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Colour me blue for fall

hikingOne of the things you learn as a painter is that if you want to make colours pop, you use a "complementary colour" or, a colour that is opposite a particular colour on the colour wheel.

That made me think about why so many people want to come to the Parry Sound area to see our beautiful fall colours - the oranges, reds and golds are off-set by the beautiful blue water and skies that are all part of the package!

Once again this year, Explorer's Edge is offering people an incentive to come and see our extravaganza of colours...all you have to do is to book a two-night stay at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast for a visit from September 16th until November 15th - you MUST make your booking by September 15th in order to qualify -  and if you are among the lucky 500 people to qualify, you will receive a $50 gas card plus $50.00 worth of cash vouchers to use at local attractions, restaurants and stores.

I have lots of suggestions for ways to enjoy those two days...and make the most of your time in Parry Sound.  There are numerous ways to enjoy the fall colours - from the water by taking a cruise on the Island Queen, from the sky with Georgian Bay Airways or through the woods on an ATV with Bear Claw Tours.  If your preference is for going under your own steam, why not try a canoe or kayak with White Squall, bike portions of the Park-to-Park Trail or hike the Fitness Trail or paths in Killbear Provincial Park.

So, don't wait - these Fuel and Fun Fall packages sell out fast!


When was the last time you were at a Fall Fair?

Fall Fairs start in August and are considered a tradition before heading back to leavesschool.  The fall fair experience offers amusements, harvest celebrations, carnival and festival fun. Combine the opportunity to purchase local products with family entertainment, in the great outdoors.

Fall Fairs and festivals have been organized by local Agricultural societies for more than a century to display livestock, show horses, and offer carnival and midway entertainment fun for families. The Parry Sound area features a number of fall fairs:

Dunchurch Fall Fair is August 16 & 17

138th Annual Rosseau Fall Fair (August 24) features a parade, exhibits, entertainment, nail driving and log sawing events

50th Annual Foley Fall Fair will be held on August 30 & 31st and will feature championship wrestling (two local wrestlers will be going to Poland in September to defend their titles) and tractor pulls

138th Annual McKellar Fall Fair (September 7th) has horse shows, livestock judging, children’s’ games, and a show of strength by arm- wrestling, spike driving and a tug of war.

Bala Cranberry Festival (October 18 – 20) is the official end to summer with a celebration of the cranberry harvest in Bala

If a fall fair isn’t your cup of tea, check out all the other activities that are available in Parry Sound at that time of year!

40 Bay Street celebrates 140 years!

Built in 1873, a board and batten, this 2-up, 2-down house using cast off lumber from the Parry Sound Lumber Company yard (the original red pine floors can be found in the living, dining and Bay Rooms; the trim in the downstairs and the walls of the kitchen are also authentic) was built on the property known now as 40 Bay Street.  It was more than likely built to house one of the managers of the Parry Sound Lumber Company. It would not have been used for general labourers – they had their own tenement house across the road. 

As the mill prospered, the house was expanded to add an indoor kitchen and bedroom above it.  It was bricked with red clay bricks from the Midland area (which would have been transported as ballast returning from dropping off a load of lumber), with quoining around the windows and doors, and cedar shakes were added to the roof.

When the lumber company dismantled the sawmill and moved to Britt, the house was sold. The first registered owner of the property was Adam Lawson, who purchased the house and property for $600.00 in 1894*. As early as 1901, it was being used as a boarding house, owned by Russell Weller. According to the 1901 census, the boarders were Joseph Rogerson (71), and Annie Millen (35) and her daughter Maud (10).

From1916 until 1971, the house was a home for the Alfred Villeneuve families. – who also took in boarders.

Other than the addition of a two storey-sun porch to the front of the house, an attached storage room and shed, changing from wood to oil heating, very little was done to update and modernize the property until 2006.

Susan Poole purchased the property from local artist Sheila Hannon, who used the property as a home and art gallery, rented rooms and had her art studio from 1993 until 2005.

If you have visited 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast, you will know that extensive interior renovations occurred throughout the house, including major updates to electrical, plumbing and heating systems, and insulating the property against the elements.