Having decided that there's absolutely no way we can go a whole winter without Georgian Bay, Amy and I are headed up to Parry Sound, on the bay's eastern shore. It's one of our favourite rural communities, and its come to feel like something of a home away from home in recent years.
Visiting small communities like Parry Sound in the off-season is one of my favourite ways to pass Ontario’s long winters. The campers and cottagers are long gone, so you have these places largely to yourself.
Parry Sound got its start as a lumber town in the mid-nineteenth century. The railway followed soon after, and remains a major part of the town’s identity. The old trestle bridge that spans the Seguin River here was built in 1908 and is the longest in the province. If you sit on the town dock and watch a train pass, it looks almost like it’s flying right over the centre of town (this is especially true at night, when only the trains’ lights are visible).
While we're there, we'll take the bikes out for a long ride at Killbear Provincial Park, just outside of town. Killbear is one of the most stunning parks in the province’s system. It also has one of the longest average stays. This means, quite simply, that people come here in the summer and set up for weeks, if not months.
But I suspect we'll find a very quiet Killbear this weekend. And with clear weather in the forecast, conditions should be perfect for a little deer spotting.
For more on Parry Sound, click here.
For more on Killbear Provincial Park, click here.