|Point Edward Range, ON|
Description: A pair of private range lights was maintained at Point Edward, near the confluence of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, by the Lake Carriers’ Association until 1899, when the lights were discontinued and removed from the Canadian list of lights and fog signals.
The towers are wooden structures, square in plan, with sloping sides, surmounted by square wooden lanterns, the whole painted white.
A fifth-order French lens was placed in the front range tower in 1909, but on April 18th of the following year, the wooden lighthouse was struck by lightning and destroyed. A temporary light was shown from a lantern hoisted atop a pole until the the Department of Marine had a new tower in place about a month later.
In 1939, the back range light was established on the new International Bridge between Sarnia and Port Huron, where it was 2,266 feet from the front light. The current cylindrical concrete tower used for the front light was erected in 1959.
Head Keepers: Thomas K. Shaw (1903 – 1907), Louis Knauff (1908 – at least 1923).
Located at the entrance to St. Clair River from Lake Huron. The lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open/tower closed.
The lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open/tower closed.
Notes from a friend:Kraig writes:
These modern range lights might not be much to look at, but if you stick around the area for a while you are likely to see a couple mighty freighters pass by. I spent an extra hour or so along the waterfront and saw the CEDARGLEN and AMERICAN CENTURY headed upbound from St. Clair River into Lake Huron. You can look at a map on Boatnerd.com to help you track the position of approaching ships. The water here has some amazing blue hues in it - easy to see why the bridge passing overhead is named the Blue Water Bridge.
See our List of Lighthouses in Ontario Canada
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.