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You Can Paddle Your Way To Ancient Lighthouse Ruins On This Tiny Ontario Island

This lighthouse is older than Canada!
Ontario Associate Editor
Ontario's Mohawk Island Lighthouse Has Stunning Historic Ruins You Can Paddle To

Ontario has no shortage of dreamy islands and sparkling waters. This one tiny island boasts more than rocks and trees. Hop on a boat and paddle your way to Ontario's Mohawk Island Lighthouse for the most magical outdoor adventure.

Along the Eastern shoreline of Lake Erie, you'll find a tiny piece of land that's home to some stunning ruins.

Mohawk Island is less than four acres but is just large enough to hold the majestic Mohawk Island Lighthouse.

Constructed in 1846, this historic building once warned ships of the offshore shoal and directed traffic through the Welland Canal. 

It also served as a dwelling for the keeper, who lived in the 59-foot tower.

It's now one of the only surviving lighthouses of its time on the Great Lakes.

You can boat your way over to the tiny limestone island and explore the ruins of this historic structure for yourself.

While the lighthouse is now just a shell, the stretching tower and much of the walls remain intact.

The island is a popular destination for kayakers, who travel across Lake Erie's shining waters to see the crumbling remains.

Mohawk Island is a National Wildlife Area and is an important nesting spot for waterbirds and a stopover site for migratory birds.

In order to provide a safe refuge for these winged animals, the island is off-limits between April 1 and August 31.

Apart from viewing the lighthouse, you can fish, swim, and birdwatch on the island.

You can also visit one of Ontario's oldest lighthouses at Presqu'il Park, which boasts sandy beaches and boardwalk trails.

You can also see an adorable mini lighthouse at Wellington Rotary Beach that will steal your heart.

Climb in your kayak and drift back to the past by visiting these historic lighthouse ruins on a tiny Ontario island.

Mohawk Island Lighthouse

Price: Free

When: September 1 - March 31

Address: Mohawk Island, Haldimand, ON

Why You Need To Go: Visit one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes perched on a limestone island.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

    Madeline Forsyth
    Ontario Associate Editor
    Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Editor for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Toronto restaurants and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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