June 7, 2020: From yesterday's Ottawa Citizen: BROCKVILLE — The flooding along the Ottawa River suffered in the spring of 2019 has claimed another victim; the Ile Leblanc lighthouse is no more. Well, the lighthouse local mariners are familiar with is no more, anyway. Early season boaters cruising through the Lower Narrows located on the stretch of water between Petawawa and Pembroke, across from the Pine Ridge Park Campground, have no doubt noticed the locally famous landmark missing so far this boating season. This lighthouse will be replaced when the COVID-19 Pandemic is over with.E-mail Allan Lewis
May 18, 2005:
Lighthouse at Sand Point on the Ottawa River (just west of Arnprior) photo by Michel Forand Dear Mr Lewis, I am looking for information on the 30-odd lighthouses that dotted the Ottawa River in the past, from McQuestin Point in the west to Oka (Kanesatake) and Ste Anne de Bellevue in the east. Only a few remain today, four of which are still active in season on the upper river (Sand Point, McQuestion Point, Passage Narrows, Deep River Islet). According to information found in government documents, the first lighthouses on the river were built in 1860, with most of the construction taking place in the 1870s and 1880s, and then in the nine or ten years preceding the First World War. In alphabetical order, the lighthouses I've found in government light lists are the following: Arnprior Island Aylmer Island Baskins Wharf Range (at Twelve Mile Island) Britannia (see also the Britannia neighbourhood) Buckham Point (near Constance Bay) Campbell Island Chute a Blondeau Range Deep River Islet * Fort William (near Fort Coulonge) Green Shoal Ile aux Alumettes (see Calumet / Allumette page) Ile Rosalie* L'Orignal Point L'Orignal Wharf L'Orignal Range Lower Alumette Lake McQuestin (McQuestion) Point* McTavish Point Morris (Victoria) Island Oka / Kanesatake Oka Wharf* Passage Lower (Lower Narrows)* Pointe Ã Cadieux Pointe au Chene Pointe aux Anglais Pointe Caron Ste Anne de Bellevue Range Ste Anne de Bellevue Traverse Range St Placide Range Sand Point* Supple Point Way (Wade) Shoal Most of these lighthouses were square, tapered towers with a small lantern room at the top where the light was. The lighthouse on the pier at Sand Point, which is the most accessible of those that have survived until now, is very typical of these structures. The word "range" indicates that there were in fact two lights which, when mariners positioned themselves so as to put the lights in a single 'line", pointed the best channel for navigation. Often, names used locally differed from those in official documents. For example, the Green Shoal light was near Templeton, Quebec, but I suspect it was known by different names on both sides of the river. The asterisks above indicate lights of which I have photos from the Coast Guard (mostly modern). I will be happy to pass them on to anyone enquiring. I would be most interested to hear from anyone with unpublished documents, newspaper clippings, old photographs or postcards, family papers or memories about members who were in charge of maintaining the lights on the river, etc. Michel Forand ____________________________ Hi Mr. Forand. Thanks for your e-mail regarding lighthouses on the Ottawa River system. This is interesting. Do you mind if I set up a a new page on our web site? Hopefully there will be some people who can contribute some information for us. I'm pretty sure that I remember seeing the lighthouse at Aylmer Island but I don't remember if it was still working. Same with the one off Baskins Beach. I think that it was at Twelve Mile Island which is closer to the Quebec side. (see 1879 map showing location of Twelve Mile Island posted on this page on October 17. 2008). The Morris Island lighthouse you mention -- is that where the Morris Island Conservation Area is today, just west of the dam at Fitzroy Harbour? I'd like to find out what that area looked like before the dam went in. Also, the one at Sand Point -- is that near the railway bridge, just west of Morris Island, towards Arnprior? I hope to get up there again within the next couple of weeks and will try and get some photographs. Where is McQuestion Point? This is interesting stuff. Do you have any photos of the working lighthouse at Sand Point? It would be a nice addition to a new page on the lighthouses. Thanks again for this. ... Al Lewis _________________________ Hello Al, Thanks for your prompt reply. Glad you like my area of interest! I've been involved in lighthouse research (purely on an amateur basis) for several years, but this is the first time I try to find information on lighthouses of the Ottawa River. I still need to take a look at the Archives holdings to see if they have any relevant documents or photos. I think setting up a page on the lighthouses of the river on your web site is a wonderful idea. I can contribute the photos I have from the Coast Guard, which like other government images are available for public use provided the source is credited. Most are modern photos, but one or two are older. I will have to enquire from one of my coast Guard contacts to see if more photos of lighthouses on the Quebec side might be available. A scan of my own photo of the Sand Point Light is attached (photo taken about 2002). I can also provide some data on the lights mentioned in my earlier e-mail. Let me know if you'd like me to do that and in what format you would like me to send it (MS Word or Excel file, etc.). Finally, I just bought an old ca. 1904 map entitled "Canals, Lighthouses and Sailing Routes: St. Lawrence and Great Lakes," and I could try to scan the Ottawa River portion. The map shows the locations of lighthouses with red dots. Many of these square "pyramidal" wooden towers have been replaced in recent decades by what are called Claymar towers, which are round metal pillars or columns, usually with the top part painted green or red and a small beacon at the top. I attach a scan showing the Claymar tower at Pembroke. The lights at Aylmer Island and Baskin Beach are now Claymar towers, as is the light on Twelve Mile Island. These towers have proliferated on both sides of the river ever since the government decided to get rid of the old lighthouses. Now, even some of the Claymar towers are being retired (at Montebello, for example). I'm not very familiar with some of the locales on the upper river because they are often in areas that are inaccessible or difficult to reach by car. McQuestion Point (also spelled McQuestin) seems to be one of those. Based on the coordinates, it seems to be somewhere just east of Deep River, but I couldn't be more precise without looking at a detailed topographical chart or survey map. The Morris Island Lighthouse was located in Lac des Chats, so it was very likely in the area you mention, as this would be the eastern end of the lake. We have an active lighthouse right here in Ottawa, by the way: it's located on the grounds of the Museum of Science and Technology on St. Laurent Boulevard. However, this lighthouse - which is more in the style of the more powerful coastal lights - is not "native" to this area. It was first built on Cape Race in Newfoundland, then later moved to North Cape on Cape Breton Island. In the late 1970s, when the director of the museum at the time (David Beard) heard that the lighthouse was being discarded and would probably be scrapped, he made arrangements for it to be dismantled and moved to Ottawa ca. 1979-80. Let me know how I can contribute further to the lighthouse page. Regards, Michel ______________________ Hi Michel: I have an 1879 map which shows the Chats Falls area before the dam went in (maybe around 1930's). It shows a "Sand Point" at Constance Bay. Is this the Sand Point which is shown in your photo? Or is there another Sand Point, further upriver to the west of Arnprior? The lighthouses at Aylmer Island and at Twelve Mile Island are shown on the map but there is no lighthouse marked on the 1879 map at Morris Island. I have hiked and canoed in the Morris Island area and have not seen any remnants of a lighthouse there, although water levels have changed since the dam went in or the lighthouse may have been constructed after the map was made. If you have time, I'd appreciate a scanned image of the map which you have -- the one which shows all of the lighthouses from Montreal to Deep River. Thanks again for this. ... Al Modern Light at Pembroke on the Ottawa River photo by Michel Forand Map of Ottawa River, west of the City of Ottawa Lighthouses shown in Red Department of the Interior, Atlas of Canada, ca. 1904 Map of Ottawa River, east of the City of Ottawa including parts of the St. Lawrence River Lighthouses shown in Red Department of the Interior, Atlas of Canada, ca. 1904 The Lighthouse at Morris Island Photo from Edward F. Bush, "The Canadian Lighthouse," Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 9. Ottawa: Indian and Northern Affairs, National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, 1974, p. 85 (photo taken by the author's son).
