Tower Hill Lookout

Climb 30 meters up to enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the Sound. 

Parry Sound’s 30m high observation tower provides stunning 360 degree views of the harbour Georgian Bay. After taking 130 steps up, you will be able to gaze down upon boats, float planes and barges, and the famous Canadian Pacific Railway trestle bridge below you. There is a bench halfway up the tower to sit comfortably while taking in the sights.

The original fire tower was unique not only for the fact that it was located in the middle of town but also for its design. Unlike other fire towers, it was designed to accommodate tourists. By the mid 1960’s, planes were used to detect forest fires and gradually the tower fell into a state of disrepair. The original tower was dismantled in 1973 and replaced with the present tower in 1975.


Below the structure is the Tower Hill Heritage Garden where you can wander through beautiful gardens that are planted and maintained by volunteers. This is a Canadian Wildlife Federation certified wildlife-friendly habitat, providing food, water, and shelter for various insects, birds, and reptile species.

You will also want to visit the Museum on Tower Hill to learn about the history of our area.

Species at Risk in the Spotlight

The most widely recognized of Canadian butterflies, the monarch is now an endangered species. The Tower Hill Heritage Garden helps provide food and shelter for monarchs and other insect species.

Share your observations of species at risk:

Monarch Larva Monitoring Program

Monarch Migration

Bumblebee Watch

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
Monarch Butterfly












Plan Your Visit

Explore the amazing place with help from local businesses.


Museum on Tower Hill

Tower Hill Heritage Garden