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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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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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1885 Photo of Lighthouse keeper Norman McDonald and 2 small children

"Service Awards"

by Bruce County Tourism

Imperial Service Medals were Awarded to the First Two Lightkeepers on Lyal Island and another on Knife Island – John …

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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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1930s John, Eulene and Elizabeth Ann Jones Ruttle

"Memories of Point Clark – 1930s"

by Eulene Ruttle Antoniak

I especially remember what rugged living it was. Just a narrow road winding through the bush. In the summer it …

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1963 Lightkeeper Elmer MacKenzie and Marlene Lowry MacKenzie

"Point Clark 1963–1964"

by Marlene Lowry MacKenzie

We moved there (Lightkeeper’s House) in March, 1963. The ground was covered with snow. We lived there until July, 1964. …

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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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1930s John, Eulene and Elizabeth Ann Jones Ruttle

"Memories of Point Clark – 1930s"

by Eulene Ruttle Antoniak

I especially remember what rugged living it was. Just a narrow road winding through the bush. In the summer it …

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1963 Lightkeeper Elmer MacKenzie and Marlene Lowry MacKenzie

"Point Clark 1963–1964"

by Marlene Lowry MacKenzie

We moved there (Lightkeeper’s House) in March, 1963. The ground was covered with snow. We lived there until July, 1964. …

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1970s Flowerpot Island Lighthouse

"Lighting Always Strikes in Threes"

by Bruce County Tourism

It was the late seventies, three years after diesel generators for electricity were installed at Flowerpot. Audrey Coultis, the longest …

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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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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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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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1930s Chantry Island Lighthouse

"Young Girl on Chantry Island"

by Interview with John Weichel of fo’c’s’le magazine

As a young child, Jean Scott, now Jean Davies, lived in Southampton and was friends with Ruth Klippert, the daughter …

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1929 Kincardine Lighthouse 1922-23

"Living in the Lighthouse"

by Jack and Susan Westell

Susan and Jack Westell moved to the Kincardine lighthouse when they were nine and six respectively. Their father Oran was …

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1963 Lightkeeper Elmer MacKenzie and Marlene Lowry MacKenzie

"Point Clark 1963–1964"

by Marlene Lowry MacKenzie

We moved there (Lightkeeper’s House) in March, 1963. The ground was covered with snow. We lived there until July, 1964. …

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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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1881 Captain George Currie - 1878-1902

"Schooner Regina"

by Robert Square

On Tuesday September 6, 1881, loaded with a thousand barrels of salt the schooner Regina under the command of Captain …

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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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