September 1, 2005: Text for the web page (both messages dated August 28, 2005): ---------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you Michel for researching this part of our Ottawa River History. There was a lighthouse near the foot of Allumette Island almost opposite the Village of Westmeath. It was torched by vandals about 1960. It was similar to the Sand Point lighthouse you picture. The river turns at this point and there is a shoal of rocks out from Bellows Bay (Ontario). According to my father, this rock pile was the reason for the lighthouse. Keep up the good work, Jackie Ryan Patterson, Pembroke ---------------------------------------------------------------- Hello Jackie, Thank you very much for your e-mail - the first comment I've received on the Ottawa River lighthouses web page! You may well be right about there being a lighthouse opposite the village of Westmeath in the old days. As far as I can tell, the red dots on the map, which were put there by the Department of the Interior, indicate the situation as it was circa 1904-06. Lighthouses that were established later would therefore not appear on the map. I'm not aware of a map that shows all the lighthouses that ever existed on the Ottawa River. According to government records (List of Lights and Fog-Signals - Inland Waters), in 1915 there were three lighthouses along the southeast side of Allumette Island. From west to east (downriver), they were listed as Allumette Island, Supple Point and Lower Allumette Lake. Allumette Island The lighthouse was located "about 2 miles below Pembroke. On boom pier about 200 feet from shore of [Allumette] island." It was described as "white, square, wood; on square cribwork foundation" and was 27 feet tall. It marked "the entrance to the most northerly channel of Allumette rapids." It doesn't look as though this lighthouse is shown by a red dot on the Department of Interior map. Supple Point The lighthouse was located on "the S.E. point of Allumette island." Its description was similar to the above, except that it was on a stone foundation, presumably on land. I suspect this is the lighthouse shown on the Department of the Interior map by the red dot closest to Pembroke. Lower Allumette Lake The lighthouse was located "on head of Spence Island, opposite lot 18." Its description was identical to that of the Supple Point Lighthouse. The name of the lighthouse suggests that it might have been approximately in the area you describe. These three lights were no longer listed by 1937. As I don't have lists of lights for the period between 1916 and 1936, I can't say exactly when they were discontinued. It's quite possible that other lighthouses were built on that stretch of the river, then discontinued, between these two dates. They came and they went, and now unfortunately most of them are gone.... Again, thanks for your comments. Michel Forand, Ottawa ________________________ Morris Island is just above the dam at Fitzroy Harbour. See posting dated April 10, 2005 on our Fitzroy page.
December 10, 2005: Gentlemen, Back in 1957 I worked on the Ottawa River towing logs from Chenaux Boom down to Gillies Brothers mill at Braeside and also pulp for the E. B. Eddy Company which we turned loose at the CNR bridge just above Fitzroy. As I recall part of our job was to check in on the lighthouses and replace the batteries or bulbs if needed. I seem to remember 5 lighthouses between Chenaux Boom (Castleford) and Pontiac . Check for the records of the Upper Ottawa Improvement Company and they will more than likely tell you where the lighthouse were. There was one on an island just out and above Roddy's Bay, second was at Sand Point Wharf, third was on a rock just below Gillies Mill at Sandy Hook, 4th was on the Ontario shore roughly midway between Arnprior and the railway bridge between Ontario and Quebec, above Fitzroy. The last was a light just below Pontiac Bay but if I recall correctly it was by 1960 just a light that a man named Harry Lloyd would light when / if we were towing at night in that area. ... Emerson C. McCallum ___________________________________ Good morning, Mr. McCallum: Thanks for your interesting e-mail regarding lighthouses on the Ottawa River. This is the kind of first-hand history which we should be recording. I am interested in the lighthouses and the logging industry on the Ottawa River. Michel Forand has done a lot of work on the lighthouses. My family had a cottage just below the dam at Fitzroy during the 1960's and the logging operations were still active then, presumably working with the pulp logs which you released at the CNR bridge above the dam. There was a tug boat moored near Quyon and the booms extended from the Chats Falls Dam almost to the ferry landing at Quyon. After New Year's I plan on going up to get a picture of the CNR bridge and hopefully the nearby lighthouse (if it's still there). There is also a large iron or steel barge, rusted, probably 30 feet long and maybe fifteen feet wide. It has been abandoned and rests near the shore close to the dam and to the west of Fitzroy Harbour. Do you recall this barge in operation? I'd like to add your e-mail to our web site (on the lighthouses page) as a contact for other researchers. Is this OK with you? Please let me know. ... Al Lewis ________________________ Note: Mr. McCallum has some interesting information regarding the steel barge mentioned above. I've added it to our lumbering page under date of December 10, 2005. ... Al
January 5, 2006: Michel: Thank you for researching this fascinating aspect of the history of the Upper Ottawa. I noticed your posting on the www.bytown.net site. As mentioned in the subject line, one of the keepers of the Britannia Light was Matthew Murphy. He was our ggg-grandfather and was involved with the very last days of the fur trade in the Ottawa valley. His elder brother, John Murphy, was a purser with the Upper Ottawa Forwarding Company from its inception in 1843 and later became a captain. (There is also another John Murphy, of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, who was a captain with the Company and later an owner of the company). Matthew was a raft pilot (as noted in the 1851 and 1861 censuses) and a lighthouse keeper (noted in the 1881 census). Michael Murphy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ______________________________ and from Michel Forand (also posted on January 5, 2006): Hello everyone, Please accept my apologies for not writing sooner. As I'm still a "rookie" where the geography of the Ottawa River is concerned, I'm not familiar enough with local names to recognize all the lighthouses mentioned by Mr. McCallum. However, the charts on Al's page on the changing topography of Fitzroy Harbour, Chats Falls and Morris Island - http://www.bytown.net/fitzroytopography.htm - do show the locations of some of them. The Sand Point Light is well known, of course, because it's still standing and is the most easily accessible of all land-based lighthouses on the river. Jackie, the lighthouses were indeed the responsibility of the federal government. In the mid-19th century, they were administered by the Department of Public Works. From the 1870s to the 1930s, they came under the Department of Marine, which was known as the Department of Marine and Fisheries for a while in the early 20th century, then reverted to its old name. At some point (late 1930s?), lighthouses were placed under the Department of Transport, and later still, in the 1950s, under the newly created Canadian Coast Guard, first as an agency of the Department of Transport, then of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Today, the Ottawa River lights and other navigational aids are maintained by the technicians of the Coast Guard's Prescott Base. Because some of the lights on the upper river are so remote, the technicians have to use a helicopter to reach them. In the National Archives, departmental lighthouse records are mainly under RG12 (Transport), even those from the late 19th century and early 20th century. The Archives also have a good selection of old lighthouse photos. Searching the records online can be a bit tricky because of the variety of relevant keywords (lighthouse, lighthouses, light house, light station, etc.), not to mention the occasional misspelling. Incidentally, there is a nice photo (1936) of the old Aylmer Island Lighthouse on p. 7 of the September 1999 issue of Full and By, the newsletter of the Britannia Yacht Club, available as a PDF document at http://www.byc.ca/fullby/1999/1999_sep_fb.pdf That lighthouse doesn't exist any more, unfortunately; there's only a "marker" on the island today (photo at http://sailquest.com/ottawa/dinghy.htm). Michel ___________________ Michael, Very little information seems to be available on keepers of the Ottawa River lighthouses - thanks very much for contributing the name of your ggg-grandfather to the lighthouse page! I hope we may one day have more details about his tenure as keeper of the Britannia Light. I have found virtually no information on the lighthouse, and have never seen a photo of it; in fact, I'm not even sure exactly where it was located. Any details on its history would certainly be most welcome. Again, thank you for adding this piece of information to the picture. Michel Forand
