The shallow waters of Presqu’ile Bay claimed many a ship in the 1800s, particularly in periods of dense fog. The lighthouse and fog station provided a vital service. The first lighthouse keeper took up residence in 1840 and the lighthouse was ultimately automated in 1952. The original stone exterior of the 69 foot tall tower deteriorated rapidly and was clad in cedar shakes, now painted. Other lighthouses in the area were not as lucky and the remains of one can be viewed through a viewfinder outside the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.
Friends of Presqu’ile Park sponsors Artists in the Park, whose artwork is available in the Lighthouse Gift Shop, along with other handcrafts. Free wifi is also available outside the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre in the summer, so you can check in with family, upload awesome pictures, or do a little office work with a better view than any of your co-workers.
The Province of Ontario no longer maintains the lighthouse. Preservation and maintenance of the historic structure is a voluntary effort funded by the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society.