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Volume 15 No. 22

Photo taken last Thursday of a lightning strike over Shawanaga Bay – Thanks Marc Krofchick!

This weekend saw the Senior Regatta (wow what a turn out – see below) in all its glory: perfect weather and a great job by our leaders, Will Lawler and Virginia Skuce. On Monday at the PaBIA AGM, we all enjoyed yummy REAL Blueberry Pancakes and then voted in our new board with a big shout out to everyone who braved the weather/rain (almost 100 of you). Monday’s storm brought 2 inches of rain with strong winds out of the NE.

A huge thank you goes to our Councillors, Scott and Earl, who gave an hour’s presentation on a variety of forward looking topics: mainly Floating Vessels, Site Alteration, Saving our Site 9 by being proactive with organic waste disposal at its source (us cottagers!), etc.. Look for a link next week with the slide presentation that Scott and Earl prepared for us!T

This coming week are two main events: the Ojibway Art Show (Marketplace: Friday eve Reception 5-7 p.m. and Saturday) and PaBIA’s Naturalist on Sunday morning at 10! Enjoy your week!

Thanks Virginia Skuce for this awesome photo from Saturday’s Senior Regatta!

In this Eblast:


  • PaBIA Naturalist Sunday, August 13 @ 10 a.m.
  • Literally on the Bay – Bernice and the Georgian Bay Gold
  • Abandoned Dock Clean Up Day – August 26, 2023
  • FOUND: A Wooden Ramp on Champlain Island

Of Interest:

Past Links


PaBIA Naturalist – Sunday, August 13
@ 10:00 a.m. in Ojibway Club’s Movie Hut

PaBIA Sailing Racing Clinic

There one remaining Sailing Clinic left this season: Saturday August 12. We have had great success so far introducing or reintroducing people to sailing! This week is all about racing! The goal is to learn the basics of racing in a friendly and calm atmosphere. Register here 

Abandoned Dock Clean Up Day – August 26, 2023


Help us clean up the Bay!

The Township has agreed to waive disposal fees and help disassemble any abandoned docks that are delivered to the Pointe au Baril Station wharf on Saturday August 26. This is a great opportunity to remove unsightly and potentially dangerous abandoned or derelict docks on our shorelines. 

f you know of any abandoned docks, take a picture and talk with your neighbours to clarify the status of the docks. When it is clear that the dock is truly abandoned, this is a your opportunity to put together a volunteer work party and assist each other to remove the dock from our waterways.

NOTE: This is for abandoned docks only – it is not for cottagers to get rid of their old docks at the Township’s expense. The Township provides facilities at Site 9 to do so. 

If you have questions, please contact the PaBIA Marine Patrol.

Literally on the Bay

Book recommendations by Charlotte Stein, owner of Parry Sound Books

Edited by Janet Irving, Education Committee.

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – like reading a book on a summer’s day on Georgian Bay! This summer we suggest some books that are literally set on the Bay – or feel so much so that we just had to include them

Bernice and the Georgian Bay Gold by Jessica Outram takes place in a landscape we will all recognize. A family living in a Georgian Bay lighthouse, welcomes Tom Thomson, including 8-year-old Bernice, an imaginative and adventurous girl. Tom Thomson has come by canoe to the mouth of the entrance to Byng Inlet to paint and is welcomed overnight at the lighthouse.

PABAR Scheduled for Saturday, August 19

The biggest sailing event of the year for the Pointe au Baril sailing community is the annual sailing regatta known as PABAR. This year, it is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 19, with three races to be held in Shawanaga Bay just south of Turning Island.    The first race will start at 11:00 a.m. after which sailors moor their sailboats off anchored boats and are shuttled to shore for a picnic. As in previous years, the Bradshaws have kindly offered use of their rocks and facilities for this event. The afternoon races are scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

Last year’s Lunch picnic near the Bradshaw’s!

Anyone with a serviceable sailboat and knowledge of racing rules who can make it to the start line on time can join the races. All kinds of sailboats from mono hulls to catamarans are welcome. There is no need to register in advance. Just sail past the Committee Boat and announce your presence.  Those joining a race for the first time this year may wish to review the race instructions available here for a refresher on how the races are conducted.

