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GBBR Member Profiles

GBBR Member Profiles

Each month, we profiles a different Business or Organization Biosphere Member. Are you a member that would like to be profiled? Email Delaina at [email protected]. Interested in becoming a Biosphere Member?

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RiverStone Environmental Solutions

RiverStone Environmental Solutions has been a Biosphere Member since 2013 and has been providing environmental consulting services to both the private and public sector in the Muskoka/Parry Sound region since 2008. We are natural environment consultants, experienced in assessing the significance of landscape features, including lakes, watercourses, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and forests. Our primary goal […]

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Georgian Bay Airways

Georgian Bay Airways has been a Biosphere Member since 2015. Operating from May to October out of Parry Sound’s downtown waterfront, in the heart of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands. The bountiful vistas of GBBR’s rugged coastline await you. From take-off to touchdown, relax and enjoy the ride as you cruise over historic sights and wilderness. […]

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18 James Street

By: Dan DiNicolo 18 James Street is the home studio, gallery and dress shop of artist and fashion designer Jessica Vergeer located in Downtown Parry Sound. Inspired by the area’s rugged landscapes, Jessica’s paintings aim to capture the natural strength, beauty and movement found around Georgian Bay. Her love of painting extends to her popular […]

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Township of the Archipelago

By: Elke Dyck The Township of The Archipelago was incorporated in 1980 as a result of a strong desire by property owners to preserve its recreational character and the natural surroundings for generations to come through careful management and planning. The Township has a permanent population of about 530 residents and seasonally the population climbs […]

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Parry Sound North Star

By: Jack Tynan The Parry Sound North Star office has been a proud supporter of the GBBR since 2012. Our role as archivists and custodians of local history, combined with our news team’s mandate to record, assess and analyze the community we live in on behalf of its constituents, makes the health and success of […]

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Ballentine Construction

Ballentine Construction primarily builds custom cottages and homes with a panache for renovating vintage buildings in the Parry Sound/ Muskoka region. We work with numerous businesses in the area; most notably with Martin Craftsman and their skilled tradesmen. I am grateful to have spent every summer on Georgian Bay; having loved cottaging on the Bay […]

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Mary Street Centre

With several community partners, the GBBR was granted funds in 2014 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to pilot a program that would invite those interested in building cooking skills and making healthy meals together to cook once a week. It is an initiative that is open to all members of the Parry Sound community including […]

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A group of the Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters stands with the bat house building kits they made for the All About Bats event hosted with GBBR.

Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters

By: Mike Corson Parry Sound Anglers and Hunters (PSAH) has been a Biosphere Member since 2012. PSAH was incorporated in 1970 although it’s history goes back to early in the past century. The current club is situated on approximately 8 acres at 41 Brooks Rd in Seguin Township. Our membership has grown substantially in the […]

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GED Achievement

By: Kerri Murtie GED Achievement ® is proud to be a Biosphere Member. The GED (General Education Development) is a certificate awarded by the Ministry of Education, earned by individuals who never completed traditional high school. Carrying the same weight as the OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma), it entitles people to apply to colleges, universities, […]

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Point Pleasant Marina Ltd.

Point Pleasant Marina was incorporated in 1965. Drew and Sherry Lichtenheldt purchased the marina in 2007. Top priority was to operate a clean and environmentally conscious facility. Point Pleasant joined the Clean Marine program right away and currently holds their highest platinum rating. We are very proud of that rating, we have all worked very […]

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Museum on the Hill

Museum on Tower Hill

By: Amy Sultana A Biosphere Member since 2012, the Museum on Tower Hill has been a proud supporter of the GBBR’s mission for many years. The Museum strives to preserve and interpret core cultural themes which shaped the Parry Sound District’s history, while promoting learning and engagement through meaningful exhibitions and education programs that explore […]

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Georgian Bay Township EV Station

Township of Georgian Bay

The Township of Georgian Bay has been a Biosphere Member since 2012. The township participates in and leads several different environmental initiatives, including partnering on the addition of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the Port Severn Petro-Canada Station. These electric chargers were installed via the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) Provincial Initiative in 2016. The […]

