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THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
GEORGIAN BAY BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Spanning 347,000 protected hectares from Port Severn to the French River, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) is an international eco model of open water, sheltered bays, islands, coastal wetlands, bedrock shores, sand and cobble beaches, lush foliage and forests. Integrating protected areas (provincial and national parks) with surrounding buffer zones (Crown Lands) and communities that support sustainable development, the Biosphere is home to more than 1,000 distinct, often rare, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants including Eastern Wolves and Foxes, Snapping Turtles, Eagles, Warblers and Butterflies.
ISLAND QUEEN CRUISE
The natural beauty of Georgian Bay can be enjoyed from this somewhat touristy 550-passenger ship designed with a shallow draft that allows for navigating narrow channels and shallow island shorelines. Guided narration, comfortable indoor seating, panoramic viewing windows, al fresco observation decks, and an on-board café enhance the splendid views. June 1st to mid-October (Thanksgiving Monday).
➢ 2 hour Morning Inner Islands cruise I Adults $26 / Children $13
➢ 3 hour Afternoon Outer Islands cruise I Adults $36 / Children $18
PARRY SOUND FISHING CHARTER
Parry Sound Fishing Charter has been offering full time guide services for 7 years in the Parry Sound-Georgian Bay area. They offer charters for everyone from beginners to experienced anglers.
GEORGIAN BAY AIRWAYS
Keith and Nicole Saulnier run this three craft fleet out of their seaplane base in Parry Sound Harbour. Rates do not include taxes, gratuities or fuel surcharge and kids under 12 receive discount fares when flying with two adults.
PARRY ISLAND TOUR
Departing from Parry Sound Harbour this flight follows Georgian Bay’s coastline past Killbear Provincial Park and cruises over historic Parry Island before returning home along the South Channel.
• 25 minutes airtime:
$99 per adult, two-passenger minimum.
30,000 ISLAND TOUR
This tour flies over Killbear and Massasauga Provincial Parks as well as the old ghost town of Depot Harbour then heads south along the glacial carved shoreline to Sans Souci for a fly-by of famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant.
• 35 minutes airtime:
$123 per adult, two-passenger minimum.
SUNSET CHAMPAGNE TOUR
Chilled bubbly au deux with a bird’s eye view of a stunning Georgian Bay sunset—what could be more romantic? Just two flights per day so reserve early—and ask about the Deluxe Upgrade.
• 35 minutes airtime:
$295 per couple.
• No set itineraries but this decade old Parry Sound outfit provides Air Charters and Area Tours by helicopter. Please see their website for contact information and details.
*All rates may change without notice.