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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!

Big Sound Marina opens June 1st

 

A sure sign of summer is when Big Sound Marina opens up for the season. This year, Parry Big Sound Marina1Sound’s transient marina opens on June 1st for daily operation. In addition to the marina, Big Sound Marina also looks after the Town Dock, which won't be available for docking due to the low water levels. 

A transient marina is for boats that are looking for a place to dock for a specific length of time, versus a permanent marina, where people can dock and leave their boats for the season. With 120 slips, Big Sound Marina can handle boats up to 60 feet long with power and water hook-ups, free coffee, BBQs and free Wi-Fi for boaters.

A permanent marina such as Parry Sound Marina, located right across from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast, generally offers more services, such as gas and oil, boat storage, certified mechanics and repairs and a marina store for boat accessories, etc. Parry Sound Marina also has a boat lift for boats weighing up to 12 tons and some transient slips available with water and hydro hook-ups.

40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast has often played host to people in boats – whether bad weather or repairs have forced them into port, to people who are meeting friends or family that are boating into Parry Sound, or those who prefer not to sleep on the boat. Check out our Rates and Reservations page to find out if we have a vacancy for you!

 

 

Seeking a spectacular site for your dream wedding?

Last year Chef Simon got married at a yacht club right on the ocean on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. Up until then, I had never really appreciated how important having wedding-venue-Chef-Simonjust the right venue for a wedding can make such a big difference in the ambience. The other thing that amazed me was how a gorgeous view makes the wedding unforgettable.

Parry Sound is fortunate to be situated right on Georgian Bay, and the Stockey Centre is located in an ideal setting for weddings at any time of the year.  From an intimate wedding on the outside deck overlooking the water (with Plan B being one of the atriums or foyer to maintain that comfortable environment should the weather dare not to cooperate) to a large, formal sit-down dinner and dance in the performing hall, the Stockey Centre has it all.

Parry Sound also has florists, wedding planners, party supply rentals, caterers and everything else a busy bride and groom need to make their day special. 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast provides a bridal party headquarters – a base of operations for everything from pictures to flower deliveries; hairdressers and makeup artists to space for all the bridal party to get dressed.

And with all the experience I have had working with brides who have chosen 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast as their wedding headquarters, I felt I was able to contribute some of those skills in keeping things on track with Simon and his bride -  calm and able to enjoy their special day. I also have a much greater appreciation for what the parents are dealing with – I’m thinking of including a “doctored” punch in my luncheon buffet to help them deal with the stress!