Winter on the Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Pen Winter

Unbelievably the winter is near over already, it being March again the snow is starting to melt and its finally safe to go out and make some beautiful pictures! Here is a breath-taking view from a small lake, just south of Cabot Head!

And to think of the beautiful autumn we had!

A beautiful storm rolling in over the lake; a great view over the yellow flowers!

A beautiful storm rolling in over the lake; a great view over the yellow flowers!

Apples thrown down by the coming cruel winter from the popular apple tree beside the lighthouse.

Apples thrown down by the coming cruel winter from the popular apple tree beside the lighthouse.

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Snakes Around the Lighthouse

We have several snakes around the lighthouse: the milk snake, the water snake, several of the garter snakes and the only poisonous snake: the Eastern Massasauga rattle snake.

This is either an Eastern Ribbon or a Garter snake.

This is either an Eastern Ribbon or a Garter snake.

Another garter.

Another garter.

A water snake peeking out of its hiding spot.

A water snake peeking out of its hiding spot.

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An amazing milk snake going around the lighthouse.

An amazing milk snake going around the lighthouse.

Found a poison green snake hiding underneath the rhubarb.

We found a poisonous green snake hiding underneath the rhubarb.

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Some Wildlife At The Lighthouse

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We saw a very cute little bunny that came over every morning to visit us! This photo was taken by the gardens at 7AM

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This is one of the many snakes that live around the path, we are not sure what kind of snake it is, but we thought it might be a fox snake. And yes, this snake is blind on its left eye; that is why I was able to get so close.

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On our way up we saw two small turtles crossing the road leading the lighthouse. We think that they were painted turtles.

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Here you can see three loons, and the white bird in the back is a seagull. It was very amazing to see so many loons so close. Seeing them is one thing, but hearing them is another! Those beautiful birds were calling all morning: they have such a special call that when you hear it once…you’ll always recognize anywhere and anytime.

There have also been many sightings of different kinds of snakes, plenty of chipmunks, foxes, many different kinds of birds (blue jays) and last year there were even reports of black bears around the amazing grounds of the Cabot Head Lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store – 2014

 

Here are all of the kid's souvenirs. And some unique, vintage trinkets.

Here are all of the kid’s souvenirs. And some unique, vintage trinkets.

Here are all the delicious maple treats and also the kid's t-shirts!

Here are all the delicious maple treats and also the kid’s t-shirts!

This here is one of the the two hand-crafted, wooden sail boats we have for sale. Both have a blue bottom and white sails. To the right of the boats is local Lion's Head made jams and jellies, including dandelion jam!

This here is one of the the two hand-crafted, wooden sail boats we have for sale. Both have a blue bottom and white sails. To the right of the boats is local Lion’s Head made jams and jellies, including dandelion jam!

In this picture are the three different types of hats we sell; in various colours: • tilley hats • sports/travel visors • and regular baseball hats.

In this picture are the three different types of hats we sell; in various colours:
• tilley hats
• sports/travel visors
• and regular baseball hats.

And lastly are the hoodies and sweathshirts. In the same aisle as the hats, coffee mugs and other small souvenirs.

And lastly are the hoodies and sweathshirts. In the same aisle as the hats, coffee mugs and other small souvenirs.

The Light Tower

In July, 1895, the Department of Marine and Fisheries called for tenders for the construction of a light and fog-alarm station at Cabot Head. The main building consisted of a wooden dwelling house and light tower combined, painted white. The fog-alarm plant was constructed on the shore below and east of the light. The lantern atop the tower contained several parabolic metallic reflectors utilizing light produced by kerosene lamps. Manufactured by the Chanteloup Company, of Montreal, this “catoptric” apparatus was fixed to a rotating frame which, driven by a clockwork mechanism, cast a beam of white light, with three flashes fifteen seconds apart, then an eclipse of forty seconds.

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Location

The historic Cabot Head Lighstation perches on the northeastern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, much as it has since 1896. Though operation systems have changed, this important navigational aid serves to guide vessels large and small on the Georgian Bay. The light itself now stands atop a steel, solar powered and automated tower. The lighstation and lightkeeper’s cottage remain vibrant and alive with activity, preserving the human and natural history of its beautiful, rugged coast. Cabot Head witnessed the heyday of the Great Lakes shipping and fishing, timbering and pioneering in the Bruce Peninsula’s remote wilderness. Today, visitors around the globe come to explore maritime history, and relive the pioneering spirit.

Cabot Head Directions

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Established in 1896 to guide ships rounding Cabot Head, this Lightstation has served for decades as an important navigational aid to boaters on the often turbulent Georgian Bay. Today, the Cabot Head Lighstation has been returned to useful services as a historical local landmark, including museum, interpretive plaques, trails, picnic area, gift shop and art gallery.