BICYCLING + PARRY SOUND = PERFECTION!
Parry Sound’s #1 cycling enthusiast, Peter Istvan’s first memory of biking was riding his banana seat bicycle on the street in front of his home in Toronto. Even then, the itch to explore the surrounding area on his bike was tough to ignore…and since his move to Parry Sound, one he embraces every chance he gets!
Peter says that being able to ride his bikes (yes – bikes) in Parry Sound is a dream come true because it is so accessible – right outside our doors; its a great form of exercise and the setting is so beautiful. Due to the nice quiet roads in the area, it is relatively safe compared to riding in a larger city, and Peter points out, with the right equipment (a fat bike – a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.7" or larger that are designed for riding on soft unstable terrain such as snow and sand. is available year round, on a variety of terrains.
I asked Peter for his top tips for people who wanted to do some cycling in the Parry Sound area:
1. Wear a helmet and dress appropriately for the weather
2. Oastler Park Drive (old highway 69) is a good route to bike as it has wide shoulders and is relatively flat
3. Nobel Drive from Parry Sound Drive into the village has a wide paved shoulder that is good for riding
4. The “Bunny Trail” is located about 10 km north of Parry Sound off Highway 124 and offers a 22 km loop on chip and tar pavement
5. Carling Bay Road, off Highway 559 offers some great scenery and a few hills to challenge your legs
To see the maps and mileage for these routes, CLICK HERE
Peter has taken his love of cycling to the next level by creating “Pedaling for Parkinson's” in the Parry Sound area. This event helps raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research, in honour of a close friend and a friend’s father who have been diagnosed with the disease. Since 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s, the goal for the event (held over a three day weekend) is for each rider to gather pledges and donations and then pedal 100,000 pedal strokes over the weekend. In 2013, $100,000 was raised through this event – by people of all ages and cycling skills. The 2014 event is scheduled for July 11 – 13. You can find out more about this event on the Parkinson's Disease website.
40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast has locked storage for your bikes if you would like to try cycling in the area this summer – check out our availability to see if we can accommodate you on your trip to Parry Sound.