The Festival of the Sound is ready to go!

What has 56 events, 64 musicians and 18 ensembles and takes place in Parry Sound every summer? The Festival of the Sound, of course! Festival of the Sound Jamie Sommerville

This internationally acclaimed classical music festival, now in it’s 36th season is posed to open on Friday July 17th. To find out more about the Festival and the opening weekend, please find the details HERE.

After a wonderful kick-off to the summer with their Canada Day Cruise (my guests from Germany thought it was absolutely wonderful), the staff are working hard to bring all those final details together.

This year’s entire program was planned around suggestions from last year’s patrons’ on what their favourite chamber pieces were. They received more than 193 suggestions, making for a very interesting program of music, movies, musical boat cruises and talks.

 

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Celebrate Canada Day in Parry Sound!

Canada Day occurs on July 1st, the anniversary of Canada’s confederation in 1867. Canadians commemorate the day with parades, fireworks, cookouts, and concerts. And no one does Canada Day better than Parry Sound.fireworks Canada Day Parry Sound

According to Environment Canada, the weather will be great – a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 23 degrees.

Starting at 11:00 at the Stockey Centre, there are activities for the whole family. From a kid’s zone to food and craft vendors, music comes in many forms throughout the afternoon. You can pull up a seat on the patio and enjoy everything from a pipe and drum corps starting at noon to local fiddlers “The Terry Little Band”. Later in the afternoon is a blues trio; and in the evening enjoy Just4Kix with their special mix of rock. During the fireworks, music will be supplied by the Sunny Slope Bootleggers.

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Do you like boats?

 

Parry Sound is a great place to see a wide variety of boats - check out the following locations:Big Sound Marina

1. Wander down to Sail Parry Sound for sail boats

2. To see some really big sail boats, drive over to Sound Boat Works

3. Watch out the windows of 40 Bay Street B&B to see the pleasure craft pull up for fuel at Parry Sound Marina

4. Along the Fitness Trail, you can see icebreakers and tug boats at the Coast Guard base

5. At the very end of Bay Street, is Big Sound Marina, Parry Sound's transient marina where you can see some pretty nice "cabin cruisers"

6. Parry Sound has two cruise boats, located in the town dock area - the Island Queen and the M.V. Chippewa

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Have you heard of Parry Sound's Hole in the Wall?

Georgian Bay is home of the 30,000 Islands, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and a designated Biosphere Reserve. island-queenSightseeing among these islands is a popular activity for tourists and residents alike.

Located on the east side of Georgian Bay, these islands are part of the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. They were created when glaciers scraping across the bedrock during the last ice age exposed the granite.

One of the most stunning sights is called the “Hole in the Wall”. It is a very narrow channel between two islands that is 34 meters wide (at its narrowest point) and only 4 meters deep. The cliffs of the neighbouring islands reach about 24 meters, and create many crevices for the iconic windswept white pine trees to grow

It is approximately 8 kilometers from Parry Sound and 4 kilometers from Killbear Provincial Park.

 

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