Parry Sound Rail Fan 

Trains have played a prominent role in Parry Sound, since the first railcars arrived in the area in 1899.  Today, both CN (Canadian National Railway) and CP (Canadian Pacific Railway) travel almost parallel routes in the area, creating many opportunities for railfans to view and photograph trains, trestles, bridges and unique train stations in the area.

Located just meters from the CP train trestle, our Parry Sound Bed and Breakfast is perfectly placed to provide you with great views of trains crossing Ontario's longest trestle bridge (517 m or 1,695 feet and 32 m or 105 feet high).  Both our deluxe rooms (with either a king-sized bed or two extra-long twin beds) with en-suite baths offer views of the trestle and trains crossing over it. We offer roofed in sun porches at the front of the house and one of the rooms has a private deck to sit and watch the trains roll by. The other offers direct views of the track through the bedroom windows.

In 2006, CN & CP created a directional joint operations from just south of town ( at the Reynolds crossover) to Sudbury.  All northbound trains operate on the CP Parry Sound subdivision, while southbound trains are on the CN Bala subdivision on the east side of town.

For information on great places to view and photograph trains, learn more about the history of the railroad through the Parry Sound area  and meet fellow railfans, download your copy of the “Railfan’s Guide to Parry Sound” here. 

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Since seeing is believing, check out this video of a day spent in Parry Sound, railfanning.


History of Trains in Canada

Canadian Pacific Railway was formed in 1881 to physically unite Canada and Canadians from coast to coast and completed the job in 1885 - six years ahead of schedule.  In the early 1900’s they built a line from Toronto to Sudbury.  Construction of this rail line required many trestles, rock cuts and fills   The largest trestle is the one located right by our bed and breakfast, where the Sequin River meets Georgian Bay.  In order to accommodate the new railway and station, some of the most prominent Parry Sound citizens had to move their homes.  CPR's 14,000-mile network extends from Vancouver to Montreal. 

Canadian Pacific is a freight rail service provider, with limited passenger service through the Rocky Mountains in vintage rail cars.

Canadian National Railways (CN) was incorporated on June 6, 1919 and was comprised of several railways that had become bankrupt and fallen into the hands of the Canadian Government, including the Grand Trunk Railway (which had defaulted on repayment of construction loans to the government).  CN was a crown corporation until November 17, 1995, when the federal government privatized it. CN is the largest railway in Canada, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is currently Canada's only transcontinental railway company.

The majority of traffic along the line is freight.  Since 1978, the crown corporation “VIA” runs the passenger trains from Toronto to Vancouver three times a week on the CN line.

Since both railways have parallel lines through central Ontario, in December 2005, CN and CP implemented a plan to reduce train by utilizing CP’s tracks for all westbound traffic through the area, and eastbound trains use the CN tracks.

Below is a map of The Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound railway which brought trains to the Parry Sound area.  To find out more about the History of Trains in Parry Sound, please see our blog post "Earplugs and the History of Trains in Parry Sound.


To find out where you can learn more about the history of trains in the Parry Sound area, the best places to view trains and take photos or videos for your collection and to meet fellow railfans, download your copy of the “Railfan’s Guide to Parry Sound” here.

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