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Parry Sound

Pearl of Georgian Bay


Located at the mouth of the Seguin River and with a protected harbour,means, Parry Sound has been a gathering place for 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.

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Harbour View


Harbour View Harbour View
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Mike Morden Collection On This Spot Enterprises

1936

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

Trestle Over Houses


Trestle Over Houses Trestle Over Houses
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West Parry Sound District Museum 1998.032.002 On This Spot Enterprises

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 Bridge from the East
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West Parry Sound District Museum 1998.032.003 On This Spot Enterprises

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 Belvedere Hill View
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Mike Morden Collection On This Spot Enterprises

ca. 1890s

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

Beatty's Corner


Beatty's Corner Beatty's Corner
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West Parry Sound District Museum 1998.033.001 On This Spot Enterprises

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 The Post Office
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West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1142 On This Spot Enterprises

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. View Down James St.
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West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1170 On This Spot Enterprises

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 Steaming into Dock
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West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1336 On This Spot Enterprises

1907

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

James Street


James Street James Street
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West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1498 On This Spot Enterprises

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 Fire Engine
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West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1558 On This Spot Enterprises

1900s

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

The Hawkins Bros


The Hawkins Bros The Hawkins Bros
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West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1590 On This Spot Enterprises

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 Boys by the River
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West Parry Sound District Museum 2001.016.1956 On This Spot Enterprises

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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