In contrast to our disappointment about the Point Clark lighthouse was our delight at the Kincardine Lighthouse. It is a beautiful, quaint old lighthouse located in the downtown area right beside the yacht club (more sailboats = Cindy very happy :)). The Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour pamphlet describes it as follows:
“Built into the Kincardine harbour hillside in 1874 to service a busy fishing and local salt shipping industry, this octagonal wooden tower is the only lighthouse ‘downtown’. The Kindardine lighthouse sits 24.4 metres (74 feet) tall, atop a two-storey keeper’s house. Sailors, recreational boaters, and commercial fishers can see the now electrified working light from 30 kilometres. The Kincardine Yacht Club hosts a marine museum inside.”
We paid a nominal fee and received a tour of the inside of the keeper’s house and the lighthouse, climbing all the way to the top, with our tour guide providing a very interesting history lesson and me snapping photos every step of the way. Here are some pictures of the outside of the lighthouse – the first one kind of looks like a postcard don’t you think? It was really nice to see how well maintained it is and that we weren’t the only ones interested in a tour that day because it’s important not to forget the history of these small towns and harbours.