|Cape Croker, ON|
Description: The first Cape Croker Lighthouse, a five-bedroom dwelling with a light tower on its roof, was built in 1898, a few kilometers from the present octagonal tower, which was erected in 1902. This second light was a modern affair, equipped with an electric light, focused by a third-order Fresnel lens, while an electric foghorn operated nearby when needed.
The station was isolated from the rest of the Bruce Peninsula for much of its existence. Keeper Norman Wheeton, who served from 1949 to 1965, spent two years building a road to the lighthouse. Subsequently, he and his wife would arrive at the station each April via this road and depart each December, when the station was closed for the season.
Juanita Bourke, wife of a keeper at Cape Croker, had the following poem published in a Depart of Transport publication for Christmas 1966.
On "The Light" Before Christmas
F. Jerome Peroulx was the last keeper at Cape Croker, leaving the station in 1986 after six years of service.
The Coast Guard removed the third-order Fresnel lens from the tower in 2007, as repeated vandalism was threatening its safety. After learning of the removal, the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre immediately entered into negotiations with the Coast Guard to gain custody of the lens. In early 2009, the museum learned it would be receiving the lens, and after a long-term lease agreement was signed, the Coast Guard installed the lens at the museum during the last week of February. The crowd gathered to witness the first official illumination of the lens in the museum stood in awe at the brightness of the light and the kaleidoscope of colors cast on the back nearby walls. The one-story keeper’s dwelling had been removed from the station by 2008.
Located on Cape Croker, which is part of the Chippewa's of Nawash First Nation Community. The lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.