Cabot Head Lighthouse

by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)

“Oh Canada Eh! Game ~ Video and photos taken during our visit to the Cabot Head Lighthouse.”

Perched 80 feet above Georgian Bay, on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula, theCabot Head Lighthouse has guided ships for over 100 years. Discover Cabot Head Lighthouse.” (Source ~


“Sign leading us to the Cabot Head Lighthouse.”

We were picked in Tobermory by Friends of Cabot Head Lighthouse Chair,Helen Fry. Along the way, Helen told us about the Lighthouse’s history. After turning off the main highway, we stpped at the home of Ina Toxopeus, Past Chair/Treasurer and one of the originators of the Friends organization. After a quick visit, we all loaded into Helen’s vehicle and were off to the Cabot Head Lighthouse!


“Resting on Georgian Bay rock.”

As we made our way to the lighthouse, passed through the village of Dyers Bay. The waters of Georgian Bay could be seen on our right.


“Traveling through forested areas.”

The road to the Lighthouse is approximately 9km from the main highway. It is a scenic road that twists and turns through the Bruce Peninsula country-side.


“We arrived at the Cabot Head Lighthouse.”

It was a long trip to the Lighthouse, but well worth it once we arrived. Here is an excerpt from the Cabot Head Lighthouse website ~ “The name is used to collectively describe the promontories of Boulder Bluff, Middle Bluff, and West Bluff, and below them the foreshore flats and cobbled ridges surrounding Wingfield Basin.


“Lighthouse Walking Tour sign” The Cabot Head

Lighthouse offer “Self-guided” Walking Tours. Fortunately today, Judi and I were being guided Helen and Ina!


“Entrance to the Lighthouse.”

Entering the Lighthouse building was like entering a “time warp” into the past. Photos from the past filled the walls and artifacts reminded us of “days gone by“.


“View from a Lighthouse window.”

Views from the Lighthouse windows were amazing.


“Looking out the tower window at the waters of Georgian Bay.”

Today, as we looked over Georgian Bay, the waters were calm. Ships could easily travel without fear. However, one could imagine a stormy day with the waters rising several meters in height. Ship Captains and their crew would be nervously looking for land and its rocks. The Lighthouse would help set a safe course.


“Overlooking Georgian Bay”

The ground surrounding the Cabot Head Lighthouse are beautiful and well kept. Ina had prepared a “Picnic Lunch“, fit for hungry “explorers” and Lighthouse staff!


“The new automated Lighthouse.”

Although old Lighthouse is now a museum, a new automated  Lighthouse now stands high, warning boaters of Cabot Head and its Bluffs.


“Lightkeepers Cottage”

During the Lighthouse’s “high” season, staff occupy the Lightkeepers Cottage. A gift shop is located on the front porch. It contains lots of fun Lighthouse souvenirs.


“Wingfield Basin”

The Wingfield Basin, located just below the bluffs at Cabot Head, offer boaters in foul weather a “safe haven“.


“Bluffs surround Wingfield Basin.”

Several bluffs surround the Wingfield Basin, providing a safe refuge for boats . The climb from the top of the bluffs, where the Cabot Head Lighthouse is located, to the Basin is steep, but very scenic. Definitely worth the trip down. Just make sure to take your time and wear the proper footwear!


“A great place to moor in both good and bad weather!”

Our visit to the Cabot Head Lighthouse was a wonderful “ADVENTURE“. Both Helen Fry and Ina Toxopeus were wonderful hosts. A trip to the Cabot Head Lighthouse is a must, when you visit the Bruce Peninsula.