Parry Sound, Ontario

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Parry Sound
Town
Looking over the town and the sound
Looking over the town and the sound
Parry Sound is located in Ontario
Parry Sound
Parry Sound
Coordinates: 45°20′N 80°02′W / 45.333°N 80.033°W / 45.333; -80.033Coordinates: 45°20′N 80°02′W / 45.333°N 80.033°W / 45.333; -80.033
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Parry Sound District
Established 1857
Government
 • Mayor Jamie McGarvey
 • Governing Body Parry Sound Town Council
 • MP Tony Clement (CPC)
 • MPPs Norm Miller (PC)
Area[1]
 • Land 13.36 km2 (5.16 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,191
 • Density 463.3/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal Code P2A
Area code(s) 705
Website www.townofparrysound.com

Parry Sound is a town in Northern Ontario, Canada, located on the eastern shore of the sound after which it is named. Parry Sound is located 160 km (99 mi) south of Sudbury and 225 km (140 mi) north of Toronto. It is the seat of Parry Sound District, a popular cottage country region for Southern Ontario residents. It also has the world's deepest natural freshwater port.[2]

History[edit]

During the early part of the 20th century, the area was a popular subject for the many scenic art works of Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven. There was a slight decline in economic activity shortly after World War I with J.R. Booth's construction of a rival town, Depot Harbour on nearby Parry Island, but this setback was overcome through later developments in tourism and commerce, and the accidental destruction by fire of the entire town of Depot Harbour on August 14, 1945.

The body of water that gives the town its name was surveyed and named by Captain Henry Bayfield in the 19th century, in honour of the Arctic explorer Sir William Edward Parry. In 1857, the modern townsite was established near the Ojibwa village of Wasauksing ("shining shore") at the mouth of the Seguin River. In the late 19th century, rail service was established, making the town an important depot along the rail lines to Western Canada.

In 1916, a cordite factory was established in the nearby town of Nobel for the Imperial Munitions Board. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, an explosives and munitions factory was also built at Nobel, making Parry Sound an important part of both the First World War and the Second World War effort.

Culture[edit]

View of downtown Parry Sound near the intersection of Seguin and James Streets. A portion of the Sound and the CP railway trestle can be seen in the distance.

Parry Sound is the birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr, the namesake of the local community centre and the town's own Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. In Orr's best-selling autobiography, Orr: My Story, he speaks highly of Parry Sound, the friends and family who resided there and the happy childhood he had living in that part of Canada.[3] [4][5]

Canadian actor Don Harron's stage character Charlie Farquharson remains one of the town's most cherished personalities. Former Ontario premier Ernie Eves also called the town home for many years; he was the MPP for the Parry Sound—Muskoka riding from 1981 through 2001.

The town is home to several cultural festivals, including the Festival of the Sound classical music festival, an annual dragonboat race and a buskers' festival which takes place as part of the town's Canada Day festivities. The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts serves as the principal performance venue during the Festival of the Sound, and also hosts concerts, live theatre and other cultural events throughout the year.

Sports and recreation[edit]

There are several provincial parks in the Parry Sound area, including Oastler Lake, The Massasauga and Killbear, as well as numerous provincial conservation reserves. A 230-kilometre recreational trail, the Park-to-Park Trail, connects Killbear with Algonquin Provincial Park in two locations, to the south at Dwight, and farther north, east of Kearney.[6]

The town is home to an annual ATV Jamboree[7] There are also guided ATV tours of the region's wilderness throughout the year.[8]

Parry Sound's Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary[9] cares for injured and orphaned animals, and has limited daily tourist hours as an informational and interpretive centre for wildlife education.

There are several golf courses located in and near Parry Sound, including the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club,[10] the Seguin Valley Golf and Country Club, Deer Run Golf Course and the Rocky Crest Golf Club.[11] Ice hockey, fishing and softball are also popular recreational sports in the area.

Parry Sound, and much of Northern Ontario, are well known for their tourism businesses. Accommodation businesses range from campgrounds to full service resorts. Hotels include Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Microtel, Travellers Hotel, Ellmar Motel, Best Rates Inn, Town & Country Inn, Midtown Motel and Georgian Inn. Cottage Resorts include Sunny Point Resort,[12] Glen Burney Lodge,[13] Silver Lake Resort,[14] Mill Lake Resort,[15] Craganmor Point,[16] Crane Lake Resort,[17] Four Winds and Terrawoods.[18]

The Parry Sound coastline is home to the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, one of only 13 UNESCO sites in Canada. The eastern coast of Georgian Bay where Parry Sound is located is known as the "30,000 Islands" and is considered the world's largest freshwater archipelago. It covers 347,000 hectares of shoreline ecosystem, and over 100 species of animals and plants that are at risk in Canada and Ontario, including unique reptiles and amphibians.

