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Name: Nottawasaga Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

Location: Approach to Collingwood Harbor, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

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Photo: Canadian Coast Guard
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Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

This lighthouse was one of six limestone towers built in the Georgian Bay in the late 1850s, collectively known as the Imperial Towers. Nottawasaga Island is a bird sanctuary where an estimated 1,500 herring gulls nest along with great blue herons, great egrets, black crowned night herons, and double crested cormorants. In June of 2016 the Nottawasaga Lighthouse was listed by Canada’s National Trust as one of the Top Ten Endangered Places in Canada.

Tower Height: 80

Height of Focal Plane: 86

Description of Tower: Conical limestone tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1858

Date Present Tower Built: 1858

Date Automated: 1959

Optics: 1858: Second order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only.

Keepers: George Collins (1859-1890), A. G. Clark (1890-1902), Fred Burmister (1902-1912), James McNabb (1912-1913), Anne McNabb (1913-1914), Thomas W. Bowie (1915-1924), Margaret Bowie (1924), Thomas E. Foley (1924-1932), Samuel Neally Hillen (1932-1942), William


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