Population:under 1000 annual but swells in the summer season Hidden Treasures:Britt is an unspoiled community located 2.5 miles up the magnificent Magnetawan River. Must Do:Nautical and outdoor pursuits, fishing year round Famous For:Outdoor pursuits, the pristine location on the Magnetawan River and proximity to Grundy Lake Provincial Park.
Britt was originally a sawmill village, known as Byng Inlet North, when the Burton Mill located there in 1880. As the lumber industry in this area had reached its peak, prior to the building of the CPR between 1903 and 1908, the community on the north shore was established as a port for receiving coal, required for the railway’s steam locomotives. It was after this, that Byng Inlet North was renamed Britt for Thomas Britt, the CPR Superintendent of Fuels.
The Parry Sound District
The Parry Sound District is located inside the UNESCO designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, one of only 18 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves of Canada. Located in the unincorporated township of Wallbridge in the Parry Sound District, this small community is located 72 kms north of Parry Sound on the north shore of the Magnetawan River at Byng Inlet, approximately five kilometres west of Highway 69, at the end of Highway 526.
Like its neighbouring community of Byng Inlet on the south shore, Britt Ontario lies about 2.5 nm up the Magnetawan River from the Small Craft Route. (Byng Inlet is the name given to the mouth of the Magnetawan River.) Outdoor living and boating is the lifestyle choice for those who are in Britt. With just a short ten-minute boat ride up the river, you find yourself in the pristine waters of Georgian Bay.