Located on the shores of spectacular Georgian Bay, within the world renowned 30,000 Islands and an UNESCO Biosphere reserve, the charming waterfront Town of Parry Sound is welcoming and full of hospitality. The town is the commercial hub of the Parry Sound district and is ideally situated for year round enjoyment as it is only two hours north of Toronto by road, on the safe and comfortable four lane 400 highway, or 45 min
utes by air to the local Parry Sound District Municipal airport.
The Town of Parry Sound is home to under 10,000 permanent residents, with many more part-time residents who enjoy all that the four seasons have to offer. Within the town of Parry Sound and throughout the many quaint and inviting towns in the district, restaurants, pubs & grills, cafes, bistros, waterfront patios and local resorts provide many great options for casual and fine dining. Quaint shops, boutiques, galleries and spas are nestled throughout the area and provide endless opportunities for shopping and browsing. Rich with heritage and culture, a number of museums, heritage sites, small theatres, art galleries, markets and local festivals, the well known Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame provide residents and visitors alike with plenty of options for a rich cultural experience.
From a practical perspective, the Town of Parry Sound offers all of the amenities a permanent or seasonal resident requires. The West Parry Sound Health Centre provides a full range of in-patient and out-patient services through an innovated approach which integrates regional hospital and community services. Veterinary services are readily available, and some of the larger stores such as Home Depot, Rona, Home Hardware, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wallmart , the LCBO and Sobeys provide a good selection of products and services. There is also a strong building and services industry in the district to support a wide range of building, maintenance and renovation type projects.
The district of Parry Sound is located north of Muskoka and has spectacular and diverse topography that
is comprised of heavily forested areas, woodlands, gorgeous rolling hills, countless lakes, and unparalleled beauty. Options for enjoying outdoor activities year round, are abundant in the area and include wilderness tours, fishing and diving charters, seaplane tours, charters and flights, ATV tours, and site-seeing boat cruises to name a few. For those who enjoy golfing, there are five beautifully appointed golf courses in the area, including the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club, Sequin Valley Golf Club, and the renowned The Ridge at Manitou. The multitude of unique and spectacular inland lakes also lend themselves to numerous seasonal adventures and sports activities. The district is bordered by innumerable stunning lakes and spectacular Georgian Bay, each providing exceptional options for every type of cottage lifestyle.
The fall brings about crisp days and evenings punctuated by fantastic western sunsets. The area is known for its spectacular fall colours as the deciduous trees begin their transition to winter and their leaves transform into an array of warm fall hues. From oranges, to yellows, to vibrant reds, the trees along the Hwy 400 corridor and throughout the district provide a vivid and delightful canvas of fall colour. And yet, this is only the beginning! As winter begins to fall upon the area, the lakes freeze, the snowfall begins, creating a pristine blanket of glistening white snow. The entire area enjoys an abundance of snow making it a sought after playground for outdoor winter enthusiasts!
Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands offers an experience with nature unparalleled anywhere else on the planet and is arguably one of the most spectacular bodies of water in the world. With its windswept pines, clear blue water and majestic towering cliffs, it is truly breathtaking. It is a boater’s paradise making it ideal for avid boaters and is known to be one of the world’s best fresh water sailing destinations. In the winter, the Bay freezes and creates incredible opportunities for a plethora of outdoor activities.
Across the Parry Sound district, winter cottagers enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, dog sledding, skating, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. The beautiful snow covered lakes provide endless options for winter fun. Groomed cross country skiing trails and the Parry Sound Fitness Trail offer additional options for winter activities and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club (OFSC) trails strategically weave their way across the landscape, opening up the area to a whole new world of exploration and enjoyment.
Given the extraordinary diversity of this area, the real estate market in the district is reflective of a wide range of cottage, family and retirement lifestyles. The market provides an excellent opportunity for those wanting to leave or modify their urban lifestyle. There are fabulous options for permanent living, or seasonal cottaging, that open up options for travelling to southern destinations during the winter months.
The diversity of the Parry Sound marketplace also provides opportunities for first time cottage buyers to enter the market, current property owners to upsize or downsize, vacant land to be developed, luxury, and exclusive island properties properties to be traded. With properties available at many price points, and year round living and cottaging options, the Parry Sound district is ideal for a variety of lifestyles!
Written by: The Phillips Team