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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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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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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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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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

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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