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!

 mast rack

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.

building walls


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.

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

Phase 2 plans need everyone’s support

Autumn skies cloud the Big Sound, and the great winds are rising. The fleet is safely stored, ready for another spring.

During the winter months, Sail Parry Sound will be busy, fundraising to meet the challenge from the granting organizations. Our task is to raise $40,000, to demonstrate once again, our commitment and the community support we inspire.

The completion of the Boathouse could be a reality in a few short months, with your help. The landscaping is to be completed, and parking improvements are in the works. The second floor sail loft, washrooms, and a wrap-around observation deck with a café kiosk for light meals, and wind- and human-powered watercraft rentals are all part of the plan. Your suggestions have been heard!

What is needed now, is everyone’s support. More information concerning the Phase 2 development is here.

For other gifts, including Memorial donations, you may use PayPal, to send to  or send a cheque to Sail Parry Sound at Box 734, Parry Sound, P2A 2Z1.


In June, the flowers come into bloom at SPS. Here a rose from the border.

With three-season care from Jodi and Barry Laking, the Memorial Garden is a delight to the eye every day of the summer. Barry and Jodi have worked at the garden with dedication and skill for several years, from the day they planned its layout, long past the time that their son was first a student with Sail Parry Sound, and then a member of the racing team before he went off to university.

You may find the rest of the property quite informal. The reason is that we are cultivating native wildflowers, for the bees and the environment.

At Sail Parry Sound, you can see Alder, Bayberry, Blackberry, Coltsfoot, Daisies, Elderberry, Elm, Milkweed, to nourish the Monarch Butterfly, Purple Nightshade, Ninebark, Oak, red and white, Poplar, Raspberry, Serviceberries, Vetch, Vipers Bugloss and many more naturally occurring plants that we have encouraged.

Anne Bossart, a friend of SPS, and a graduate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, has inventoried all the indigenous plants for us, and advises us on their care.

Clouds of colour all along the shore and the Rotary Sunset Trail are the reward, even if they encroach a little.