February is Fabulous in Parry Sound

With a great base of snow on the ground, winter is in full swing in Parry Sound!dog sled

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!

Romance (like beauty), is in the eye of the beholder

Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015

Over the years of being a B&B owner, I’ve learned that what one person or couple likes, doesn’t necessarily apply to others. And Valentine’s Day is no exception – it means different things to different people.valentines_day_Feb_14

Over the years, here are some ways I’ve seen couples celebrate February 14th in Parry Sound.

Some couples enjoy the sensuous side with showers for two in the big glass shower of the Retreat Room, a couples’ massage and dinner by the fireplace at the Log Cabin Inn. Flowers and wine might also be part of the package. Check out 10 romantic things to do in Parry Sound for some more ideas.

Generally a visit to Parry Sound in February guarantees snow. The opportunity to enjoy a winter wonderland with a variety of activities – such as

Winter is wonderful in Parry Sound (January 2015)


Welcome to 2015! The weather since January 1st has certainly made up for the green Christmas we experienced in Parry Sound. Wesnowmobile have experienced significant snowfall and cold temperatures, which means that winter sports are ready to roll!

Georgian Nordic Ski Club has over 30 kms of groomed ski trails for performance (combined classic and skate), back country and single track trails plus snowshoe trails. (Ski rentals are available). Women on Skiis is taking place on January 25th. This is an annual event that provides a day of lessons, activity and fun for females only. A few Sunday afternoons are dedicated to fat biking – or biking on packed snow trails on bikes with – you guessed it! – fat tires on the bikes!

Parry Sound is home to Snowmobile District 10 and offers over 1100 km of looping or family trails along with several Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails. The warm weather and lack of snow made it difficult to groom trails before now, but as of this weekend (January 9th) the trails are open for riding!

christmas package

Christmas Comes Early to Parry Sound (December, 2014)

There is nothing like being in a small town to remind you of Christmas’ past! And if you don’t want to take my word for it, check out “Shelby, The Dog Who Saved Christmas” and “Pete’s Christmas”, two movies shot in Parry Sound in the last couple of years.

Snow or no snow, Parry Sound gets into the spirit of the season early! Official events that everyone looks forward to:

  • Light Up the Park brings the magic of trees strung with lights to the centre of town in Market Square (this year the official lighting was November 14th),
  • The Optimist Club’s Annual Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade with its unique floats (November 29th), and
  • The Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train which offers free concerts and seasonal festivities from a boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage. The concerts are free, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the food bank, and local contributions stay within our community.