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Volume 15 No. 16


Today is National Indigenous People’s Day – an official day of celebration to recognize and honour the heritage, cultures, and valuable contributions to society by First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.

More boats are on the water…the water temp has warmed up, the skies are blue and our Marine Patrollers, Abby and Alex, are completing their training – ready to begin on July 1st.

Remember to leave all fireworks at home….the weather is beautiful, but extremely dry!

In this Eblast:

  • Remember the Henley Fire 2018 or one of the 5 fires here in PaB?
  • Newly updated Video: Honda Fire Pump Operating Tutorial
  • PaBIA Membership Has Its Privileges! Check out offers for various Firepump Accessories!
  • PaBIA Sailing 2023
  • PaBIA Learn-to-Sail On-the-Water Weekend Program at the Ojibway
  • WhatsApp Directions for Connecting with One’s Neighbours

Of Interest:

  • AA & Al-Anon Meetings “The 1906 Group” – Begins July 3rd @ 7 p.m.
  • Celebrate Indigenous Culture – GBB
  • Canada Day 2023
  • GBLT – The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
  • GBB – Find Out Why Georgian Bay Biosphere Changed Its Name
  • CORRECTION: ToA LARGE ITEM Pick Up Day – Saturdau, June 24
  • LOST – Wooden Boat and Ramp
  • Sign up for ToA E-News Link
  • GBA June 18 eUpdate for 2023
  • Yearbook Update as of June 17, 2023
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Levels – June 20, 2023


Climate Change is a reality and fires are occurring more frequently in Canada. Its hot and smoky out there. We don’t have to think very hard to remember the Henvey Inlet Fire in 2018 that destroyed so many cottages and the beautiful countryside just north of us. It could so easily happen here; last year we experienced 5 different fires around the Pointe au Baril area.

Henley Inlet Fire Manitoulin Expositor
Henley Inlet Fire Sudbury News

Are YOU prepared? If you spot a fire, do NOT call 911. The are no municipal or government fire responders available to us. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests may respond if they are not busy fighting out-of-control forest fires. Make your own fire preparations by forming a neighbourhood group and finding out where fire pumps are available for your use. Do this NOW!

To encourage you to be ready, PaBIA, in conjunction with FireSmart Canada, will hold a “Start Your Fire Pump Contest” the week of July 1 – 9th.  By starting your fire pump, you could enter to win one of five $100 draw prizes. Contest details are to be announced next week!

And to get you ready for the contest, be sure to watch this UPDATED version for how to start your Honda Fire Pump Operation Tutorial. Thanks, Mike Berton for creating this video!

PaBIA Membership Has its Privileges!

PaBIA Member Special Savings for
Honda Fire Pump Accessories
Take this eBlast Message and present it to

Bobcat of Parry Sound

for a 10% savings on all Honda Fire Pump equipment accessories.

While the actual pumps are not included in the savings, the hoses, nozzles, caddy, and any other related accessories often add up to more than the cost of the pump!

Bobcat of Parry Sound is our local Honda Compact Power Equipment dealer, located conveniently at 25 Woods Road, just north of Nobel off Highway 69.

Call ahead to order and ensure your equipment is in stock.
Open Mon. – Fri. 8 am – 5 pm, Sat. 9am – 12 noon
705 342-1717

Remember to show this message at Bobcat of Parry Sound to receive your savings!

PaBIA Sailing Update

PaBIA Tune Up Race – THIS Sat. June 24th @ 2 p.m.

Be sure to join us for the Tune Up Race in Ojibway Bay!

Lots of information is also available on the PaBIA website under Activities/Sailing ( If you’d like to be on the distribution list of these Sailing eBlasts, and/or have any questions or requests, please let Andrew Vanderwal know.

PaBIA Sailing Clinics at the Ojibway

Registration is now open for the PaBIA Sailing Clinics at the Ojibway. Sign up for one, some, or all sessions; and if you sign up for the entire series of 4 Learn to Sail clinics, you’ll receive the Learn to Race free! Each clinic is $150 + HST.

The dates for Learn to Sail are Saturday, July 15, Saturday, July 22, Sunday, July 31, and Sunday, August 6. An Introduction to Racing will be offered Saturday, August 12. 

Directions for Connecting with Our Neighbours

In case you meant to but hadn’t gotten around to it yet…Click Here

Of Interest

Canada Day 2023
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

At the PaB Community Centre

Hamburgers $6 * Hot Dogs $3
Kids 5 yr and younger are FREE!~
Veggie & Gluten Free Options Available

Shawanaga First Nation Traditional Pow-Wow is coming on August 19 & 20, 2023. 

All are welcome and PaBIA will be there, so put this event on your calendar now so your family and friends can share in the learning and the fun! 

Celebrating Indigenous Culture – And Taking Time to Learn

June is Odemin Giizis • Strawberry Moon or Heart Berry Moon in the Anishinaabek lunar calendar. Strawberries are leaders of the fruit, signaling other berries to start growing.

National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on the summer solstice, June 21st. It’s a special occasion to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. 

Browse GBB’s Cultural Resources here, and learn Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language) by watching our Language with Dawson series! 

Bid to Win a Classic Boat Tour to
Support the West Parry Sound Health Centre

Win One of Several Auction Tours in a
Classic Wooden Boat

to support critical emergency healthcare at our hospital
with the silent auctioning of boat rides to begin after June 15th.

Visit our online auction for more information at

Why is it important?

  • Provincial government funding does not cover new or replacement equipment or technology in our hospitals and health centres.
  • We have 24/7 emergency care supported from 6 rural nurse practitioner lead clinics, 4 operating rooms and ICU beds, and 70 beds for acute care.
  • We are the Ontario Massasauga Rattlesnake Provincial Antivenom Depot.
  • We have 45,000 permanent residents and over 120,000 seasonal.


Saturday, June 24th
Saturday, August 5th

9:00am – 4:00 p.m.

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) Changed its name to Georgian Bay Biosphere (GBB). Learn why here!


Check out The Archipelago Express – 2023 Spring Edition – a newsletter from our Township. What better way to learn about what is going on at the Township Level. It affects all of us!

Stay Informed with the GBA –



Wood dock with a long wood ramp on top and new tan plastic swim ladder attached missing from the east side of island A 41-1 (between Tonches and Barclay islands). If you see this dock anywhere on the Bay, please email Christina. Any help with locating this dock would be very much appreciated. 

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.

John & Connie McCaslin (addition, new members) 

Water Levels

Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels June 20, 2023

To better read the charts, please click on the chart for the Daily or Six Month Forecast Water level chart and the corresponding websites

Click on the logo to go to the website


Please support PaBIA’s Yearbook Advertisers 2023

This site’s advertising feature was created to provide assistance for special local information & events for existing Yearbook advertisers only.


• PaB Nursing Station
• Canadian Coast Guard 
Search and Rescue
• PaBIA Emergency info


• AGM Minutes August 1, 2022

Board Minutes November 9, 2022

  • PaBIA Map 2019 correction
  • Environment and Nature
  • Education