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Things to Do in Parry Sound, Ontario in the Summer

Author: Rob Parker

If you're looking for a great summer getaway that offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, you need look no further than Parry Sound, Ontario. The array of activity to be found here is amazing and is evidenced by the fact that nearly half of Parry Sound's population during the summer months is due to tourists.

The region is breathtakingly beautiful, overlooking the 30,000 Islands region of Georgian Bay and the world's deepest freshwater harbour. Located just two hours north of Toronto, Parry Sound is easily accessible by the Trans Canada Highway.

Since Parry Sound is located on the waterfront, many of the favoured activities include water sports; sailing, cruising, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are among the most popular. The annual dragon boat races are great fun, for spectators and participants alike. Scuba diving in Georgian Bay is quite an adventure thanks to the graveyard of sunken ships and wrecks to be found in the waters off Parry Sound.

If you prefer dry land, Parry Sound also offers a host of land-based activities including hiking along the scenic pathways, sightseeing, shopping in quaint boutiques, picnicking in the meadows, and cycling along the waterfront. There are also many summer festivals to enjoy including the Festival of the Sound which features a series of classical and instrumental concerts. This series of concerts takes place at the end of July and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Parry Sound is also rich in heritage and culture. Once home to the Ojibway Indians, Parry Sound offers numerous historic locations such as Indian settlements and pioneer homesteads which are open for exploration. At the other end of the entertainment spectrum, the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts offers presentations ranging from comedians and "down home" musicians to opera classics, gospel music and plays.

It's no wonder that Explore, Canada's Outdoor Magazine, ranked Parry Sound one of the top 10 best outdoor towns in Canada (March 2007).

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