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Name: Big Tub Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada

Location: Big Tub Harbour, entrance to Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

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Photo: Michel Forand

Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

This lighthouse was damaged by a winter storm in 1987 and subsequently repaired.

Tower Height: 41

Height of Focal Plane: 43

Characteristic and Range: Fixed red.

Description of Tower: White, hexagonal pyramidal wooden tower with red trim and red lantern.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1885

Date Present Tower Built: 1885

Fog Signal: Hand-operated foghorn, 1910-1963.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

To drive to the lighthouse, turn left at the end of Highway 6 in Tobermory and follow Big Tub Road around the point to the lighthouse. Parking is available at the end of Big Tub Road. There is also a handicapped-accessible path and viewing area, the work of the Friends of Fathom Five and the former St. Edmund's Township. The Blue Heron Company offers cruises that include views of Big Tub Light; call (519) 596-8132 or email for information.

Keepers: Charles Earl (kept lantern on tree that predated lighthouse, c. 1870s), Abraham Davis (1885-?)

Nearby Lodging: The former keeper's dwelling at this lighthouse is available as a vacation rental. Call 519-371-1098 or email for information.


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