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?


happy 2014

From our home to yours - may your 2014 be healthy, safe and bring you happiness!


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My favourite memories of 2013

My grandmother used to say “The older you get, the faster time goes” – and I am beginning to understand what she meant by that - I can’t believe the year is almost over as I sit here writing this!

2013 was a busy year again at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast. I had fun during the winter months, which was spent re-finishing all the original wood floors in the house – and then the inevitable occurred…that project lead to just a few more! Having the living room empty provided me with a clean canvas rearrange furniture and do a whole lot of de-cluttering!

Red Velvet Waffle Recipe

Most families have special recipes to celebrate the holidays, and here at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast, we always look forward to serving these waffles - to our guests and family.  These waffles have a "cakey" smell and texture - and I have even thought of serving them for dessert!

By the way - if you want to see more recipes we use at breakfast at the B&B, check out our Recipes Page.