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 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:
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.
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 Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
Parry Sound’s #1 cycling enthusiast, Peter Istvan’s first memory of biking was riding his banana seat bicycle on the street in front of his home in Toronto. Even then, the itch to explore the surrounding area on his bike was tough to ignore…and since his move to Parry Sound, one he embraces every chance he gets!
Peter says that being able to ride his bikes (yes – bikes) in Parry Sound is a dream come true because it is so accessible – right outside our doors; its a great form of exercise and the setting is so beautiful. Due to the nice quiet roads in the area, it is relatively safe compared to riding in a larger city, and Peter points out, with the right equipment (a fat bike – a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.7" or larger that are designed for riding on soft unstable terrain such as snow and sand. is available year round, on a variety of terrains.