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.
We saw a very cute little bunny that came over every morning to visit us! This photo was taken by the gardens at 7AM
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.
On our way up we saw two small turtles crossing the road leading the lighthouse. We think that they were painted turtles.
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.
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.
While touring the lighthouse, hiking one of our trails, picnicking or swimming in the basin make sure to drop into our giftshop in the cottage porch and our on-site art gallery, in our Fog Alarm Building. We offer local artisans work.
Open daily May 1 – Thanksgiving weekend, 10:00am – 7:00pm.
Fundraiser for Cabot Head Lighthouse
Enjoy a spectacular locally made picnic every Wednesday at Cabot Head Lighthouse, while being surrounded by breath taking views of Georgian Bay.
Not your ordinary picnic! Harvest Moon Organic Bakery is providing delicious picnic dinners for you and your loved ones or you and a group of friends! Come and savor this delicious experience overlooking the blue waters of Georgian Bay. The best seats in the house; exclusively yours.
What to order?
There is lots to choose from. Tina and Graham will be serving their homemade artisan bread and using locally grown vegetables with every meal!
What’s the cost?
A picnic for two – $100.00 and receive a $50.00 donation tax receipt to Cabot Head Lighthouse
All of our picnics feature what we select from our garden that is perfectly ripe. Menu’s vary by season.
Spring will highlight spinach, asparagus, radishes, snap peas, rhubarb and fresh spring herbs.
- Wild blueberry sparkling water
- Rustic walnut and apricot ciabatta bread
- Lovage and garlic chive cheese ball
- Harvest moon’s garden crudités
- Marinated asparagus and portabella mushroom quinoa salad
- Garden and three cheese panzerotti
- Strawberry and rhubarb galette.
“Unwrap the surprises wrapped within the basket, savor the tastes of the season, breathe in the bay with every bite.”
Reservations must be made by Monday in order for your picnic on Wednesday. Reservations will be available from: June 12, 2013- September 18th, 2013.
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.