March 24, 2006:
Lower Allumette Lake area LighthousesHello Al, I've exchanged e-mails with John M. about lighthouses in the Lower Allumette Lake area. Perhaps you can post this condensed and edited version of those exchanges? The two scans sent by John are attached, and I also attach the portion of chart 1553 where the lighthouse is located. If you need further information, please let me know. Michel Forand ============================ Hello Michel I read the email string regarding Ottawa River Lighthouses. I have included two pictures of lighthouses in my area. The first is a new structure built on the foundation of the old lighthouse directly across from Westmeath. The section of land it is situated is known as Kelly Point. The second lighthouse is several miles downstream from the first, still on the Quebec side at the entrance of a narrow channel that connects Lower Allumette to the rest of the river. You may already know this info or have seen the structures. If I can be of any further assistance please advise. Regards John M. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hello John Many thanks for your comments and the two photos. This is excellent information, but it raises questions in my mind because I have difficulty matching the two lighthouses with government data of the past. Your email confirms information provided by Jackie Ryan Patterson last year: there used to be a lighthouse on Kelly Point, presumably shown by the red dot on the east side of Allumette Island on the the 1904 map posted on the lighthouse page. Could this have been the Lower Allumette Lake Lighthouse, mentioned in my posting of September 1, 2005? The 1915 government list did not mention Kelly Point but described the location of the lighthouse as ''head of Spence Island, opposite lot 18, E[ast] range of Allumette Island". Its coordinates were 45Âº 48'15N, 76Âº 54'0W. When applying these coordinates in Mapquest, they give a location near the end of the point in Westmeath Provincial Park, across the river from Kelly Point. It's possible the 1915 coordinates were inaccurate, but since I don't know the exact location of Spence Island, I can't say for sure. As for to the other lighthouse you mention and illustrate with a photo, from your description it sounds as though it must be located just west of Waltham on the Quebec side. Have I got the location right? The old light lists I have in my library (1902, 1915, 1937, 1956, 1963, 1967, etc.) do not mention any light downriver between Lower Allumette Lake and Fort Coulonge, and yet your photo confirms there was one, though it's probably inactive today. There is alway the possibility this light was active only in the 1920s or only in the 1940s and early 1950s; since I don't have lists for those periods, I can't say for sure. As you can see, there is still a certain amount of mystery here. If you can shed any light on the two lighthouses, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again. Michel Forand ----------------------------------------- Hello again Michel; According to Google Earth the coordinates of Pointe Kelly are 45 48 29 N 76 55 10 W. This is across from Sand Point of Westmeath Park in Ontario. The second lighthouse is 45.51 25.32 N 76.56 01.61 W. This lighthouse is at the head of a small island. I do not know the name of it, but it is beside (across the channel from) Ile Fraser. The map I have calls it Ile. Lighthouse. Most locals here call it Lighthouse Island. However the name of Spence is common on Allumette Island. I could possibly research more of my maps and send scans to you if required. Let me know if I can be of further assist in this regard. Regards jm -------------------------------------------- Hello John, Thank you for writing. Since I last wrote, I've acquired navigational charts for the stretch of the river we've been discussing. The charts are very helpful. Sheet 1 of chart 1553 shows the location of Ile Lighthouse and of the old lighthouse itself on the island. Because of the discrepancy between its coordinates and those published in the government lists I have, I'm not absolutely sure this is the lighthouse that used to be listed as Lower Allumette Lake, but chances are that it is and that the published coordinates were wrong. This means that Lighthouse Island is probably what was referred to as Spence Island in the government lists. I'm going to assume that's the situation unless there is evidence to the contrary. Michel ______________________ Hi Michel: Thanks for your e-mail. By co-incidence, I was reading a book about the history of Fitzroy Township yesterday. The book mentions the light at Morris Island (Ontario side, between Arnprior and Fitzroy Harbour). This lighthouse was sold (auctioned off by the government) despite local residents wishes to maintain it as a heritage structure. Do you have this information? If not, I can transcribe it and add it to our lighthouses page on our web site. I'll add your new material and the three photos in the next day or so. Thanks again for this. ... Al ________________________ Hi Al, Thanks for the information about Morris Island. Do go ahead and post it - I was not aware of that development. Please indicate what year this happened if the book happens to mention it. I may add a comment on this posting but I'll need to do a little research first. Best regards, Michel _______________________ Here are John and Michel's photos and map: Michel: Here's the info about Morris Island from Beyond Our Memory ... A History of Fitzroy Township: Lavan's Lighthouse, built on the edge of Morris Island by the Coast Guard in 1873, received media attention in 1987 when it was sold off to the highest bidder by Public Works Canada. Named after it's first keeper, pioneer Joe Lavan, the lighthouse alerted boaters to the shoals of Chats Lake until the Coast Guard turned out the light in late October 1983. The National Historical Society declined a purchase of the lighthouse property, disappointing local heritage lovers who fear for the continued existence of a remnant of the logging era of the late 1800's when the Ottawa River was alive with related activity. From Lovell's 1884 Directory: Francis Lavan's occupation is listed as "Lighthouse Keeper". The 1879 map (black and white above) shows the lighthouse as being on the property of Francis Lavan. Here is Francis Lavan and his wife in the 1881 Census: (Francois Lavigne?) 1881 Census Place: Fitzroy, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375867 NAC C-13231 Dist 108 SubDist I Div 2 Page 11 Family 44 Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Francis LAVAN M M 60 French Quebec Occ: Light House Keeper Religion: Catholic Frances LAVAN F M 60 French Quebec Religion: Catholic ... Al
