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Founding of Parry Sound

Founding of Parry Sound

Photo by George Nassas - Posted June, 2009

Founding of Parry Sound

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The District of Parry Sound
The Town of Parry Sound
On the grounds of the municipal building
on the southeast corner of Seguin and Gibson streets


Coordinates: N 45 20.619 W 80 02.118

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Plaque Text

About 1857 James and William Gibson erected a sawmill at the mouth of the Seguin River. William Beatty, with his sons James and William, acquired the mill in 1863, and the following year were granted a licence of occupation for some 800 ha. In addition to lumbering, they laid out a town plot, promoted settlement, opened a store, built a church, constructed roads, and operated boats on Lake Huron and a stage service to Bracebridge. William "Governor" Beatty (1835-1898) lived here and managed the family's enterprises which stimulated the growth of Parry Sound. Incorporated as a town in 1887, it was named in honour of Sir William Edward Parry, noted Arctic explorer.

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