Bruce Coast Lighthouses; Georgian Bay and Lake Huron
The Bruce Coast Lighthouses are an important part
harbours and boating on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
Their beacon's light up the night sky and warn sailors of dangers and
guide them to safety.
While the lighthouse keepers are long gone as lights were automated
starting in the 1950's; the white structures with red roofs are
unmistakable and very much apart of cottage country.
Big Tub Light House
Although most lighthouses are off limits to the public some offer boat
access and historical lighthouse charters. That said you can visit all
the towns and
ports that have a lighthouse or range light to soak up this part of
cottage country history.
Saugeen Township - photo courtesy of Carol Walberg
If you were to do a driving tour along the Bruce Coast to visit a new
lighthouse from Point Clark through to Wiarton. To see more than 15
different lighthouses would take you 2-3 days if you did it all at
Southampton at the Saugeen River
Saugeen Shores and Tobermory offer two locations with more than 1
lighthouse to explore.
Saugeen Shores has five lighthouses between Southampton, the Township
and Port Elgin. The most famous being the Chantry Island Lighthouse
which you can take a lighthouse charter weekends in the summer months.
Peerless adjacent to another Southampton Range Light at the Southampton
It should be no surprise that Tobermory has lighthouses and range
lights in multiple locations as well. Well known for its shipwrecks
there are 3 notable lighthouses to tour.
Lighthouses are found in Big Tub, Flower Pot Island and Cove Island.
While access to
the Cove Island lighthouse is restricted it can be
viewed and photographed from the water via lighthouse charter.
The Flower Pot Island lighthouse however has been restored and there is
now a museum in the Light keeper's home.
Many of the Bruce Coast lighthouses are over 150 years old
with the oldest lighthouses built in 1859 at Chantry Island, Point
Clark and Griffiths Island.
In addition to those mentioned above, Cabot Head, Kincardine and Point
Clark offer interior access and restored grounds. Respect that other
lighthouses may only be visible from afar or on the water.