In September of 2013 a delegation of NLPS board members made a trip to Southampton to embrace on a boat trip to the Chantry Island Lighthouse. Upon reaching the island it was clear that Chantry Island’s restoration was a perfect blueprint for how we will restore the Nottawasaga Island lighthouse. Not only are the towers nearly identical in layout and design, but the business model in place at Chantry sets a precedent showing that a sustainable tourist attraction can fund maintenance well beyond initial restoration.
The tower itself has been restored to how it was when originally built with the exception of a modern beacon being installed at the top. This replaces the original oil fired lamp and fresnel lens used at the time of construction. The restoration has made the interior clean, stairs as solid as the day they were built and the glazing of the lantern room is in fantastic shape.
It is possible to ascend the stairs and take in the view of the island and surrounding area from the lantern room. You can see Southampton’s harbour and the town perfectly from it’s 85 foot height.
Strolling around through the well kept paths you see flowers, restored sheds and the fully restored lighthouse keeper’s house. The house has been restored with period furniture inside and tells the story of what life must have been like for the lighthouse keepers of the past.
This was an experience like no other, what a majestic beauty! The workmanship on the light keeper house is stunning! Thank you to Mike Sterling, Rick Smith, and Robert Square for making this happen for our committee. You have left us inspired even more than ever to save our gem off the Collingwood Shores. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge, expertise and most of all, your passion. – Krista King, Chair
Our Visit in Photos (Click to enlarge)