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.
Spring Jam is Canada's largest ATV Jamboree. A variety of ATV routes and skills levels are accommodated in this kick-off to spring in Ontario! To ensure enough mud, sand and dirt are available to make for fun times; this event is generally held at the end of April.
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.
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.
This sightseeing and charter floatplane operation is located minutes from our door on the downtown Parry Sound waterfront.
Using the Found Bush Hawk and Cessna floatplanes they will take you on a flight to remember! Georgian Bay Airways offers air tours, a Fly & Dine to World Famous Henry's Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island, Romantic Sunset Champagne flights, as well as fly-in day trips for fishing, hiking and ATV adventures.
For the serious flyer, Georgian Bay Airways offers floatplane training. If you have your commercial license, you can get your float endorsement or do a refresher or even train to be a bush-pilot.
An on-site Gift Shop and Ice Cream Parlour/Coffee Shop are available for your convenience.