Stokes Bay Lighthouse (Museum Location)

Stokes Bay Lighthouse (Museum Location)Southampton, ON

This 103 year old rear range light was originally located at Stokes Bay on the Bruce Peninsula.  The front range light is still located on Knife Island.  The original structure consisted of a three-tiered, tapered steel frame, surmounted by a wood watch room and lantern, standing 22.6 meters high. The watch room is clad in cedar shingles and flares at its top into a coved cornice supporting a gallery and wood lantern, itself capped with a pyramidal roof and vent stack. The Light tower is painted white, and features contrasting red elements and a day marker on its front face. The wooden watch room was saved from destruction when the Canadian Coast Guard made the decision to decommission it, and it was transported to Southampton in December 2009.  In April 2010 it was moved to its home at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, overlooking Fairy Lake.  A team of volunteers spent hundreds of hours restoring it.

The Museum is grateful to the staff at Bruce County Tourism, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, the residents of Stokes Bay and our many volunteers, for saving this historical landmark.

Lighthouse Features

  • Type of Light:
  • Height:
    72 ft
  • Style:
    Range Light
    Year Built:

Featured Story: “Saving the Stokes Bay Lighthouse”

Late in the summer of 2009, Ontario Parks informed Bruce County staff that the Canadian Coast Guard had plans to replace the historic 1903 Stokes Bay Range Light structure located on their property.  Age and structural deficiencies made it difficult for Coast Guard personnel to safely maintain the tower.

“The structure must be removed to upgrade this important navigational aid, which helps protect the safety of boaters along the Bruce Peninsula,” said Doug Jibb, Construction Technologist with the Canadian Coast Guard.  Because of the County’s deep commitments to protecting and preserving Bruce Coast marine history, it was obvious that the structure must be saved and relocated.  A plan was hatched to move the structure to the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre to be incorporated into the Bruce Coast Marine Gallery.

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Lighthouse Info

Operational Info

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Yes - View website for details
1-866-318-8889 or 800-268-3838


By foot behind Museum
Interior Access:
Guided Tours:
Yes, inside Museum
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Stokes Bay Lighthouse features a museum location, view of Fairy lake, and easy access to downtown shops.