Carling offers many past time hobbies to keep residents and tourists engaged. Below we have added a list of recreational activities to keep you active during your time in Carling.
The Carling Ball Park is located beside the Community Centre at 4 West Carling Bay Road. The ball field is open all summer for anyone to use. Please bring your own equipment. Please note that drinking and/or smoking on Township Recreational Sites is prohibited.
Carling Township has two beaches for ratepayers to use:
Both beaches require Municipal Permits to park.
Other Parry Sound Area Beaches
Killbear Park – 35 Killbear Park Road
Day use permits are available for purchase at Killbear Park which allows non-campers access to beaches within the park. For more information visit the Ontario Parks Website
Carling Centennial Park – 4 West Carling Bay Road
Carling Centennial Park is located at 4 West Carling Bay Road just outside of the Carling Community Centre. There is a playground, baseball field and lots of room for children to run and play.
The Township is in the process of creating a trail system behind the Carling Community Centre. We are hoping to have this project completed within the next few years.
Killbear Park has a number of trail systems for ratepayers to enjoy. Please note that non campers do have to purchase a pass to use the parks trails and beaches.
Other Parry Sound Area Trails
The Township of Carling provides access to Georgian Bay at several water access points. Parking at these locations is limited to Carling Residents and their guests. Municipal Permits are required at all locations. View the access point by-law.
Access Points are located at:
Boating can be a great way to explore the Parry Sound Area. Before you go out make sure you are aware of safe and responsible boating practices. Know the requirements and understand the regulations that apply to boating. View the Safe Boating Guide for more information.
There are a number of camping locations throughout the West Parry Sound District including within the Township of Carling.
Camping within Carling Township
Camping Outside Carling Township
Not a Camper?
There are a number of resorts in Carling that let you enjoy the benefits of camping while staying in a comfortable cabin/cottage. Visit our business directory for a listing of Carling Cottage Resorts.
The Carling Market is held every Saturday throughout the summer. Each week provides an opportunity to meet neighbours and friends while shopping for home baking, fresh produce, handicrafts, woodwork, jewelry, household items and more.
New Vendors are always welcome.
Visit the Carling Market website for more information.
Location: 2 West Carling Bay Road, Carling Township
Tips for Good Fishing
Be Considerate, have fun and stay safe
Choose the right location
Know what you can and can’t eat
Learn about rules and regulations
Where Can I Get a Fishing License?
With the exception of the free fishing weeks if you are between the ages of 18 and 65 you will need a fishing license. Visit the Ontario Government for more information on how to get a fishing license.
License Free Fishing Day
Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing license, during:
Hunting on Municipal property is strictly prohibited. Hunting must be done on Crown land or private land with the permission of the owner. Contact the Parry Sound Ministry of Natural Resources for more information on permitted hunting locations.
The Township of Carling does not permit Sunday gun hunting.
To hunt as an Ontario Resident you must:
You must follow all rules related to hunting in Ontario including where and when you hunt, the type of firearm that can be used and the clothing you are required to wear when big game hunting.
For a full list of regulations please visit the Government of Ontario website.
A hunting license is required to hunt in Ontario. All licenses are specific to the game that you want to hunt. All licenses expired on December 31 of each year.
A tag authorizes a hunter to hunt the game species indicated on the tag, subject to the conditions on the tag. Tags can be purchased online, at a license issuer and at many Service Ontario locations. A tag is required to hunt moose, deer, wolf/coyote, wild turkey, black bear and elk.
Every trapper harvesting fur must have a trapping license. The license identifies the area where the trapper can trap and gives harvest quotas for some species. Trapping can only occur during open season. All trappers must report the number of animals they trap, sell and keep each year. If you have a license to trap in one district you cannot use the same license to trap in another district. You will need to get a second license.
To trap in Ontario you must:
The Carling Ice Rink is located outside of our Municipal Office at 2 West Carling Bay Road. This is a covered outdoor rink and is impacted by weather conditions. Temporary closures may occur due to mild weather. Please check both the ice status and the rink schedule before heading out.
Other Outdoor Ice Rinks
Ice Skating Trail
The Parry Sound Area is Snowmobile District 10. Within our district we have a number of snowmobile clubs that help to maintain our trail systems.
The Carling Trailblazers Trail System provides close to 250KMs of trail running from Carling to Nobel and from Parry Sound east to Arbeg and then north to Point au Baril. The Carling Trailblzers club was formed in 1982 and have helped to create some of the best trails in the province.
South Seguin Snowmobile Club
The South Seguin Snowmobile Club maintains over 125km of trails making it one of the biggest tail systems in the Parry Sound Snowmobile District. The club manages the Seguin trail out to Sprucedale, as well as the Top C Trail from the Airport North to Hwy 124. Club trails also include those going into the Town of Parry Sound from the south end, local business trail and other trails through the region.
Purchasing a Trail Permit
In order to snowmobile using the Ontario trail systems you will need to purchase a Trail Permit. To purchase a Trail Permit visit the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs website. There are three types of trail permits that you can purchase. A seasonal permit, a classic permit (for snowmobiles with the model year of 1999 and earlier ) and a multi-day permit.
Buy Where You Ride
Riders are encouraged to purchase their trail permit from the club whose trails they ride the most. When buying online you can select your local club by accessing the club locator.
May 29th 2022 marks 125 years since the Incorporation of the Township of Carling. A group of of volunteers have created a variety of events to help celebrate this milestone.
List of Events – DOWNLOAD
Senior’s Dinner Information – DOWNLOAD
Family Picnic Information – DOWNLOAD
The Paper Bag Quilt and Other Stories from Carling Information – DOWNLOAD
Autumn Fest Information – DOWNLOAD
Autumn Fest Entry Application –DOWNLOAD
Dog Show Entry Application – DOWNLOAD
For information regarding the proposed Wellness Centre and Pool please visit the Town of Parry Sound’s Website.
2016 Census Comparison of Goderich YMCA 20km Catchment Area to Parry Sound 20km Catchment Area – DOWNLOAD
Distance from Schools to Municipal Site and YMCA site – DOWNLOAD
GeoTech Results for YMCA Site – DOWNLOAD
Pool Locations in the Parry Sound Area – DOWNLOAD
Pools Around Goderich Area – DOWNLOAD
Site Selection 1.2km Residential Catchment Radius – DOWNLOAD
West Parry Sound & Cultural Project Site Servicing Cost – DOWNLOAD
Pool Cost Sharing What If Scenario Calculator – DOWNLOAD
West Parry Sound Area Recreation & Culture Centre Presentation to Carling – DOWNLOAD
Watch the Recorded Pool Meetings HERE