Monday, September 01, 2008

Bruce coast tour - light house Cape Croker

Originally built in 1898 the Cape Croker lighthouse was soon replaced in 1902 with the present octagonal lighthouse constructed of reinforced concrete, the first of its kind in the area.
It was also the first to boast an electrically operated light and foghorn.
From top to bottom it measures 18 metres (53 feet), with a Fresnel lens imported from France, casting a light over 15 miles into Georgian Bay.
Cape Croker is home to the Chippewas of Nawash.
The lighthouse is not available for tours but can be photographed.
The first lighthouse on the site, a wooden structure, was built in 1898 at the northern entrance to Colpoy's Bay, 1-1/2 miles southeast of Cape Croker. Weights were used to rotate the light.
A 5-bedroom house was home to the lightkeeper and his family.
The last lightkeeper signed the log book for the last time in 1986, leaving the lighthouse unmanned.

an iconic Canadian symbol
"Respecting Our Past, Will Sustain Our Future"

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pictures by Gisela H. Bach

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