Canada Day occurs on July 1st, the anniversary of Canada’s confederation in 1867. Canadians commemorate the day with parades, fireworks, cookouts, and concerts. And no one does Canada Day better than Parry Sound.
According to Environment Canada, the weather will be great – a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 23 degrees.
Starting at 11:00 at the Stockey Centre, there are activities for the whole family. From a kid’s zone to food and craft vendors, music comes in many forms throughout the afternoon. You can pull up a seat on the patio and enjoy everything from a pipe and drum corps starting at noon to local fiddlers “The Terry Little Band”. Later in the afternoon is a blues trio; and in the evening enjoy Just4Kix with their special mix of rock. During the fireworks, music will be supplied by the Sunny Slope Bootleggers.
Parry Sound is a great place to see a wide variety of boats - check out the following locations:
1. Wander down to Sail Parry Sound for sail boats
2. To see some really big sail boats, drive over to Sound Boat Works
3. Watch out the windows of 40 Bay Street B&B to see the pleasure craft pull up for fuel at Parry Sound Marina
4. Along the Fitness Trail, you can see icebreakers and tug boats at the Coast Guard base
5. At the very end of Bay Street, is Big Sound Marina, Parry Sound's transient marina where you can see some pretty nice "cabin cruisers"
6. Parry Sound has two cruise boats, located in the town dock area - the Island Queen and the M.V. Chippewa
Georgian Bay is home of the 30,000 Islands, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and a designated Biosphere Reserve. Sightseeing among these islands is a popular activity for tourists and residents alike.
Located on the east side of Georgian Bay, these islands are part of the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. They were created when glaciers scraping across the bedrock during the last ice age exposed the granite.
One of the most stunning sights is called the “Hole in the Wall”. It is a very narrow channel between two islands that is 34 meters wide (at its narrowest point) and only 4 meters deep. The cliffs of the neighbouring islands reach about 24 meters, and create many crevices for the iconic windswept white pine trees to grow
It is approximately 8 kilometers from Parry Sound and 4 kilometers from Killbear Provincial Park.
Did you know the Festival of the Sound (FOS) started out as an intimate concert organized at a local cottage? As it grew, it moved to the gymnasium at the Parry Sound High School and then into its home at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. It went from a weekend to a 3 week event hosting musicians from all over the world.
To celebrate the 36th season, the Festival has organized a spectacular Opening Weekend.
Starting with a gala fundraising dinner and concert “Classics by Candlelight” on July 17th, the featured musicians will be playing some of their personal favourite pieces.