Canada Day in Review

pointe au baril 150 logoThank you to the more than 500 people who joined in the festivities on July 1st making it a smashing success!  The stormy weather made for a few challenges but nonetheless it was a   really great and fun-filled day.

We will post more details and pictures shortly so check back in a few days.

The film, Pointe to the East, met with rave reviews.  Take a look below at the section Pointe to the East to see what people are saying about this special video.  The reviews are in, and they are outstanding.  As one person said, “The worst I heard was that it was incredible and it went up from there!”

Pointe to the East - THE REVIEWS ARE IN!



The reviews are in!  The premiere showing of Pointe to the East on June 24 received an overwhelmingly positive response from a packed house.  The audience of over 135 people – locals and islanders alike – were wowed by the production.  Here’s what some had to say:


I just finished watching Pointe to the East. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! There are very few videos that keep my interest anymore, but I was just riveted to this.  So, so, so, so, well done!!!  Kudos to everyone involved in the creation of this!! – Ian Mead

This video really told the reasons why the community began, grew, moved and expanded. The film was professionally done but really kept the small town feel with interviews of long-time residents, bringing a lot of old memories to mind! So proud of the committee members who started with a simple idea and ended with a very professional film, wonderful job. Well done. – Joan Emery

Tremendous amount of work that went into this project is obvious in the excellent result. I’m really impressed. I’ve already watched the video again. It’s terrific! – Nancy Rogers

Wow what a great job all of you have done on this. PAB now has its own movie and something to be very proud of. I brought my dad and his brothers to the preview they all loved it. – Randy Gardner

It was fabulous! I bought 4 copies. I could pause it and take a closer look at some of the pictures. Incredible job! – Kathleen Kidd

I purchased the USB stick that featured the documentary. What was so amazing, being able to watch it the second time, is that I could pause and examine the many photos for as long as I wished. This often lead to lengthy conversations with others watching it with me, especially those who were born and raised in PAB. – Jane Kydd

The worst I heard was that it was incredible and it went up from there!

Copies of Pointe to the East on USB flashdrives are available for purchase at various merchants’ locations (see below)*  in Pointe au Baril.   You’ll want a copy for yourself and your friends, and anyone else lucky enough to have experienced the magic and majesty of Pointe au Baril!

* Georgian Bay Custom Embroidery, CCY General Store and Home Hardware, Ojibway Gift Shop.

Pointe to the East – Description

Pointe au Baril’s long history and unique development is recounted in this 58-minute documentary.  It weaves interviews, video, photos, and narrative to recount the village’s early beginnings at its famed lighthouse on the rocky shores of Georgian Bay and its move to its present location 11 kms to the east. The video tells the story of how people, natural resources, and transportation all influenced its origins and development. As resources changed, Pointe au Baril did not become a ghost town like so many towns have. Instead, it moved and reinvented itself as a thriving host and supply centre for the thousands of island residents whose families helped to build and shape this town and its spectacular environment.

Pointe to the East is a special project undertaken to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. A special thanks goes out to the many volunteers who told us their stories and provided more than 2,300 photos, hundreds of which form the core of the video.