April 23, 2006: I just sort of stumbled across your website and discussion re: lighthouses on the Ottawa River. I don't know if you're interested, but I can add a little bit to the story. My great-grandmother was a Leblanc. Her son (my grandfather) was Thomas Jones from Pembroke. The Leblancs owned an island on the Ottawa River across from Pembroke. It was called "Leblanc's Island." However, through time, the channel around it filled in and it is now attached to Allumette Island. They were the first settlers on LeBlanc's Island and they tended to the lighthouse that is still standing today. They used to go and light the kerosene light. It was used to guard that part of the river because of the rocks. The island was very rocky, and very snake-y (because of the rocks.) The original log house is also still standing. I think this might be the "missing" lighthouse that you are discussing but aren't sure about, on Allumette Island. The Murphy family lived nearby in another log house and were also early settlers in that area. My mother remembers visiting Leblancs and helping them light the lamp at night. Maureen Moss
June 19, 2006: Hi Maureen, Your comments are most welcome, and I apologize for not replying sooner: I've been in and out of Ottawa a number of times in the last several weeks, and catching up is hard to do! The navigational chart for the Pembroke area does show Leblanc Island, now attached to the Allumette Island "mainland." I believe the lighthouse you mention is one that used to be known as "Lower Narrows" and is one of the few remaining active lighthouses on the Ottawa River (now called "Passage Lower" by the Coast Guard). The light was established in 1887 and originally consisted of a lantern on a mast, with a tool shed at the base. The present lighthouse was built in 1907. The lighthouse called "Allumette Island" in the government's 1915 light list (established in 1906) was said to be located "about 2 miles below [i.e. downriver from] Pembroke, on boom pier about 200 feet from shore of island" and to mark "the entrance to the most northerly channel of Allumette rapids." Based on this information, I'm guessing it must have been somewhere near the northwestern tip of Morrison Island. The lighthouse was no longer listed by 1936, and I don't know what happened to it. Again, many thanks for providing these details. Michel Forand ___________________________ and from Christian Veillet: Bonjour! I found the web page http://www.bytown.net/lighthouses.htm while looking for lighthouses on the Ottawa river near Ottawa. Very interesting! I would like to know the location of the long gone Britannia Lighthouse. I read on the web page that Michel did not know where it is. Any new development in locating it? The Green Shoal light, from the web page, is located near Templeton(?). In the Lighthouse Explorer database, it seems to be close to Orleans on the south bank of the river and the tower replacing the original light in 1900 is supposed to have been deactivated c. 1970. Is it still around? Any idea of the exact location? As for the Buckhams Point (Constance Bay) Light, I guess there is nothing there anymore. Where was it located exactly? Thanks! Aloha, Christian Veillet ______________________ Christian and Al, As far as I know, of the 30 or so lighthouses that once dotted the Ottawa River between Deep River and Ste. Anne de Bellevue, only seven remain. From west to east they are: McQuestin Point (formerly known as McQuestion Point) Deep River Islet Lower Narrows (listed as Passage Lower today) Lower Allumette Island (photo above by John Meadows) Sand Point (photo at the top of this page) L'Orignal (two range lights located on a private campground). The Lower Allumette Island and L'Orignal lights are now inactive, but the others are supposed to be active in season. To the best of my knowledge, the Britannia Light disappeared a long time ago (sometime between 1902 and 1915). It was not unusual for lighthouses located at water level to be destroyed or carried away by the ice in the winter or spring, and it was often considered too costly to rebuild them. If someone has an old photo or postcard showing this lighthouse, please post it here! Today, there is a light in the Britannia area, but it's a so-called Claymar tower - a circular metal tower with a beacon light at the top - located at the end of a pier or breakwater at the Britannia Yacht Club. This light is listed as Stillwater Park by the Coast Guard (see scan). The Green Shoal Light also no longer exists, as far as I know. The 1902 light list said it was on "S. side of channel, opposite East Templeton, 7 miles below Ottawa City." East Templeton is part of the city of Gatineau today. The fact that the light was said to be on the south side of the channel suggests that it was on the Ontario side of the river, and the reason Orleans was given as the closest town in the Lighthouse Explorer Database was to make sure the light would be included among Ontario lights. However, it was not on the south bank of the river but (as its name suggests) on a detached crib in the water. I attach a scan from the Archives Nationales du QuÃ©bec, which refers to it as Templeton. The Buckhams Point Light was listed in 1902 as Buckom Point. Its location was given as "on crib off point, south shore, about 16 miles above Aylmer"; the list also stated that the light was there "to indicate the low point, and the shoals off it." I've never seen a photo of it. Michel ___________________ Thanks to Michael Ross Murphy for the following: There was a lighthouse somewhere in the area that was built around 1880. I have never been able to find the precise location of this original emplacement. It must have been built just after the 1879 publication of the Belden Illustrated Historical Atlas of Carleton Co. From "Ottawa's Britannia" (by Eva Taylor and James Kennedy), the following information can be gleaned: 1) The original lighthouse location was accessible by rowboat, at least some times during the season of operation. 2) In 1900, a 1000 foot wooden pier was built at Britannia Park by the Ottawa Electric Co. (approximately where the breakwater is today), with a base built from stone excavated by the building of the Metropolitan Electric Railway Canal nearby. At this time, the "government lighthouse" was located (relocated?) at the end of the pier. 3) In 1906, the Britannia Boathouse Club built a building at the end of the pier, extending the pier by 300 feet. The "government lighthouse" was placed in a small tower on top of the new building. A "T" was made at the end of the pier in 1907, with moorings for boats. Unfortunately, the boathouse burned in August 1918 (presumably along with the lighthouse) forcing the Boat Club to return to their original location of the old sawmill on Cassels Street where they have remained to this day. All that can be seen now is a tiny little "toy lighthouse" on a little peninsula at the waterfront Andrew Hayden Park. We know there was also an 1880s-style rectangular wooden lighthouse on Aylmer Island in the 1930s, not far west of Britannia. But -- as far as I know -- no one has a precise location for the original lighthouse... (Yet!!!) Michael Ross Murphy _____________ Thanks to Michel Forand for sending in the following scan of an old postcard showing the Britannia lighthouse:
December 7, 2007: Hello Al, It's been a while since there's been any activity on the Lighthouses of the Ottawa River web page. Today, I received a call from Doug and Helen Scheels of Arnprior, who are hoping someone can provide information about the Arnprior Lighthouse. They said there is a picture of the old lighthouse (taken ca. 1970) in a book by Pat and Rosemarie Keough, which I have not seen. The only details I have on the lighthouse, based on old government lists, is that it was officially called Arnprior Island, that it was established in 1906 and that it was a 26 foot tall pyramidal wooden structure. It was probably similar in appearance to the Sand Point Lighthouse shown in the photo at the top of the Lighthouses page, except that it was on a very small island in the river. Doug says the lighthouse was destroyed by fire (probably arson) in 1985. Today, its replacement is a simple metal tower with a beacon at the top. There's a distant view of it in the third photo on this page: http://motivated-motion.blogspot.com/2006/09/ontario-arnprior-to-peterborough.html and Google Earth provides a satellite photo of the location: http://tinyurl.com/2nfrwz If anyone can contribute photos or other details about the old lighthouse and its history to the Lighthouse page (who the keepers were, etc.), that would be great. Thanks to Doug and Helen for contacting me about this. ... Michel Forand _____________________ Note: There is a "Navigation Light" in the Ottawa River, off the town of Arnprior. It is shown on the topographic map on our web page for Fitzroy Topography. ... Al
