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The Parry Sound Travel Guide

Parry Sound is a beautiful setting to live and visit. I have made this wonderful location my home since 2006 and am still discovering all the beauty there is to see.

After years of helping our guests get the most out of their visits, I created the Parry Sound Travel Guide. I have put together a list of the most popular activities, with links to the appropriate web sites so that you can check them out for yourself! Each recommended itinerary describes the length of time and if advanced reservations required. Depending on your budget, your interests and how long you plan to stay in Parry Sound, you can mix and match the options to explore the area in the way you want.

Besides advice on preparing for your trip, weekly and annual events, you will find the following itineraries included:

  • The Parry Sound Overview                         lake
  • The Best of Parry Sound                
  • Nature Lover’s Paradise                       
  • Adventure Seeker’s Overview                   
  • The Parry Sound Adrenaline Rush
  • Parry Sound is A Golfer’s Dream!
  • Fishing in Parry Sound is Fantastic 
  • Inspiration to Feed Your Soul                     

Located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Parry Sound’s history has been built on the waters of Georgian Bay – from a stop on the fur traders’ route to logging, shipping and now tourism. I invite you to come out and play in our wonderland – any time of the year!

Download your copy of the Parry Sound Travel Guide and start planning your trip now!

10 things Dad would love to do in Parry Sound

Parry Sound has you covered when it comes to things to help Dad celebrate Father's Day on June 16th.

Check out our Top 10 list of things for dad to do in Parry Sound:

  1. Fishing – whether it’s a casual last minute idea to drop a line over the town dock, fishingtake a charter to fish an inland lake or out on Georgian Bay the fish are plentiful in Parry Sound!
  2. ATVing – BearClaw Tours promises Dad the biggest adrenaline rush he’s had in years! It promises to be Georgian Bay’s ultimate adventure.
  3. Take a float plane ride over Georgian Bay, combine it with a meal at Henry’s Fish Restaurant or be dropped off to hike a remote island, Georgian Bay Airways offers a variety of activities for Dad to choose from!
  4. When was the last time Dad took to the water? White Squall Paddling Centre is located just outside Parry Sound and provides lessons, free trials and canoe and kayak rentals to check out the shores of Georgian Bay.
  5. Dad may remember camping at Killbear Provincial Park as a kid – why not renew his acquaintance with the park by spending a day enjoying the views of Georgian Bay from one of the hiking trails, beaches or even a campsite?
  6. Golf – Parry Sound offers courses for all levels of players! If Dad is a duffer, Deer Run Golf Course may be his speed; if he’s a bit of a snob, then he will definitely enjoy the magnificient Ridge at Manitou.
  7. Hiking – Parry Sound is central to the Park-to-Park trail that runs from Killbear Provincial Park to Algonquin Park. Two popular trails that are easy to access from town are the Seguin and Rose Point Trails. If Dad wants to take it easy, he can always stroll the “Fitness” trail that follows Parry Sound’s waterfront.
  8. A boat cruise on the Island Queen to check out Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands lets Dad sit back and enjoy the scenery, without having to do anything more strenuous than deciding where he wants to sit!
  9. If Dad loves the wild life (i.e. wolves, birds, lynx, raccoons and beavers), then a trip to Aspen Valley Animal Sanctuary is a must-do! Just remember, they are only open to the public on long weekends this year!
  10. A live show at the Stockey Centre or a trip to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is sure to entertain and is guaranteed to brighten Dad’s day.

Still haven't come up with the perfect idea for your dad?  Click here for other ideas of things to see and do in Parry Sound.

Golfing in Parry Sound

With the season generally starting in May and lasting until October, golfers have public, semi-private courses and one Club-Link golf course to choose from, in the area.  40 Bay Street is located centrally in Parry Sound, making it the ideal base for your golfing holiday!

golfThe Ridge at Manitou is located just 20 minutes from Parry Sound and this golf course always gets raves from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast guests. The course is located on Manitouwabing Lake and was named the Best New Course by Golf Digest Magazine in 2006. It offers golfers more than 300 acres of rolling Canadian sheild country with high rock ridges, forests, meadows, wetlands and tributaries.   It is a par 72, with four sets of tees from 4997 to 6815 yards creating an enjoyable challenge for all players of all levels of ablity. Besides golf, there is a wonderful club house that overlooks the lake and offers supberb food. In addition, they often feature special events for members and non-members alike.

Just north of town is the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club,which was originally established in 1929. In 1982, Tom McBroom created the current 18 hole , 6,000-yard course that has a rating of 132. They offer a golf academy, restaurant, pro shop and leauges in addition to golfing.  This course is used for a variety of tournaments, so it is always wise to double-check if you can get a tee-time if you have a specific date in mind.

Sequin Valley Golf Course is located approximately 10 minutes south of Parry Sound. This course is part of a spectacular 1000 acre northern wilderness property that features several ponds, lakes, rocky ridges, creeks and wetlands. Both 9 and 18 holes are available.  The course measures from 4395 to 6735 yards with multiple changes in elevation throughout the layout. Five tee decks per hole allows players of all skill levels to equally enjoy the beauty and challenge of the golf course.

Can't decide which to play? Check out the Visitors' Golf Package - Play three quality courses for one low rate! These three courses have partnered to bring you an unforgettable Parry Sound golf experience. One round at each course for just $199 + HST in the shoulder seasons, or $247 + HST in the peak times in 2013.

Deer Run Public Golf Course welcomes golfers of all levels (including families) for 9 or 18 holes. The Front 9 boasts generous fairways while the Back 9 is tree-lined and nicely located near river, waterfalls and marshes. Originally designed for the intermediate player, there are some challenging holes to keep experienced golfers on their toes. Power carts are available, as are twilight rates, a snack bar and licensed lounge.

If you're not into golfing, check out all the other things there are to see and do in the area!