Charter Member Profile: Parry Sound Downtown Business Association

GB Craft FairThe Parry Sound Downtown Business Association currently supports over 300 businesses. The DBA is proud to be on the shores of Georgian Bay and has been a GBBR Charter Member since 2012. Downtown Parry Sound strives to be a safe and pleasant destination for the community to work, live, and shop. All can enjoy the unique atmosphere and take in the arts, entertainment, restaurants, great parks, waterfront and historical sites plus shop in a variety of unique stores.
The DBA is working hard to make the downtown clean and beautiful. Street planters are filled with beautiful annuals and there are several permanent gardens containing perennials. Many cigarette butt receptacles have been installed to help keep the sidewalks clean.  Bike racks encourage people to ride their bikes downtown. In the summer benches and bistro tables and chairs are set out to encourage people to sit and visit. Read more on the DBA and upcoming events.

Celebrating Community Kitchens

Community kitchenLast month the community kitchen program hosted a celebration luncheon inside the Parry Sound Friendship Centre inviting community members, supporters as well as Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller to enjoy a meal prepared through the program. Earlier this year, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve received a $57,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to expand community kitchen opportunities at the Salvation Army and the Parry Sound Friendship Centre. The program is a two-year collaborative program supported by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board. The program builds upon a successful community kitchen pilot program initiated by the Salvation Army last year.

Brew Ha Ha Was a Huge Success!

Brewhaha-16Thank you to all sponsors, breweries, volunteers and attendees who came out to share a fantastic night! The 4th annual Brew Ha Ha raised over $12,000 towards environmental education for the GBBR. Highlights included Montreal comedian Derek Seguin, local musician Jeff Young, and tastings from seven Ontario craft breweries.






Member Profile: Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc.

Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc. has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. A non-profit organization, Westwind’s purpose is ecologically and socially sustainable management of the publicly owned French-Severn Forest. They have a strong commitment to ensuring all forest users and values are considered through public consultation. KenWebb1

Westwind is certified through the international Forest Stewardship Council® which recognizes the French/Severn Forest as fulfilling all the requirements of a “Well Managed Forest”. Under its Sustainable Forest License, Westwind assumes responsibility for planning timber harvest, tree planting, tree marking, gathering and assessing information, reporting to the public, preparing forest management plans, training and education, and inspecting forest operations. The French/Severn Forest was the first large FSC Certified public forest in Canada, valuing above all sustainable, transparent, and responsible forest management.

4th Annual Brew Ha Ha: Tickets on Sale Now!

Brew Poster 2015Excited for Brew Ha-Ha on October 3rd, but wondering about how to get there? Don’t fret, a by donation shuttle service will be available to get you home safely!

Doors to Brew Ha-Ha open at 6pm

Shuttle Pick ups at…

Parry Sound Mall 5:10pm
BOCC at 5:20pm
Farmer’s Tent at 5:30pm

Shuttle Leaves Seguin Valley Golf Course at …

10:30pm and drops off to all three pick-up locations
12:00am and drops off to all three pick-up locations

Charter Member Profile: Georgian Oasis Spa

044Georgian Oasis Spa has been a proud Biosphere Charter Member since the membership program began in 2012. Accredited aesthetician Renee Daleman will welcome you to a full range of aesthetic services including, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and tinting with the use of quality, all natural products. The perfect place to relax in a peaceful and tranquil rustic setting. Find Georgian Oasis Spa just ten minutes north of Parry Sound off Highway 124, 7 Bell Lake Road. View the website for services, specials and more!

Charter Member Profile: Pioneer Handcraft Furniture

phfPioneer Handcraft Furniture has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. Looking for unique pieces of furniture to make your cottage comfortable and unique? Established in 1938, Pioneer Handcraft Furniture is the ideal place to find handmade furniture and designs to fit your lifestyle. One showroom is located on Highway 400 just north of Waubaushene, the main showroom and workshop is located on Highway 11 at Severn Bridge nestled in white pines and granite.

