The only thing more romantic than sunsets are lighthouses and the Lake Huron Shoreline is dotted with them. Two of the famous imperial lighthouses built by contractor John Brown grace our shoreline, standing guard over the hidden dangers beneath Lake Huron's waters.
Kincardine's pretty white wooden frame lighthouse is in a unique location. Not only does it guide boats safely into the harbour, it is only a short walk from the downtown core. It, too, is open for a limited season for visitors. Climb a lighthouse a day and bring your camera! The view from the top of all three is a memory to be treasured.
**Please note that due to restoration, the Point Clark Lighthouse Tower will be closed for the 2013 season. The Lighthouse Museum adjacent to the tower remains open seasonally to provide information concerning the tower and its' history.
Southampton is not only home to Chantry Island Lighthouse, but also home to three small range lights, two positioned fore and aft on the Saugeen River, and one sitting out among cottage country on McNab Point.
Tours of the range lights are not available, but they make great photo shoots!
While Paisley does not have a lighthouse, it is the proud home of a restored hose tower very similar in shape to a lighthouse. Even without a flashing light on top, it is fondly referred to as Paisley's lighthouse and is a definite reference point for both vehicular and river traffic.
- Point Clark Lighthouse
**Due to restoration work, the Lighthouse and Keeper's quarters will remain closed in 2013
- Kincardine Lighthouse
The only lighthouse "downtown" - open for tours July & August
- Chantry Island Lighthouse
Restored lighthouse and keepers quarters - only accessible by boat - tours available.
***CHANTRY ISLAND #1 IN CANADA IN 'LOCALS KNOW' CAMPAIGN***
The Canadian Tourism Commission ran an online contest, looking for Canada's Top Hidden Travel Gems for 2010. It was exciting to watch throughout the summer as the votes for Chantry Island gained momentum. The media was very supportive once learning Chantry Island was in contention as a Top Travel Gem, and helped spread the word. Locals have always known that Chantry Island was a hidden gem for tourism, and now it's confirmed- the rest of Canada agrees with us!
As the island is home to a federal bird sanctuary, the only way to visit is through a Chantry Island Tour, offered by the Marine Heritage Society- so be sure to pre-book your tour to see this famed jewel for yourself!
- Southampton Range Lights
Small lighthouses along the coast.