10 places to see the trains in Parry Sound


Parry Sound offers rail fans a great opportunity to get some great views of trains.Ryan Gaynor

Here are 10 places to check out the rails and watch the trains go by:

  1. Observation Tower at Tower Hill
  2. The Retreat Room at 40 Bay Street B&B (you can lie in bed and watch them go by - better than counting sheep!)
  3. The Old CP Station House at 1 Avenue Road
  4. The sun porches at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast
  5. The CNR Station House at Station Road
  6. Bistro by the Bay Restaurant deck
  7. Isabella Street just west of Cascade Street (where there is a double set of tracks)
  8. MacTier (located approximately 1/2 hour south of Parry Sound on Hwy 400) is the site of a crew base and has a museum open on weekends in the summer, located in an old caboose.
  9. Behind the Parry Sound Mall, in the parking lot that overlooks Drain Lale. 
  10. Canadian National's Bala Subdivision., located  three miles south of Parry Sound.  It is known as South Parry and is at mile 147 of the Bala Subdivision  

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Northern Get-A-Way to Parry Sound - Sisters' Vacation

September 13 -15, 2016

This is a guest post by Joyce Stankiewicz, who always creates stories describing her travels and agreed to share this one with our blog readers.

Sister Lois and I have not been away overnight for a couple of years – last year, it was day trips as we were both so Parry sound signbusy. 

This year we decided to explore more of our north country and took the scenic route to our destination of Parry Sound. Lois drove and I navigated – it worked well. 

As we neared our destination, we saw various sizes of Inuksuk placed on the rocks beside the highway.  They are Inuit Cultural landmarks which tell the direction for travelers.

Since it was too early to check in to our unique bed and breakfast - 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast -we drove around, ate the best pickerel bits and calamari at Trappers’ Choice Restaurant which was recommended from staff at the dock when we picked up our tickets for the Island Queen cruise the next day.

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Indian Summer comes to Parry Soundpanies in snow

Many overseas guests have heard about our " Indian summer" and think it refers to a warm and sunny stretch of weather in the  fall.  For most of us in Canada, we think of it sunny, warm weather typically in late October or early November, after the leaves have turned following an onset of frost but before the first snowfall.  

This year has been a bit different - October was unseasonably warm. this meant some of my flowering plants - the chives, my rose at the front of the house and the spirea all bloomed for a third time this year,  Then on October 27th, we received about 10 cm of snow!  It didn't take long to melt, but some of the maples and tamaracks still have their leaves!  It certainly made for some unique pictures, like my pansies in this picture!

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Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve's Amazing Places


What is an amazing place?  You'll know it when you see it!  It's a view so incredible that it makes you stop in your tracks...something ariel viewthat takes your breath away...something you can't wait to share with others.

Within the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, it is an opportunity to educate people about their natural surroundings.  Although some of the Amazing Places listed here don't inspire everyone the same way, they do showcase the variety of different geological features that make up the Reserve.

I was fortunate enough to be part of the initial brainstorming that took place to create a list of possible places; this list is by no means a complete list of all the great things there are to see and do in the area, but it's a pretty good start!

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