Monthly Archives: March 2013

Touring Parry Sound, Ontario

The world is full of spectacular locations, but there is only one place you can really have it all: breathtaking vistas, fresh water and warm hospitality are what make Parry Sound the four-seasons playground of the near North.

Nestled on the rugged shores of Georgian Bay, and home to the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, the Town of Parry Sound is just a short two-hour drive north of the Greater Toronto Area.

Tucked among the 30,000 islands, Parry Sound is adorned by the natural beauty of shoreline hiking trails, and the rugged pink granite of the Canadian Shield. This year-round destination is also home to many festivals, events and attractions.


When you browse your way through the many shops, you will discover distinctive galleries while experiencing the unique flavour of local artisans. After a full day of fun, you will be ready to relax and bask in the glow of the glorious Georgian Bay sunsets.

The real gem is the Quality Inn & Conference Centre hotel in Parry Sound which is the only hotel with a pool(s) in the area and has squash courts, tennis courts, and a trail, and is perfect for those that want to unwind at the bar and restaurant (Golden Griddle) which is attached to the hotel.

Canada’s Cottage Country

Cottage country is a common name in Eastern Canada for areas that are popular locations for recreational properties such as cottages and summer homes. Locally understood to be referring to Muskoka, the Kawarthas, or the Haliburton area. On the other hand, a speaker from Ottawa would use the same phrase to denote the Rideau Lakes area.

Central Ontario includes:
Parry Sound-Muskoka-Haliburton region
Kawartha Lakes
Bancroft & Northern Hastings County

Eastern Ontario
Rideau Lakes

Northwestern Ontario
Kenora, Ontario

Top 10 Countries for Expats

Now more then ever has it become easier to move to another country after retiring. Warm beaches, economical hospitality, and a welcoming environment are all factors in why people from the West are flocking to other countries. Below is a list of the Top countries that people have moved to based on research by HSBC in 2012.

  1. Singapore
  2. Thailand
  3. Cayman Islands
  4. Bermuda
  5. Hong Kong
  6. Mexico
  7. Switzerland
  8. Malaysia
  9. South Africa
  10. Bahrain

We will review each country exclusively in the future to tell why it would be a good choice.