Group hopes to restore a piece of Hamilton history few people even know about


Staff member
Feb 15, 2004
The Beach Strip
On Tuesday, Coun. Chad Collins (Ward 5, Centennial) will do his bit to try to make the restoration happen.

Collins will urge city council's planning committee to contribute $25,000 to the assessment. The money would come from a reserve earmarked for the beach strip, Collins said, so it won't impact taxes.

For years, the lighthouse has been "a bit of an orphan," Collins said.

"It's hidden and tucked away in an area where, unless you're using the lift bridge or the trail system on a regular basis, most people probably don't even know is there."

The lighthouse stonework has held up well over the last 161 years. (Beach Canal Lighthouse Group)
The 17-metre (55-foot) stone tower dates back to 1858. A lighthouse existed there in the 1830s, Patch said. In the 1850s, though, the old wooden lighthouse burned down, and John Brown of Thorold built the stone one.

The 1.5-storey lighthouse keeper cottage, which is also part of the plan, was built in 1857. The lighthouse was built in 1858. Both were operational until 1961, Patch said. But for more than 50 years, both have sat vacant.
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