Shrove or Pancake Tuesday is associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent in the Christian world. The French celebrate the timing with Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Either way, it, refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lent, which starts the next day on Ash Wednesday. (Definition from wikipedia)
The pancakes we serve at 40 Bay Street B&B are made with baking powder, so that they are light and fluffy, versus the crepe, which is much flatter, and often served rolled around some type of filling.
You can make pancakes either with a mix purchased at the store, or from scratch. My favourite recipe allows me to do both – create a mix that I can make ahead and store, and then just add the liquid ingredients to it when I am ready to make the pancakes!
Most people who love pancakes consider maple syrup a necessity. Here at the b and b, we use maple syrup made locally by the Bradley family on their farm just outside Parry Sound. This award-winning, quality maple syrup gets its unique flavour and colouring from the rocky soils of Parry Sound is made using a wood fired evaporator. If you are in Parry Sound on Summer Market Days, you can see Dan and Liane there, selling it.
Each spring, Killbear Provincial Park hosts an annual Maple Syrup Festival. If you are going to be in the area, check it out!
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I'm always surprised when we get enquires asking if we will take bookings from people arriving on a motorcycle...but after hearing their stories about some of their "welcomes" at other B&Bs, I can understand their concerns.
The Parry Sound area is a great place to explore on your bike - most of the roads are paved and very scenic. However, I also realize that most bikers want to cover as much ground as they possibly can, so here are a couple of great web sites to help you plan your trip:
For the non-motorized bikers there are over 225 kms of major on-road cycling routes in the West Parry Sound Area.
Here at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast we offer all bikers off-road parking, or storage for non-motorized bikes, a wash station, cloths to dry off the dew in the morning, as well as all the Windex and paper towel they need to be able to clean all those squashed bugs off their windscreens and helmet visors!
So, if you're thinking of coming to the Parry Sound area by bike, not to worry! You will definitely be greeted with open arms!
P.S. It was a guest who gave me my very first ride on a motorcycle - I can understand how addictive it can be!
If you have two days to spend in Parry Sound, and want to really understand all the great adventure the area has to offer, I created this page in the Parry Sound Travel Guide.
Get an early start with Red Rock ecoAdventure Tours’ morning tour for a personal adventure in the Georgian Bay Biosphere. All of their adventures offer you the opportunity to see, feel and touch the natural beauty of the biosphere with attention to your particular interests. About half the time is spent 'cruising' the islands with the other half spent wandering on the islands and exploring the flora and fauna that define the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. (They will pick you up at the Town Dock, located right across the road from 40 Bay Street B&B).
After completing your eco-tour; it’s off to Bear Claw Tours for a half-day ATV tour. Drive an ATV (you must be at least 16 years of age and have a driver’s license) through the rugged Ontario wilderness, and have the chance to grasp how awesome it is to play on the Canadian Shield. With over a thousand acre trail, you will have the chance to see native birds and animals, and some of the many lakes and rivers that dot the countryside. All equipment is provided and no prior experience is required. (Check out this great video of an actual Bear Claw Tour!)
To finish off , fly to Henry’s Fish Restaurant with Georgian Bay Airways. Henry’s Fish Restaurant is located on San Souci Island, and only available either by boat or air. The fish served is local and fresh, and the restaurant (and air service) live up to it’s claims of“World Famous Food. World Famous Service. World Famous Customers.”
Plan to spend a full day with White Squall Outfitters - enjoy one of their day trips in Georgian Bay, or take a lesson in the morning and rent a kayak or canoe and head back over to Killbear Provincial Park to enjoy some time paddling in either sheltered or sea-like waters. At the park, you can also visit the Interpretative Centre, hiking trails, wandering along the rocks at the shoreline (there’s a great place to jump off a rock cliff) and swimming at the beautiful sandy beach. After a full day in the sun, a short drive from the Park is a great fresh fish restaurant called Gilly’s Snug Harbour Restaurant. Have another amazing dinner of fresh local fish and then head back to Parry Sound.