Biosphere Member Profile: Sail Parry Sound

A Biosphere Charter Member since 2012, Sail Parry Sound is a not-for-profit corporation established to restore Parry Sound’s sailing heritage. Situated in Parry Sound on the shore of Georgian Bay, the sailing centre is on the original historic landing for the Belvidere Hotel, where 130 years ago guests stepped off sailboats and steamers into gardens. The Big Sound hosts dependable winds and is an ideal location for the environmentally-friendly sport of sailing.

At Sail Parry Sound throughout the summer, people learn to sail, and on some weekends, sailors compete in regattas, harnessing the wind with skill and dexterity on the water, and enjoying Parry Sound’s trails and other attractions on the land. Sail Parry Sound protects and encourages native plant species on site including ninebark, alder, milkweed, serviceberry, blackberry, and elderberry. In 2015, Sail Parry Sound will seek certification as a bicycle-friendly destination. Learn more:

Biosphere Member Profile: Seguin Valley

Featuring one of the most topographically diverse and spectacular settings for golf in Canada, Seguin Valley is situated among the regions signature mixed forest, crosses lakes, streams and lush wetlands, and skirts granite cliffs and rock outcroppings. 7th hole overhead
In this environment you may hear the distinct notes of songbirds, the gobble of wild turkeys or the screech of eagles overhead. You might witness the silent swoop of Great Blue Herons, the quiet patter of foxes and wolves, or the majesty of moose, black bears and deer.
Seguin’s layout covers nearly 400 acres of an 890-acre slice of Central Ontario wilderness just south of Parry Sound. Each of the 18 holes provides a unique, purposely secluded setting, with no parallel fairways, ensuring golfers a private, pristine domain on every hole.Through it all, there are some of Ontario’s most jaw-dropping and spell-bounding holes. It could be the stirring but intimidating carry across McRae Lake to a tree-framed green at the par-3 7th. Or it might be the arresting downward view over a serpentine creek and marshland at the drivable par-4 15th. Or perhaps it will be the daunting par-5 5th—600 yards from the tips—to a well bunkered green that arcs into the water.Dramatic, challenging, eminently memorable, Seguin Valley is a marriage of nature and golf.

Popular Filmmaker and Recording Artist Plans Parry Sound Concert

On Sunday, June 7th, Parry Sound will host to a uniquely Canadian journey/music tour/film this summer featuring well known Canadian musical talent, Peirson Ross along with award winning filmmaker Frank Wolf. The duo will be embarking on a 950 km canoe trip through Ontario/Quebec combined with a concert tour in support of Pierson’s new Album ‘Wild Ones’.  Wild Ones celebrates Canadian Wilderness, with each song representing a different animal and province in Canada.  The tour will be highlighted by a concert in Ottawa on Canada Day. The entire journey will be filmed and turned into a documentary to be released later next year.

“We’d like to not only have a great tour but want to promote the preservation of Canadian Wilderness as well- something both Peirson and I are passionate about.  For example, our concerts at Wilderness Tours and Esprit Rafting will raise money for the Ottawa Riverkeepers environmental group while this one in Parry Sound will support the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.  I’ll be the filmmaker/roadie/tour manager/MC while Peirson will be the performer/tripping grunt.” explained Wolf.

Tickets for the concert at $15 each and only a limited number will be sold since the venue is intimate. All tickets will be sold in advance and can be purchased at the Museum on Tower Hill or at White Squall in downtown Parry Sound or by contacting the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. This is a unique opportunity to meet both an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and musician at the same venue so the event is expected to sell out quickly.

Peirson Ross is no run of the mill artist and has been described as a cross between Dave Mathews, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake and he has won acclaim from across Canada and the United States. Reviews of his music and samples of his most recent album can be found at

Both Pierson Ross and Frank Wolf were excited to kick off the tour in Parry Sound since our unique and world renowned Biosphere Reserve is the epitome of the vibe that both the musician an filmmaker attempt to feature in their respective work.

More information on the concert can be found at the GBBR or by emailing [email protected].