Featured title Living in the Lighthouse

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Featured Story: "Living in the Lighthouse"

“Susan and Jack Westell moved to the Kincardine lighthouse when they were nine and six, respectively. Their father, Oran, was the lighthouse keeper from 1929 – 1955. They moved from just down the road and their dog, Buster, was reluctant to go but eventually they got him to walk down to the lighthouse a little at a time.”

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1885 Big Tub Lighthouse

"Lighthouse Keepers at Big Tub"

by Bruce County Tourism

The beautiful hexagonal tower on Lighthouse Point at Big Tub Harbour was erected in 1885, four years after Charles Earl …

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1903 ‘Bluenose’ fog horn used at Cove Island

"Fog Horns"

by Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

Audible systems were used when keepers needed a warning device when visibility was poor. The first fog signals in Lake …

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1823 Fresnel Lens

"Fresnel Lens"

by Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

The main feature of the Ghostly Guardians Exhibit at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is the Fresnel lens. …

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1896 Cabot Head Lighthouse on cliff

"History of Cabot Head Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

It took years of shipping disasters before the authorities acknowledged that this treacherous stretch of the Bruce Peninsula warranted a …

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1898 Cape Croker Lighthouse

"History of Cape Croker"

by Bruce County Tourism

The first lighthouse in Cape Croker, a small wooden structure with a tower on the roof, was built in 1898 …

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2001 Chantry Island Lighthouse

During the mid 1800’s water traffic on the Great Lakes had substantially increased and the colonial government called for improved …

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1823 Fresnel Lens

"Fresnel Lens"

by Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

The main feature of the Ghostly Guardians Exhibit at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is the Fresnel lens. …

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1850s George F. Collins 1858 -1859

Life as a lightkeeper was not easy on this isolated island in the Canadian wilderness during the 1850’s. Captain George …

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1855 Old Photo of Point Clark Lighthouse with group of people

"History of Point Clark Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

In 1855, the Imperial Government decided that it was necessary to install a permanent light station, or lighthouse at Point …

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1855 Cove Island Lighthouse

"History of Cove Island Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

Cove Island is the jewel of Georgian Bay lighthouses- perhaps of any on the Canadian Great Lakes. It has the …

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1856 Griffith Island Lighthouse, Georgian Bay near Wiarton, Ontario.

"History of Griffith Island Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

The construction of the Griffith Island lighthouse began in 1856. Before the freeze-up the foundation was set and the quarried …

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1860 Cove Island Lighthouse

"David McBeath"

by Robert Square

The Isle of Coves has many fascinating stories to tell but nothing compares with the drama of lightkeeper David McBeath …

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1903 ‘Bluenose’ fog horn used at Cove Island

"Fog Horns"

by Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

Audible systems were used when keepers needed a warning device when visibility was poor. The first fog signals in Lake …

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1823 Fresnel Lens

"Fresnel Lens"

by Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

The main feature of the Ghostly Guardians Exhibit at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is the Fresnel lens. …

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1983 Lion's Head Lighthouse

In 1903, the first light was established at the end of the Lion’s Head harbour dock. A square frame tower …

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1898 Cape Croker Lighthouse

"History of Cape Croker"

by Bruce County Tourism

The first lighthouse in Cape Croker, a small wooden structure with a tower on the roof, was built in 1898 …

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1883 The Lion's Head

"History of Lion’s Head Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

With a potentially excellent harbour at their doorstep, why were the inhabitants of Lion’s Head having to rely on the …

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2009 Working on the Stokes Bay Lighthouse

"Saving the Stokes Bay Lighthouse"

by Bruce County Tourism

Late in the summer of 2009, Ontario Parks informed Bruce County staff that the Canadian Coast Guard had plans to …

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