The happiest days of summer are only three weeks away!

Sailing school opens on July 4!  The instructors are all looking forward to seeing the young sailors again, and the registrations are filling up fast.  There is nothing like being on the water, dancing along the waves of the Big Sound in a sailboat.

Summer is a time for youth to take a break from those long dreary school days, and get outside and play!  When your child chooses to take sailing lessons at any age, they are not only choosing a fun way to spend their summer days, but are also getting an opportunity to have an experience that will last a lifetime.

While learning to sail with old friends and new friends, Sail Parry Sound youth also learn to appreciate their natural environment on beautiful Georgian Bay.  Sailing is not only a sport to master, it is a real life lesson in physics without the classroom, as they navigate their boat by wind power only.  As sailors rig and launch their sail boats they are mastering communication skills with their partners, coaches and teams.

Learning to sail in this fun and safe environment provides an excellent foundation for youth of today and builds and grows skills and characteristics which will last a lifetime.

Sail Parry Sound offers beginner programs for all ages from 8 years, in the WetFeet program, right up to teenagers in the Teen Fast Start program.  For more information on sailing school, and giving your child a summer experience to remember, please click here 

Ride Eat Paddle Sail – The place to be this summer!

Parry Sound’s new waterfront destination opened for the summer on May 21.  Look for the signs along the Waterfront Trail, to guide you to The Country Gourmet Cafe on the Upper Deck at Sail Parry Sound.  You can see how easy it is to enjoy the most stunning view of the Big Sound and a fresh delicious selection of foods and beverages.

Sign on theTrail11 AM – 7 PM on weekends until July, when the Cafe will be open daily, 8 AM – 8 PM July 1, through Labour Day.

Take a walk along the Waterfront Trail.  First left, North of the Stockey Centre, and you are there.  Look for the big signs for The Country Gourmet Cafe on the Upper Deck.

White Squall is on site on Saturday afternoons, too! Try paddling with the experts from the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay to show you how!




Time to think about summer again!

With lengthening days and warming sun, and  a Big Sound which barely froze this winter, it’s time to look to summer sailing plans.  We will be launching early!

If this is the year your family will learn to sail, more information is at the drop-down menu SPS Sailing School.  Spaces are filling quickly,so register early to avoid disappointment.

2016 is shaping up to be the most exciting summer yet, for friends and visitors at          Sail Parry Sound.   Watch this space for announcements coming shortly.

If you are a qualified sailing instructor hoping to introduce others to the finest freshwater sailing in the world, check our advertisement  in the Sailing School section. 


It has been a busy autumn!  The docks are away, boats are stored safely in the Boatyard or our newly constructed Loft. What a treat to have indoor storage!

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boats stored in loftThe garden has been put to bed, next year’s bulbs planted several weeks ago. So far, there is no accumulation of snow!

The water system for the café kiosk is winterized, and all the stainless café equipment and furniture is prepared and ready to go for an early opening in Spring.

The photo at top was taken in November, when having a coffee and a snack on the new observation deck would have been a delightful break in the warmth of the sun.  Plan to stop in off the Trail next year. Sail Parry Sound’s observation deck is the only elevated location in town, with a view of the Big Sound and foodservice.

The last job before closing up the Boathouse was building the partitions in preparation for summer operations.

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Next year, cycling and eco-friendly watercraft will be added to Sail Parry Sound, with local businesses operating training and rentals, right on the shore of the Big Sound, next to the Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail, linking to the Rotary Sunset Trail, which is stunning at all times of day.

A perfect day for Wayfarer Ontarios– Big Sound Challenge

We always enjoy the early morning game of suspense that Mother Nature gives us and our regatta guests.  The day dawned foggy and flat.

Over coffee, the Wayfarers were casting apprehensive glances at the easterly puffs coming across the sailing centre.  The Sail Parry Sound crew reassured them, but truly it is difficult in these conditions to see how there can be a decent day of sailing.

By ten o’clock, however, the usual west wind was hinting at its presence and there were smiles at the skippers meeting as the flag started to crackle in the wind.

A beautiful day on the water followed shortly thereafter.

Results are at


Photos courtesy Jo Bossart.

Big Sound Challenge


Roll out the red carpet, and bring on the thousand mile wind!

Sail Parry Sound has been awarded the privilege of hosting the 2015 Wayfarer Ontario Championships, as part of the Big Sound Challenge, August 15 – 16.    CL16s, the sister ship of the Wayfarer, are also invited to compete, and some Lasers are coming in for the Big Sound Challenge as well!

