pointe au baril


Pointe Au Baril, ON

Lat: 45° 35.690   Long: 080° 22.750

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2203-2
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code705
Police(888) 310-1122
Hospital(705) 366-2376


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
South Baymouth ON 76 W Parry Sound, ON 40 S
Tobermory, ON 57 W Honey Harbour, ON 67 SE
Wiarton, ON 62 SW Collingwood, ON 72 S


The first Europeans through this area came in the early days of the 1600's, led by the great French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Many years later, fishermen and lumbermen moved into the area.

Pointe Au Baril was named for the barrels 'on the point' - barrels of pitch that were set alight to guide boats through the islands and down the channel into the village. Eventually the barrels, set up in the 1870's, were replaced in 1889 with a lighthouse that is automated today.

Every year, the small population (250-350) swells to 8,000+ as summer cottager residents flock to the area. The community was established as a fishing harbour and grew as lumbering became important. Today, it is a vacation paradise. Thousands of cottages dot the bays and surrounding islands, fishermen try their luck and boaters explore the picturesque waterways. Pointe Au Baril is also a good place to carry out reprovisioning along the SMALL CRAFT ROUTE.


Pointe Au Baril lies along the SMALL CRAFT ROUTE. Use CHS chart 2203-Sheet 2. This is a well-marked route and is the safest route into Pointe Au Baril. It will also lead you through some incredibly beautiful countryside.

A principle landmark is the private Ojibway Club, located on Ojibway Island at Mile 33 of the Small Craft Route. From the north, follow the channel between the lighthouse on the mainland and Lookout Island.

From the south, follow the channel between the mainland and Shawanaga Island.

Pointe Au Baril Channel is approximately 6 nm long, ending at the village.


Payne Marine Ltd.   (705) 366-2296    VHF 68
Payne Marine is located about 4.5 nm up Pointe Au Baril Channel, on the south shore. They may have 1-2 transient slips available. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only). Diesel is available at the gas station on the highway a short distance away. There is no pumpout station. Potable water is available at the nearby community centre. The marina has a well-eqipped marine service centre capable of carrying out engine and fibreglass repairs. There are no other services for transient sailors. Internet service is available at the library.

Desmasdon's Boatworks   (705) 366-2581   
Desmasdon's Boatworks is located 1.2 nm further east, on the north side of the Channel. The centre of the village is about .5 nm further on. There are several slips set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only). There is no pumpout station. They have a full marine sevice facility and can carry out engine, mechanical, electrical and fibreglass repairs. There are no water or power hookups. There are washrooms and internet service is available.

Government Dock   (705) 746-4243   
The Government Dock is located at the head of the Channel, in the village. There is overnight docking for 12-15 transient vessels. There is no fuel dock but there is a pumpout station. There is drinking water and washrooms but no other services.

Beacon Marine   (705) 366-2394   
Beacon Marine is also located at the head of the Channel, in the village. They may have 1-2 slips for transient sailors. There is a fully-equipped marine sevice facility and can carry out engine, mechanical, electrical and fibreglass repairs. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only). There is no pump-out station. There are no other services for transient sailors.


Paybe Marine Ltd (See above)

Desmasdon's Boatworks (See above)

Beacon Marine (See above)

CCY General Store is a large grocery and harware store located in the village.

There is no bank or ATM facility in the village.


Pointe Au Baril Nursing Station (705) 366-2376 provides emergency primary care services.

There is no pharmacy in Pointe Au Baril.


The Haven is about .5 mi/1 km north of the Government Dock, along Highway 69. It serves standard diner fare. Check out Bistro By The Bay as well.


Samuel de Champlain, the great French explorer who founded Quebec City, travelled through this region. On nearby Champlain Monument Island there is a memorial to this pivotal figure in Canada's history. Pointe Au Baril Community Centre has a Dinner Theatre that puts on performances during the summer.

The Pointe Au Baril website will give you more ideas on how you can enjoy your time here.

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