Picturesque Parry Sound began as a lumbering town. However, at the turn of the century, regular railway service began bringing folks north from cities in Ontario and the USA. Steam boats plying Georgian Bay stopped in Parry Sound and began carrying these folk to cottages and the grand hotels for the season. The historic steam boat station on the dock is a mute reminder of that era. Thus began Parry Sound’s long legacy that continues to this day as the epicenter for “Going to the cottage.”
Parry Sound also acts as a gateway to over 30,000 islands and while you are waiting to board a tour-boat there are numerous shops to browse in this town that claims hockey super-star, Bobby Orr, as one of their own. Charlie Farquharson, the comic alter–ego of actor Don Harron, referred to Parry Sound as his home town during TV and stage presentations. Taking the time to climb up the observation tower in Tower Hill Park will reward you with a spectacular view of the bay and the town, especially during fall colour.