Stokes Bay Range Front Light, Ontario

Thanks to Ron Walker, of the Canadian Coast Guard base at Parry Sound, Ontario, for this photo of the Stokes Bay Range Front Light at its original station.

Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard

Stokes Bay is on the Lake Huron side (the west side) of the Bruce Peninsula, about halfway between Wiarton and Tobermory, Ontario. The old lighthouse, a 33-foot wooden "pepperpot" tower, was built in 1904. It has been replaced in recent years by the modern range tower we see here. Until rather recently, it was Coast Guard policy to promptly demolish lighthouses replaced by modern towers. Fortunately, this policy is no longer in effect. In 2009 the lighthouse was relocated by helicopter to the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton, where it was restored.

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Posted December 11, 2003. Checked and revised September 17, 2014. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.