Trains have been an important part of Parry Sound since 1890 when John Rudolphus Booth, the lumber baron owned the Canada Atlantic Railway Company (CAR), from Ottawa west to Depot Harbour (Parry Island) on Georgian Bay. He built the line not only to transport logs year-round to his Ottawa lumber mills, but also to take advantage of the increasing grain production on the prairies which was destined for Eastern North American and European markets.
Originally planning to build in Parry Sound proper, land speculation drove the prices up, so Booth decided to build to an appropriate harbour on Georgian Bay for the receiving of Great Lake steamers, Booth could avoid the large expense of building a land-line north of Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
Parry Sound’s #1 cycling enthusiast, Peter Istvan’s first memory of biking was riding his banana seat bicycle on the street in front of his home in Toronto. Even then, the itch to explore the surrounding area on his bike was tough to ignore…and since his move to Parry Sound, one he embraces every chance he gets!
Peter says that being able to ride his bikes (yes – bikes) in Parry Sound is a dream come true because it is so accessible – right outside our doors; its a great form of exercise and the setting is so beautiful. Due to the nice quiet roads in the area, it is relatively safe compared to riding in a larger city, and Peter points out, with the right equipment (a fat bike – a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.7" or larger that are designed for riding on soft unstable terrain such as snow and sand. is available year round, on a variety of terrains.
Drum roll, please! Parry Sound is a year-round destination, and spring is just as special as the summer months!
Here's our list of the top five reasons to spend a spring weekend in Parry Sound:
#5: It's just like being in Whistler - you can see snow and ice while wearing shorts and sandals - without having to fly there!
#4. Bay Street Cafe and Georgian Bay Airways are open - no difficulty in getting a seat in either place!
With Earth Day coming up next week, I thought I would share some of the ways we help the environment here at 40 Bay Street. We are also very fortunate that many of our guests are of the same mind-set and participate while visiting!
We try to be energy efficient by:
Purchasing energy efficient appliances
When we renovated, we made sure the walls, ceilings, and windows were properly insulated
We use compact fluorescent bulbs for lights, and put lights in public areas on timers
All our bedrooms have ceiling fans to help move the air around in the rooms, rather than turning on the heat or air-conditioner