A Blast From The Past
As I shield my eyes and glance upwards at the lighthouse, a wave of nostalgia washes over me. The tall, white-washed pillar with its red-top beacon and shiny glass windows reflect back into my eyes. After all these years away, it’s crazy how one place can bring back a flood of memories. I must have climbed those stairs half a dozen times over the years with different family members on various summer vacations. Each time the experience somehow held its magic of starting at the bottom and reaching the top to see Lake Huron stretched out as far as the eyes could see…
I’ve always been overly fascinated with lighthouses. It’s easy to romanticize about a lighthouse as a lone tower with a dedicated keeper whose sole responsibility is to help ships navigate safety in the night. The pale glow from the beacon is sent out and greets strangers on the water, influenced by the light but never to meet its caretakers. Juxtaposed with this calm and peaceful existence are the fierce storms which rise up in these waters. Even the welcoming glow of the lighthouse beacon was sometimes not enough to save ships from capsizing and claiming the lives of many who were tragically lost.
Legends of Lake Huron
A visit to the lighthouse museum in the innkeepers quarters will reveal some of the ships that Lake Huron has capsized over the years. John A. McGean, The Argus, and the Charles S. Price are a few of the more famous vessels. Several survivors were rescued from the Charles S. Price onto The Regina, although much mystery surrounds it still.
Did you also know that the Point Clark lighthouse boasts the presence of a ghost? It is said that Lianna Tremblay Campbell, the deceased wife of an innkeeper, haunts the premises.
Point Clark Lighthouse In Ontario
Here’s a look into the nitty gritty of the lighthouse scene in Point Clark. Originally built in 1850-1855, the lighthouse was recently renovated over the last 5 years and completed in 2015. If you ask any of the locals, you’ll be sure to start a heated conversation, as the original renovation was budgeted for $0.5 Million and ended with a total bill of $3.7M. That’s a pretty high price tag for preserving the past for the future!
The most fascinating part of any lighthouse is the beacon. Formerly run on a drop-weight pulley system to make the light turn, today it runs on a simple halogen bulb and battery set-up. The beacon can be seen up close after a climb of 9 floors which includes 114 stairs. If you are afraid of heights, closed spaces or a combination of staircases with ladders, this may not be the adventure for you. I on the other hand, loved it. The lighthouse is built with 1400 lime blocks that are widest at the base and narrow towards the top. It’s as pretty as a postcard and I have one to prove it!
Plan A Visit
The lighthouse is only open seasonally, so be sure to enjoy it during the summer months of July & August. The admission is a mere $5 for the lighthouse tour and admission to the innkeepers house museum is FREE. This is a budget activity for anyone who finds themselves in the Huron-Kinloss area enjoying their summer vacation on beautiful Lake Huron, Ontario.
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