January 9, 2008: Thanks to Elizabeth Bond for the following interesting contribution about the McQuestion Lighthouse near Chalk River. I have also posted this to our page about Lumbering in the Ottawa Valley. Hello, I have information about the McQuestion Lighthouse. It is located in the former Buchanan Township (today, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories property) and is still standing and is in good condition. There is a published article about the lighthouse and lighthouse keepers in Tamarack Magazine, an excellent Oral History-based publication produced by Mackenzie High Students in Deep River, Ontario. Here is an excerpt from the article: The following was taken from Tamarack Magazine: Exploration of Valley History, Issue IV. Gerald Nadeau, born in the 1930s, tells Amy Mark and Neal Watts that: "Living by the Ottawa River is my first memory. We lived on a small farm. It was just a small clearing with a log house and two stables. McQuestion Point, where we lived, was a stopping place by the river. Teams of lumbermen used to come to the old house. I think there's only three logs left of it now. There were quite a few of these places used for overnight stops, what you would call keepovers. From Sheenborough up to our old house was one day's trip so people would come that far and stay the first night. Then they'd go as far as the Swisha, which was another day. All of these places were ports for travelling lumbermen. There was no hydro, telephone, or radio at the old house. The only furnishings in the house were six chairs at a table, a box stove for night firing, a cook stove, a cupboard, three beds, two or three water pails, and some pots and pans. We just lived season to season; nothing ever made you hurry, so it wasn't important if it was eight o'clock, nine o'clock, or ten o'clock. The closest house was about a mile and a half away and the roads were never ploughed. In those conditions, if you were able to do anything like chop wood, get water, or any of those other chores, you did them willingly. We used to look after McLeod's lighthouse which was on an island [McQuestion's Point]. The island was a beautiful spot. It was best in the springtime-the whole island would just be covered with dandelions as thick as they could grow and the grass would be cut down because of the cows grazing on it. You'd hear the ice come down the mountains. The gather of ice would melt in the spring and it would just keep flowing down the mountain until finally it got so heavy that it would break away with whatever trees would come with it and it would tumble down onto the ice on the river. It would almost be like thunder. Every second spring, you'd hear it and the next day if you went to the river you'd see all the trees out on the ice where the big icicles had broken. The lighthouse had a globe about 20 inches high and it burned about two quarts of oil in twelve hours. Each evening you had to clean out the lamp glasses, trim the wick and check the wick for length. The wick was about two inches wide and there were two of them in the globe which was housed in a square glass enclosure. The two wick adjusters were side by side. If one fire went out then you always had the second one. You had to light it and then turn the wicks up until the globe got warm and then you'd turn it down so that there was no smoke from it. The coal oil had to be carried down in the spring. It took three 45 gallon containers to fill the tanks in it. They used to give us twelve dollars a month for looking after the lighthouse. You had to go down every morning and blow the light out. I never went alone, because I was too young and the lightstand was quite high. You'd have to get up on something to reach it. The lighthouse was put there because the river is quite narrow in that spot. It was built some time after the 1850s for boats towing logs. The first big boats on the river were steam driven. There used to be a big red river boat, an old tow boat, thirty-five feet long with the engine taken out of it. It had been set adrift and had become wedged between the lighthouse island and the river shore. It stayed there until it had rotted away. The sides would be about three feet high and they got warm by the sun beating against them. The pike would lay against the side and sometimes you'd see eight or ten fish all beside the boat. Some of the pike were up to five feet long. We used to catch one fish each spring and that was enough for one week, as much fish as you wanted to eat." On a seperate occasion, I learned that: "The lighthouse was situated on McQuestion's Point because it was such a narrow point in the river. The Marine Co. used to oversee the management of the lighthouse, and would pay a family $12.00 a month for keeping it, on 12 month leases. Each year, they would take four huge 45 gallon drums of coal oil down to the lighthouse on sleighs. The Marine Co. would also send a big wick and a huge pair of scissors; tar; a broom; paint for the boat; spare lamp glass; a shovel; a box of rags that you would go through first to see if there was anything you could wear; and a strong sharp axe that young Gerald was forever aching to get his hands on because he was always busy chopping stones." Please find attached a photo of the lighthouse taken last year. Also, the community museum in Deep River--The School House Museum--is operated by the McQuestion descendants, and they might have more information for you. I hope you find this information helpful, ... Elizabeth Bond
McQuestion Lighthouse, 2007
January 11, 2008: Hello Al, When you post Ms Bond's contribution, it may be of interest to add this second photo, showing the general location of the McQuestion Lighthouse. I'm not sure when it was taken, but it has to be at least five or six years ago. Please credit the Canadian Coast Guard. Regards, ... Michel
McQuestion Lighthouse, c. 2000 Source: Canadian Coast Guard
October 17, 2008:
Lighthouse at Arnprior, 1950's Source: The Arnprior Vitual Museum Photo CollectionThanks to Mr. Doug Dinberg of Pennsylvania, USA, for bringing this photo to our attention. Twelve Mile Island Lighthouse in 1879 Source: Belden's Atlas of Carleton County
November 7, 2008: Not a whole lot of traffic on this site but I see a recent posting so here are a few thoughts: Perhaps current place names provide clues about past locations and landmarks. Here is a text I found at http://www.ottawaliving.ca/community.php?community_id=135 concerning Beacon Hill. "Part of Ottawa's eastern suburbs, Beacon Hill is located to the North East of Downtown, and is considered a suburb under the greater Orleans and Gloucester community designations. Amicably referred to as "the Beaks" or "the Hill" it drew its name from a lighthouse in the Ottawa River. It was thought that the light could be seen from the top of the hill at Naskapi Drive. Although the lighthouse is no longer, the foundation remains visible from the bike paths meandering along the river." Could this be the Green Shoal lighthouse opposite Templeton, Quebec? In Constance Bay, there has been a restaurant/grocery store called The Lighthouse since forever (well, since 1928 according to information provided by the current owner). It is located right at the bend on the road, and the river, turning toward Buchams' Bay. Here is what the Cruising Guide to the Ottawa River (http://sailquest.com/ottawa/ottawa2.htm) has to say about this spot: "Boats heading into Buckhams' Bay should be careful to avoid the shoals which guard the east side of the entrance to this body of water." This would be the natural location for the Buckham Point lighthouse. This site also has a picture of the old Brittania Yacht Club clubhouse before it was destroyed by fire. Maybe the lantern at the top of the structure housed the light?
