A chirpy little place, PARRY SOUND sits beside an inlet of Georgian Bay some 70km north of Port Severn – and well on the way to Sudbury. Parry Sound takes its name from the Arctic explorer Sir William Edward Parry, but it earned the nickname “Parry Hoot” on account of the swarms of water-bound log-drivers, who once chose this as the place to get drunk in. The logs and the loggers are long gone and Parry Sound is short on sights, but its slender harbour is overshadowed by a splendid Edwardian railway trestle bridge and the few blocks that make up the commercial centre – along and around James Street – are dotted with good-looking, old brick and stone buildings. Nowadays, the town is mainly popular for the boat cruises that leave the harbour bound for the Thirty Thousand Islands out in the bay and for its proximity to one of the region’s most impressive parks, Killbear.

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