Did you promise to take better care of yourself this year?

Can you believe it’s been almost a month since you made your New Year’s Resolution? So, how’s it going? Are you really taking better care of yourself - and dealing with the stress? Making more time for family and friends? Have you tried something new?

Believe it or not, staying at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast can help you accomplish at least one – if not more of those resolutions.

10 Tips to help you stay warm outdoors this winter

With so many things to do in the winter in Parry Sound, it is important to be prepared for the weather. 

In addition to peeking outside the door, there are a number of additional things to take into account when trying to determine how warmly you should dress before venturing outside. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. However, there are ways to make sure that you remain safe and warm, so that you can enjoy your time outdoors!

Parry Sound's most popular tour

If you haven't already downloaded your copy of our Parry Sound Travel Guide here's just one of the many itineraries the guide contains.  If you only have a day, and want to see as much as possible, here's "The Parry Sound Overview Tour".

In order to accomplish everything outlined in this tour, it is important to plan to arrive in Parry Sound prior to noon and drive directly to the Island Queen boat cruise location to pick up your tickets for the three hour afternoon cruise that leaves at 1:00 p.m. This is the most popular cruise as it takes you out into Georgian Bay, so you have some understanding of the incredible geological formations found, and the vastness of the 30,000 islands, which form the largest fresh water archipelago.

Two weeks into winter in Parry Sound

If you follow 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast on Face book, you’ve more than likely seen the pictures I have been posting about all the snow we have received in Parry Sound this winter.

Despite my whining about having to shovel it, I can’t imagine a better place to spend my winter. The opportunities to enjoy it aren’t confined only to those who enjoy winter sports. Not only does the snow shovelling provide me with a good work-out routine (legs, back, arms and cardio all rolled into one!), the snow stays relatively white and clean looking. That means it helps reflect the sunlight, as well as the stars at night, and provides great photo opportunities as well.

With the winds swirling the snow about, the landscape never looks the same from day to day. In addition, the view of Georgian Bay from 40 Bay Street offers an ever-changing scene – especially when we have drastic temperature changes like we are experiencing this winter! Not only does the amount of ice vary directly in front of the B&B, the roar of the waterfalls under the train trestle seem so much louder when the town is quiet. Watching the ice huts being towed back and forth and snowmobiles taking short cuts from shore to shore means there is always something to look at.

There are still people walking up and down the street (although it’s pretty hard to identify most of them – their pace is quick, and they are all bundled up in winter clothes), but fewer people seem to come this way to walk their dogs. The squirrels and chipmunks have completely disappeared, but the blue jays, cardinals and pileated wood peckers make up for their absence.

Here’s a picture of the backyard at the beginning of December when winter made it's first appearance, and then one month later.

dec 6 2013 winter       jan 6 2014 winter

So, even if you’re not into snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice-fishing, Parry Sound still offers beautiful scenery to look at even in the winter! Why not come and check it out for yourself?