If you wish to view the race from a motorboat and perhaps cheer on certain participants, do take care to remain outside the race course and to not throw wakes in the direction of the sailboats. Bear in mind that the race course extends beyond the interior of the triangle of marks that the sailboats have to round. 

The PABAR awards dinner is scheduled to be held at the Ojibway Club starting at 6:00 p.m. that same day.  Those wishing to attend need to register by calling or emailing the club. We request that this be done early to give the club an indication of the numbers. 

Of Interest

Ojibway Club Art Show – Marking 60th Anniversary

It’s Art Show Week at the Ojibway Club!

The online gallery is NOW OPEN. Click on this link to check out all the artwork available for sale this year and keep checking back as new pieces are being added each day! Sales begin tomorrow, Thursday, August 10.

Thursday, August 10     Online sales begin at 10:00 am

                                 All sales are online

Thursday – Sunday, August 10-13 Art Gallery

There will be a small in-person show exhibiting samples of most of the art you see online in the Lounge.

Open during the following hours:

• Thursday 10-3

• Friday & Saturday 10-4

• Sunday 10-2

Friday, August 11  Art Show and Marketplace Opening Reception 5 – 7 pm

This Reception officially opens the Art Show and Marketplace.

Meet some artisans and many of the artists, while visiting either the

  • Marketplace in the Dining Room and the
  • Art Gallery in the Lounge.

Cash and chit bar available. No tickets required. All are welcome!

Friday & Saturday, August 11-12  Art Show Marketplace

Art Show Marketplace will feature 15 unique artisans offering smaller items.

Open during the following hours:

• Friday 5-7 pm – Marketplace Opening Reception

• Saturday 10-4

Saturday August 12      Breakfast with the Artists @ 9 a.m. *Ticket’s $30/person

Enjoy a hearty Ojibway Club breakfast with featured artists Andrew Peycha, Kim Etherington-Reid, and Cathy Ballantyne who will talk about their inspiration and process and answer your questions about their work and life on Georgian Bay.

*Call the Ojibway Office at 705-366-5085 or email

Sunday August 13        Online sales close at 10:00pm

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS Sign up by clicking here

Website • @ojibwayclubartshow • Email

Georgian Bay Biosphere’s State of the Bay is here!

Pick up your free copy today to read about the key issues and threats to water, wetland, and wildlife in eastern Georgian Bay, and all of the stewardship programs that are actively addressing these and contributing to its restoration.

Read Indigenous perspectives on caretaking the lands and waters of Mnidoo Gamii, and learn ways you can become involved! 

Sailing Around the World – Ojibway Movie Hut

Sunday, August 20 – 4:00 p.m.

Green Ghost, Blue Ocean – A sailing adventure across 40,000 nautical miles

Alex Nikolajevich and Jennifer Smith left their careers in the mining industry to sail around the world on their Vancouver 42’ sailboat, Green Ghost.

This August, the couple will be sailing their boat into Pointe au Baril to stay with family and share a presentation of their incredible adventure with us:

Jennifer’s book, Green Ghost, Blue Ocean, winner of the 2019 Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction, is available online and in bookstores. Copies will also be available for $20 cash after the presentation.

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Here is the July 2023 GBA Update

Lost and Found


A walkway that would connect a floating dock to a main dock has washed up in the small bay between two cottages on Champlain Monument Island A96 83 & 89. The black flotation drums are still under one side of the walkway, but are not on the other end. Otherwise it’s in great condition. Please contact Kathy Weeks Cadwell

In Memoriam

Harvey Armstrong, A65 – 8 ‘Hunter’s Is.’, husband (separated) of Mary Armstrong, father of Frank (Julie Smith) and friend of Joanne Jackson, July 2023.

Yearbook Updates

With each eBlast, we will provide you a list of names of those members who have provided updated contact information. The details of all the changes since the 2022 yearbook came out in late April are provided in THIS printable format for you to print out and insert into your own Yearbook! As of August 24th, here are the changes.

Water Levels

Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels August 7, 2023

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