Pointe au Baril "The Perfect Northern Paradise"
Pointe au Baril has marine access to some of the most beautiful areas in the Georgian Bay archipelago where visitors can enjoy idyllic swimming, picnic spots, camping and cottage resorts. The 30,000 Islands are truly spectacular as the world’s most extensive lake based island chain. Its glacier-scoured, granite islands dotted by windswept pines, contain some of Canada’s most incredible scenery, delicate ecosystems with rare plants and animals as well as culturally significant marine architecture, historic sites and shipwrecks. Most of the islands may be visited since they are designated as crown land, provincial parks, Georgian Bay Islands National Parks or Georgian Bay Land Trust properties that are collectively protected for conservation and heritage legacy purposes.
Pointe au Baril Station village has marina and shopping services, a nursing station and playground next to the community centre that hosts summer entertainment such as Arts on the Bay.
In 1889 Pointe au Baril lighthouse replaced a lantern-topped barrel as an historic landmark. It is accessible by boat and opens for tours Thu. - Mon., 9-5 in summer and has fresh baking for sale. Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park is located on Hwy 529. It’s rugged, rocky point and sandy beach show the incredible diversity of the area.
Bayfield Inlet, on Hwy 529-A, has boat access to the colourfully veined and polished Painted Rocks along the north shore of Charles Inlet where hikers can explore fantastic alvars for kilometres.