The Charles W Stocky Centre for the Performing Arts is a 400 seat Festival Performance Hall. It was designed as a home for the Festival of the Sound, a world-renowned festival of chamber and classical music that runs from mid–July to mid-August each year. During the other times of the year performances of all genres are presented including music, theatre, contemporary dance, comedy, literary readings, performances for children and community events.
For information on upcoming events and performances visit their website.
Located at the Charles W. Stocky Centre in Parry Sound, the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame celebrates the contributions of sport in the Parry Sound area. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is an interactive hockey museum with a wide variety of photos, memorabilia and artifacts about Bobby Orr. Exhibits include his NHL ring, a number of his trophies, awards and jerseys. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame also hosts exhibits about exceptional athletes all who have ties to Parry Sound. Since opening its doors in 2003, the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame has welcomed over 5000 visitors a year. To date there are 39 individuals and 3 team banners that hang alongside Bobby Orr’s banner reflecting their contribution to sport in the Parry Sound Area.
For information on hours, prices and exhibits visit the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame website.
The West Parry Sound District Museum, commonly known as the Museum on Tower Hill, began with a group of dedicated citizens who wanted to ensure the rich history of the district be preserved and interpreted for generations to come. Today the Museum continues to preserve and interpret the core cultural themes that carved the West Parry Sound District out of rugged Canadian Landscape and explores contemporary topics relevant to today’s communities.
Located in the core of the Georgian Bay Biosphere, the Museum on Tower Hill is situated within a heritage garden. Mere steps away from the Parry Sound’s observation tower and surrounded by the gardens created by the District Forester of the Ontario Forestry Branch. The museum is a great family destination.
See the museum’s website for hours and upcoming exhibits.
The Parry Sound Public Library (PSPL) offers a wide variety of programs for Adults, Teens and Children. They have a large selection of books and resources available for all members. They also have an auditorium that can accommodate rentals as well as offer a variety of other services.
How to do I get a Library Membership
Membership to the PSPL is free for all Carling Township residents. To get your library membership stop by the Parry Sound Public Library and bring proof that you are a Carling Resident (Tax bill, municipal permit, driver’s license etc.). If you are not a Carling Resident but still want membership please contact the PSPL for information.
PSPL Contact Information:
Parry Sound Public Library
29 Mary Street, Parry Sound, ON
The Snug Harbour Lighthouse is located on the Southern tip of Snug Island. It was chosen along with four other sites to lead ships into Parry Sound. The construction of the Lighthouse took place in 1893, and the building was operational by the next year. Until 1977 there was a live-in Lighthouse keeper. Eventually, the lighthouse became a search and rescue station with a boathouse and radio beacon. In 2016 the Lighthouse was designated as a Heritage Site by the Government of Canada. In the following year, the Province gave ownership of the Lighthouse to the Township of Carling.
The Township of Carling has taken possession of the Snug Harbour Lighthouse, and we are very excited about the opportunity to preserve and enjoy this treasured Heritage Site.
We are currently developing a management plan with the hopes of being able to provide a first-rate destination for anyone looking for a day-use opportunity in a historical setting.
The long term goals of our restoration project will be to fully restore the interior to a close facsimile of an 1894 Georgian Bay Lighthouse. We are envisioning that this phase of the management plan is still years away. In the interim, we will be concentrating on the grounds and exterior of the building in order to offer historical information and picnic opportunities.
Although not owned by the Township, Carling is home to a number of other lighthouses:
Killbear Provincial Park is located on Georgian Bay. It includes kilometres of rugged, rocky shoreline mixed with numerous beaches, beautiful views of windswept pines on rocky islands and excellent conditions for sailing and windsurfing. Enjoy 6km of recreational trails and a visitor center packed with information about the local species and history.
There are seven campgrounds to choose from to accommodate all types of camping. The majority of sites are less than a five-minute walk away from the shoreline. There are three group campsites that can accommodate up to 25 people each. Roofed accommodations are available from mid-September until the end of April.
While at the park you can take part in the following activities:
The Island Queen offers both a two hour and three-hour cruise allowing passengers to view the beauty of the 30,000 Islands. The Island Queen is a 550 passenger modern 132’ cruise ship specially designed to enable the captain to meander into remote waterways and close to the beauty of the islands. The ship features comfortable seating and large viewing windows, spacious observation decks, wheelchair accessible washrooms, snack bars and full commentary.
Islander Adventure Tours
The Islander is a 40-passenger vessel that takes passengers on a variety of tours for an opportunity to venture off the beaten path and explore the Georgian Bay. The Islander is also available for charters.
For information on tours, time and prices visit their website.
9 Bay Street Parry Sound
The M.V. Chippewa III (ex. Maid of the Mist) is a sightseeing cruise that explores the 30,000 Islands of the Georgian Bay. Their tours include restaurant cruises, diner cruises and private charters throughout the summer season. For more information about their cruises visit their website.