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 Point Clark, ON    
Lighthouse accessible by car and a short, easy walk.Lighthouse open for climbing.Interior open or museum on site.Photogenic lighthouse or setting.
Description: First lit on April 1, 1859, Point Clark Lighthouse is one of six Imperial towers built on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay between 1855 and 1859 by John Brown. The 87-foot tower was constructed of limestone quarried in nearby Inverhuron and warns mariners of a dangerous shoal located three kilometers offshore. The walls of the lighthouse taper from a thickness of five feet at the base to two feet at the top.

In 1967, the lighthouse was declared a national historic site, a first for an Ontario lighthouse.

In 2011, a $622,000 contract was awarded for the restoration of Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site. On announcing the action, Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, said "Last year, Parks Canada developed a plan to restore the Point Clark Lighthouse and reopen it to visitors. Today I am pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is contributing to preservation of this regional icon of marine heritage."

The work, which was to include complete repair and refinishing of the tower’s stone exterior, repairs and repainting of the glazed lantern and metal roof, and some interior and below-ground repairs, was contracted to Heritage Restoration Inc. of Uxbridge. The tower was closed for the 2010 and 2011 seasons after deteriorating stone on the face of tower became a safety hazard.

Once restoration worked started and the exterior surface treatment was sandblasted away, it was discovered that the tower had four significant cracks, not just the one known large vertical crack. In addition, after the joints of the tower were raked in preparation for rejointing, it was found that the original mortar behind a two-inch-thick modern layer had no supporting strength. Given these unexpected issues, work on the tower was stopped. Moisture has penetrated to the rubblestone core of the tower through the top eight courses of stones, prompting the contractor's engineer to recommend the removal of the lantern room so more effective repairs can be made.

On September 10, 2013, it was announced that a contract of up to $1.5 million had been awarded to Toronto-based Limen Group Construction Limited to continue restoration work.

Although owned by Parks Canada, the Lighthouse is operated as a popular tourist attraction by the Township of Huron-Kinloss.

Information on Point Clark Lighthouse
History Light Characteristics Focal Height Nominal Range Description/Height of tower above ground
First lit on April 1, 1859. White flash every 10 seconds 28.3 m. 27 M White cylindrical tower, red lantern. 21 m.

References

  1. "Government of Canada to Restore Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site," Parks Canada, July 26, 2011.
  2. "Landmark lighthouse to get badly-needed facelift," Brent Davis, TheRecord.com, August 1, 2011.
  3. "Point Clark Lighthouse has multiple cracks in masonry," Garit Reid, canoe.ca, October 11, 2011.

Location: Located on Point Clark, south of Kincardine.
Latitude: 44.0728
Longitude: -81.75731

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Travel Instructions: From Highway 21 between Goderich and Kincardine, turn west onto Concession 2. Follow the road towards the lake for 4.2 km (2.6 miles) , and then turn left onto Huron Road. Take your sixth right, Lighthouse Road, to reach Point Clark Lighthouse. A museum located in the keeper's dwelling, and the tower are open from late June through Labour Day. For more information call (519) 395-2494.

The lighthouse is owned by Parks Canada and managed by the township of Huron-Kinloss. Grounds open, tower open in season.

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