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5 ways 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast helps look after the environment!


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 applianceseco-friendly-decorating-budget-wise-home-1200x1600
  • 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

Despite being located on Georgian Bay, we still need to consider water conservation by:

  • Washing only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • We have Installed efficient showerheads, faucet aerators in sinks, and low-flow toilets
  • Monitoring and maintaining leaky faucets, toilets, showerheads, and pipes
  • Encouraging our guests to reuse linens and towels after using once
  • We provide our guests with information about protected natural habitats and native species – see the Georgian Bay Biosphere web site for more details.

Being in a small town, it’s fairly easy to take into consideration “responsible transportation” by:

  • Using local foods, produce and products whenever possible
  • Planning our trips in the car, and walking if possible
  • We help our guests minimize the use of cars by letting them know what’s happening locally that they might be interested in
  • Providing transportation schedules, maps and general information that can help guests plan their trips

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse!

  • We actively take part in Parry Sound’s recycling programs
  • 40 Bay Street B&B has compost bins for organic waste
  • We try to choose the products we buy wisely - from the standpoint of amount of packaging used, materials used in the making of the product and packaging
  • Minimizing the amount of paper we use

If you want to know more about how we help the environment, check out our Special Touches page!

couple-driving$50 + $50 + $50 = $150!

Would you like a little get-away and save at the same time???

Want to know how?

Step 1

Book a two-night stay at 40 Bay Street B&B (before April 19th) for a stay between April 20 and June 23rd) = $50.00

Step 2

Sign up at Explorers’ Edge for their Spring Fuel & Fun package = $50 gas card + $50 in cash vouchers.

Step 3

Decide how you will spend your cash vouchers – a meal (or two!) at a local restaurant? A shopping spree (maybe a something new to celebrate spring)? Take in a show at the Stockey Centre? Or get active at one of the attractions that are unique to Parry Sound?

Step 4

Enjoy – and save while you do it!


To start your cha-ching, just give us a call at 1-866-371-2638 or send us an e-mail

Festival of the Sound celebrates 35 years of music

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Every July and August, Parry Sound celebrates a the Festival of the Sound, is now in it's 35 year.  The three-week (mostly) chamber music festival along with an influx of classical music lovers from all over the world.  This music festival started in 1979 when Anton Kuerti (pianist) purchased a cottage in the area, and invited some of his musician friends to play at one of three concerts he organized.

1980 was the official beginning of the Festival of the Sound, with Mr. Kuerti as the Director. Five years later, James Campbell (clarinet) joined as the Artistic Director, and still holds that position.

The Festival has twice received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts; CBC Radio has recorded concerts and TV Ontario has filmed programs – all of which attests to the caliber of programming that occurs.

Originally held in the Parry Sound High School gymnasium, the Festival moved to the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (named for the principal benefactor of the project) in 2003. Built from natural stone and wood from the area, the Stockey Centre is located on Georgian Bay, which offers a spectacular setting to the beautiful music played here.

Since opening, 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast has been pleased to host some of the famous musicians from around the world that have played at this festival. String quartets, singers, violinists, cellists, choirs, orchestras and musicians-in-residence are featured every year.

In addition to concerts, special events such as the Opera Gala, boat cruises, masked balls and concerts held in some of the most beautiful spaces in Parry Sound – such as Tower Hill, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Being such a popular music festival, tickets go quickly. You can view the program and purchase tickets on-line or become a member of the Festival of the Sound and receive preliminary programs in the mail.

40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast still has some vacancies during the Festival – please check to to see if we have a room available for you!