Gibraltar Point Light

Reputed to be the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

Plaque on wall, erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board, reads: "This lighthouse, one of the earliest on the Great Lakes, was completed in 1808 as a hexagonal tower 52-feet high, topped by a wooden cage with a fixed whale-oil lantern.

In 1832 it was raised to 82-feet and later equipped wit a revolving light.

The mysterious disappearance of its first keeper, J. P. Rademuller, in in 1815 and the subsequent discovery nearby of a human skeleton enhanced its reputation as a haunted building.

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Photographs by
John A. Wood

Location: Hanlan's Point on Centre Island, Toronto. Toronto Metro Park.
Date Built: 1808
Active: No. Deactivated in 1958.

Open to

Exterior only.

Take the Hanlan's Point ferry, from the foot of Yonge Street in Toronto, over to the Toronto Islands and walk the road back to the light.

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