Category Archives: Summer

Cherished collectibles

By Sarah Bissonette During the first part of the last century steam rather than gasoline powered the large engines of the region’s industrial and agricultural machinery. Four steam engines and a boiler from that by-gone era sit at Dean Harris’ … Continue reading

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Lens Focused on our early sideroads

  By John Macfie Parry Sound pioneer Duncan Fraser Macdonald has been a cornerstone of my 30 years of writing stories dredged from obscure corners of Parry Sound’s past. This colourful Parry Sound pioneer and hardy woodsman crops up repeatedly … Continue reading

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Blueberry bounty fresh from the oven

By Charlene Peck Nothing’s sweeter than a heaping pail of freshly picked wild blueberries. Found in abundance in small pockets along the side roads of the Parry Sound area and shoreline patches of Georgian Bay, wild blueberries are quickly gaining … Continue reading

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The Funny Ones

By Sarah Frank Comedy makes life a little sweeter. For Steve Morel, who grew up in a family large enough to provide him with 36 first cousins, having a good sense of humour helped him survive.  “I think it’s somewhat … Continue reading

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Behind the smokin’ guns

By Charlene Peck Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters members may pursue hunting and marksmanship as recreational sports; and a majority collect firearms with boyish delight. But guns are never viewed as toys. “You’ve got to have respect for them,” says … Continue reading

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Too precious not to share, Kenerick Island Reserve near Britt is Georgian Bay Land Trust’s newest gifting

By John Hartman, Kenerick Reserve Steward The Kenerick Island Reserve sits alone in the middle of Kenerick Bay, in the species rich estuary of the Giroux River, with a clear northwest view to the open water. My first extended visit … Continue reading

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The Minks of their childhood summers, recollections of the commercial fisherman’s kids

By Charlene Peck Summers on The Mink Islands weren’t all play and no work for the grandchildren of commercial fisherman Sandy Parr.  Water had to be hauled from Georgian Bay and the wringer handle on the laundry barrel had to … Continue reading

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Never kiss an American Toad

By Rick Snider Toads have character. Young girls know that kissing a toad could turn it into a handsome prince. A wicked witch turned the prince into a toad because toads croak and are ugly, their skin covered with bumps … Continue reading

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Renewal in the boathouse

By Charlene Peck To some, it was just a timeworn ugly brown boathouse. Perched on rickety crib timbers, with a crumbling foundation, and jammed full of paint cans and broken toys from fading summer memories, it might even have been … Continue reading

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Steel sentinels once guarded Ontario forests

  By John Macfie The public viewing tower atop Parry Sound’s Tower Hill was erected in 1974 as a tourist attraction, but its beginnings go back half a century earlier, and are rooted not in pleasure, but in fear — … Continue reading

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