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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
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Use the navigation tree on the left to view information about our past, current and upcoming exhibitions.

The E. Roy Smith Gallery is currently closed.

The E. Roy Smith Gallery, normally the home of our permanent or long-running exhibitions, has been shut down so that the Gallery can be updated. This October the Gallery will become the new home to a working model of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway.

The Museum has successfully completed the first stage of our planned fall 2019 renovation of the E. Roy Smith Gallery; moving the Mackinaw boat. Watch the video below to see how we did it. Thank you to the staff of Glenn Burney Marina who made the move possible.


Now On Display...

Start Date:
Mar 13/2019
Forgotten Communities

End Date:
Dec 21/2019


Forgotten Communities: The Commercial Fishing Villages of Parry Sound explores the fishing villages established along the Georgian Bay and how their own success led to their demise.

Commercial fishermen in the 1800s and early 1900s lived a hard life. In order to remain competitive and earn their living they adapted and innovated, creating more and more efficient tools of their trade. As the industry boomed in the late 1800s remote seasonal fishing villages bloomed across the bay, including those on the Bustard and Mink Islands.


Courtesy of the Dave Thomas Collections. Photo of the "Dolphin" tug boat, taken in 1939. It belonged to the Parr family who worked on Mink Island.

Men would spend their summers working, bringing their families with them. Unfortunately, by the 1940s the industry’s supply of fish was heavily depleted and suffering negative effects from the introduction of a variety of invasive species. The exhibition will be on display in the Museum’s Founder’s Room from March 6, 2019 – December 21, 2019.

Exhibition Highlight

Mackinaw boats were the ideal vessel for travelling along the Georgian Bay. They were originally rigged as sailboats. By the turn of the 20th century, they became outfitted with engines.

Formerly housed in the E. Roy Smith Gallery, our Mackinaw boat was moved to be apart of this exhibition, as well as, make room for a future renovation. Watch the video below to see how we moved it!

Official Opening Reception

We invite our members and the public to the opening reception on March 13 from 6pm – 7pm. During the event manger/ curator, Nadine Hammond, will say a few words about the creation of the exhibition, and visitors can get a first-look at the exhibition, while enjoying some light refreshments. For the latest updates, click here.


Start Date:
May 01/2019
Down By The Bay thom morrissey photography

End Date:
Jun 23/2019

Down By The Bay: thom morrissey photography

Explore the works of local photographer, Thom Morrissey in our latest exhibition.

Down By The Bay captures the beauty and tranquility of the West Parry Sound District through Thom's photographic lens. From cascading waters to animals in their natural habitat, this exhibit is sure to catch your eye.

All of the work featured in this exhibition is for sale, so if you see something you like let us know!


About the Artist

We moved to beautiful Parry Sound in 1988 where I fell in love with Georgian Bay in its many states. It can be a tranquil, calm sea or a tempest within minutes. Paddling allows one to reconnect with and watch nature even if no photographs are taken.

My first camera in 1978 complimented my love of the outdoors. I started out taking snapshots, soon realizing that there were rules and guidelines to learn. From there I began to make pictures that spoke to the journey, that led to slide shows that told a story. As an avid member of the Huntsville Camera Club I was able to learn many things and translate this knowledge into numerous awards in regional competitions.

I have taken frequent work shops, courses, and read numerous magazines and online works. Being the facilitator/resource person on White Squall’s Annual Kayak Photography Trips for over 10 years has been a privilege and source of many of my images. My work has been in a variety of venues, Artists Around the Sound, Charles Stockey Centre, Artistic Endeavours, Boutique on the Bay, Canadore College, Trestle Brewery as well as on a number of billboards located in the Parry Sound region.

As a photographer with thousands of slides I’m enjoying the creative opportunities that digital photography has allowed. Delving into the printing of my work I have enjoyed the challenges and opportunities to learn that this has brought. My computer has become my ‘Darkroom’. Along with landscape and wildlife work, I do weddings, family photographs and donate my time and expertise documenting a number of local community events. I’ve been published regularly in editions of Parry Sound Sideroads magazine (now Parry Sound Life) as both a photographer and writer since my retirement from education. Sharing my passion with students at Canadore College with an introductory course I designed has been wonderful!

Being actively involved in a number of summer markets over the last 3 years has allowed me sell work both locally and around the world. I’ve done the Rosseau Market, Parry Sound Market, Art in the Park, McKellar Market, Carling Market as well as the Downtown Market. First year at the Dockside Festival in Gravenhurst.


Contact the Artist

 705 746 4722




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