To say that Keith and Nicole Saulnier have taken root in Parry Sound is something of a fallacy. Sure, they call the rugged natural landscape home, and have fallen in love with the surrounding glacier-carved coastlines, but they are by no means grounded there. Both are career bush pilots whose passion for soaring through the clouds has led them to found Georgian Bay Airways. From behind the stick of their sea planes, they share their intimate knowledge of land and sky, hosting air tours that launch from their waterfront docks May through October.
The Saulniers' aerial adventures are limitless in their form. Preplanned trips glide over sprawling Parry Island or the 30,000 Islands' network, passing wilderness and historic towns along the way. But they can also customize flight adventures to vary the way passengers interact with the landscape. Upon request, their planes can drop customers off for fishing at nearby lakes, ATV rides across the Canadian Shield, or drop-in visits with their cool uncle who keeps fireworks in his garage.
Pro Oil Change's deft technicians bolster automobile performance seven days a week, swapping old lubricants for Valvoline Premium Conventional oil and then administering 21-point inspections. During the 10-minute service, mechanics drain dirty oil and clear clogs of bacon fat from the vehicle, replacing fluids with up to 5 litres of clean Valvoline oil. Techs then top off all liquids and take a 21-point tour of the vehicle's components. During the visual inspection, the eagle-eyed staff tests the lights, assesses the battery, checks tire pressure, and validates wiper blades' capabilities to bat off rain, snow, and wedding rice. Drivers bringing their cars in for oil transfusions may pull up to the drive-thru and sip free coffee inside while their car is being serviced.
Most of the automotive-maintenance services at Pro Oil Change begin with the pop of a hood. The dull sound reverberates around the engine, where trained and certified technicians inspect air filters, replace batteries, refill fluid levels, and inject Valvoline motor oil. Outside the automotive nucleus, they extend their restorative touch toward burned-out headlights and waved-out windshield-wiper blades. All of this unfolds inside their welcoming facility, which accepts all vehicle makes and models and features a waiting room with TVs and complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.