Canada Day Festivities
The Town of Parry Sound celebrates Canada's birthday every July 1st. A variety of events, entertainers and vendors provide activities for the whole family. The finale is the musical Canada Day Cruise by the Festival of the Sound and a fireworks display that takes place at dusk.
The modern facility retraces the history of the Parry Sound Area with displays on logging, shipping and life as it was in a small northern town. The Museum also features exhibits of lumbering, homesteading and ghostly shipwrecks as well as displays of local art work. The Museum on Tower Hill offers picnic gardens, a lookout tower, a panoramic view of Georgian Bay and a wonderful location for taking photographs.
Located next the museum on Tower Hill, this former fire tower is 96-feet tall. It is an easy climb up the 131 steps to reach the top. The view over the town and Georgian Bay is breathtaking and well worth the climb – any time of year.
The Old Fire Hall
Constructed in 1893, the original bell called the volunteer firefighters for 73 years and sounded the nine o'clock curfew until WW II. The historical landmark has been refurbished and is open to the public during the summer months. It is located at Market Square, downtown Parry Sound.
Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts is located on a 3.5-acre waterfront site in the heart of Parry Sound, overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay. It houses a 480-seat Festival Performance Hall and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. Performances of all genres are presented in the Performance Hall during the year including music of all types (pop, rock, folk, blues, jazz, country, chamber, classical and world music), theatre, contemporary dance, comedy, literary readings, performances for children, and community events.
Bobby Orr is a former, professional ice hockey player who is acknowledged as one of the best players of the game. Located in his hometown, The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is an interactive hockey museum with a wide variety of photos, memorabilia and artifacts about Bobby Orr. Exhibits include Orr’s NHL rings, a number of his trophies and awards, some of the jerseys he played in, a pictorial history of his career and a number of interactive games and activities related to hockey. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame also hosts exhibits about other exceptional athletes with ties to Parry Sound.
The Gift Shop is located in the Lobby and features a unique line of souvenirs from both the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and the Festival Performance Hall.
Festival of the Sound
For almost four weeks each summer beginning in mid-July, Parry Sound comes to life with the music and special events of the Festival of the Sound established in 1979. Winner of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts, the Festival of the Sound is one of Canada's most exciting and creative summer music festivals. As well as hearing several daily and evening concerts featuring Canada's finest classical musicians, Festival-goers can choose from sunset cruises on the Island Queen, free family concerts and special events. Each season brings something new, with the opportunity to mix and mingle with the musicians on a personal level.
This annual event features almost 100 local and Canadian artisans. It offers the opportunity to meet the creators in person as they present their handcrafted products. From clothing to jewelry, wooden creations to paintings, and everything in between, you will find it during this annual event.
3rd weekend in July.
First Nations Pow-Wows
Pow-wows are events that bring together peoples from a specific tribe or nation to renew thoughts of the old ways and preserve a rich heritage. Celebrations involve singing, dancing and drumming. In this area, there are two pow-wows that invite the public to attend – Wasauksing and Shawanaga. Grand entrances are typically at noon and are the highlight of each Pow-wow.