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General Area Information

Parry Sound is located 160 km (100 miles) south of Sudbury and 225 km (140 miles) north of Toronto. It is the seat of Parry Sound District, a popular cottage country region for Southern Ontario residents. It is also the world's deepest freshwater port. Parry Sound is the hometown of Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins defenseman (Number 4), and the local community centre was named in his honour. During the early part of the 20th century, the area was a popular subject for the many scenic art works of Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area Scenery

Known as a recreational paradise of unparalleled beauty, the Parry Sound area has long been a destination for tourists. Less known - and one of its best-kept secrets - is the lifestyle it offers year-round residents. Parry Sound, Ontario is a nature wonderland. Located in the province's northeast, Parry Sound sits on the coast overlooking the Georgian Bay, near the Muskoka region. The myriad of colours in the area are striking - the pink granite of the Canadian Shield, the blue of the lakes, bays and rivers, the canopy of green trees in the forest area, the taupe sand. The brilliant shades in fall, from the numerous birches, maples and oaks, have inspired artists and left others awestruck. The allure of this gateway to the 30,000 Islands area (the large concentration of islands in the Georgian Bay) is manifold. A vibrant waterfront, access to several provincial parks and nature reserves, and a splattering of cultural venues and eateries offer just the right amount of activity while still maintaining a laid back atmosphere.

 

Tourism & Business

Tourism continues to be a primary industry, however small manufacturing and information-based businesses are increasing in importance. The school system, social services, and health care sector are other major employers. The area continues to expand rapidly with new businesses opening inculding Walmart, a new Canadian Tire, Hart Stores and a Microtel.

 

Flyers may land at the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport, located 22 km (13.5 mi) south of the town. Fly-in airplane services are available, and a few businesses offer charters from Toronto and other local areas. Window seat commuters may enjoy the VIA Rail train service, or bus service by Ontario Northland or GreyHound Coach. For drivers, the Trans Canada Highway runs right through the town. Travelling southbound on the highway will eventually connect to Highway 400 for a three-hour drive to Toronto. Those coming in recreational vehicles may be accommodated in one of many local campgrounds.

Recreational activities & cultural

Extensive trails are in place for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, cycling, and hiking. Some of the best sailing in the world takes place in the beautiful Georgian Bay, serviced by numerous marinas and outdoor facilities. Fishing and hunting enthusiasts flock to the area in all seasons. Parry Sound is the long-time home of the Festival of the Sound, a prominent classical music event, and has a growing folk music following.

 

 

Area Demographics

The area population of 20,000 permanent residents increases in excess of 150,000 residents in summer. Cottagers and campers vacation here year after year and generation after generation. Retirees increasingly choose this area for a simpler lifestyle with lots of options and opportunities.

Area History

In the early 19th Century, British Naval captain Henry Bayfield explored the 30,000 Islands area and named the sound in honour of the Arctic explorer Sir William Edward Parry. Steam ships brought settlers into the vicinity, many for such employment possibilities as road construction and lumbering. Others came to homestead, as the government allotted parcels of land to those over 18 who were prepared to clear and cultivate it. Thus development began. In 1865 William Beatty and his sons purchased a sawmill. They later built a church, introduced a steamship line and founded the Town of Parry Sound.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, an explosives and munitions factory was established in the nearby Municipality Of McDougall, making Parry Sound an important part of the Second World War effort. The town is host to an annual sailing regatta and a performing arts festival, The Festival of the Sound. It is the birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr. Former Ontario premier Ernie Eves also called the town home for many years; he was the MPP for the Parry Sound—Muskoka riding from 1981 through 2001. Other attractions include the 30,000 Islands tour aboard the Island Queen, and the newly opened Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. The Stockey Centre has, since it opened, hosted many Festival of the Sound concerts.

