Nestled on the rugged shores of Canada’s largest fresh water archipelago and part of the UNESCO-designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Mnidoo Gamii, the west Parry Sound district is home to some of Ontario’s best outdoor adventuring.

From guided paddle tours with the Ontario Sea Kayak Centre to expeditions with Diamond Waters Sailing, to on-and-off road cycling with rentals from Parry Sound Bikes, the area is a four-season magnet for on-the-water and on-the-trails enthusiasts (snowmobiling, anyone?) And don’t forget all the fabulous golf courses, including the Ridge at Manitou Club, Seguin Valley Golf Club and Parry Sound Golf & Country Club.

From Parry Sound harbour you can set out along the region’s famous shoreline with 30,000 Islands Cruise Lines aboard the Island Queen or Islander X, or enjoy a dinner cruise on the MV Chippewa III. Get a birds-eye-view of this remarkable ecosystem during a flight with Georgian Bay Airways and take a guided island tour, or just enjoy the scenery from the float plane as you head out to lunch at the world famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island. You can take a guided fishing expedition out of Georgian Bay Marina or spend the day visiting the makers of  “Made in Parry Sound.”

Map of Parry Sound

Explore the stunning provincial parks located nearby, including Killbear, Massassauga, Oastler Lake, Grundy and French River – and take part in interpretive programming during the summer months to learn a little bit more about wildlife and ecosystems in this part of Ontario. You can also traverse the Park-to-Park Trail system – over 200kms of linking trails – and naturalist and Indigenous representatives from the Georgian Bay Biosphere Mnidoo Gamii also sometimes offer guided opportunities to explore the unique ecology area.

Downtown Parry Sound, check out the fascinating exhibits at the West Parry Sound District Museum, then afterwards head up the iconic on-site fire tower for an exceptional view of the bay, or enjoy a rest among the beautiful displays of Tower Hill Heritage Garden. Also discover the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (home to great concerts, the Bands on the Bay series in summer, and the world-renowned classical music Festival of the Sound).

When you’re ready to experience some local flavor, enjoy dining at one of the many fine eateries located here. And if you’re a craft beer enthusiast then you’re in luck – the west Parry Sound district has two: Norse Brewery is located just north of town in Nobel and you’ll find Trestle Brewing Company nestled just underneath its namesake landmark, the Parry Sound Trestle Bridge, which was once painted by legendary Canadian artist Tom Thomson.

Additionally, there are many incredible marinas that dot the coast, welcoming sailors and motorboaters alike.

Be sure to explore all the municipalities of the west Parry Sound district, each with their own unique sense of place and wonderful stops along the way!

For more information on Parry Sound District – the Bay & Beyond – visit the following informative websites:

Parry Sound Tourism
Parry Sound Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Parry Sound
Absolutely Georgian Bay

Seguin Township
Carling Township
Township of McKellar
Municipality of McDougall
Township of the Archipelago
Municipality of Whitestone
Town of Parry Sound

See below for more great ideas on where to stay, where to eat and what to do in Parry Sound District – the ‘Bay & Beyond’.

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Loretta’s Bakery & Marketplace

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Katawoda Cottage Resort

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Mariner’s Cove Marina

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Shawanaga Lodge

Shawanaga Lodge is a cottage resort on beautiful Rock Island Lake in Pointe au Baril.

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E & R Tackle and Bait

E & R Tackle and Bait is the areas largest supplier of live bait to local fishermen from…

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Captain Sammy’s Fish & Chips

Captain Sammy’s Fish & Chips serves delicious homemade fish and chips at their location in Pointe au Baril.

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Moon River Apothecary

Moon & Heart, located at 26 James Street in Parry Sound, is a collaboration-style boutique between Wood and…

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Wood & Heart Design Co.

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Tiny Village Parry Sound

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Looking to unwind, recharge and relax? Looking for a place that brings you the beauty of nature? We’ve got just what you’re looking for. Come and discover Tiny Village Parry Sound.

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Rainy Lake Cottages

Rainy Lake Cottages boasts a private lake perfect for fishing, swimming and boating where you and your family…

Rainy Lake Cottages boasts a private lake perfect for fishing, swimming and boating where you and your family can relax and unwind. Just 25 minutes north of Parry Sound and two hours…

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Grundy Lake Supply Post

Welcome to Grundy Lake Supply Post. We are located approximately 60 km north of Parry Sound on Hwy…

Welcome to Grundy Lake Supply Post. We are located approximately 60 km north of Parry Sound on Hwy 522, directly across from the entrance to Grundy Lake Provincial Park. We offer a wide…

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Blake’s Memories of Muskoka

Blake’s Memories of Muskoka offers 12 draughts, 4 big screen TVs, projection tv, 3 pool tables, CPA pool…

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Seguin Fish n’ Chips & Curry

Seguin Fish n’ Chips & Curry is located in downtown Parry Sound and serves a variety of fish…

Seguin Fish n’ Chips & Curry is located in downtown Parry Sound and serves a variety of fish dinners as well as homemade curries.

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Parry Sound Scuba

Parry Sound Scuba is a new dive shop with years of experience in the dive industry. Being local…

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Trysport

Driven by passion, Trysport began in 1996. Since then we have never wavered from our commitment to continually…

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