Parry Sound is a municipality situated within the broader Georgian Bay area (coordinates: 45°20’N 80°02’W). The town is located on the eastern shore of the “sound” (i.e. deep bay) after which it is named and is located 225 km from Toronto – about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive.
The population of Parry Sound is approximately 6000 residents. However during the peak summer cottage season this number easily expands into the 10s of thousands with the presence of cottagers and visitors. The region’s incredible allure as a vacation spot is no secret!
As Parry Sound is within reasonable driving distance from Toronto, cottages typically do not come cheap. For a basic waterfront cottage, the price range usually falls in the range of $375-475K. A similar lodging off of the water is a bit less expensive but by no means “cheap” as it falls in the range of about $275-350K. Larger and more glamorous lodgings located off the water’s edge command prices in the range of about $350-425K. A really nice, large cottage on the shore will likely cost $450-600K or more.
Local Amenities and Activities
A surprising array of year-round activities and events are available for a municipality the size of Parry Sound. The highly acclaimed Festival of the Sound is held here every year, showcasing top musicians and attracting music enthusiasts from across Canada and around the world.
Parry Sound is perhaps most renowned as the birthplace of the legendary hockey star Bobby Orr. Hockey continues to be a key sport and cultural activity in the region and is one reason to visit the town outside of cottage season – Go Shamrocks!
It is easy to feel the strong community vibe when visiting Parry Sound. Local artisans feature their works at Art in the Park, as well as at the Summer Market – which also provides a range of fresh seasonal produce and baked goods. A much-loved annual dragonboat race takes place in the town, as well as a popular busker festival which takes place every July 1st.
Considered the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, the broader Parry Sound geographical area is known as the “30,000 Islands.” Falling in the general Georgian Bay area, the town of Parry Sound benefits from a host of amazing provincial parks, such as The Massasauga, Killbear, and Oastler Lake.
The UNESCO site of Goergian Bay Biosphere Reserve is also located in this area, stretching 200 km along the eastern coast from Port Severn to the French River. Waubuno Beach is also a highlight attraction, in particular for appeasing the little ones and soaking up some sand and surf. For the more athletically-inclined, the Rotary and Algonquin Fitness Regime Trail takes outdoor exercise to the next level!
Also for the outdoor enthusiast, the area has several golf courses as well as an annual ATV jamboree – which is perhaps for a separate demographic. Stellar fishing, camping, and hunting opportunities abound. As the Parry Sound body of water lets out into the Georgian Bay system, fantastic long-range boating and sailing opportunities abound. A variety of boat tours and air tours are available, which are always a hit and could be a good way to help identify attractive regions to buy a cottage.
In the winter there is no need to fret as while the lakes are frozen over there are tons of snowshoeing, ice-fishing, snowmobiling and tobogganing options. The Snowfest Winter Carnival is also something to check out for sure and really speaks volumes to the fact that Parry Sound is a fun town to be in all year round.
Did you know?
Parry Sound has the world’s deepest natural freshwater port. Crazy!
Like what you see? Be sure to check out available listings in the region: Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe.