Gibraltar Point Light
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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
public:

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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