Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

UNESCO_GBBR_Logo_BLACK-e1370537489629Parry Sound is located inside the UNESCO designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.  One of only 16 Biosphere Reserves in Canada, the GBBR is home to a variety of rare species; plants and animals alike.  Spanning from Port Severn to the French River in the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, the GBBR is comprised of 200 km of the eastern coast of Georgian Bay, an area also known as the 30,000 Islands.

Our 30,000 Island archipelago is known for its wilderness feeling, natural wonder, and rich cultural history. Within this biosphere region you will find 170 species of birds, 44 species of mammals and 34 species of reptiles and amphibians. For more information on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, sustainable tourism initiatives and Georgian Bay Biosphere events visit the Georgian Bay Biosphere website.

Visit Amazing Places

amazing places

Amazing Places are opportunities to educate and inspire visitors about their natural surroundings, and to create a connection that can quickly become powerful and deeply personal. Amazing Places tell a story about physical, biological or historical features in publicly accessible locations. Following the do no harm model, Amazing Places are chosen in locations that can handle increased visitation without compromising what makes the place Amazing.

You will know an Amazing Place the moment you see it…

Rotary & The Algonquin Regiment Waterfront Trail
An accessible 8km trail on Parry Sound`s shoreline

The Waterfront Trail follows the rocky shoreline along the Town of Parry Sound for 8km. Formerly a railway line, this recreational trail is busy with people of all ages, enjoying the trail`s fine views and access to Parry Sound`s popular parks and beaches.

Tower Hill Lookout
Enjoy a spectacular 360 view of the Sound

Climb 30 meters up a historic fire observation tower to enjoy a spectacular 260 view of Parry Sound. Watch boats and float planes navigate their way through Parry Sound harbour. Enjoy the surrounding gardens, and the cultural exhibits at the Museum on Tower Hill.

The Massasauga
Paddle through this cluster of islands to witness incredible geological patterns

Backcountry camping on Georgian Bay stretching from Parry Sound to the Moon River.

Park takes in hundreds of windswept islands, inland forests and lakes.

Camp by the bay or paddle to inland lake sites.

Protected sanctuary for the Massasauga Rattlesnake.

Boat mooring in a quiet cove.

Visit Calhoun Lodge for a glimpse of 1930s cottage life.


Twin Points Trail
This trail showcases he breathtaking scenray of Killbear National Park.

Park to Park Trail
Stretching 230km in total, this multi-use trail invites hiking and biking.

Hole in the Wall
Take a local cruise through this narrow channel of steep rock cliffs.

Lynx Loop
Venture over to Georgian Nordic Activity Centre to find ski, hike and bike trails.

French River Gorge
Check out the pedestrian bridge for an amazing view.

Christian Beach
On the western side of Beausoleil Island, this is a secluded beach that offers fabulous sunsets.

Johnston`s Cranberry Marsh
Provide tours and trails of the vast cranberry bog, year-round.

For more information on Georgian Bay Biosphere`s Amazing Places visit their website


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