Last year, Parry Sound was host to the Annual Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Biking for Builds (for Habitat for Humanity) and the Fall Fun Bike Rides.
But now the secret about what a great place Parry Sound is for cyclists. Last fall Parry Sound joined 19 other regions throughout the province (with more coming on board all the time) as a member of Ontario By Bike Network.
From in-town trails to quiet (paved) county roads, provincial parks to nature trails, you will find it all available in the Parry Sound area. If you’ve already done some hiking, you know that a number of those same trails are multi-use and great for cycling on too. There is also the opportunity for a unique biking experience – fat biking.
If you haven’t heard of fat biking, it is a bike that is designed for riding on soft, unstable ground such as sand and snow. Fat bikes have really over-sized tires – tires that measure at least 9 cm. in width. These wide – or “fat” tires have a lower tire pressure, which allows the rubber of the wheels to grip the ground better than a standard bike. For the avid cyclists in the area, it means you can ride year-round.
For the last four years, we have been producing the Parry Sound Travel Guide for people who want to make the most of their visit to Parry Sound.
It started because so many people know about our world famous Island Queen Boat cruise, and only find out after they’ve arrived about all the other great things there are to see and do in the area. The Guide contains itineraries for making sure you see as much as possible and/or the time of year you plan on coming.
I strongly suggest you plan on spending two days in the area, so you can really get a “feel” for the area. Besides the Island Queen Boat Cruise – which is an absolute must – and touring the Town of Parry Sound, we suggest a second day to visit Killbear Provincial Park area.
Many people who come to Parry Sound like to combine their trip with a visit to Algonquin Provincial Park. As it takes approximately 90 minutes to drive from Parry Sound to the west gate of the Park, It can be done as a day trip.
The Algonquin National Park was created in 1893 to act as a public park, forest reservation, fish and game reserve for the people of Ontario. In 1913, there were some chances to the boundaries of the park, and it was renamed Algonquin Provincial Park. It is now one of 800 provincial parks. Each year, over a million people visit the park to enjoy the many activities it offers for nature lovers.
It is 56 kms from gate to gate once you are at Algonquin Park, along Highway 60, which runs across southwestern part of the Park. There are campgrounds, two museums, and Art Centre, a historic interpretive site, picnic areas, outfitters who rent camping equipment and canoes and restaurants and lodges. The road through the Park is well marked so it is easy to find park facilities; however, cell phone service is limited.
Like a lot of places in Canada, winter is coming to an end in Parry Sound…I think! It certainly is the main topic of conversation, and impacts on the kinds of activities you can take part in.
Typically, winter remains in full force for the first 10 days of March with temperatures below freezing both day and night. (Did you know the coldest recorded temperature in Parry Sound in March was -33 degrees Celsius? The hottest was +25C!) By the middle of March the temperature hovers near the 0C mark, which means we could receive snow, rain or both – at the same time!