Have you got someone picky on your Christmas list that you never seem to be able to please? Want to get them something they can’t complain about – or return?
How about a gift certificate to 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast? It is guaranteed to fit, be the right colour, make, model and age appropriate! And, if they still manage to come up with a reason not to use it, you will be able to!
Since opening 40 Bay Street in 2006, we have worked hard to make sure that everything our guests need are available – and included in our price at no extra charge:
If you need a little more reassurance about our ability to deal with picky people, check out our reviews on TripAdvisor. Over 150 independent guest reviews can’t be wrong!
Once you’ve made up your mind that a gift certificate at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast will solve your gift-giving problem, just give me a call at 1-866-371-2638 or e-mail me and I will make you look spectacular – both when you give the gift, and your recipient stays with us!
There is nothing better than celebrating Christmas in Parry Sound! From the lack of frenzied crowds to the opportunities abounding to purchase unique, hand-made gifts, it couldn't be better!
The first event that makes it official it is "Christmas in Parry Sound", is the annual Light Up the Park. This event showcases the beautiful Christmas lights adorning the many trees in Parry Sound's Market Square. This year, the special feature is the opportunity to see "Pete's Christmas", a Hallmark movie shot in Parry Sound last year.
Another big feature that everyone looks for is the CP Holiday Train. Since 1999, Canadian Pacific Railways have sent brightly lighted and decorated railcars across the country to help raise funds for local food banks. Every train includes a modified boxcar that has been modified into travelling stages for musicians who perform free concerts at various stops along the way. In Parry Sound, while the train is visible from the train trestle just up from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast, the place to be is the CP Station Gallery, so you can hear the music!
As with most towns and cities, the annual Santa Claus Parade always brings out people to view the usual - and unusual Christmas floats! From Santa with his reindeer, you will find floats representing churches and kids activities to the local ATV club riding down the street, the Canada Post truck accompanying some walkers, to the gem pictured here - a tug boat decorated for the season!
The Stockey Centre embraces the season through a variety of different musical shows - whether it's a brass band, choirs or country and western musicians singing old and new favourites, there is always something to bring Christmas alive.
There is nothing like glistening white snow to reflect the beauty of Christmas lights, and you will see lights and decorations everywhere - from lamp posts in downtown Parry Sound to individual houses and businesses decked out in their finery. I love to stroll around the town after dinner to appreciate all the work that has gone into recognizing the season.
Something that has amazed me is the compassion that lives in the hearts of Parry Sound residents - and Christmas is no exception. There are a number of fundraisers that occur - from the traditional Salvation Army kettles to the Festival of the Trees, which raises money for the food bank, to Soup for the Soul, for Parry Sound's hospice program.
Craft sales and bazaars pop up on the weekends throughout the area, offering you a chance to purchase unique handcrafted goods; from knitting to jewelry; woodworking to materials to create your own special gifts.
Churches also get decorated and seem to have more people attending during the Christmas time. Is it the children's pageants, the season, or just the fact that since Parry Sound is a tourist area, and more of us now have time to attend? Whatever the reason, the music seems to be more uplifting - and definitely louder!
And if it is the out-of-door activities that draws you to the Parry Sound during the Christmas holidays, check out all the recommendations we have on 40 Bay Street B&B's Things to See and Do page.
I meet many people who come to the Parry Sound area to re-visit places they have great memories of. Most of those memories come from when they were kids, and families took the time to get away on vacations.
If you think you are just too busy to take time away from your job to have a get-away, here are 5 tips to help you do just that!
1. Plan – everything!
Like everything else in life, if you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen! And don’t let your ego get in the way – delegate tasks to other people on your team. And, let everyone know the dates you will be away…
Besides planning for the trip, start planning your work in advance – especially the first few days when you are back. Don’t schedule meetings etc so that you have time to catch up with everything that went on while you were away – phone calls, e-mails, documents, etc.
2. If you must, stay in touch via the internet
Most accommodations offer access to the internet (it's free at 40 Bay Street B&B) so that you can check e-mails, skype and even participate in meetings via video-conferencing. Just set aside a specific time every day to work, and just as important, set a limit to how much time you will spend doing work.
3. Combine Business and Pleasure
If you have to travel for business, book a few extra days to check out the area. And, if you are attending a conference or other business event, make plans to network with colleagues after hours – this will strengthen relationships both personally and professionally.
4. Downtime is important for top performance on the job!
How many professionals ever have nothing to do? If you wait for that to happen to take time off, you will burn yourself out – because it will never happen! Taking a break from work has proven to be beneficial for both the employee and employer. You come back relaxed and energized, and just putting space between you and some of the issues you are grappling with - and giving your mind a break may provide a new clarity.
5. Take a mini-vacation
It’s amazing how an extra-long weekend can make a difference. Not all get-aways have to be a week – what about taking a Friday (or Monday) off in addition to the weekend?
And you don’t need to travel far…you can even plan day-trips if need be. Just start thinking about all the local places you said you’ve wanted to check out, but never have; create a list…and start back at Tip#1 to make sure it happens.
Attractions Around Parry Sound, Ontario
10 Ways to Have Fun in the Snow This Winter!
#10. Catch snowflakes on your tongue
#9. Cover our backyard with snow angels
#8. Discover the fun you can have with snowballs – juggle, stack them up to build towers, forts, or snowmen
#7. Go tobogganing at Kinsmen Park
For the other 6 amazing and fun things you can do with snow in Parry Sound, check out our blog post.