This lighthouse sits at the end of Tommy Thompson Park which is located on the Toronto Waterfront at Leslie Street. The park has been referred to as Aquatic Park, the Leslie Street Spit, and the Eastern Headland. The peninsula was made during the 1950s out of dredged up material in the harbor, and from other urban developments in Toronto. The idea was to create an outer harbor for the perceived increase in ship traffic. This increase would never be realized.
The area is now leased the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, which is now being used as a park. The brochure bills it as a great place for cycling, jogging, walking, and birdwatching. When we visited the park to photograph the lighthouse, we encountered all of these pasttimes. It really is a great area not too far from downtown Toronto.
Directions: Take Lakeshore Blvd. east to Leslie street, and followed this all the way to the end. This drops you off right at the foot of the park. From here, you will have to walk it, or take the van that drops people off at the footbridge. From there you will still have to walk the mile or so to the lighthouse.View more Toronto Harbor Lighthouse pictures