Nine Mile Point Lighthouse

Simcoe Island, Ontario - 1833 (1833**)

Photo of the Nine Mile Point Lighthouse.
 
 
   

History of the Nine Mile Point Lighthouse

Located on a remote and mostly uninhabited island in the St. Lawrence seaway, the Nine Mile Point stands forty five feet tall. Nine Mile Point Lighthouse was the guiding light for ships on Lake Ontario looking to make their way into the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

This by far was one of the coolest lighthouses to go see. You start out on Wolfe Island, and follow the signs to Simcoe Island Ferry. Once you get there, you kind of start second guessing yourself if you really want to make the journey. At the dock, you see a much smaller ferry than the one that took you to Wolfe Island. It holds two to three cars and follows a thick orange cable to keep it on track as it travels back and forth. In times of heavy current, the barge tries to drift off course, but the cable holds it in place. Definitely a must for the adventurous / exploration minded.

Please note: The area from the gate to the lighthouse and the two surrounding cottages is a mix of Coast Guard and Private Property. Therefore access is not permitted. If you wish to view the lighthouse, you are welcome to do so from the gate. If you have a boat, another alternative is from the water.

Directions: Get to Wolfe Island from either Cape Vincent, NY or Kingston, Ontario. You will need to get to Route 96 at the northern end of the island. Follow Route 96 west until you see signs for the Nine Mile Island Ferry. Once on Nine Mile Island, follow 9 Mile Point Road the almost 4 miles to the end and the lighthouse.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 41.00'
Focal Plane: 53'
Active Aid to Navigation: Yes
*Latitude: 44.151 N
*Longitude: -76.556 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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