downtown be sure to also check out the fascinating exhibits at the West Parry Sound District Museum (and head up the iconic on-site fire tower for an exceptional view of the bay!), the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, and the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (home to great concerts, the Bands on the Bay series in summer, and the world-renowned classical music Festival of the Sound).
When you’re ready to experience some local flavor, enjoy dining at one of the many fine eateries located here. And if you’re a craft beer enthusiast then you’re in luck – Parry Sound has two. Norse Brewery is located just north of town in Nobel and you’ll find Trestle Brewing Company nestled just underneath its namesake landmark, the Parry Sound Trestle Bridge, which was once painted by legendary Canadian artist Tom Thomson.
For more information on the region, visit Parry Sound Tourism.