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What’s Up In Parry Sound This Week? (September 15 – 21, 2014)

While other parts of Canada (and even northwestern Ontario) have experienced their first snowfalls, Parry Sound is still waiting for those gorgeous fall colours to make their presence known. Most of the activities that people equate with the summer – mainly water based – continue. With the water of Georgian Bay and lakes warmer than the air, it is a good way to extend the summer until the calendar says it is over!

There are two great opportunities to help you stretch your dollar further if you do want to come up to Parry Sound:leaves

Explorers’ Edge is offering “Fall 2014 Fuel & Fun Package”.

(Limited to 200 packages for the entire region of Algonquin Park, Muskoka, Parry Sound and Almaquin Highlands, there were still packages available as of September 17th). In order to apply for this package, between now and September 30th, you have to book a 2 night stay during the month of October; you can then apply to receive a $50 gas card and $50 in cash vouchers to spend - for a meal at some of our top restaurants, shopping at some of our unique stores on James Street or experiencing a ride at Bear Claw Tours, Georgian Bay Airways or the Island Queen cruise.

40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast is sweetening the pot by dropping all our room rates to $150.00/night if you book your two-night stay here! Check out our new availability calendar to see if the dates you want are available!

How does our garden grow?

strawberries

Like most of Ontario, it was a strange winter in the Parry Sound area – lots of snow and cold! By the time it was finally the right time, my fingers were itching to get out and get planting!

The herb garden at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast is well established now, and other than parsley, pretty well looks after itself – it is always nice to be able to have fresh herbs for our guests' breakfast.

However, other than the cool weather crops – peas, lettuce and onions - I held off until the beginning of June to get the majority of the vegetable garden in. Since we believe in using fresh, organic produce as much as possible in our breakfast menu, tomatoes are one of the key plants for us. Not only are they a great complement to most of our egg dishes, Chef Simon’s roasted tomato tarts are a big hit with the guests. In addition, crisp cucumbers add some nice colour and crunch to the plates while the zucchini makes a nice addition to the frittatas. Some of 40 Bay Street’s most popular recipes are on the web site under Breakfast.

Geocaching in Parry Sound

 

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

The rules of geocaching are fairly simple:

  • If you take something from the geocache (or "cache"), leave something of equal or greater value.
  • Write about your find in the cache logbook.
  • Log your experience on-line

pancake islands

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse - they may be at a local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.  Besides these typical locations, Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron has created a Geocache Program on islands in the Parry Sound area.

Geocaching.com shows 265 geocaches coming up within range of 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast. From Killbear Provincial Park to out on Georgian Bay's Hole in the Wall...with themes related to Bobby Orr to Pink Poofy Pies and names like Ode to a $450 Rock to Where Bears Dare, there is something for everyone! Each cache listing has the date it was hidden; who hid it; how difficult it is to find; and the approximate size of the cache you are seeking. Some provide additional tips or information about the topic or theme.

Earplugs and The History of Trains in Parry Sound

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 Ryan-GaynorLake Huron and Lake Superior.