Nottawasaga Lighthouse Update

Nottawasaga Lighthouse standing guard on a frigid winter day
–photo: Paul Richards

A significant step has been taken to secure the future of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse.

The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society (NLPS) recently announced that notice has been received from the Canadian government that will allow both parties to move forward with steps facilitating transfer of ownership of the lighthouse property from the government to the NLPS.

The Nottawasaga Lighthouse is one of six “Imperial Towers” constructed around Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in 1855-1858.

The NLPS recently issued a press release to provide an update to the public.

“NLPS Board member and government liaison Robert Square received confirmation on Friday June 22nd from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirming that a required Indigenous land claim study is nearing conclusion paving the way for the next steps in ownership transfer to commence.

Mr. Square stated: ‘”The intent of these investigations is to determine whether any claims exist as the result of pre-existing treaties or agreements made between the government and other parties many of which were entered into from 1871 to 1921.”

Rich Crouch, NLPS Chairman commented: “As a real estate Broker, this has been one of the most interesting and lengthy real estate transactions I have been a part of involving a 160 year old structure and multiple levels of government. While land registry records show the property is owned by HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA, various departments within the Canadian government are involved with the property’s disposition.”

The Lantern Room of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse
–photo taken from

The Nottawasga Lighthouse was constructed between 1855 and 1858. It was one of six Imperial Towers constructed by Scottish stonemason, John Brown. In fact, Brown built six nearly identical light stations around Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.

Nottawasaga Lighthouse at sunset
–photo: Paul Richards

The NLPS was incorporated and received charitable status in 2015 to ensure that the heritage resources of the Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse are protected through restoration and preservation of the lighthouse & keeper’s residence in a manner that respects their significant and irreplaceable historical legacy.

Nottawasa Lighthouse at sunset
–photo: Paul Richards

For more information about the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society, visit You can also make a donation if you like.

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