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Pointe au Baril Islander Association

By: Hilde Clark The Pointe au Baril Islanders’ Association (PaBIA) was formed in 1908 when a group of cottagers on the Ojibway Island Hotel’s docks felt, with the growing concerns of cottagers, an association was needed to look after health, fire, boating safety, environment, water quality and the like. The cottagers came to Pointe au […]

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Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf

By: Jennine Lowen The Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf, also known as the Ontario Camp of the Deaf, has been striving for over 50 years to be a leader in accessible outdoor recreational experiences for the Deaf Community. With no communication barriers, it is a place where Deaf and hard of hearing persons of […]

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Tay Township

By: Tay Township Tay Township—located in north Simcoe County on the southern shore of Georgian Bay—is a strong, cohesive rural community with a permanent population of 10,000. We celebrate and promote our unique history, natural heritage and recreational amenities—including our 18.5-kilometre Tay Shore Trail—as the cornerstone to our quality of life. Our unique villages and […]

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Sound Boat Works

By: Mary McDowall Sound Boat Works has been a proud Biosphere member since 2011. It just makes sense! As a full-service marina, serving power and sail boats for 45 years, we value this beautiful and amazing area that is our home and provides our livelihood. It is important to preserve and protect this resource for […]

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Parry Sound Area Community Business & Development Centre

The Parry Sound Area Community Business & Development Centre (CB&DC) is proud to be a member and partner of the GBBR. The CB&DC focuses on job creation through community strategic planning, providing loans, and funding and advisory services. We envision a healthy life for everyone in our communities. The CB&DC is a federally supported not-for-profit […]

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Canadore College West Parry Sound Campus

A Biosphere Member since 2012, Canadore College’s West Parry Sound Campus has been proud to support the Biosphere’s mission for the past six years. Canadore College strives to be a true “Community College”, creating a space for important community initiatives that have a local impact. In 2016 Canadore established the Parry Sound and Area Community […]

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Coco Can – Property Management

Coco Can… was started in 2013 and has been a Biosphere Member since 2015. We are a small Sustainable Property Maintenance business located in and serving the Pointe au Baril area. Coco Can… provides a variety of ‘helping hands’ services, including: opening and closing cottages, arrival and departure help, errands and shopping, organizing and cleaning, […]

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SEGBAY Chamber of Commerce

SEGBAY Chamber of Commerce proudly supports its members in the southeast Georgian Bay region. The Chamber is dedicated to maintaining its objective to improve the social, economic and environmental conditions locally, to help our vital small businesses, and to improve tourism.  The small communities within this area are interconnected by the businesses that serve them, […]

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North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

By: Teryl Faulkner The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is proud to be a charter member, and partner, of the GBBR. In our public health work, we envision a healthy life for everyone in our communities. To achieve its health goals, the Health Unit collaborates with many sectors, including business, education, and the […]

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Wright’s Marina

Wright’s Marina Limited is a third generation family business on the shore of Georgian Bay in Britt. First established in 1950, Graham and Karrie began their marina journey in 2000 with a goal to be more environmentally responsible. Wright’s Marina was designated a Clean Marine in the 1990s, and the Clean Marine Program values were […]

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Township of Carling

Perched on the edge of the Sweetwater Sea in the heart of the GBBR, the Township of Carling is a rural-recreational municipality committed to preserving, enhancing and promoting sound development in harmony with the natural environment.  Carling’s leadership and residents recognize the inter-relationship of ecological, biological, economic and social systems and the importance of minimizing […]

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Otter Lake Ratepayers Association

Otter Lake Ratepayers’ Association

Otter Lake Ratepayers’ Association (OLRA) was established in 1962 as the Otter Lake Cottagers’ Association, and in 1965 it changed to name. OLRA has been a Biosphere Member since 2012. OLRA is a dedicated group of individuals whose interests are in protecting all the natural attributes of Otter Lake. In 2016, OLRA completed a survey […]