... Paul Johanis
April 14, 2009: Now, here is an interesting exchange of information! This is real history. Thanks to Mr. Les Cruickshank and to Mr. Emerson McCallum for the following: Michel, I just happened on to your web-site while looking for information on the "Georgian Bay Ship Canal" another interesting story on the Ottawa. I have a lighthouse that was on the "Arnprior Island" site opposite Arnprior. It is probably the first light house building that was on that island. There are initals carved on the walls. These initials are hard to read as they are well weathered. One date is 1904 and I believe several are in the 1890's. Some are either too weathered to read or don't have a date. The story behind this is a rather long story and includes some info on someone who may have been the only keeper at that lighthouse. I was born in 1930 and spent the first 15 years of my life around Bristol Mines (Quebec) which became Hilton Mines when the mine was reopened in the mid-50's. Our farm was a mile from the Pontiac Station on the CNR line on the Quebec side opposite and a little east of Arnprior. Bill Kilroy, the lighthouse keeper was born around the 1850's on a farm settled by his Irish parents and was our neighbour. Although he was about 80 years older than I we were great friends. He walked with a cane and made me one from a green hazel stick which I still have and treasure. April 21, 2009:(photo of Mr. Kilroy added)
Bill Kilroy was the lighthouse keeper until I believe sometime after 1910, when a powerline was laid out from the Ontario side to power the light. If the first light was installed about 1870 or thereabouts then he would have been about in his twenties and may well have been the first and the only keeper of this light. Also enclosed is a photo of Mr. Kilroy. Apparently he used a row boat to come and go to the light which he did each evening and morning during the season. He weighed this down with some rocks to stabilize it in rough weather. The light was on a pole at the end of the building with the light on top. There must have been a ladder attached and a stand to stand on while cleaning and lighting the light. This building was replaced with the one the Scheels referred to. I have no idea of the date of the change but my guess as to why was to raise the elevation of the light. This light is in the middle of a long reach, from the Sand Point light to the Morris Island light. Regardless Bill Kilroy ended up with the old lighthouse which he moved to his farm and used it as a separator house. (where they separated the cream from the milk ) We shipped cream to the local creamery to make butter in those days. The building is 6 ft. X 8 ft. with about 80 in. of wall height to the roof. When the mine reopened in the mid 50's the Kilroy farm and others were purchased for a disposal site for waste rock and tailings. Bill and his wife Bridget had died by then and their son Billy purchased a lot from Clarence and Sadie Erwin, a couple of miles west of the mine on the Bristol Mines Road. He built a house there and among other things he moved the separator house/ lighthouse to this new location. When Billy passed away the Erwin's inherited his house. They retired from farming and moved into the Kilroy place. Sadie was my aunt and on our visits there we discussed the little building. My aunt was interested in preserving the lighthouse and I became the "lighthouse keeper" and moved it to its present location which is about 4 km. east of Iroquois Ont. on a bay in the St. Lawrence River. I use it as a garden tool shed. I have not changed it in any way except to apply a couple of coats of paint (another is due when the weather improves) and some wooden shingles. The only problem is it is on the wrong river. I will keep it until I find a better home for it and one place would be the park in front of Arnprior. Now for some of my thoughts; My Great Grandparents John and Margaret Cruickshank, where born in Scotland and came via Arnprior in the 1880's (probably because of Laird McNab). They bought 400 acres in the south east corner of Bristol Township at the head of Chats Rapids and supplied wood to the boats travelling to Portage du Fort. I would like to point out the fact this route -the Ottawa vs. the St. Lawrence was some 300 miles shorter-Montreal to The Georgian Bay. This was the 401 of the day. And not only the days of the lights but back to the Aboriginals and up to the time the railways took over this business. Many people were employed in the operations of transporting people and goods around and timber and pulp through the rapids. There was a village "Union Village" located at the head and "Pontiac Village" at the foot of the rapids. There was even a horse drawn railway connecting the two, a bustling community which has now gone back to it's natural state. My G-Grandfather later sold this property and moved to the farm where I grew up. Up until the late 40's the farmers on the Quebec side hauled cord wood (4 ft. long) to Arnprior in the winter across the ice. It was sold for heating and cooking. This was a big business to those people. I remember seeing 12 teams of horses on the ice at the same time. If you had a supply of wood close to the river you could make two trips a day. This lasted from mid December to mid March, depending on the weather and the ice thickness. We always had ice in time to get to Arnprior to get the Christmas gifts and supplies (sometimes a little Christmas spirit). On these crossings you had plenty of time to look up-river at the lighthouse. I always wanted to visit it but was told the ice was dangerous around the light where the current flows around the rock. It would not be the greatest place to visit in a cold day in January. I also remember seeing the light on Morris Island on summer evenings. And I remember the tug hauling pulp, to the head of the rapids. I would like to ask Emerson McCallum if they winched the tug along rather than use the prop. I was always told this as it was more efficient. They would leave the boom and go down stream drop the anchor return to the boom and start to pull on the anchor with the winch. I also knew Harry Lloyd, the man who Emerson referred to as the man who kept the light for them. It would take a big part of a chapter in any book to tell his story. He was a very British Military man-waxed moustache and all and he always had his trusty 303 army rifle handy (I believe it was an Enfield)! I recently talked to Bill Kilroy's grandson Bill and Marion Chabot who now live in Ottawa and he reminded me that Mr. Kilroy made his own "Homebrew" which he enjoyed "sometimes quite a bit". He also was a great tease to us young kids. He also told me that when Billy â€“ the son who was a bachelor- moved to the Erwin location he sold the old family house which was moved away. He missed calculated on the timing of the sale and the readiness of the new one and lived for sometime in the lighthouse. ... Les Cruickshank _________________________________ and here's some additional information from Mr. Emerson McCallum: Good morning Al and all, Also Les Cruickshank, In answer to your question Les, I worked on the tugboat every summer from 1957 to 1964. When I worked there we towed the booms with diesel powered props. However my Uncle Andrew (Ducie) McCallum worked on the river from the time he was a young man until he was well in his sixties and apparently when they had the steam powered tugs, they used the anchor and winch method. I remember them saying that any sort of towing had to be done slowly because if one tried to pull too fast the logs would just slip out under the boom. It was while I was working on the river that the "spool boom" was introduced. ... Emerson McCallum
May 12, 2010: Venetia Moorhouse has written an article regarding the Baskin's Beach area and the Twelve Mile Island Lighthouse.