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Schools

Contact North
- Northeast Regional Coordinating Centre
410 Falconbridge Road, Sudbury
705-560-2710

Humphrey Elementary
- 120 Highway #141
705-732-4801

Magnetawan Central
- 31 Sparks Street
705-387-3939

Near North District School Board
Parry Sound Resource Centre
- 111A Isabella Street
705-746-9371 / 1-800-278-4922

Parry Sound High School
- 111 Isabella Street
705-746-5888

 


Canadore College

- 60 James Street
705-746-9222

MacTier Elementary
- 398 High Street
705-375-2720

McDougall Public
- 69 Highway #124
705-746-5904

Nobel School
- 140 Hammel Avenue
705-342-5251

Victory Public
- 15 Forest Street
705-746-5691

 

 

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Pharmacies

Shopper's Drugmart
- 90 Bowes St
705-746-2932 / 1-800-746-7737

Lane Family Pharmasave
-4 Pine Drive
705-746-2187

 



Pollard's IDA
- 37 Sequin St
705-746-2581

Ben's Pharmacy
- 15 James Street
705-746-4811

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Business & Financial

Community Business & Development Centre (CBDC)
- 1 Church Street
705-746-4455

CIBC
- 36 Seguin Street

Bank Of Nova Scotia
- 27 James Street
705-746-5821

 

 


RBC Royal Bank

Parry Sound Mall Branch
- 70 Joseph Street

Toronto Dominion
- 55 James Street
705-746-5846

Kawartha Credit Union
- 1 Church Street
705-746-9061

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Audiology
Parry Sound Audiology Clinic
- 17 James Street
705-746-9012


Sound Ideas Audiology
- 10 Bowes St
Phone: 705-746-5500
Fax: 705-756-5511

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Dentists
Georgian Bay Family Dentistry (Dr. Jeffrey)
- 7 James Street
705-746-8317

Family Dentistry (Dr. Miller)
- 5 Bowes Street
705-746-5859 / 1-800-828-1240

Dr. Wright
- 26 William Street
705-746-5228

 

Riverview Dental Centre
- 43 Miller Street
705-746-4290

Dr. Sutcliffe
- 73 Bowes Street
705-746-6461

 

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Denturist
Denture Clinic (CL Reekie)
- 43 Miller Street
705-746-4290

Dr. Lori Lahti
69A Bowes St.
(705) 746-2772

// Orthodontists
Dr. D'Aloisio
- 5 Bowes Street
1-888-8BRACES

Dr. Ling Paul
- Gravenhurst
1-800-818-0802

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News


North Star (newspaper)
- 67 James Street
705-746-2104
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Rez Radio / CHRZ 91.3 FM
- Parry Island
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Moose FM / CKLP 103.3 FM
- 60 James Street
705-746-2163
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Area Municipalities

Parry Sound, The Corporation of The Town of
- 52 Seguin Street
705-746-2101
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The Corporation of The Township Of Carling

- 2 West Carling Bay Road
705-342-5856
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McDougall, The Municipality Of

- 5 Fireroute #113 (Off Highway 69 at Nobel)
705-342-5252
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Seguin, The Corporation of The Municipality of

- 5 Humphrey Dr.
705-732-4300
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Archipelago, The Corporation of The Township of the

- 9 James Street
705-746-4243

Magnetawan, Municipality of
- 4304 Highway #520
705-387-3947
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McKellar, The Corporation of The Township of

- 701 Highway #124
705-389-2842


Whitestone,The Corporation of The Municipality of
- Dunchurch
705-389-2466
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Daycare Services

Family Drop in Centre / Mobile Resource Program
- 64 Waubeek Street
705-746-9522 / 705-386-0570

Home Child Care Programme
- 66 Waubeek Street
705-746-2742

YMCA Private Home Daycare Service
- 72 Church Street
705-746-7268

 


Waubeek Day Care
- 66 Waubeek Street
705-746-8332

Kinder College
- 82 William Street
705-746-2713

 

 

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Real Estate

ReMax
Royal LePage
Homelife – Al Boucher
Multiple Listing Service


Century 21

Coldwell Banker
M. Gerhardt Real Estate Limited

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Other Services

 

Speech Language Pathologist to community resources
Sound Communications 705-346-1344
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Theresa Young

 

 

Parry Sound Active Rehabilitation Inc.
- 17 James Street
705-746-7107

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