|Cole Shoal Range Rear, ON|
Description: Cole Shoal Lighthouse, situated on a pier five miles west of Brockville, was established in 1856 along with eight similar lights to mark treacherous points in the Thousand Islands. The square, white tower is situated on Cole Shoal and displayed a fixed, white light at an elevation of thirty-three feet.
In 1917, a wooden octagonal tower was erected on the mainland, 1,200 yards from Cole Shoal, to serve as a rear range light in conjunction with the light on the shoal. The rear light had a focal plane of 107 feet, mainly due to the bluff on which the twenty-eight-foot tower was located.
Cole Shoal Range Lights were in operation from 1917 to 1923, when the rear range light was discontinued. Cole Shoal Light remained lit until 1927, when the De Watteville Island Range Lights were established.
Albert Munro, who owned most of the land on the west side of Fulford Point Road, purchased the rear light in the early 1930s and subsequently built an observation deck atop the tower. The tower remains in the Munro family to this day.
The Ontario Heritage Foundation spent $15,600 in 2002 to restore the inactive Cole Shoal Lighthouse.
Located on the St. Lawrence River, just upstream from Brockville. The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.