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!
Did you know that February is “Hot Breakfast Month”? But that doesn’t matter when you come to stay with us - every day at 40 Bay Street B&B
Over the last 9 years, we have learned what hot breakfast dishes appeal to the majority of our guests – and that’s what we focus on. We believe in giving people a choice and using the freshest ingredients possible.
So what can you expect for breakfast at 40 Bay Street? We always start off with freshly ground coffee beans; both tea and coffee are organic and fair trade. I love to bake, so you will always see some type of freshly baked goods – muffins are a favourite, because if you pass them up at the table, you can always take one along with you. For the health conscious, juice, fresh fruit, yogurt and home-made granola are available.
With a great base of snow on the ground, winter is in full swing in Parry Sound!
Besides all the things that 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast has listed on the Things to See and Do page, there are a couple of special events that we all look forward to in February.
The first weekend in February brings Parry Sound’s Annual Snowfest - an event filled weekend designed to delight kiddies and adults alike. Starting on Friday (February 6th), you can enjoy nature at its best with a bonfire, skating and tobogganing at Kinsmen’s Park, or the Fisherman’s “Ball” Dinner and Dance. Saturday and Sunday will keep you moving so you don’t notice the cold with an ice fishing derby, curling bonspiel, a 3-on-3 hockey tourney and polar dip. (If you want to get off the ice, Downtown Parry Sound will be alive with kids activities, hot chocolate and maybe even a sale or two!