December 20, 2010: Good Morning Folks, I came across your web page and found it very interesting. As I read along and learn more, I am sure my interest will become greater. I thought you might be interested in knowing I have 4 square cement light house mounting foundations at the back of my property along Route 344 in Cushing Que. They are 24" + in size and spaced about 6 feet apart making a square. As you may have guessed, I live on the Ottawa river, moved here in 1985 but my knowledge of the river is limited. I have a lawyer friend who has a great interest in the river and may have more info. on the Light House History as he know about it and has visited it. I live directly across from Chute a Blonde. Ken Draycott __________________________________ Good afternoon, Mr. Draycott: Thanks for your e-mail regarding the foundation of a lighthouse on your property. You will probably be hearing from Michel Forand this week â€“ he will be interested in this. You are fortunate to live on the Ottawa River. If you and your friend are interested in the history of the Ottawa River, I've just finished reading a terrific book by Robert Legget. He is/was from Ottawa and in the mid 1970's, he wrote Ottawa Waterway: Gateway to a Continent. This book details the exploration and development along both sides of the river from the fur trade days starting in the 1600's, up until the 1970's, including the development of canals in the 1800's and the hydro-electric projects of the twentieth century. This book is out of print, but a used copy of the hardcover, first edition version can be purchased from abebooks.com for about $20.00. Well worth having. I got my copy there a few weeks ago. If you go to our lighthouses page at www.bytown.net/lighthouses.htm, you will find a Google search engine which you can use to search for the term Ottawa River on our site. There are many references to the history of the Ottawa to be found there. I am attaching a map from Robert Leggett's book. The map shows roughly the area from Montreal to Grenville where the canals were built before 1834, to allow navigation along the river from Montreal to what is now the City of Ottawa. This construction is well documented in the book. See, for example, our web page at www.bytown.net/steamer.htm for more information regarding the early steamships along the river. Is it OK with you if I add your e-mail to our page at www.bytown.net/lighthouses.htm as a contact for other researchers? Please let me know. Thanks again for this. ... Al Lewis
Canals on the Ottawa River, as completed in 1834 Source: Ottawa Waterway: Gateway to a Continent, by Robert Legget, page 140
Keywords: Hawkesbury, Grenville Canal, Carillon Canal, Chute à Blondeau, Greece's Point, St. Andrew's East, Montreal, Long Sault. _____________________ Good Morning Al, Yes indeed, please add me to your research page. I spoke to my sailor friend who sails out of Martha's cove and has much interest in the river and it's history. I will share this info. with him later today. I am sure he could have much more info to offer. Thanks in advance ... Ken Draycott
September 5, 2011: Good Morning all. Many of you will likely be aware of the Historical Lighthouse Preservation Act passed by the Federal Government. In short, this Act outlines a process to allow for: 1) the designation of "surplus" (ie, surplus to current operational requirements) lighthouse as historical, and 2) the transfer of said historical/surplus lighthouses to private or not-for-profit community based groups for long term stewardship and preservation I am writing you on behalf of the Arnprior Historical Society. We are submitting an application to secure preservation of the Sand Point lighthouse. We expect to finalize our submission (which must establish historical significance, present a business case re maintenance, etc) by the end of September. I have found much useful information on your web pages, and wanted to express my gratitude. The approach we would like to take in our submission is to position Sand Point as repesentative of the role that all the various lighthouses on this section of the Ottawa River played. Your observations that this is one of the few remaining lighthouses, that it is quite typical, and that it is highly accessible are all good points that I will incorporate. If anyone has any information or advice as to how I can more specifically describe the valuable "role" these lighthouses played with respect to ferry traffic, lumbering industry, etc, I would be most happy to receive. The Arnprior Historical society is hosting a presentation (that I will give) at the Arnprior Museum on Sept 13th, 7 PM. The subject for this presentation will be the research we have done for our application, and to build further public support. If any of you are interested in attending, I will provide further logistics. Thanks in advance John Brady
October 27, 2011: Al, Here is another item that might be of interest. Attached is a photo of a Lighthouse which could be added to Mr. Forand â€˜s collection of lighthouses on the Ottawa river. This lighthouse was located on the Ottawa between the Lower and Upper Duck islands near Beacon Hill. I have attached a portion of the old Belden map which shows its location. (note that the smaller island on the map was not called Lower Duck at that time). I personally took this picture back in 1964. We used to fish in that area. This lighthouse no longer exists but its concrete base can still be seen from the Eastern Parkway if you look between the two islands towards the Quebec side. This is also the Lighthouse referred to in the "Beacon Hill and Rothwell Heights Neighborhood" Page where according to Pierre Alleyn is why Beacon Hill got its name! Cheers! Lou Bouchard
February 23, 2012: Lighthouses in Ireland are also being automated! The following is an actual advertisement in an Irish newspaper. Automobile for Sale 1985 Blue Volkswagen Only 50 miles. Only first gear and reverse ever used. Never driven hard. Original tyres. Original brakes. Original fuel and oil. Only 1 driver. Owner wishing to sell due to employment lay-off. See photo of car, below.
