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 Georgian Bay Tours 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, Sturgeon Bay 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. And if you’re into craft spirits you’ll want to check out Legend Spirits Co., they can be found here too.

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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Shrubs and Shrews Cafe & Marketplace

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Outwith Wine

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Northern Perk Coffee Shop

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Scooby’s Great Eats

Located in the heart of McKellar, Scooby’s is a purveyor of classic food truck eats made fresh-to-order. Scooby’s…

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The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box is now open! Come visit us on Highway 69 South at Henvey Inlet.

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Johnny’s Curbside Grill

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Fire Fries

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Buns on the Bay

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Buns on the Bay makes weekend deliveries of freshly baked Chelsea Buns and Kookies-with-a-Kick to boaters, campers and cottagers on Georgian Bay.  We deliver these fresh-baked delicious treats by our hot pink…

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Wings Cafe

Wings Cafe is located at the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport and is open Monday to Friday from…

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Wing House – Parry Sound

Wing House in downtown Parry Sound with something for everyone. A new destination for wings – with more…

Wing House in downtown Parry Sound with something for everyone. A new destination for wings – with more than 150 different flavours – Wing House’s show-stopping menu will also feature a variety of…

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Dent Bay Baking Company

Opening 2023 – Date TBA Dent Bay Baking Company produces Artisan handmade sourdough breads and craft pastries. With…

Opening 2023 – Date TBA Dent Bay Baking Company produces Artisan handmade sourdough breads and craft pastries. With a commitment to seasonal ingredients sourced from local growers, Dent Bay Baking offers naturally…

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Oakcrest Co.

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Killbear Park Mall

Located just minutes from the Killbear Provincial Park entrance, Killbear Park Mall is your full service supplier for…

Located just minutes from the Killbear Provincial Park entrance, Killbear Park Mall is your full service supplier for all things camping. Our friendly staff are here to assist you and make your…

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Legend Spirits Co.

Legend Spirits Company is a craft distillery and retail shop located on the historic Seguin River in downtown…

Legend Spirits Company is a craft distillery and retail shop located on the historic Seguin River in downtown Parry Sound. Founded by local couples Michael and Caroline Quanbury and Raymond and Susan…

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Loretta’s Bakery & Marketplace

Loretta’s Bakery & Marketplace is a place to shop locally sourced items and homemade baked goods; all made…

Loretta’s Bakery & Marketplace is a place to shop locally sourced items and homemade baked goods; all made from scratch with real ingredients. Come and visit us in our cozy and inviting…

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