Area Recreation & Culture
Area Recreation and Culture
There are many recreational and cultural activities and opportunities in The Archipelago and the surrounding municipalities.
Pointe Au Baril Lighthouse on Georgian Bay is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. June 15th to September 4th, 2017. The lighthouse is closed Tuesday and Thursdays.
The Pointe Au Baril Lighthouse is accessible by water. Tours available by donation only. All tours are conducted by Emmaline Madigan, former Lighthouse Keeper.
Souvenirs can be purchased on-site. We only accept cash as form of payment.
Rates for Private Functions
- Main Hall $150.00
- Kitchen or Bar $200.00
- Kitchen and Bar $250.00
- Multi-Purpose Room is $13.00 per hour
Additional Fees for Private Functions
- Damage Deposit (SOP Events) $200.00 (refundable if no damage reported following event)
- Set-up and Cleaning Fees $50.00 (less than 50 persons)
- Set-up and Cleaning Fees $100.00 (less than 50 - 100 persons)
- Set-up and Cleaning Fees $150.00 (more than 100 persons)
Our rental agreement form is available online. Click here to download.
Please contact the Township office for more information for about Special Occasion Permit (SOP).
For information about Alcohol and Gaming Commissions Ontario, please visit their website.
Mactier Public Library
2 Muskoka Rd., Box 541
Mactier, Ontario P0C 1H0
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10: 00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ratepayers of the Township of The Archipelago are reimbursed for library fees charged by the Mactier Library.
Submit receipts by mail/in person (approximately one week to process reimbursement cheque) to:
Township of The Archipelago
9 James Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1T4
Parry Sound Public Library
29 Mary Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1E3
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
No Charge for Ratepayers of the Township of The Archipelago (provide your property tax bill as proof of residency). Alternatively, at time of registration, staff of the Parry Sound Public Library will contact the Township of The Archipelago by telephone to verify residency status.
Pointe au Baril Public Library
Pointe au Baril Community Centre
70 South Shore Road
Pointe au Baril, Ontario P0G 1K0
Volunteer Librarian: Diana Bayley
Monday 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (approx)
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (approx)
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (approx)
Membership - No Charge for Township of The Archipelago Ratepayers.
The West Parry Sound District Museum, commonly known as the Museum on Tower Hill, began as a group of dedicated citizens. Today the Museum continues to preserve and interpret the core cultural themes that carved the West Parry Sound District out of a rugged Canadian landscape and explores contemporary topics relevant to today's communities.
The Museum on Tower Hill has three Galleries for visitors to explore. The E. Roy Smith Gallery houses the permanent exhibit that takes visitors from the fur trading era to early cottage life. Here you will feel as if you were transported back in time and are on a ship travelling from Midland to Parry Sound across the sometimes dangerous waters of Georgian Bay; or working in a logging camp after trying to create a farm on a landscape that boasts an abundance of rocks.
Located in the core of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, the Museum on Tower Hill is situated within a heritage garden. Mere steps away from 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.
West Parry Sound District Museum
17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario,
Phone: (705) 746-5365
Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds, the Humphrey School House Museum was built out of hand hewn logs in the early 1870s. Originally a Church, the building later became a rural one room school where many received their early education. Closed in 1956, students were relocated to Humphrey School at Sandy Plains. The school sat empty until 1973, when 6 students under a provincial grant program rebuilt the museum.
The focus of the Seguin/Humphrey Museum is to portray the life and times of yesteryear while paying tribute to the pioneer families who settled in this area.
Visitors to the Museum will enjoy the focus on community history and can take in the natural environment that makes our region unique.
The Museum is a true community effort with most items donated by local families in aid of preserving our history.
The Museum is located at 3 Museum Road (off of Highway 141 & Clear Lake Road).
5 Humphrey Dr.
Seguin, ON P2A 2W8
Toll Free: 1-877-473-4846
Bobby Orr Community Centre
The Bobby Orr Community Centre is a fully accessible community centre, boasting an ice surface, a hall, and 2 meeting rooms.
Located at the end of Mary Street, the facility is a hub of on ice activity from September - April. In the off season, the ice surface hosts commercial tradeshows, various events including indoor sports and concerts.
Bobby Orr Community Centre
7 Mary Street
Parry Sound, ON P2A 1C8
T. (705) 746-2701
F. (705) 746-7461
Skating is a great way to have fun and stay active. Visit the Humphrey Arena to enjoy one of Canada's oldest and most popular recreational activities.
Our arena features recreational and instructional skating opportunities as well as the opportunity to play some shinny or join a hockey league.
The Humphrey Skating Club offers the nationally recognized Skate Canada Learn to Skate, Pre Power and Star Skate programs. Contact the Humphrey Skating Club for more information.
Lace up your blades and enjoy skating year-round at the Humphrey Arena. Ice is available fall, winter and summer.
5 Humphrey Dr.
Seguin, ON P2A 2W8
Phone: 705-732-4300 x 263
Toll Free:: 1-877-473-4846
With more than 30 km of trails winding through lush forest, Georgian Nordic Ski & Canoe Club offers great cross country skiing for the novice through to the expert.
Georgian Nordic offers performance (combined classic and skate), back country and single track biking trails plus snowshoe trails.
To learn more about Georgian Nordic Ski Club, please click here to visit their website.
You will know an amazing place the moment you see it… It may be a vista so powerful and majestic that it will literally take your breath away. Or, it may be a scene or a place that will simply cause you to take pause in order to soak it all in, a place where you can draw on a deep well of energy emanating from the serene beauty of the view. An amazing place can be different things to different people: mystical, magical, grandiose, bizarre, unique, breath-taking and awe-inspiring, or even a combination of all of these things. It certainly can tell a story.
Amazing Places are opportunities to educate and inspire visitors about their natural surroundings, and to create a connection that can quickly become powerful and deeply personal. Amazing Places tell a story about physical, biological or historical features in publicly accessible locations. Following the do no harm model, Amazing Places are chosen in locations that can handle increased visitation without compromising what makes the place Amazing.
Amazing Places is based on a mapping project launched by the Fundy Biosphere Reserve in New Brunswick. It began with the desire to guide visitors beyond the national park boundaries, and especially promote hiking on the Fundy Footpath. Through the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, three biosphere reserves in Ontario have launched an Amazing Places pilot project, which will highlight the biosphere regions’ unique environmental and cultural significance.
As the project grows, it will encourage people to get out and explore the Amazing Places in Ontario’s biosphere reserves, highlighting unique biodiversity, topography, landscapes or views that depict the character of each region.
To learn ore about Georgian Bay Biosphere's Amazing Places, click here to visit their website.
Get Outdoors Parry Sound (GOPS) is about promoting cycling, hiking, walking, and all things outdoors in the Parry Sound area.
Get Outdoors Parry Sound has an agreement with Georgian Nordic Ski Club to make the trails accessible for mountain biking in the summer and fat-biking during the winter. Day trail passes or memberships are required to ride on the trails.
To learn more about Get Outdoors Parry Sound, click here to visit their website.