My chilhood memories are of annual holidays in Scarborough.
History of the namePointe au Baril was named after the barrel on the point that originally (1870s) marked the treacherous entry to the main channel from the open water of Georgian Bay. As the story goes, early fur traders from Penetanguishene lost a canoe near the point. Their canoe included a barrel of whiskey that was found by stranded traders the next spring. After a drinking spree the barrel was left on the point as a beacon. French mariners were soon calling it Pointe au Baril. Later this marker was improved to include a lantern in the barrel that would be lit by the first fisherman returning inland to light the way for the rest of the boats.
The central Canadian province of Manitoba seems at first like an unlikely location for lighthouses. Nonetheless, Manitoba once had about a dozen lighthouses built on the navigable lakes and rivers in the southern part of the province. Six of these lighthouses remain active today, and fortunately three of the others have been preserved.
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