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Parry Sound is a Snowmobiler's Delight

Do you love to snowmobile? Did you know that you can access over 1,100 kms of trails from Key River in the north to Moon River in the south? You can follow Georgian Bay or go as far east as Highway 11 in the Muskokas. There are eight local clubs that help maintain the trails and plan special events.

Parry Sound is the home of Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs District 10 – also known as the Parry Sound Snowmobile District. Those 1,100 kms of trails consist of looping and/or family trails along several different TOP (Trans Ontario Provincial Trails). As a matter of fact, the TOP C-alternate trail through Parry Sound and is right across the road from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast.

There are several places you can rent snowmobiles from. However, if you have never ridden a snowmobile before, here are a few things you need to know:

  • If you are using an OFSC trail, you must have a trail permit  snowmobile
  • You must stay on the established trail base
  • Obey speed limits and road/trail signs
  • Avoid driving on frozen lakes and rivers.
  • Exercise caution at road and rail crossing
  • Never drive impaired
  • You are responsible for your own (and passenger’s) safety and any damage you may cause
  • Leave the trail as you found it – do not leave garbage or remove items that do not belong to you
  • Never ride on private property without permission of the land owner
  • Dress appropriately for the cold

Whether you are a novice or seasoned rider, Parry Sound Snowmobile Clubs offer a variety of special events to make your trip more enjoyable, including radar runs (testing the speed of your vehicle), charity rides (fundraisers for a variety of causes) and poker tours.

So, if you want to get out and experience winter, why not go snowmobiling, eh?



10 Romantic Things to do in Parry Sound

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, here are some suggestions for romantic things you can do in Parry Sound. Remember, though, they work at any time of the year!

1.  Relax with a couple’s massage at Perfectly Pampered Day Spahands

2.  Savour a candle-lit dinner at the Log Cabin Inn or or Bistro by the Bay

3.  Stroll hand-in-hand along the the waterfront

4.  Smooch during the sunset at the Salt Docks

5.  Sip wine in the sun porch at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast

6.  Take advantage of our Solitude Retreat Package - but make it for two!

7.  See a live performance at the Stockey Centre

8.  Enjoy a bouquet of fresh flowers from Pardon My Garden or Obdams Flowers

9.  Delight in a picnic at the end of the Town Dock while watching the sun go down

10. Wish upon a star in the clear night skys.

Romance doesn’t have to be only for special occasions like Valentine’s Day – here are some additional ideas you can incorporate every day of the year!




Airplanes on skis?

If you’ve been to Parry Sound before, you’ve more than likely seen the floatplanes that take off from Georgian Bay Airways base located across the road from 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast. Many of my guests take advantage of their Fly & Dine to Henry’s – a world famous fish restaurant only accessible by air or boat on San Souci Island.

Normally, we don’t see the planes from November until April – but 2014 is different! One of their planes has been equipped with skis – to enable it to land on ice in the winter. I spoke with owner Keith Saulnier, to learn more about this new opportunity.GBA on skis

Georgian Bay Airways stores their planes at the local airport over the winter. Once they arrive at the airport in the fall, the floats are taken off, and the planes are put on wheels. The skis are then installed above the wheels. The airplane takes off on wheels, and once it is airborne, the skis are hydraulically dropped down over the wheels. He says that it is not a lot different flying planes with skis than with the floats they use in the summer. What is different is the noise you hear when the plane lands on the fluffy snow topping Georgian Bay's ice – he describes it like the noise you here when you go down-hill skiing or snowboarding…a big shushhhhhh!

The plane will be used primarily to help the Ministry of Natural Resources with things like moose counts, monitoring ice fishing, etc. However, it is also available for charters, training for others that would like to be able to fly on skis and offering rides at various winter festivals.

So, if you happen to be at one of those winter festivals, and somebody says “Georgian Bay Airways is here giving tours” you aren’t hearing things!