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Martin Contracting

Martin Contracting has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2015 and has been building in the Parry Sound region since 2004. We are general contractors specializing in custom cottages with an emphasis on timber and log work. Our craftsman take the project from foundation through to final finish, enabling tight quality control through all stages […]

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Manning Consulting Group

By: Trish Manning Founded in 2004, Manning Consulting Group (MCG) Inc. is a service-based consulting company specializing in sustainable tourism and economic development, marketing, government relations, communications and advisory services for government, destinations, businesses and not-for-profit organizations.   MCG is headed by Trish Manning, a well-known consultant who has earned a reputation for delivering high […]

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Distler Construction Ltd

By: Chantelle Distler Distler Construction Ltd has been a proud member of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve since 2012. We are a small, family owned company that has been building quality custom homes and cottages in the Parry Sound Area since 1989. In the past 10 years we have expanded our expertise to larger developments […]

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Popovich Associates

By: Stephen Popovich A Biosphere Charter Member since 2014, Popovich Associates is a team of values-based landscape architects, environmental planners, architectural and design consultants. Our design philosophies and world views have been strongly influenced by the archetypal landscapes of eastern Georgian Bay. With offices in Mississauga and Vancouver, we engage in projects across Canada which […]

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Ontario Sea Kayak Centre

By: Dympna Hayes Spending so much of our time kayaking in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, we naturally have a great affinity for the plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians we happen upon during our paddling adventures through the 30,000 islands. Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is one of the biggest providers of the nationally certified […]

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Seguin Township

By: Dominique O’Brien The Township of Seguin is a thriving municipality home to 4,280 permanent residents that seasonally swells to over 15,000 residents during the summer months. With largely an environmental focus, our community is truly the “Natural Place to Be”. Seguin was formed in 1998 through the amalgamation of the following Municipalities: Christie, Foley, […]

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iSparks Solutions

iSparks Solutions is a proud member of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, we contribute to our community by capturing images and videos of our surroundings and sharing it with others around the globe.  While also inspecting buildings for wasted energy, solar panels for inefficiencies and beehives for honey. iSparks Solutions is an aerial & ground […]

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Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce

The Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a charter member, and partner, of the GBBR. As a professional organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for the interests of the local business community, the chamber believes in working together to develop the economy in a sustainable way and we strive to contribute […]

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Friends of Killbear Park

The Friends of Killbear is a charitable organization that helps Killbear Provincial Park meet its objectives of protection, recreation, education and research. The Friends of Killbear operate a souvenir shop at the Killbear Visitor Centre as well as collect donations and sell raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds go towards park […]

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Ritchie Insurance

Ritchie Insurance

Donald T. Ritchie Insurance Broker Ltd has been a locally owned and family operated business since 1969 with roots back in the Parry Sound community to 1912. We sell Property & Casualty Insurance for Personal, Commercial and Recreational products such as home, auto, cottage, business, marine, snowmobiles and more.   Ritchie Insurance has been a […]

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Moose FM 103.3 Parry Sound

Moose FM 103.3 Parry Sound has been a proud Biosphere Charter Member since 2011.  Moose FM promotes biosphere values as well as information to residents and visitors through on-air content such as liners, morning show mentions, community calendar events, and news coverage. The Moose also supports GBBR’s events with website and social media posts to […]

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Middle River Farm

Middle River Farm has been in operation since 1964 and a Biosphere Charter Member since 2015.  Cam and Katy Ward have been farming the  land for the last 30+ years. They raise livestock using natural methods and continue to pursue techniques which promote  both the health and welfare of animals and the land. All animals are […]

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Crane Lake Association

Crane Lake Association was established in 1968, and has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2014. CLA provides an organized approach towards environmental concerns, water and fire safety and risk management, represents members in matters of mutual interest pertaining to Crane Lake, and encourages social activities. Activities of the CLA include water quality monitoring, an […]

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Festival of the Sound

Festival of the Sound, a charitable not-for-profit organization, is Canada’s premier summer classical music event and has been a tradition in Parry Sound, Ontario for the last 36 years. The Festival has been a Biosphere Charter member since 2013 and has proven its popularity time and time again with sell out performances and events. Annually […]

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Coolearth Architecture Inc.

