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Two weeks into winter in Parry Sound

If you follow 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast on Face book, you’ve more than likely seen the pictures I have been posting about all the snow we have received in Parry Sound this winter.

Despite my whining about having to shovel it, I can’t imagine a better place to spend my winter. The opportunities to enjoy it aren’t confined only to those who enjoy winter sports. Not only does the snow shoveling provide me with a good work-out routine (legs, back, arms and cardio all rolled into one!), the snow stays relatively white and clean looking. That means it helps reflect the sunlight, as well as the stars at night, and provides great photo opportunities as well.

With the winds swirling the snow about, the landscape never looks the same from day to day. In addition, the view of Georgian Bay from 40 Bay Street offers an ever-changing scene – especially when we have drastic temperature changes like we are experiencing this winter! Not only does the amount of ice vary directly in front of the B&B, the roar of the waterfalls under the train trestle seem so much louder when the town is quiet. Watching the ice huts being towed back and forth and snowmobiles taking short cuts from shore to shore means there is always something to look at.

There are still people walking up and down the street (although it’s pretty hard to identify most of them – their pace is quick, and they are all bundled up in winter clothes), but fewer people seem to come this way to walk their dogs. The squirrels and chipmunks have completely disappeared, but the blue jays, cardinals and pileated wood peckers make up for their absence.

Here’s a picture of the backyard at the beginning of December when winter made it's first appearance, and then one month later.

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So, even if you’re not into snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice-fishing, Parry Sound still offers beautiful scenery to look at – even in the winter! Why not come and check it out for yourself?



happy 2014

From our home to yours - may your 2014 be healthy, safe and bring you happiness!


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My favourite memories of 2013

My grandmother used to say “The older you get, the faster time goes” – and I am beginning to understand what she meant by that - I can’t believe the year is almost over as I sit here writing this!

2013 was a busy year again at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast. I had fun during the winter months, which was spent re-finishing all the original wood floors in the house – and then the inevitable occurred…that project lead to just a few more! Having the living room empty provided me with a clean canvas rearrange furniture and do a whole lot of de-cluttering!

The whole reason I began the B&B was to have the opportunity to meet new people and entertain returning friends.  And as soon as the weather turned nice, guests started to appear! (It might have had something to do with the long winter Ontario seemed to have.) We had people from as far away as Australia, Hungary, the Netherlands and France, as well as returning guests from Germany and the UK.  With the current economy, some Canadians are choosing to stick close to home, so we also had people from as close as North Bay, Sudbury and Huntsville - and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to chat with every one of you! 

The highlight of my summer was having both my sons here in Parry Sound at the same time! Chef Simon and his wife Imogen came on their honeymoon and my son Matthew flew in from Vancouver to join in the family festivities. Using the Parry Sound Travel Guide as my inspiration, I took them on the Island Queen boat cruise, we sampled fresh Georgian Bay fish at Gilly’s and enjoyed dinner at Bistro by the Bay.

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After a busy summer and fall, we are prepared for the winter, and taking some time for well deserved rest and relaxation. I hope your 2013 was a good one, and that you have many fond memories of it – including your stay with us at 40 Bay Street Bed and Breakfast during your visit to Parry Sound! We would be thrilled to see you in 2014!