|Dixie Range, PQ|
Description: Along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River, just west of the western entrance to the Lachine Canal, lies a trio of islands: Dixie Island, Busy Island, and Dorval Island. In 1915, the Department of Marine established a pair or range lights named Dixie Range, after the island near the rear range light, to guide vessels along the widening of the St. Lawrence River known as Lake St. Louis. At the time the range was built, vessels sailed through Lake St. Louis as they passed between the Lachine Canal and Soulanges Canal, but these two canals have since been superseded by the larger South Shore Canal and Beauharnois Canal.
The following description of the new Dixie Range appeared in the Annual Report of the Lake Carriers’ Association for 1915:
On September 1, 1915, two fixed white catoptric range lights to be known as the Dixie Range Lights, were established at the lower end of Lake St. Louis to mark the axis of the ship channel between Windmill Point Gas Buoy No. 98S and Lightvessel No. 13.The range lights were erected by day labour under the supervision of J.D. Weir for $7,923.05. Albert LeBlanc was hired as keeper of the front range at an annual salary of $320, while Ed. Massie was paid the same amount to care for the rear light.
Dixie Range remains active today, showing quick-flashing green lights over Lake St. Louis. The front light is now displayed from a cylindrical tower rather than the original wooden, octagonal tower.
Located in the St. Lawrence River off Dorval. The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.