The lighthouse was constructed as a conical structure of 85 feet in height. The interior column is a constant ten feet in diameter despite the outside tapering. The thickness of the wall varies from nine feet at the bottom to two feet thick at the top. The material used was locally quarried limestone cemented with an inner layer and an outer layer filled with loose stone.

The lantern room atop the structure represents some of the finest mid nineteenth century French craftsmanship to be found. The metal work and the glazing as well as the unique Fresnel lens are irreplaceable treasures. The lantern room roof drains into several gargoyles cast in the shape of a lion’s head located under the roofline around the lantern room.

Connected to the lighthouse was a lighthouse keeper’s house which has since fallen in decay at the Nottawasaga site. A fine fully restored lighthouse keepers house exists at the nearly identical Chantry Island lighthouse.

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Tapered Conical structure

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Interior detail with constant interior diameter.

Lighthouse Construction Details

Given the state of repair and limited access to the interior we are afforded at present, here are a few photographs taken during the visit by our board members to the nearly identical Chantry Island lighthouse off Southampton. These photographs represent these unique structures at their best.

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Lighthouse Details