If you can only spend one day in Parry Sound in the summer, then I suggest picking a Tuesday.
From 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., there is something special going on, on Tuesdays.
You can start your day at the Parry Sound Summer Market, visiting the stalls of handcrafted items from a multitude of artisans, fresh produce and smoked meats, maple syrup and honey, plus baking, plants and homemade clothing. The market runs from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in Market Park Square, just behind the post office.
During the day-time, White Squall Paddling Centre brings “Blackfly II” to town – a 29 foot canoe that seats 20 people and allows you to paddle the harbor for an hour. You can pick it up at the Georgian Bay Airway dock. (If you can’t make it, they are offering an opportunity for a private day on the bay and a young persons’ Big Canoe Camp. Check out their web site for more information.)
Up next? Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. it’s Cruze Night in Parry Sound! You’ll see vintage cars, muscle cars, sports bikes and their owners all gathered at the Island Queen Boat Cruise parking lot. Most of the cars are local; however sometimes other car clubs from the area join in, so there is always something new to see and learn about!
The Festival of the Sound has always featured a Jazz Weekend; however, based on the feedback from last year’s patrons, they have expanded the program to include more jazz performances.
On Monday July 20th, enjoy three great events all rolled together! Take a cruise on the Island Queen and watch the beautiful Georgian Bay sun set accompanied by Dixieland Jazz, supplied by the Dixie Demons.
The Dixie Demons got their start in 1984 at Humber College, when Dan Douglas – a trombonist – was asked to put together a band for a school function. Three decades later, this Toronto-based band continues to play traditional jazz both as the Dixie Demons and independent freelancers in many different groups.
On Saturday July 20th “Benny meets Artie” – when Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman were all the rage – and rivals! Artie Shaw was known as the king of the clarinet, while Benny Goodman held the title of “King of Swing”. Clarinetists Bob DeAngelis and James Campbell join Gene DiNovi on the piano while Dave Young supplies the bass.
The M.V. Chippewa III boat cruise is one of the hidden secrets of Georgian Bay! A former Maid-of-the Mist, built in 1955 in Owen Sound (also located on Georgian Bay); the boat came to Parry Sound in 1995.
Running from July 1st until Labour Day, this ship offers a variety of different excursions, depending on the day of the week.
Located directly across the road from 40 Bay Street B&B, if you have stayed here before, you have more than likely seen the green and yellow Chippewa III, as well as the red and white lighthouse ticket booth.
What has 56 events, 64 musicians and 18 ensembles and takes place in Parry Sound every summer? The Festival of the Sound, of course!
This internationally acclaimed classical music festival, now in it’s 36th season is posed to open on Friday July 17th. To find out more about the Festival and the opening weekend, please find the details HERE.
After a wonderful kick-off to the summer with their Canada Day Cruise (my guests from Germany thought it was absolutely wonderful), the staff are working hard to bring all those final details together.
This year’s entire program was planned around suggestions from last year’s patrons’ on what their favourite chamber pieces were. They received more than 193 suggestions, making for a very interesting program of music, movies, musical boat cruises and talks.