Departure point at the harbour, for the sightseeing tours of the 30,000 Islands

Sightseeing tours of the 30,000 Islands are offered by Georgian Bay Airways,[19] and the Island Queen and MV Chippawa[20] cruise ships. The area is also home to White Squall Outfitters,[21] a sport outfitter which offers kayak and canoe rentals and tours during the summer, as well as winter sporting gear rentals during the winter.

Hockey is a pastime tradition in Parry Sound. The Parry Sound Shamrocks were one of the first teams formed in Parry Sound. Famous and retired NHLer Bobby Orr played for the Shamrocks before the OHA's Oshawa Generals. The Parry Sound Shamrocks applied to play Jr. A in the Ontario Provincial Junior "A" Hockey League in the 1980s, but were transferred to the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association in 1994, where the Shamrocks made the championship finals in 1998 and 1999, but lost to the over-achieving Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats on both occasions. The Shamrocks were transferred back to the OPJHL in 1999. However, the financial difficulties took its toll on the Parry Sound Shamrocks, which ceased operations in 2003 after a one-year leave of absence, with their desire to play at the Jr. C level. There was criticism of no universities or colleges in the area of the players, who have graduated high school. In 2005, the town was approached by a group from Indianapolis, Indiana to bring Jr. A hockey back to Parry Sound, and to play at the Bobby Orr Community Centre. However, the opposition from members of the Parry Sound Hockey Association prevented the Jr. A team, that would be known as the Seguin Bruins from taking up tenancy at the arena. The Bruins would take up their tenancy at the Humphrey Community Centre instead, but would play some of their home games at the Bobby Orr Community Centre.

Transportation[edit]

Harbour of Parry Sound

Parry Sound is located along a highway which currently bears the dual designation of Highway 69/Highway 400. From the opening of this freeway alignment in 2004 until October 26, 2010, a point one kilometre north of Parry Sound's Bowes Street/McDougall Road interchange was the terminus of Highway 400, but the freeway now begins 17 kilometres further north, at Highway 559 north of Nobel.[22] The former alignment of Highway 69 from Parry Sound southerly to Holmur now has the street name Oastler Park Drive and serves as the main access road to Oastler Lake Provincial Park.

The western termini of Highway 124, which extends easterly to Sundridge, and Highway 518, which heads east to Kearney, are both located just outside Parry Sound's town limits.

Bus service from Toronto is available by Ontario Northland Motor Coach Services, the government-owned transportation company, and buses arrive daily en route to Sudbury. In addition, Via Rail's Canadian (Toronto – Vancouver) transcontinental passenger train serves the Parry Sound railway station three times a week both east and westbound. Westbound passenger as well as Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway freight trains are carried over the Seguin River by the Parry Sound CPR Trestle, a visible presence in the centre of town.

The town is served by the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport and the Parry Sound Medical Heliport, as well as numerous small water aerodromes:

The Big Sound Marina[23] is a 120-serviced slip marina on Georgian Bay for transient vessels up to 60 feet (18 m).

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Parry Sound (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.0
(46.4)
13.0
(55.4)
20.0
(68)
31.0
(87.8)
28.5
(83.3)
31.5
(88.7)
33.0
(91.4)
34.5
(94.1)
30.0
(86)
26.5
(79.7)
18.0
(64.4)
15.5
(59.9)
34.5
(94.1)
Average high °C (°F) −4.4
(24.1)
−2.2
(28)
2.6
(36.7)
10.5
(50.9)
16.9
(62.4)
21.1
(70)
25.1
(77.2)
23.8
(74.8)
19.0
(66.2)
12.4
(54.3)
5.1
(41.2)
−1.4
(29.5)
10.7
(51.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −9.0
(15.8)
−6.8
(19.8)
−2.2
(28)
5.7
(42.3)
11.8
(53.2)
16.2
(61.2)
20.2
(68.4)
19.2
(66.6)
14.8
(58.6)
8.4
(47.1)
1.9
(35.4)
−5.2
(22.6)
6.3
(43.3)
Average low °C (°F) −13.5
(7.7)
−11.4
(11.5)
−7
(19)
0.9
(33.6)
6.7
(44.1)
11.2
(52.2)
15.3
(59.5)
14.6
(58.3)
10.5
(50.9)
4.4
(39.9)
−1.3
(29.7)
−8.9
(16)
1.8
(35.2)
Record low °C (°F) −35.5
(−31.9)
−29.5
(−21.1)
−29
(−20)
−17
(1)
−2.5
(27.5)
1.0
(33.8)
6.5
(43.7)
3.0
(37.4)
−2.5
(27.5)
−5
(23)
−20
(−4)
−33.5
(−28.3)
−35.5
(−31.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 107.0
(4.213)
80.3
(3.161)
78.7
(3.098)
71.4
(2.811)
83.4
(3.283)
64.2
(2.528)
54.9
(2.161)
82.7
(3.256)
105.2
(4.142)
114.8
(4.52)
110.2
(4.339)
137.6
(5.417)
1,090.5
(42.933)
Rainfall mm (inches) 15.9
(0.626)
20.0
(0.787)
44.7
(1.76)
61.0
(2.402)
83.0
(3.268)
64.2
(2.528)
54.9
(2.161)
82.7
(3.256)
105.2
(4.142)
114.6
(4.512)
80.8
(3.181)
36.0
(1.417)
763.0
(30.039)
Snowfall cm (inches) 91.2
(35.91)
60.3
(23.74)
34.0
(13.39)
10.4
(4.09)
0.40
(0.157)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.18
(0.071)
29.5
(11.61)
101.6
(40)
327.5
(128.94)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 20.1 14.7 14.0 13.9 13.6 12.8 8.9 12.3 14.2 16.7 17.6 19.6 178.5
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 4.7 3.8 7.7 12.2 13.6 12.8 8.9 12.3 14.2 16.7 14.0 6.5 127.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 18.0 12.5 8.6 3.5 0.18 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.09 7.0 16.2 66.0
Source: Environment Canada[24]