Already 15 Wayfarer crews are registered, and three Lasers.  Lots more are still finalizing their plans, and we are looking forward to welcoming them on the land, and providing superb racing on the water.

The Rotary Club of Parry Sound is partnering with Sail Parry Sound, and our wonderful group of friendly volunteers will provide a warm welcome and directions and assistance.

To volunteer to be part of the excitement, please email

Orientations will be held in early August.

To register for the Big Sound Challenge, see the NOR  on this site.

Click here for downloading online registration forms to fill in.

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Give it a try! July 18 with Sail Parry Sound and White Squall

The Big Sound is without parallel for sailing, with its dependable winds, long fetch, and magnificent natural scenery among the 30,000 Islands.

Come sailing with us; experience the beauty of silent wind power!

Board a cruiser or a dinghy, wearing your PFD, (we have spares!) and sail away with an experienced sailor who will show you the ropes, sitting or sailing–your choice.

Our friends from White Squall, the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay,  are partnering with us, for you to try other motor-free on- water experiences.  Try paddleboarding, the newest way to enjoy the Bay!

You’ll love the quiet, with the waves lapping, the feel of the cool spray on your face, the warmth of the sun, and the distinctive deep blue of the Big Sound.

On a perfect summer day, every sense is alive to the wonder of being on the water in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Come to Sail Parry Sound at the west end of Waubuno Road, next to the Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail,  on Saturday, July 18, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

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“GET OUT ON THE WATER” is a joint initiative between Ontario Sailing  and ROWONTARIO funded by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund


FedNor invests in Sail Parry Sound


SPS President Bob Griffiths thanks Minister Clement for FedNor investment.

SPS President Bob Griffiths thanks Minister Clement for FedNor investment.

Parry Sound–—Sail Parry Sound announced May 1, 2015 that it has received a generous investment from FedNor for its latest waterfront development

Following the formal announcement by the Honourable Tony Clement, Member of Parliament Parry Sound-Muskoka, Sail Parry Sound President Bob Griffiths described the $122,236 as critical to the club’s expansion of services to the community and visitors.

“Waterfront infrastructure is key to Parry Sound’s development.  With the three new outdoor attractions to be added to the sailing centre, more access to the water, to the trail system, and much greater public enjoyment of the waterfront will be possible.

“FedNor has supported the vision of a longer season for the shoreline property we lease from the Town.  We greatly appreciate the guidance and support FedNor has provided.”

With a café kiosk operated by an independent provider on the new observation deck, Sail Parry Sound will offer the only elevated, outdoor, west-facing outlet in Parry Sound, where people can enjoy a “fast casual” snack while drinking in the panoramic view of the Big Sound, for several months of the year.

“We anticipate that people who are walking or cycling on the neighbouring Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment trail will find this a refreshing stop along the shore.”

In addition, the sailing club will invite independent operators to provide stand-up paddling training and rentals, as well as other human-  or wind-powered craft.    Another facet of the development plan is to have an independent operator of bicycle rentals and training.

Bob Griffiths continued, “Adjacent to the trail, which is the access route to hundreds of miles of cyclist-friendly trails, Sail Parry Sound is perfectly positioned to welcome cyclists.  It is our intent to earn certification as an approved site for Ontario by Bike.”

“This generous FedNor support”, he said, “has made it possible for Sail Parry Sound to exercise more ways to serve Parry Sound, further demonstrating sailing for a better community.”

Sail Parry Sound is a not-for-profit corporation formed by volunteers in 1997 to restore the sailing heritage to the waters of Parry Sound, through excellence in sail training and regatta management.

Photo posted by Parry Sound Tourism:

SPS volunteers  and deputy mayor with Minister Clement

Waiting eagerly for spring

Sail Parry Sound is cloaked in snow now.  Before freeze-up, Kirby Hall worked his magic in stone to create a ramp to our future observation deck.

The left side of the photo is real; the right side includes an interpretation of the plan for spring.  The wraparound deck will provide an open, elevated panoramic view of the Big Sound.

Now, we wait for the first signs of spring! Construction could begin as early as March.

Sail Parry Sound members are fundraising; our friends and supporters are embracing the vision.

Winter dreams of summer days: meeting friends at the café kiosk on the new observation deck, coffee in hand, enjoying the breeze, listening to the laughter of children, and watching the sails on the diamond-studded waters of the Sound.

Sails on the Sound

seen from deck height