Parry Sound in the winter is wonderful!
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.
Once the ice is 4 inches (or thicker on the smaller lakes), icefishing huts start appearing. Typically, you can catch walleye, pike, crappie and bass. Some people consider fishing in the winter an easier time to catch fish – the fish tend to be closer to the surface and are much hungrier. How do they know where to find the fish? Apparently, in the same places you would go to fish in the summer! To keep it fun, you can participate in local ice-fishing tournaments throughout the season.
White Squall Paddling Centre offers guided snowshoe tours on some Sundays throughout the winter, as well as impromptu outings on Cole Lake. Kicksleds and snowshoes are available for rent from their in-town store, or bring your own skis.
Rather than moan and groan, Parry Sound makes the most of it with our annual winter carnival, held mid-February. From fundraising meals to ice fishing derbies to bonfires and fireworks, there is something for everyone.