Coolearth Architecture Inc. has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. Committed to designing comfortable and sustainable homes, Coolearth recently designed off-grid, year-round cabins for the Parry Sound area. Another local, sustainable design project has been with the Parry Sound District Social Services Administration Board, a LEED Silver certified facility in Parry Sound. Coolearth encourages […]

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The Log Cabin Inn

The Log Cabin Inn is a casual fine dining restaurant, owned and operated by Kathy Dalrymple for the last 29 years. A Biosphere Charter Member since 2014, the Log Cabin Inn is nestled 3km south of Parry Sound on the Boyne River. The Log Cabin was destroyed by fire in 2007.  In the rebuild, the […]

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Brady Carpenter Graphic Designer

Local graphic designer BCGD has been a proud member of the GBBR since 2013. Specializing in print and branding advertising material, BCGD strives to create great designs paired with eco-friendly printing practices. Using recycled materials, eco friendly inks and working with non-profits are all ways BCGD uses the best new technologies to make positive changes […]

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Crofter’s Food Ltd.

A Biosphere Charter Member since 2013, and established in 1989, Crofter’s Food Ltd. is a family-owned organic food manufacturer in Parry Sound. The Crofter’s plant is located on the banks of the Seguin River at the mouth to Georgian Bay. The staff at Crofter’s find Parry Sound’s surroundings inspiring for creating quality, organic, low-sugar fruit […]

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Sans Souci and Copperhead Association

Sans Souci and Copperhead Association (SSCA) was founded in 1903.  It is a vibrant cottagers organization serving over 450 cottage families in the area.   Its community centre on Frying Pan Island has extensive dockage, a dock-house and a school house. Plans are underway to build a new community centre on the property. There are a […]

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Parry Sound Downtown Business Association

The 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 […]

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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. Westwind is certified through the international Forest Stewardship Council® […]

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Georgian Oasis Spa

Georgian 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 […]

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Pioneer Handcraft Furniture

Pioneer 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, […]

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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 Belvedere Hotel, where 130 years ago guests stepped off sailboats and steamers into gardens. […]

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Seguin Valley Golf

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. In this environment you may hear the distinct notes of songbirds, the gobble of wild turkeys or the […]

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Elm Cove Cottages

Elm Cove Cottages has been a GBBR Charter Member since 2011. Located in sweet Honey Harbour with over 500ft of natural shoreline, they list their approach to being a green business: Eliminate the need for bottled water with tri-filtered well water in all cottages Use plant-based cleansers, baking soda and vinegar to help create a […]

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White Squall Paddling Centre

White Squall Paddling Centre has operated since 1985 and has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. With the simple desire to share the outdoors and paddling with others, White Squall provides paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to experience firsthand the fun and beauty of Georgian Bay.  The name came from […]

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Bayside Inn

The Bayside Inn sits on Gibson Street near the Parry Sound Harbour front and has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. The Bayside Inn was originally constructed as a tourist home when Parry Sound was still young, in 1898, but is now a historic hotel. Inn keeper Jeff Quathamer says “Demonstrating our commitment to […]

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Desmasdon’s Boatworks

Desmasdon’s Boatworks in Pointe au Baril has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. Designated a Clean Marine since 1998, Desmasdon’s Boatworks recycles all the plastic used to shrink wrap boats in addition to 200 other measures designed to reduce environmental impact. Co-owner Tonia Blenkarn explains: “Knowing that our industry has a reputation of not […]

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Parry Sound & Area Association of 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 […]

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Bearwood Canoe Company Photo Credit: Cody Storm Cooper

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 […]

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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. Honey Harbour Barging is a Charter member of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve! This means that they recognize […]

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