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Name: Chantry Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Southampton, Ontario, Canada

Location: Lake Huron, approach to Southampton.

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Photo: Jaqueline Styles
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Managing Organization:
Marine Heritage Society of Southampton


Contact Address Information:
Box 421
Ontario, N0H 2L0, Canada

This lighthouse, which is one of six "Imperial Towers" built in the area in the late 1850s, is still an active aid to navigation maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard. The Marine Heritage Society of Southampton has restored the keeper's house. Tours of the lighthouse and keeper's quarters are available from May 24 until the end of September. Details on the tours are available at

Tower Height: 80

Height of Focal Plane: 86

Characteristic and Range: Fixed white.

Description of Tower: White, conical limestone tower.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Two story keeper's house.

Date Established: 1859

Date Present Tower Built: 1859

Date Automated: 1954

Optics: 1858: Second order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

Keepers: Duncan McGregor Lambert (1858-1880); William Lambert (1880-1907), Malcolm McIver (1907-1916), John Klippert (1917-1936), Clayton Knechtel (1936-1941), Alfred Huber (1941-1942), Cameron Spencer (1942-1954).

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