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Did you promise to take better care of yourself this year?

Can you believe it’s been almost a month since you made your New Year’s Resolution? So, how’s it going? Are you really taking better care of yourself - and dealing with the stress? Making more time for family and friends? Have you tried something new?

Believe it or not, staying at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast can help you accomplish at least one – if not more of those resolutions.

garden room bathTo help you take better care of yourself, why not escape the city and come to Parry Sound? You can be as busy as you want – but I can guarantee you the pace will be much slower than it will be at home. If that’s not enough to help you de-stress, then why not take advantage of our Solitude Retreat? Designed to help you truly escape, we have created a 2-night stay with a full breakfast served whenever you are ready – and absolutely nothing else! And if need be, we will monitor your smart phone/BBM etc for you! That's it...just come and do nothing but sleep, rest, relax and chill! 

How much time have you carved out for the special people in your life? We promise to make it a stress-free weekend for everyone – we can make recommendations for local activities and events, or you can go all out and take advantage of our Celebration Package which we can personalize with a couples' massage, a live show at the Stockey Centre, leisurely breakfasts and romantic dinners. We also offer a Girls’ Weekend Away so you can spend time with your mother, sister, daughter or best friend, doing exactly what you like to do!

Is it time to get out of a rut and try something new? If you’ve never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, then 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast is a good place to start! We have converted many a hotel guest into BnBers with our private, en-suite bathrooms, large flatcreen HDTVs, free Wi-Fi and incredible breakfasts! Don’t take my word for it – check out what over 150 guests have said about their stay here on TripAdvisor. If you have stayed at a B&B before, but still are looking to try something new, you’re in luck!

Parry Sound offers a number of activities - from flying in a small floatplane to seeing the Canadian Shield on an ATV to having a personalized tour of some of the islands in the area with your own guide. And, if you’ve thought about getting in touch with your creative side, the local Canadore College offers a number of courses you might want to consider!

So, stop sweating it! Just pick up the phone and call or e-mail me to discuss how we can help you kick-start your 2014 resolutions!



10 Tips to help you stay warm outdoors this winter

With so many things to do in the winter in Parry Sound, it is important to be prepared for the weather. 

In addition to peeking outside the door, there are a number of additional things to take into account when trying to determine how warmly you should dress before venturing outside. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. However, there are ways to make sure that you remain safe and warm, so that you can enjoy your time outdoors!

Tip 1: Determine the actual temperature, and then the wind chill factor. Windchill is a measure of how cold a person actually feels while outdoors. It is based on how much body heat is lost through exposed skin due to the combination of wind and cold ( The wind chill factor comes into effect when the temperature is equal to or less than 4 degrees Celsius and the wind is greater than 8 km/hr.

Tip 2: Dress for the appropriate activity level. You will need to dress very differently if you are going cross-country skiing than for a winter walkwalk.

Tip 3: Dress in layers. Several thin, warm layers are better than a few thick layers. More layers will insulate better, and allow you to strip off layers if the temperature warms up.

Tip 4: Wear a base layer. Long-johns, thermal underwear or union suits can add a warm light base. Make sure it wicks moisture away from your body, so you don’t get chilled.

Tip 5: Don’t forget your feet. If your boots don’t have lining, see if you can purchase it separately – or use boots that allow you to add several pairs of socks. Wool is best, although "fleece" socks will work. You can layer socks, but be careful that your feet are comfortable and the circulation isn't shut down.

Tip 6: Wear more than one layer on your legs. At minimum, have a base layer like long underwear and an warm outer layer, like snowboarding pants. Waterproof pants will go a long way towards keep you dry.

Tip 7: Use a really warm coat. In general the thicker the better, whether it is a synthetic, wool or a down jacket.

Tip 8: Wear a hat. Covering any exposed body part helps retain body heat – whether you believe that we lose most of our heat through our head or not. In order to be spotted easily, wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so people can see you.

Tip 9: Wear gloves or mittens. Fingers and hands are very vulnerable to the cold, so keep them covered. To add in keeping your hands warm you can purchase hand warmers – small packages of chemicals that when rubbed generate heat. They can be purchased at any outdoor or hunting store.

Tip 10: Keep dry. Being wet will cause chill to set in more quickly than if you're dry. Have waterproof or at least water resistant outer layers.

Conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia can occur more quickly in windy weather because the body loses heat more rapidly. Dressing in layers of appropriate clothing slows down heat loss; however, if you think you are suffering from either of these, get indoors and seek medical attention immediately!

There are so many different things to do in winter in the Parry Sound area. Why not check out all the different things you can see and do?



Parry Sound's most popular tour

If you haven't already downloaded your copy of our Parry Sound Travel Guide, here's just one of the many itineraries the guide contains.  If you only have a day, and want to see as much as possible, here's "The Parry Sound Overview Tour".


island-queenIn order to accomplish everything outlined in this tour, it is important to plan to arrive in Parry Sound prior to noon and drive directly to the Island Queen boat cruise location to pick up your tickets for the three hour afternoon cruise that leaves at 1:00 p.m. This is the most popular cruise as it takes you out into Georgian Bay, so you have some understanding of the incredible geological formations found, and the vastness of the 30,000 islands, which form the largest fresh water archipelago. The boat offers soup, hot dogs and other light snack items, for sale. There are several restaurants located nearby where you can also purchase lunch. The boat returns at 4:00 p.m.


After checking into your accommodation, I recommend a stroll along the Rotary Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail (known locally as the Fitness Trail). This walk will take you by landmarks such as Sail Parry Sound, the Coast Guard Base, Wabuno Town Beach (which has life guards and a concession stand selling drinks and ice cream), the water filtration plant and old pump house, and the “Salt Docks” where road salt for maintenance of provincial roads is dropped off for Northeastern Ontario. (This is where Parry Sounder’s go to watch our incredible sunsets).


There are three restaurants located along Bay Street, which is the town’s main waterfront street – I suggest a delicious dinner on the porch to watch all the boats and activity along the waterfront.


The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, it’s time to visit our shops along our “downtown” and then just before leaving, stop at the Museum on Tower Hill to get an understanding of the history of the area, and climb the Observation Tower’s 131 steps to get the last bird’s eye view of Parry Sound before you leave.  If you are wondering what else there is to see and do in Parry Sound, download the Travel Guide!