Top Things to Do in Downtown Parry Sound

Parry Sound is a beautiful town in Ontario’s cottage country known for its stunning natural surroundings.  Right on the shores of Georgian Bay, Parry Sound has something for everyone, from outdoor adventure, Blue Flag designated beach, attractions and hiking trails, to a performing arts centre and museum, all amidst stunning scenery and breathtaking sunsets over Georgian Bay. It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing Ontario cottage rental vacation. Whether you are looking to spend your days exploring the great outdoors or simply want to relax at your Parry Sound cottage rental, and enjoy a quiet time sitting at the waterfront, Parry Sound has something for everyone. Downtown Parry Sound has something for everyone, whether shopping or dining. If you are willing to venture slightly outside of downtown, there are many great Provincial Parks in Parry Sound, including the well-known Killbear Provincial Park.

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Top Things to Do During your Parry Sound Cottage Rental

If you are planning a trip to Parry Sound, here are some of the top things to do in downtown Parry Sound during your stay:

1. Visit the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts

This state-of-the-art 400-seat Festival Performance Hall was constructed out of the area’s natural stone and indigenous trees overlooking Georgian Bay, and has stunning acoustics, making it ideal for performances.  It also hosts the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, which you’ll see more details on below, so you can kill two birds with one stone!

2. Take a Boat Tour of Georgian Bay During Your Parry Sound Cottage Rental

Georgian Bay is home to a variety of beautiful islands, bays, and inlets, and a boat tour is a great way to explore the area. There are several companies that offer boat tours of Georgian Bay, ranging from scenic dinner cruises to adventure cruises to fishing charters.

3. Explore the Shops and Boutiques in Downtown Parry Sound

Downtown Parry Sound is home to a variety of unique shops and boutiques that are worth visiting. From handmade crafts and local art to outdoor gear and souvenirs, there is something for everyone. Some of the top shops to visit include Bearly Used Books, with over 120,000 titles of both new and gently used books, Beverly’s, offering a wide variety of unique, Canadian & locally handcrafted products and custom gift baskets, and Huckleberry’s, unique shopping experience or visit the online shop for a curated selection of home decor and gifts.

4. Visit One of the Many Craft Breweries in Parry Sound

Parry Sound is home to several craft breweries that are worth checking out during your cottage rental, and Trestle Brewing Company is conveniently located in downtown Parry Sound.  Sit out on the patio and enjoy a meal along with your craft beer.  Or why not try a pint at these local breweries in Parry Sound. 

Trestle Brewery is a great spot to enjoy during your Parry Sound cottage rental
Trestle Brewery has not only great beer but also great views and food!

5. Take in the Views of Parry Sound from a Lookout Spot

Parry Sound is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, and there are several lookout spots in the area where you can take in the views. The Museum on Tower Hill is a 30m high observation tower just outside of downtown Parry Sound provides stunning 360 degree views of the Georgian Bay harbour, giving a birds-eye view of the waterfront and the famous Canadian Pacific Railway trestle bridge below. The Tower Hill lookout was originally built to detect forest fires in the area but now provides visitors with unforgettable views.

Great views in Downtown Parry Sound during your Ontario cottage rental
Tower Hill Lookout & Parry Sound Harbour

6. Attend a Seasonal Event or Farmers Market

Parry Sound is home to a variety of seasonal events and farmers markets that are worth checking out during your cottage rental. The Parry Sound Farmers Market is held every Tuesday from 9-2 pm from late June to late August and features a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade crafts. Other popular events include the Parry Sound Festival of the Sound, a chamber and classical music festival held over 3 weeks in the summer, and the yearly Art in the Park Festival.

7. Visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame

Hockey fans will definitely want to visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to the life and career of one of the greatest hockey players of all time, along with other exceptional athletes with ties to the Parry Sound area. The interactive nature of the exhibits makes this entertaining for even non-hockey fans.

8. Enjoy a Meal in Downtown Parry Sound

While you’re visiting downtown, why not stay a while and enjoy a delicious meal at one of these popular Parry Sound restaurants?  You’ll find something for everyone – ranging from gourmet and specialty pizza baked in wood-fired ovens, Italian cuisine, fine dining, and family restaurants.

Enjoy a Parry Sound Cottage Rental with CottageLINK Rental Management

Parry Sound is a vibrant small community that’s especially busy in the summer, but with lots to do all year-round.  The best way to truly experience this beautiful area of Ontario is to stay at a Parry Sound cottage rental.

We here at CottageLINK Rental Management manage hundreds of cottage rentals in Ontario, including many in the Parry Sound area. So why wait? Contact us now and let us find that perfect cottage getaway for you and your group! 

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