National Seniors Day Luncheon Oct. 1, 2018

The Township of the Archipelago is celebrating National Seniors Day by hosting a Seniors Luncheon October 1, 2018!  The Township is proud to pay tribute to seniors on this day, and thank them for the valuable contributions they have made, and continue to make, in our families, workplaces, and communities.
Admission is free to all Seniors residing in the Township of the Archipelago.
Please RSVP by September 24 to:
Maryann Weaver
705-746-4243 Ext. 301

You may also register at the Pointe au Baril Community Centre.
Click on this link to view the poster:  2018National Seniors Day Poster



PaB Community Complex Public Meeting June 14

Calling all Archipelago residents!   The Community Complex Committee invites you to a meeting June 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Community Centre to discuss improvements to our local recreational facility, in particular, the construction of a roof rink and the related benefits to our community.  A vote will be taken.  Come out and ensure your voice is heard!

For more information click on this link: PABPLEX 2018

Funding Announcement

The Trustees of the Pointe au Baril Canada Day 150 funds are very pleased to announce an allocation of funding to the PaB Cemetery Board.  Funding will  help meet a long awaited goal of the Cemetery Board – to provide a shelter at our cemetery site located off South Shore Road.  This project will serve to  better accommodate the needs of users of this beautiful site by providing shelter from the elements while at the same time enhancing the park setting and activities that take place there including Remembrance Day ceremonies. The allocation amount will be announced in the spring of 2018 following review of building specifications.

Should funds remain after the donation outlined above, the Trustees have identified the second priority as picnic tables adjacent to the new children’s playground to be built by the Township of the Archipelago on the old nursing station site.

The decisions of the Trustees have been made with community input provided at a Town Hall meeting held Feb. 3, 2018.

Town Hall Feb. 2018 – Outcome

A Town Hall community consultation was held Feb. 3, 2018 hosted by the Trustees, Canada Day 150 Surplus Funds, to solicit input from the broader community on how to invest the surplus funds in ways that would benefit our community and honour our promise to Canada Day 150 donors to use the funds for charitable purposes in our community.  The Trustees are tasked with fund disbursement decisions.  We’ll post those decisions as well.  Check back shortly for news on that.

Thank you to all who participated in the community consultation meeting!  It’s much appreciated.

Trustees, Canada Day 150 Surplus Funds
Anna Allevato,   Tom Lundy, Muriel McKee, Cindy Pulchinski

Summary of Town Hall Community Consultation held Feb. 3, 2018
Purpose of Meeting
– Invite members of the PaB community to share ideas on how best to utilize the surplus proceeds from Canada Day 2017 for the benefit of the greater community.

Treasurers Report
– revenue in = $34,573.42. Expenses = $21, 263.38. Bank balance = $13,310.04 Outstanding expenses = $678.00.   Surplus Funds = $12, 632.04.

Canada Day 150 Planning Group has folded having fulfilled its mandate. They did agree to appoint the four executives as trustees of the funds to manage decisions of disbursement of surplus funds. This is not a charitable organization; that would require Federal approval.

Community Input
Representatives from various community groups involved in fundraising for their respective interests were solicited for potential fund considerations. The following groups stated they did not need money:  Florence Church, Arts on the Bay, Bottle Drive, Snowmobile Club, Seniors Group, PaB Pickleball.

The following suggestions were given for consideration of funds:

-extra tint on community centre windows at top to cut glare for pickleball
-shelter/gazebo at cemetery
-park benches for area near new children’s playground
-donation toward new community centre chairs
-donation toward air conditioning for community centre
-Habitat for Humanity
-donation toward fireworks for Canada Day 2018
-donation toward “raise the roof” fund.  The TOA is holding donated funds of $4,335 towards this.  Matt French and David Penfold have spearheaded efforts for “raise the roof” fundraising in the past and currently have $11,500 in the fund.  A covered outdoor recreation complex will lend itself to many activities and uses in the community.
-shelter/heated storage for fire pump at rink and change room
-seed money for Canada Day 2018 fund
-Community Christmas party

Additional comments:
-Bottle Drive to be incorporated with Province (approx cost $4,000).
-What do Islanders want? How do we get their feedback?
-Matt French and David Penfold volunteered to organize a group for fundraising for the “outdoor recreation complex”
-Suggestions were made for representatives from the various community groups to meet annually to discuss planned activities and identify broader community needs.  This may enhance and help coordinate fund raising efforts and reduce “donor fatigue” in community.

Next Steps
The Trustees will consider the suggestions and determine how funds will be disbursed.  Decisions will be posted on this website.

How will Pointe au Baril Celebrate Canada Day 2018!?  

Are you interested in sharing ideas, helping to make it happen?   Let us know.  What about taking the first step – putting out a call to initiate the conversation?  We’re happy to offer the help of this website and our community’s facebook page to put out a call inviting folks to come together to share ideas.  Contact us at


Pointe au Baril Seniors Club

NEXT MEETING:  Sept. 10, 2018 at 9 a.m., PaB Community Centre.

Pointe au Baril Seniors Club will hold it’s annual meeting on September 10, 2018 at the Community Centre.  Among the agenda items is the voting in of a new Executive team.  If you are interested in running for a position on the Executive, please contact Elsie Kelly at

The Pointe au Baril Seniors Club is a non profit community based organization whose membership is open to all individuals age 50+.  The Club’s primary goal is to  support  it’s membership and in doing so strengthen its community.  It does this through various social, educational, and awareness activities and programs. 

Monthly meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 9 a.m. at the PAB Community Centre.

Annual membership is $20 per person.  Anyone age 50+ is eligible.   For more information contact us at

The Pointe au Baril Seniors Club is a member of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (USCO).

Upcoming Events

USCO Meeting
hosted by PaB Seniors Club, June 19, 2018, 12 noon
RSVP to Elsie Kelly at

Annual Meeting of the PaB Seniors Club, September 10, 2018
RSVP to Elsie Kelly at


Pickleball – Pointe au Baril Community Centre

Join us for Pickleball on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from  9:30a.m. to noon, at the Community Centre in Pointe au Baril.  Paddles and balls provided.

Friendly competition and good exercise!    Youth to seniors are welcome.  Beginners are welcome too!  

We play all year round.









Director, Producer, Writer:  Linda Graff
Editor:  Gilles Gagnon

This amazing video recounts Pointe au Baril’s long history and unique development.  “Pointe to the East” is a special community project undertaken  to mark Canada 150.

How to Access
Youtube – This incredible 58-minute documentary is now fully accessible via Youtube at:

PaB Community Center Library – The video may be viewed on the computer in the library.  It is about 4 GB in size.

To purchase – Some physical copies of Pointe to the East are still available (on USB flashdrives).  Contact Elsie at 705-366-2050 to purchase.  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!

A full description of the video can be found below…following the sampling of excellent reviews.

The reviews are in and hugely positive!   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 and 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!



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, and to our sponsors whose generosity helped to make this project possible.

Video Sponsors


Special thanks to the Township of the Archipelago

Betty Crocker
Home Hardware and CCY General Store
JMK Boat Storage
Pleasant Cove Resort and All Season Property Construction
Rockpine Resort Cottages