Love Your Bay Day

Love Your Bay Day,  on the Parry Sound waterfront, is the local celebration of a historic initiative —the largest simultaneous water sampling for microplastics in history. A shoreline clean-up at Waubuno Beach kicks off the day at 11:00 a.m., where Town of Parry Sound staff will provide gloves, bags, and recycling facilities to remove garbage from this part of the shoreline. Activities for children will continue until 3:00 p.m.

Sail Parry Sound, located on the Waterfront Trail (first left, north of the Stockey Centre),  is hosting the microplastics sampling from noon until 3:00 p.m.

GMapFitnessTrailMapeorgian Bay Biosphere Reserve staff will be on hand to assist people in taking a sample at no cost from the Sound. They decide whether to take it from shore, from a sailboat, kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) with White Squall staff.

“Whether sailing, paddling, swimming or even walking to access the Bay and connecting waterways, everyone can be a part of this event” says Tim Dyer, owner of White Squall.

Sail Parry Sound will host a live performance by renowned singer and songwriter Katherine Wheatley, and a delicious cash barbecue will be available at the public Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck.

“We are acutely aware, as sailors, of the importance of water quality” says Bob Griffiths, president of Sail Parry Sound. “We encourage everyone to participate, whether here, out cruising the Bay, or at their own dock, to gather samples for testing.”

KWSponsored by Wade Perkins of Assante Capital Management Limited,  Katherine Wheatley’s concert at Sail Parry Sound is a perfect accompaniment to the day’s activities.  Katherine is well known for her love of Parry Sound and Georgian Bay, and many of her songs reflect her deep connection to the water.

People interested in taking samples for microplastics in other parts of Georgian Bay, including rivers flowing into the Bay, are asked to register at http://exxpedition.com/greatlakes2016/   to receive sampling instructions.

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Sail Parry Sound, and the Town of Parry Sound are spearheading this local event to involve people who care about the Great Lakes in a historic day of water sampling.  You can play an important part.

“The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world, and they are magnificent,” says eXXpedition Great Lakes Science Lead, Professor Sherri Mason. “The problem with plastic is that it doesn’t biodegrade, it degrades into smaller and smaller pieces. As a result we are finding microplastics by the tens of thousands across the lake surface and within fish and other aquatic organisms. Because these plastics are so small, understanding the realities of this problem is difficult. “

A team of scientists has organized the Great Lakes eXXpedition to test waters for microplastics in each of the Great Lakes.  Events like eXXpedition Great Lakes are critical to raising awareness.

 

The place to be this summer!

Much is new this year at Sail Parry Sound with the addition of the new café and additional on site recreational activities.

The Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck at Sail Parry Sound opened in May and is offering fresh foods with a magnificent panoramic view of the Big Sound, daily, noon to 6 PM.  Enjoy homemade fresh healthy foods, flavour bowls, smoothies, tasty salads, sandwiches, fresh juices and specialty teas,  in addition to mouth watering desserts and their famous Belly ice cream, made locally from pure Jersey cream.

White Squall, the Paddling Centre of Georgian Bay offers free paddling and demonstrations, every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon.

To top it off, Parry Sound Bikes will be scheduling a Tour the Town Bike Experience  to Sail Parry Sound, to enjoy our beautiful place on the shore.

August 6 and 7 we welcome sailors from Canada and the US for the Big Sound Challenge incorporating the Wayfarers’ Ontario Championship.  If you’d like to be part of the welcoming committee, email  volunteer@sailparrysound.on.ca  Orientation is provided–then all you need is a friendly smile and a helpful attitude to make our guests welcome.

August 20th is Love Your Bay Day, a partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.   In the afternoon enjoy a live performance by renowned Parry Sound-born singer/songwriter Katherine Wheatley, whose love of the water is inspired by the beauty of Georgian Bay! Acoustic roots with catchy melodies, arresting vocals, great guitar playing, lyrics that get you and that you get – these are all things that have been written over and over again about Katherine Wheatley’s music. She sings truth, bravely, and in detail– even about the rocks at Sail Parry Sound!  That’s where she will sing again.  What could be better than enjoying the afternoon with Katherine while her beautiful voice echoes over the water!

The Country Gourmet Café on the Upper Deck will be featuring a delicious lunch menu and a BBQ.

Sail Parry Sound is easy to get to, along the Waterfront Trail, the first left turn north of the Stockey Centre.   It’s the place to be this summer.  Everyone is welcome!MapFitnessTrailMap

For more information about this and other events at Sail Parry Sound please visit  http://sailparrysound.on.ca/events/ .

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!

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