Sea kayaking: Residents can launch right in the harbour downtown and head south out of the sound for the protected channels of Massassauga Provincial Park or north to the Mink and McCoy islands off Snug Harbour.
Diving: A half-hour boat ride brings scuba divers to at least four sunken ships, including the S.S. Atlantic, which foundered in 1903 and still has much of its machinery intact (you can swim through its boiler).
Hiking: Day hikers can explore the pink granite points of Killbear Provincial Park at the northeast end of the sound. Those with longer rambling on their mind can head 150 kilometres north to Killarney Provincial Park.
Biking: The Seguin Trail, a former railway turned pathway, starts near town and runs through the woods for 75 kilometres (one way).
Skiing: Come winter the Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club opens 25 kilometres of trails just east of town.
Residents in this red-brick town take their entertainment seriously. The 480-seat Charles W. Stockey Centre for Performing Arts hosts the world-renowned Festival of the Sound every summer, and presents concerts year round. There’s also a burgeoning folk music scene, initiated by the kayakheads at the nearby White Squall Paddling Centre, who hold their annual Georgian Bay Kayak and Canoe Festival in May. In fact, with the number of home recording studios being built by staff from White Squall and climbing rope manufacturer Esprit Ropes, Parry Sound is on its way to creating its own signature music scene the way Seattle did with grunge in the 1990s—albeit with even more flannel. On the food front, locals generally hit up Wellington’s Pub or head to the pricier Log Cabin Inn. Half an hour north, The Inn at Manitou boasts an international reputation for excellent cuisine, thanks to a kitchen staffed by 12 French chefs.