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Seasonal Activities

Fall Fairs

Fall is the time to celebrate the bounty of the season and many of the activities occurring reflect the history of the area.

Scattered throughout the Parry Sound area are villages and towns that hold fall fairs that offer the opportunity to see:

  • animals,
  • purchase local crafts and goods
  • partake of local entertainment

Mid -August - October

Fall Colours

Ontario's hardwood trees are ablaze with colours, and Parry Sound offers many great ways to experience them

  • during the drive up (with maybe a little detour to stroll down a lane way or two along the way),
  • on a 3 hour cruise on the Island Queen,
  • from the air with Georgian Bay Airways
  • and finally, with a panoramic view from the Observation Tower.

Of course, the views from the enclosed sun porches at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast are spectacular too!

Parry Sound is a shutterbugs delight at any time of the year! But when you couple our famous Georgian Bay sunsets with the fantastic fall colours, you have a combination that can't be beat!

September to mid-October


Parry Sound Snowmobile District member clubs operate a trail network of over 1,100 kilometers containing both a mix of looping or family trails along with several Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails.

Trails in the Parry Sound Snowmobile District span from Moon River in the South to the Key River in the North and from Georgian Bay in the East to Hwy 11 in the West. Snowmobile rentals are available.

January - March

Cross Country Skiing

Georgian Nordic Ski Club is just a 10-minute drive from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast.

With 25 km of trails winding through lush forest, Georgian Nordic offers great cross country skiing for the novice through to the expert.

The Club offers performance (combined classic and skate), back country and single-track trails plus snowshoe trails. Skis, boots and poles are available for rental at the clubhouse.

January - March

Winter Hiking and Camping

White Squall Paddling Centre offers a winter program made for nature lovers of all ages and capabilities.

Starting in November there are opportunities for guided hikes – either by  snowshoe or foot, depending on the weather. All you need to pack are warm clothes, snacks and a camera.

If you are up for even more of a challenge, try out some of their winter camping programs. Learn how to camp, cook and travel during the winter months.

Winter equipment rentals of kick-sleds and snowshoes, as well as any other cold-weather gear you might need are available to rent.

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History & Culture

Canada Day Festivities

The Town of Parry Sound celebrates Canada's birthday every July 1st.

A variety of events, entertainers and vendors provide activities for the whole family. The finale is the musical Canada Day Cruise by the Festival of the Sound and a fireworks display that takes place at dusk.


West Parry Sound District Museum

The modern facility retraces the history of the Parry Sound Area with displays on:

  • logging,
  • shipping
  • and life as it was in a small northern town.

The Museum also features exhibits of:

  • lumbering,
  • homesteading and ghostly shipwrecks
  • as well as displays of local art work.

The Museum on Tower Hill offers picnic gardens, a lookout tower, a panoramic view of Georgian Bay and a wonderful location for taking photographs.

Observation Tower

Located next the museum on Tower Hill, this former fire tower is 96-feet tall.

It is an easy climb up the 131 steps to reach the top. The view over the town and Georgian Bay is breathtaking and well worth the climb – any time of year.

Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts

The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts is located on a 3.5-acre waterfront site in the heart of Parry Sound, overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay.

It houses a 480-seat Festival Performance Hall and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.

Performances of all genres are presented in the Performance Hall during the year including music of all types (pop, rock, folk, blues, jazz, country, chamber, classical and world music), theatre, contemporary dance, comedy, literary readings, performances for children, and community events. 

The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame

Bobby Orr is a former, professional ice hockey player who is acknowledged as one of the best players of the game.

Located in his hometown, The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is an interactive hockey museum with a wide variety of photos, memorabilia and artifacts about Bobby Orr.

Exhibits include Orr’s NHL rings, a number of his trophies and awards, some of the jerseys he played in, a pictorial history of his career and a number of interactive games and activities related to hockey.

The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame also hosts exhibits about other exceptional athletes with ties to Parry Sound.

The Gift Shop is located in the Lobby and features a unique line of souvenirs from both the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and the Festival Performance Hall.

Festival of the Sound

For three weeks each summer beginning in mid-July, Parry Sound comes to life with the music and special events of the Festival of the Sound established in 1979.

Winner of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts, the Festival of the Sound is one of Canada's most exciting and creative summer music festivals.

