Biosphere Member Profile: 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 towns support a host of events, services and businesses that contribute to a growing local economy and create a unique destination experience for residents and visitors to the Heart of Georgian Bay.

Tay Township is proud to support GBBR. The Township is also a member of Partners for Climate Protection and works closely with other regional environmental organizations, including Georgian Bay Forever, Severn Sound Environmental Association and Sustainable Severn Sound.

Here are a few current projects:

Tay Bike Day – June 16, 2018 at Bridgeview Park

This annual community event promotes use of the Tay Shore Trail, encourages healthy and active transportation, and contributes to the development of new and positive community connections and relationships. Visit for event details.

Local Climate Change Action Plan

Sustainable Severn Sound is developing a Local Climate Change Action Plan. The plan will include a corporate and community inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, identify GHG reduction targets, and prioritize actions to reduce municipal and community contributions to climate change. Visit for more information.

Energy Conservation

Tay Township continues to improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and processes to reduce energy consumption, operating costs, and GHG emissions. In 2018, the municipality will further invest in energy retrofits by upgrading street lights and lighting at Oakwood Park to light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

Visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @TayTownship.                                                            

Biosphere Member Profile: 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 future generations.

We are committed to operating our business in an environmentally conscious way and have participated in the Clean Marine program since it began. We have a customer recycling program and donate financial returns from beer and liquor bottles to the local food bank. We supply natural eco-friendly products in our washrooms and showers, and our customers voluntarily sign a Boaters Environmental Commitment Form.

Sound Boat Works is a family owned and operated marina with a reputation for excellent work at fair prices. Located on the southeast shore of Parry Sound Harbour, we have the feel of an authentic boat yard with the amenities of a full-service marina. A true boaters’ marina!

John and Ruth Shipman purchased the boat yard in 1973 and over time expanded the docks and services. The business is now operated by their son Gerry who is carrying on the family tradition. We invite you to stop by this summer to our fuel dock for gas, diesel or a pump out. We offer power and sail repairs – mechanical, electrical and restoration work.

EGBSC Native Plant Sale

The Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council is having a Native Plant Sale!

Click on the poster to learn more and download your order form. Plant orders must be in by May 17th.

Biosphere Member Profile: The 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 Community Futures Development Corporation, governed by volunteers in partnership with FedNor. The services provided by the CB&DC exist to promote economic growth and community development of the Parry Sound and region.
In promoting businesses and tourism, we celebrate the unique landscape of the Georgian Bay region, embrace its diversity, and share this pride with all who visit, offering information about the region. CB&DC wants to make the Parry Sound region a thriving economic hub for those living and visiting. This is accomplished by providing loans to assist both start-up and existing businesses. Since opening its doors in 1987 the CB&DC has approved over 528 loans, valued at over 45 million dollars. The CB&DC has created and assisted in maintaining 2173 jobs in the local area. Contact us, we may be able to help!

Biosphere Member Profile: 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 Apiary as an educational resource for both locals and visitors. Since its creation, we estimate that we have welcomed close to 1,000 visitors, aged from two to 85 years old, who have learned about the importance of pollinators and honey bees.

Over the years, Canadore has partnered with the GBBR to provide many educational opportunities for individuals, organizations, and school groups. Together just last year we partnered on the Sweet Honey Festival, the Green Energy Forum, Monarch Butterflies & Mason Bees Workshop, and ‘Pollinator Power’ apiary school visits. We have been proud to partner for the past five years with the GBBR and Community Living Parry Sound on community gardens, providing space for one on site.

Canadore College’s West Parry Sound Campus is looking forward to building on the great work already completed with more events being planned in 2018. Canadore is dedicated to making sure that great things continue to happen here.