A former railway bed, this trail walks you along the picturesque Parry Sound shores and allows one to enjoy Georgian Bay in its natural splendour.
From end to end, it measures 5 km. At the northern end, you can pick up the “Rugged Hiking Trail” which takes you along the shores of Georgian Bay for another 2.5 km. This trail is suitable for strollers, wheelchairs and motorized scooters; it is well lit and has many seating areas along the path.
Parry Sound is a member of Ontario By Bike Network and the location for the annual Pedaling for Parkinson's Disease fundraiser. Throughout the district there are paved roads with limited traffic and wide shoulders for safe riding. There are over 19 road routes that range in distance and difficulty.
Get Outdoors Parry Sound offers day trail passes for mountain biking during the summer months, and fat biking during the winter at Georgian Nordic Ski and Activity Centre.
The Park-to-Park Trail was developed to connect Killbear Provincial Park with Algonquin Provincial Park through utilizing existing multi-use trails in the area. The web site provides a good map of on and off-road trails.
There are a number of provincial parks in the area – The Massassauga Provincial Park, which is a water access only park, Oastler Lake Provincial Park and the most popular - Killbear Provincial Park. Killbear offers an interpretive centre with exhibits, displays and educational events related to the natural, wildlife and cultural resources of the area. Access to the sand beaches, trails and special events are all included in the cost of a day pass.
Biosphere Reserves are internationally recognized areas where communities work together to provide healthy environments, economies, societies and culture within that area. The eastern coast of Georgian Bay where Parry Sound is located is known as the "30,000 Islands" and is considered the world's largest freshwater archipelago and received it’s designation from UNESCO in 2004.
It covers 347,000 hectares of shoreline ecosystem, and over 100 species of animals and plants that are at risk in Canada and Ontario, including unique reptiles and amphibians.
Through educational tools, presentations and hands-on workshops, residents in the Georgian Bay Biosphere are educated to help protect the species at risk, including the western chorus frog, several varieties of turtles, snakes like the Massassagua Rattlesnake, Monarch butterfly, lampreys, the Eastern Wolf, and 15 types of birds; protect our wetlands and water and encourage the growth of local native plants.
The best way to understand the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is to get out and experience it – whether on the water, hiking the parks and trails or participating in the many activities and events that take place throughout the year.
Bearclaw Tours provides half-day, guided ATV adventures. All equipment (ATV, helmets, goggles and gloves), safety instruction, and refreshments and snacks are supplied. Experienced guides take riders along private trails that cross long forgotten pioneer passages, secret lakes and awesome forests.
Boat and Jet-skiing
From motorboats to sailboats, jet-skis to large yachts, you will see everything in Georgian Bay and the Parry Sound Harbour! This area is home to two boat manufacturing companies. – Stanley Boats and Connor Industries, and The Parry Sound Squadron and Sailing School. With many marinas offering gas, repairs, dockage and storage, everyone will find what they are looking for. If you have a boat operator’s license, it is possible to rent a motorboat from one of several suppliers in the area.
Cruze Club Car Nites
Every Tuesday evening from May until September come and check out an incredible collection of classic cars and sports bikes and speak to their owners about the special features and restoration challenges of these wonderful vehicles.
Most regional roads and highways in the area paved, making them great for a motorcycle ride. Whether you are looking for a 7 day adventure around Georgian Bay, a multi-day, 1,000 km route or a one day taste of what the roads are like, it's all available right here!
The member clubs of the Parry Sound Snowmobile District operate a trail network of over 1,100 kilometers containing both a mix of looping or family trails along with several Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails. Trails span from the Moon River in the South to the Key River in the North and from Georgian Bay in the East to Hwy 11 in the West. There are several companies that rent snowmobiles and equipment if you don’t have your own.
With the season generally starting in May and lasting until October, golfers have public, semi-private courses and one Club-Link golf course to choose from, in the area. Sometimes it is difficult to concentrate on the shot when the scenery is so spectacular.
Parry Sound Golf and Country Club has a course rating of 132 on a 6,000-yard course.
The Ridge at Manitou is a 7,027 yard, par 72 on 300 acres and and was ranked number 25 of Canada’s top 30 golf courses in 2013
Sequin Valley Golf Course offers 18 holes in part of a spectacular 1,000 acre northern wilderness property that features several ponds, lakes, rocky ridges, creeks and wetlands.
Deer Run Public Golf Course offers 18 holes, a snack bar and licensed lounge.
Club Link Rocky Crest is a private, Thomas McBroom designed private course that celebrates the natural features of the Canadian Shield in Ontario's Muskoka region.