As well as hearing several daily and evening concerts featuring Canada's finest classical musicians, Festival-goers can choose from sunset cruises on the Island Queen, free family concerts and special events.

Each season brings something new, with the opportunity to mix and mingle with the musicians on a personal level.

Art in the Park

This annual event features almost 100 local and Canadian artisans. It offers the opportunity to meet the creators in person as they present their handcrafted products.

From clothing to jewelry, wooden creations to paintings, and everything in between, you will find it during this annual event.

3rd weekend in July.

First Nations Pow-Wows

Pow-wows are events that bring together peoples from a specific tribe or nation to renew thoughts of the old ways and preserve their rich heritage.

Celebrations involve singing, dancing and drumming. In the Parry Sound area, there are two pow-wows that invite the public to attend – Wasauksing and Shawanaga.

Grand entrances are typically at noon and are the highlight of each Pow-wow.

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In Parry Sound


Downtown Parry Sound features a number of small boutiques featuring:

  • Canadiana crafts and souvenirs,
  • men and ladies' clothing,
  • home decor and books

Throughout the year, special events are held.

Parry Sound Summer Market

Every Tuesday morning in the summer, the Parry Sound Summer Market offers patrons the opportunity:

  • to purchase smoked meats and fish,
  • local maple syrup,
  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • baked goods, preserves
  • and local artisan arts and crafts such as jewelry, stained glass, pottery, hand-made furniture, and much more!

The market is held at Market Square Park in downtown Parry Sound.

Historical Haunted Walking Tour

Learn some of Parry Sound’s less savoury history with a guided tour by Terry Boyle, author and host of CTV’s “Creepy Canada”.

Learn about the rough justice that ruled the earlier days of the area and hear the stories of the ghosts and see the orbs that appear in various locations.

Thursdays, July – Sept.

Artists Round the Sound

This Artist Collective runs several galleries around the Parry Sound area

  • both in their studios,
  • in the Spirit Gallery at Lakeland Long Term Care,
  • and at the Museum on Tower Hill

Mediums range from watercolours and acrylics to stained glass and sculpture. You are always encouraged to come and browse – and if you are lucky, speak to a local artist or two about their work and local inspiration.

Rainy day?

Not to worry! The Twin Strand Movie Theatres offer the latest releases, while Georgian Lanes offers a fun and inexpensive way to exercise and pass the time with 5-pin bowling. You can rent the special shoes, and everything else required is provided in the lane rental costs.

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Parks & Trails

hiking -  40 Bay Street - Things to See and Do in Parry Sound  Parks & TrailsAlgonquin Regiment Rotary Fitness Trail

A former railway bed, this trail walks you along the picturesque Parry Sound shores and allows one to enjoy Georgian Bay in its natural splendour.

From end to end, it measures 5 km. At the northern end, you can pick up the “Rugged Hiking Trail” which takes you along the shores of Georgian Bay for another 2.5 km.

This trail is suitable for strollers, wheelchairs and motorized scooters; it is well lit and has many seating areas along the path.

The Town of Parry Sound also boasts a number of suggested walks from easy to challenging, including a Historical Walking Tour.


Parry Sound is a member of Ontario By Bike Network and the location for the annual Pedaling for Parkinson's Disease fundraiser

Throughout the district there are paved roads with limited traffic and wide shoulders for safe riding. There are over 19 road routes that range in distance and difficulty.  

Get Outdoors Parry Sound offers day trail passes for mountain biking during the summer months, and fat biking during the winter at Georgian Nordic Ski and Activity Centre.

Park-to-Park Trail

The Park-to-Park Trail was developed to connect Killbear Provincial Park with Algonquin Provincial Park through utilizing existing multi-use trails in the area.

The web site provides a good map of on and off-road trails.

Provincial Parks

There are a number of provincial parks in the area – The Massassauga Provincial Park, which is a water access only park, Oastler Lake Provincial Park and the most popular - Killbear Provincial Park.

Killbear offers an interpretive centre with exhibits, displays and educational events related to the natural, wildlife and cultural resources of the area.

Access to the sand beaches, trails and special events are all included in the cost of a day pass.

All Ontario Provincial parks are officially open and staffed mid-May to mid-October

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