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Parry Sound

Pearl of Georgian Bay


Parry Sound is a scenic town on the north side of Georgian Bay. Its location, at the mouth of the Seguin River and with a protected harbour, means that it has been a natural gathering place of First Nations peoples for centuries prior to the arrival of Europeans. From the 1850s the growth of logging, and then mining, spurred development of the town as a hub to access northern Ontario's hinterland. After World War II Parry Sound became the heart of cottage country in Ontario, and thousands of tourists visit the town every year.

Historic Walking Tours


Then and Now Photos

Harbour View Harbour View

Mike Morden Collection & On This Spot Enterprises

Harbour View - 1936

A view of Parry Sound's Harbour including the Town Dock, taken from the tower at Tower Hill.

Harbour View (2) Harbour View (2)

Mike Morden Collection & On This Spot Enterprises

Harbour View (2) - 1936

A view of Parry Sound's Harbour including the Town Dock, taken from the tower at Tower Hill on a misty day.

Trestle Over Houses Trestle Over Houses

West Parry Sound District Museum 1998.032.002 & On This Spot Enterprises

Trestle Over Houses - 1908

Two boys stand on the street of this recently constructed neighbourhood, with the railway trestle looming in the background.

Bridge from the East Bridge from the East

West Parry Sound District Museum 1998.032.003 & On This Spot Enterprises

Bridge from the East - 1910s

A photo of the railway trestle as seen from the east side of the river. The river is filled with logs waiting to be milled at the sawmill.

Belvedere Hill View Belvedere Hill View

Mike Morden Collection & On This Spot Enterprises

Belvedere Hill View - ca. 1890s

A group of people enjoy the view of Georgian Bay from Belvedere Hill.

Beatty's Corner Beatty's Corner

West Parry Sound District Museum 1998.033.001 & On This Spot Enterprises

Beatty's Corner - 1869

Beatty's grocery store in Parry Sound's early days. This store was the heart of the community, and the man who built it, William Beatty, who lent his name to the intersection of James and Seguin.

The Post Office The Post Office

West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1142 & On This Spot Enterprises

The Post Office - 1897

A group of people standing in front of Parry Sound's post office shortly after it was completed.

View Down James St. View Down James St.

West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1170 & On This Spot Enterprises

View Down James St. - 1899

A view down quiet James Street, showing the Oddfellows Hall at right, and the Beatty Store at left.

Steaming into Dock Steaming into Dock

West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1336 & On This Spot Enterprises

Steaming into Dock - 1907

Several men stand and watch a steamer pulling into the Town Dock.

James Street James Street

West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1498 & On This Spot Enterprises

James Street - 1910s

Buildings on James Street, showing the Oddfellows Hall at right and the Beatty Store at the far left. You can see several early cars parked along the block.

Fire Engine Fire Engine

West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1558 & On This Spot Enterprises

Fire Engine - 1900s

A horse-drawn fire engine departs the fire station, with a boy along for the ride.

The Hawkins Bros The Hawkins Bros

West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1590 & On This Spot Enterprises

The Hawkins Bros - ca. 1910s

Three men and their buggy pose in front of the Hawkins Bros store, which sold flour and animal feed.

Boys by the River Boys by the River

West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1956 & On This Spot Enterprises

Boys by the River - 1910

Three boys play on a piece of railway equipment in the shadow of the train trestle. Notice how Tower Hill has been denuded of trees.


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