Thanks to Moira Green. March 8, 2012 Good morning Allan. I thought I would send you an update on our Sand Point Lighthouse historical designation and and property transfer application. I have attached the document I submitted in support of our application. As you will see, I have acknowledged the reference material that I sourced in part from your website. In addition to this historical document, I also prepared a Business Case which lays our a proposed approach to ensure sustainability (i.e., revenues to offset the cost of maintenance, taxes, insurance, etc). I have had positive feedback from officials at DFO, with I expect that historical designation and property transfer will be completed sometime this summer - if all goes according to plan! Please feel free to add this update to your site documentation if deemed appropriate. Best regards John Brady
July 4, 2012: Happy Independence Day in the USA! And thanks to Victoria Edwards for the following: The Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950 indicates that John Corbett moved to Ottawa in 1880 after receiving the appointment of superintendent of lighthouse construction in the Marine Department. He died in 1887. See http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/964 The Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950 attributes the following lighthouses: * Kivas Tully TORONTO, ONT., Lighthouse and Keeper's House, Queen's Wharf, 1861; relocated 1929 at Lakeshore Boulevard West and Fleet Street (Globe [Toronto], 14 June 1861, 3, t.c.) http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1367 * Edward Cannon erected a circular lighthouse in 1806 at ILE VERTE, QUE. (ANQ, Greffe J. Jones, 21 June 1806). http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/876 * Isaac Smith POINT PRIM, P.E.I., lighthouse, 1845 (Royal Gazette [Charlottetown], 6 May 1845, 2, t.c., but lacking attribution; inf. Mrs. A.K. Morrow, Toronto) http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1263 * John Ford Gibraltar Point lighthouse on Toronto Island in 1829 http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/766 * Herman Otto Tiedemann, FISGUARD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE, 1860 (Colonist [Victoria], 9 June 1860, 2, descrip.) * John Cunningham, GANNET ROCK, N.B., lighthouse, 1845 (L. Maitland, Neoclassical Architecture in Canada, 1984, 41) * Henri Maurice Perrault, LOTBINIERE, QUE., lighthouse, 1860 (Gazette [Montreal], 16 July 1860, 2, t.c.) POINTE AUX TREMBLES, QUE., lighthouse, 1862 (dwgs. at ANQM, CN/601/135, 18016) l'ISLET, QUE., Lighthouse, 1865 (dwgs. at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, DR 1981, 039) PORT ST. FRANCIS, on Lake St. Peter, lighthouse, 1865 (dwgs. at ANQM, CN/601/135, 24703) ISLE AUX PRUNES, opposite Vercheres, Que., lighthouse, 1866 (dwgs. at Canadian Centre for Architecture, DR 1981, 039) ISLE AUX RAISINS, QUE., a movable lighthouse, 1867 (dwgs. at Canadian Centre for Architecture, DR 1981, 041) ... Victoria Edwards
July 14, 2012: More links to great photos of Lighthouses, send in by Victoria Edwards. These pictures are in the collection of Library and Archives Canada at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/results/images?form=images_simple&lang=eng&startRecord=1&sortBy=score+desc&digitalContentInd=1&query=lighthouse+&mediaType= Library and Archives Canada has a number of online photos of Canadian lighthouses. These include: Ontario * MIKAN 2938276: Lighthouse, Burlington Beach, Burlington, Ontario 1855 * MIKAN 2172578: Landscape sketch with lighthouse. Ontario * MIKAN 3017417: Lighthouse, Thousand Islands, Ontario. 1881 * MIKAN 4293083: Male lighthouse keeper leaning on railing, St. Paul's Island, Port Colborne, Ont. 1904 * MIKAN 3393363: Lighthouse, Killarney Channel, Georgian Bay, Ont. * MIKAN 3258245: Thunder Cape and lighthouse, Lake Superior, Ontario. 1899 * MIKAN 3211789: Concrete lighthouse tower completed (painter is still holding paint and brush), Port Colborne, Ont. * MIKAN 3684580: Plan showing the lighthouse built on Flower Pot Island located north of Bruce County, Ontario 1898 Nova Scotia * MIKAN 3192994: Lighthouse. Pease Island, N.S., ca. 1890 * MIKAN 3519403: Lighthouse. Bay of Fundy, N.S,. 1926 * MIKAN 3336162: Yarmouth Light - Lighthouse. Yarmouth, NS, ca. 1909 * MIKAN 3336159: "The Light" - Lighthouse. Yarmouth, N.S,. ca. 1909 * MIKAN 3716896: The lighthouse at Bras d'Or Lake in Nova Scotia, 2006 Prince Edward Island * MIKAN 3527101: Souris Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick * MIKAN 3402264: Lighthouse, Cape EnragÃ©, N.B., 1908. Newfoundland & Labrador * MIKAN 4014104: The Lighthouse. Ferryland Newfoundland, 1913 Quebec * MIKAN 3519467: Lighthouse. MÃ©tis, Quebec 1925 * MIKAN 3348234: Lighthouse near Mont Louis. GaspÃ©, Quebec 1937 * MIKAN 3348232: Cap Chat Lighthouse. Cap Chat, Quebec 1937 * MIKAN 3613667: White Island lighthouse. White Island, Quebec 1955 * MIKAN 3519435: Lighthouse and fishing nets. Metis Beach, Quebec 1926 * MIKAN 3994893: Bicquette Lighthouse, on Biquette Island and Bic Island, Quebec 1852 * MIKAN 3828940: Lighthouse at Greenly Island, QuÃ©bec 1931 * MIKAN 3028627: Glantry Head Lighthouse, St-Pierre, Quebec 1879 British Columbia * MIKAN 3334901: Point Atkinson Lighthouse. Vancouver, B.C. ca 1925 * MIKAN 3336431: Trial Island Lighthouse, Victoira, B.C. 1900-1925 My favourite is the lighthouse at Killarney Channel -- an absolutely beautiful, rugged place, totally Canadian! ... Al
July 30, 2012:
Lighthouse at Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, 1842 Source: A Pictorial History of the Great Lakes by Harlan Hatcher and Erich A. Walter, 1963, Bonanza Books, New York, page 280
September 6, 2012: Hi all, I have attached a photo of the lighthouse at the end of the man-made peninsula which protects the marina at the Nepean Sailing Club, Dick Bell Park, Ottawa, Ontario. I didn't notice it on the list of lighthouses on Lac Deschenes (Ottawa River). Since the Nepean Sailing Club marina and park, as well as Andrew Hayden Park, were created with landfill in the 1970s, the lighthouse likely dates from that period as well. The Martin 16 sailboats, shown, are used by the National Capital Able Sail Association at the Nepean Sailing Club. ... Victoria Lighthouse at the Nepean Sailing Club Ottawa, Canada Thanks to Victoria for the photograph! See also the Britannia Yacht Club. November 16, 2015: Thanks to Mr. Didlaw for the following: I have located two additional photos of the original Arnprior Island channel lighthouse in the Ottawa. #1 - http://parkscanadahistory.com/series/chs/9/chs9-1-84.jpg #2 is a copyrighted color photo which appears in the book "Beautiful Arnprior" (Keough) ISBN 0-9692557-2-1 at page 94. In view of the copyright I have refrained from including that photo here. This lighthouse is of special interest for me , as it was from that point my cousins and I embarked in 1956 on our "12 year-old swim" to Malloch's Beach on the North shore of the Dochart Creek confluence, which was the site of the farm, residence (Aldavalloch) and several cottages dating back to the 1920s which were owned by my Mother's extended family. This rite of passage conferred upon us youngsters parental permission to navigate our various watercraft (canoes to Ayling and Ramage outboard launches) all over the Ottawa as far as we dared above the Chats Falls Power Station. ... Mr. Didlaw
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