Adjust the sails and beeline towards these beautiful lighthouses
By Jessica Huynh for Escape Toronto [View Original Post]
There's something captivating about lighthouses. Besides their obvious grandiose stature, lighthouses are a visual reminder of the past—majestic markers that bear the wear and tear of time. Over the years, technology has advanced in way that makes us less reliant on lighthouses to steer sailors safely out of storms. But luckily, many lighthouses are preserved as historical landmarks to visit, admire, and — of course — photograph.
Here are our top six most Instagram-worthy lighthouses to check out in Ontario:
1. PORT DALHOUSIE RANGE LIGHTHOUSE
Photographer: Joseph P. Falcone
St. Catherine's, Ontario / 2 hours and 2 minutes from Toronto
The Port Dalhousie Range Lighthouse is one of three lighthouses still standing on the Great Lakes.When the water is clear and the sky is blue, this teal-and-white beauty pops against its watery back drop. It's a popular destination for landscape photographers—standing at 52 feet, this character lighthouse might not be the tallest of the bunch, but size doesn't matter when you look this pretty at sunset, right?
2. POINT ALBINO LIGHTHOUSE
Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Ontario / 2 hours and 11 minutes from Toronto
At first glance, it looks like this historic lighthouse's got a case of albinism. Entirely whitewashed with subtle red touches (like its '1917' establishment inscription), the Point Albino Lighthouse looks more church-like than it does a light tower. Unfortunately for the public, this hidden treasure is now located within a gated community. Viewings of the lighthouse are limited, so be sure to check their website for hours of operation.
3. KINCARDINE LIGHTHOUSE
Photographer: Tom Freda
Kincardine, Ontario / 3 hours and 14 minutes from Toronto
The Kincardine Lighthouse is octangular in shape and built on top of a two-story light-keeper's home. With its fishing-town charm and east-coast aesthetic, the lighthouse blends in with the downtown Kincardine surroundings. When the tower windows reflect the sunset just so, it's a prime photo opp.
4. WINDMILL POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Photograph provided by Mapio.net
Prescott, Ontario / 3 hours and 56 minutes from Toronto
Fun fact: the Windmill Point Lighthouse is located on the site of the Battle of Windmill, a rebellious battle fought between the Loyalists and the Hunter Patriots in 1838. The battle occurred around a grist windmill, which was subsequently converted into a lighthouse shortly after. This towering 60-foot stone structure is available to the public to explore. We can't help but be charmed by this lighthouse, especially when it looks like something straight out of a fairy tale (Rapunzel, Rapunzel...)!
5. MOHAWK ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
Photographer: Grand River Kayak
Haldimand, Ontario / 2 hours and 17 minutes from Toronto
The Mohawk Island Lighthouse was oh-so-close to being demolished in the late 1970s following the abandonment of the lighthouse (and a rather unfortunate death). Fortunately, protestors resisted and the lighthouse remains a historical landmark for locals and explorers everywhere. But you'll still find more wildlife on this island than people—in fact, locals have began to refer to the site as Gull Island due to large number of herring gulls that have overtaken the surrounding. While you may not be able to get up close and personal for health and safety reasons, this majestic lighthouse is still worth visiting—even if it's only to shoot from afar.
6. WELLINGTON ROTARY BEACH LIGHTHOUSE
Photographer: Roy MacLellan
Wellington, Prince Edward, Ontario / 3 hours and 6 minutes from Toronto
Manning the shoreline of Lake Ontario, the Wellington Rotary Beach Lighthouse is a quaint little lighthouse on Wellington Beach. While it might not be Sandbanks Provincial Park, Wellington Beach has a quieter vibe, with a rocky pier for lovers and friends who prefer short(er) walks on the beach. Get your camera ready—this cylindrical tower looks its best when the waves crash against the rocks.