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The community of Pointe au Baril is located in the township of The Archipelago in the Parry Sound District. Pointe au Baril was named after the barrel on the point that originally (the 1870s) marked the treacherous entry to the main channel from the open water of Georgian Bay.
Early fur traders from Penetanguishene apparently lost a canoe near the point. Their canoe included a barrel of whiskey that was found by stranded traders the next spring when the barrel was left on the point as a beacon. French mariners were soon calling it Pointe-au-Baril. Later this marker was improved to include a lantern in the barrel that would be lit by the first fisherman returning inland to light the way for the rest of the boats. Other historic landmarks in the area include the Lighthouse and the Firetower.
Pointe au Baril became a community to support commercial fishing in the 1870s. The last fishing operation based in Pointe au Baril was shut down in the 1980s, while a lumber industry existed in the area during these same years. With the demolition of Larry’s Tavern for the expansion of the highway, there remains one restaurant, The Haven (open all year), The Harbour View (only open during the summer months), and the Shell Station Deli. There are also two chip wagons located in Pointe au Baril, one open only during the summer, while the other remains open all year.
Community events in Pointe au Baril include the Winter Whirl carnival, held the first weekend in February, Canada Day festivities, and the Pickerel Dinner and Annual Lobster Fest held the third weekend in July. The ducky race is another local festival held in Pointe au Baril organized by the North Eastern Georgian Bay Snowmobile Club right in downtown Pointe au Baril. Summertime events also include Arts on the Bay Dinner theatre in the Pointe au Baril Community Centre. Intercity motor coach service to the community is provided by Ontario Northland along its Toronto–Barrie–Parry Sound–Sudbury route local schedule; it is bypassed by express schedules, but still receives daily service northbound and southbound. Pointe au Baril also has a community centre, library, ice rink, playground, nursing station and emergency response team.
22 A30 & A28 Island in Pointe au Baril: House for sale : MLS®# 40163457
22 A30 & A28 Island Pointe au Baril P0G1K0$2,250,000Single Family
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- 2,008 sq. ft.187 m2Kinrara 1912 Historic Cottage. Tonches Island 2.4 acre peninsula point setting plus 0.9 acre Dolly adjacent island where, in the past, a bridge connected the two, in Pointe au Baril's Georgian Bay freshwater granite & pines island community. 6 generation off grid cottage with classic covered front screen porch, 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, 2 storey high living room around fireplace, dining, kitchen & den, extensive decks & exposed rock plus cabin with grandfathered kitchen, living, bedroom & 2 pc bath, located with natural state (crown) lands all around, trails on Tonches, 2 private back bays for enjoyment & sailboat moorings, wildlife - beavers, deer, loons nests, fishing & nature, great sailing & boating. Easy navigation, midway equidistant between the famous Ojibway Club, the historic lighthouse & marinas in the station with hardware & grocery stores, nursing station & ambulance, LCBO, garbage station & other amenities. Cottage shingles 2019, cabin 2021. Solar, washer, generator (hydro nearby if wanted), boathouse left for grandfather reasons. Magical spot especially with the bonus Dolly Island! (id:2493) More detailsListed by Royal LePage First Contact Realty Brokerage