Forest fire protection history[edit]

The Parry Sound Forest Fire District was founded by Ontario's former Department of Lands and Forests (now the MNR) in 1922 as one of 17 districts to help protect Ontario's forests from fire by early detection from fire towers. The headquarters for the district were housed in town. It was the central location for 18 fire tower lookouts, including the Parry Sound fire tower, which was erected in the same location as the modern lookout tower at 17 George Street. In the 1970s all the towers had been decommissioned as aerial fire fighting techniques were employed.

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

Television[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1871 1,052 —    
1901 2,884 +174.1%
1911 3,429 +18.9%
1921 3,546 +3.4%
1931 3,512 −1.0%
1941 5,765 +64.2%
1951 5,183 −10.1%
1961 6,004 +15.8%
1971 5,842 −2.7%
1981 6,124 +4.8%
1991 6,125 +0.0%
1996 6,326 +3.3%
2001 6,124 −3.2%
2006 5,818 −5.0%
2011 6,191 +6.4%
Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[25]
South Asian 35 0.6
Chinese 40 0.7
Black 10 0.2
Filipino 0 0
Latin American 15 0.3
Southeast Asian 0 0
Other visible minority 15 0.3
Total visible minority population 115 2.1
Aboriginal group
Source:[25]
First Nations 165 2.9
Métis 110 2
Inuit 0 0
Total Aboriginal population 280 5
White 5,205 92.9
Total population 5,600 100

According to the 2011 Statistics Canada Census:[1]

  • Population 2011: 6.191
  • Population 2006: 5,818
  • % Change (2006–2011): 6.4
  • Total Private Dwellings: 3,037
  • Area (km2): 13.36
  • Density (persons per km2): 463.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2011 Census Profile
  2. ^ Canadian Geographic 127. Royal Canadian Geographical Society. 2007. p. 82. Retrieved 11 April 2012. "Parry Sound, the world's deepest freshwater port, lends some measure to what I mean by Ontario Lake Country" 
  3. ^ Orr, Bobby (2013) Bobby Orr: My Story. New York: G.P. Putnam. Retrieved March 31, 2014[1]
  4. ^ Cowles, Gregory (October 25, 2013) "Inside the List" The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2014[2]
  5. ^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ The Park-to-Park Trail
  7. ^ Spring Jam
  8. ^ Bear Claw Tours
  9. ^ Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
  10. ^ Parry Sound Golf and Country Club
  11. ^ Rocky Crest Golf Club
  12. ^ http://sunnypointresort.com/index.html
  13. ^ http://www.glennburneylodge.ca
  14. ^ http://www.silverlakecottages.com
  15. ^ http://www.milllakecottageresort.com
  16. ^ http://www.craganmor.com
  17. ^ http://www.cranelakeresort.ca
  18. ^ [3]
  19. ^ Georgian Bay Airways
  20. ^ M.V. Chippewa
  21. ^ White Squall Outfitters
  22. ^ Ginn, Cameron (October 27, 2010). "$177-million section of highway now open". Cottage Country Now (Metroland Media Group). Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  23. ^ Big Sound Marina
  24. ^ "Parry Sound". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Pickering, Ontario (City) Census Subdivision". Community Profiles, Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. 

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