If you’re like me and looking to spice up some summer weekends on a budget, look no farther than Parry Sound, Ontario for a cottage country feel.
Why Parry Sound?
Famous for it’s 30, 00 islands and put on the map by Canadian hockey player Bobby Orr, the population of Parry Sound Area swells from 14,00 in the winter to almost 100,000 in the summer.
The beauty and raw nature of Parry Sound makes it a popular destination for tourists and cottage-goers looking to relax in the summertime. If you’re looking to experience the Canadian Shield and the windswept Georgian Bay pine trees, Parry Sound is the ideal weekend away for you.
What To Do
Island Queeen Cruise
How to get there
Only a short 2 1/2 hour drive from Toronto, Parry Sound is an ideal weekend getaway for those looking for a peaceful weekend away from the city.
With the new divided 400 highway almost all the way to Sudbury, Parry Sound is easy to get to. Almost every major road connects in some way to the 400, so it is best to review what roads come through your way.
Take Exit #224, Bowes St., to head into Parry Sound.
Where to Stay
While cottage rentals have to be booked up months in advance, you have a chance to snag an AirBnB.
If not, there are always hotels in the area that are cheap enough to stay a night or two, and that offer continental breakfast in the morning.
What to Eat
While we generally pack snacks and sandwiches for a picnic at the beach, there are a couple of options in town if you are looking for a night out.
We always get sausages from Orr’s Fine Meats and Deli for a barbecue. I have tasted sausages from all over and none can top the taste of Orr’s.
Orr’s is located right on Bowes St. as soon as you come into town, so you can’t miss it. If you are not in the mood for cooking, the store also sells sausages out front to take out already hot.
Looking for something a bit fancier on your weekend away? Then I would recommend La Bella Cucina.
Operated by a second and third generation chef, La Bella Cucina is down by the waterfront and