In a typical year, Parry Sound receives the majority of its snow in December and early January from snow squalls coming off the unfrozen waters of Georgian Bay.
Parry Sound is home to Snowmobile District 10 and offers over 1100 km of groomed, looping or family trails along with several Trans Ontario Provincial (TOPS) Trails. In order to ride a snowmobile and the trails, you need a trail pass, and the appropriate clothes. If you need to rent a ride, check out the PSSD web site.
Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club has over 30 kms of groomed ski trails for cross-country skiing. They offer performance (combined classic and skate), back country and single track trails plus snowshoe trails. Memberships and daily passes are available; you can rent skis, boots and poles - and even have a lesson. The club is located approximately 7km east of Parry Sound, off Highway 124.
While many people just think of Parry sound as a summer destination, there are outdoor activities to keep you active all year round. This guide provides links to on-line maps – and hard copies are always available at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast.
Hiking trails abound in the area – the easiest trail is the Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail, a 2.5 km trail that follows Parry Sound’s waterfront. It is a multi-purpose trail, which means you can walk, run, or bike it. This trail extends for another 2.5 k.m. along the shore road allowance and is referred to a “rugged hiking trail”- there can be rocks, logs and/or other items blocking parts of the path.
Parry Sound offers three picturesque golf courses to test your skills – if you can pay attention. Each course’s fairways have been planned to maximize the unique and stunning views that the Canadian Shield offers. Some fees include golf carts and all offer clubs for rent.
The Ridge at Manitou is proud to be a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, which means in addition to amazing golf, the course is managed and monitored to ensure the protection of local water quality, fish, woodlands and wildlife. Green fees include a power cart. Meals at the clubhouse are always a special occasion.
Depending on the time of year, Northern Pike, Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Walleye/Pickerel and Lake Trout are available.
In order to fish in Ontario, everyone requires an Outdoors Card if they are at least 18 years old. Canadians over the age of 65 are exempt. If you are a non-resident, you require a separate fishing licence tag.
In Parry Sound, fishing can be as easy as walking across the street from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast and throwing in your line at the mouth of the Seguin River.