Building in the Biosphere Reserve?

UPDATE:  Due to snow squalls and road conditions we have postponed the workshop scheduled for Thursday, November 20th.  The new date is Friday, November 28th from 9 am to noon at the Museum on Tower Hill.

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve invites you to a workshop to learn about cash subsidies and resources to help you protect wildlife habitat and water quality.

Building a bunkie on Georgian Bay

Building a bunkie on Georgian Bay

Friday, November 28th

Museum on Tower Hill, Parry Sound

9 am to noon




Presentations include:

Lake Simcoe & South-eastern Georgian Bay Community Stewardship Program

Both financial and advisory support is available for residents interested in undertaking positive environmental actions on their properties that help improve the water quality and aquatic habitats of Georgian Bay. This includes subsidies of up $6000 to replace failed septic systems and $15,000 to restore shorelines.

For more information, please see: Grants and Incentives

How To Identify Species At Risk Habitat

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve will introduce an on-line resource to help you determine which at-risk species and their associated habitat may be found on your building site. This will help you better understand the steps you can take to conserve these species and comply with the Endangered Species Act.

For more information, please see: Habitat Screening Tool

Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay Wetland Collaborative

Ducks Unlimited staff will share about the types of projects that are eligible for funding and recommend best techniques to restore wetlands. Funding for wetland projects can cover 25 to 90% of costs depending on project type.

For more information, please see: Wetland Collaborative

Grown by the Bay Food Festival

You’re invited to the  “Grown by the Bay Food Festival” on Saturday, September 27th from 9-4 pm at Parry Sound High School. jam

A full day of cool workshops will be offered on topics ranging from saving seeds, honey production, school-yard gardens, pickling and fermenting. There will also be an indoor farmers’ market and kids workshop at 10:30am.

Admission is free; however, a donation to Harvest Share is appreciated. A lunch featuring local produce may be ordered in advance for $5.  Please contact us at for more information.bees

The “Magical McKellar Farm Tour” will be held on Sunday, September 28th from 9-3 pm This is a great opportunity to see, taste and learn about local food production.

A bus will take you on the tour, and seats are $5. Space is limited so please contact us to reserve a seat.  A tasty lunch featuring Mrs Wilson’s homemade meat pies may be pre-ordered for just $5.birds

Learn more:

Parry Sound & Area Association of REALTORS®

Welcome to our newest member: the Parry Sound & Area Association of REALTORS®. REALTORS

Established in 1969, the Parry Sound & Area Association of REALTORS® has approximately 100 REALTOR® members servicing the professional needs of consumers in the real estate market within and beyond the borders of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Says Executive Officer, Meg Cameron-Hammel: “The Parry Sound & Area Association of REALTORS® offers not only professional service and support in serving its community real estate needs, but continued commitment to local sustainability.   As a professional Association committed to the continued growth of our community it seemed only natural for our Association to support the GBBR . We know how lucky we are to live, work and play in the GBBR so as REALTORS®, take the opportunity to bring awareness to others and to welcome them to our home and playground.

The Parry Sound & Area Association of REALTORS® provides a gateway for people into the GBBR and surrounding area. Click here to learn more about our local REALTORS ®!

Bearwood Canoe Company

Hello and welcome to one of our new members: Bearwood Canoe Company.

Since 1989, Pam Wedd of Bearwood Canoe Company has been building and restoring wooden canoes just 25 minutes east of Parry Sound. Pam is extraordinarily dedicated to the traditional craft of building wooden canoes in Canada.

A charter member of the Wooden Canoe Builder’s Guild and the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Pam recognizes not only the significance of her trade’s sustainability but also of the region in which she practices. The Bearwood Canoe Company is a great example of the vibrancy that can be found in our local community.

We feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. Georgian Bay is such an incredible waterway and being able to see it, up close, by wooden canoe is a truly memorable experience. This low impact, gentle way of being in the Biosphere is a remarkable gift.”

Pam offers classes in canoe construction, repair and restoration at her workshop near the village of Orrville.

Photo Credit: Cody Storm Cooper

Photo Credit: Cody Storm Cooper

Honey Harbour Barging

Welcome to our new member, Honey Harbour Barging.

A small business doing great things on Georgian Bay!

Recently, Honey Harbour Barging helped to build Canada’s first all-in-one energy star, solar ready, net-zero ready LEED Platinum Passive house. You can check the house out here:

Honey Harbour Barging is a Charter member of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve! This means that they recognize they operate in a unique place in the world and they pledge to support the values of our organization which works to build a healthy economy, protect the environment and create vibrant communities.

Below is a table that lists the features and benefits of the home:

Passive Solar Design Reduced active heating load by harnessing solar gains
Natural day light harvesting reduces active lighting loads
Increased Insulation Reduced heating and cooling loads
No moving parts
No maintenance required
Increased Air Tightness Reduced heating and cooling loads
Energy Star Triple Pane Fiberglass Windows Reduced heating and cooling load
Increased durability
Decreased thermal bridging vs steel or aluminum
Lowered environmental impact vs vinyl, steel or aluminum
Narrower frames allow for higher glass to frame ratio
Energy Star Lighting, Fixtures and Ceiling Fans Increased energy efficiency
Increased durability
Energy Star Appliances Increased energy efficiency
Increased durability
Drain Water Heat Recovery Reduces water heating loads
Grey Water Recycling Reduces annual water consumption by 30 %
Rainwater Harvesting Conserves potable water consumption when used for indoor or outdoor purposes
Solar Ready Built-in conduits and roof design allow for the installation of solar panels to be performed with ease
Ventilation Reduced heating & cooling loads
Improved indoor air quality
Improved health & safety of building occupants
Improved moisture, odour and contaminant control
Ground Loop Reduces heating & cooling loads
Pre-conditions supply air to ventilation system
All-Off-Switches Allows multiple electrical sockets in multiple locations to be switched off to help reduce power loss due to “phantom loads”  when devices are not in use
Integrated Energy Monitoring System Allows the occupants to track energy usage and assist with identifying and lowering household energy demands
Construction Waste Management Increased recycling of items typically sent to landfill sites,including paper & cardboard products, glass& plastic containers as well as e-waste.Increased re-use of items typically sent to landfill sites
Introduction of composting to the construction site
Drastic diversion of waste from landfill sites
Drastic overall waste reduction
Promotes awareness of waste management alternatives
Local sourcing of materials and labour Promotes local economy
Reduces embodied energy
Lowers negative impacts on the environment
Promotes local inclusiveness
Site Harvested Oak Flooring and Window Sills Added value
Local sourcing
Use of reclaimed materials within building
Waste reduction
Site Harvested Basswood Trim Added value
Local sourcing
Use of reclaimed materials within building
Waste Reduction