Cove Island LighthouseCove Island, ON
One of the most dramatic structures on the Bruce Coast, the Cove Island Lighthouse has been marking passage between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay since 1858. This imperial tower structure built by John Brown is similar in style to those at Point Clark and Chantry Island. The tower, original house and fog plant, a workshop, and keepers’ homes make up the lightstation today.
The lighthouse can only be viewed by private boat, the Chi Cheemaun car ferry or by tour boat out of Tobermory. Access to the island is restricted.
Cove Island lighthouse has been marking safe passage through a perilous strait between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay for sailors since October 30, 1858. The first of the imperial lighthouses to be completed, it sits on Gig Point, the northeast tip of the island, about five miles from Tobermory’s mainland harbour.
Standing 90 ft above the water, it is 80 ft in height from its base to the centre of its light.
- Type of Light:
- 26 km
- 80 ft
- Year Built:
Featured Story: “David McBeath”
The Isle of Coves has many fascinating stories to tell but nothing compares with the drama of lightkeeper David McBeath his wife Mary Jane, and their five young children running out of food with winter imminent.
It was early December 1860 and the McBeath family had not yet received their provisions. Despite rationing for weeks, McBeath was desperate for food to feed his starving wife and children.With the lake beginning to freeze, McBeath had a difficult decision to make, stay on the island in the hope that food may arrive soon and risk starvation, or load his family into the boat and take his chances on the cold and turbulent lake in the hope of reaching the mainland.
- By tour or private boat
- Access to island is restricted