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Name: Pointe au Baril Light  

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Also known as: Pointe au Baril Range Front Light

Nearest Town or City:
Pointe au Baril, Ontario, Canada

Location: Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michel Forand

Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

In the mid-19th century it was decided that a barrel would be placed with a lantern placed on top to guide the boats into the channel -- hence the name "Pointe au Baril" which translates as "Point of the Barrel." The current lighthouse replaced the barrel in 1889. This light serves as a front range light; a skeletal tower on Macklin Island, about 0.9 mile ESE, serves as the rear range light.

Height of Focal Plane: 43

Characteristic and Range: Fixed red.

Description of Tower: White, wooden, square pyramidal tower with red trim and red lantern, attached to keeper's dwelling.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Attached keeper's dwelling, oil house.

Date Established: 1889

Date Present Tower Built: 1889

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Occasional tours only.

The Pointe au Baril Lighthouse is open to the public for tours during the summer from Thursdays through Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., June 8 through Labour Day  Take Highway 69 north of Parry Sound to Pointe au Baril.

Keepers: Emmaline Madigan


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