Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour

Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour

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Come out to breathtaking Southampton Ontario and take in the sights and sounds of Chantry Island. Take a tour of the Light Keeper’s Cottage and climb the 106 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower for an unparalleled view of the area. The island is also a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. With approximately 50,000 birds on the island during the breeding season, it is surely a sight to behold.
Southampton, Ontario, Canada

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Paula
4 contributions
Jul. 2022
This is a must see if you're in the area. Captain Chris and tour guide Lynn were very informative. Definitely a history lesson of Southampton and the island. Lighthouse and keepers' house takes you back in time. They are 150 yrs old. Old pictures and antique furniture decorate the house. View from the top of the lighthouse is breathtaking. Boat holds 9 ppl. so be sure to book ahead, and wear running shoes for walking on island and climbing lighthouse. Island is also a bird sanctuary. Everything is run and maintained by volunteers! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written August 2, 2022
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Lolly N
Brights Grove, Canada220 contributions
Aug. 2019
We bought tickets online for $25. The Captain Al, is a very capable and friendly boat operator. There was also Ron the tour guide and Rob the tour guide/first mate. It is a 5 minute boat ride to the island. The local marine historical society owns 1 acre of the island and the Federal Government owns the rest. There are thousands of birds, mostly seagulls and cormorants. There can be 8 people on a tour. You split into two groups when you arrive at the island. One group visits the keepers house while the other climbs the 7 or 8 flights of stairs to the top of the lighthouse. After half an hour you switch. The tour guides are local volunteers with a vast amount of knowledge about the area. We saw a replica of the rescue boat that the keeper used to rescue crew and passengers from the many ships that wrecked in the area.
We visited the gift shop when we arrived back. It is staffed by volunteers who hand craft many of the items for sale. The prices were very reasonable and because it is a non profit organization there was no tax. The items were really nice and well made.
The boat does not run in bad weather.
Written August 27, 2019
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,745 contributions
Aug. 2019
Located on this bird sanctuary, an island in Lake Huron about a kilometre from Southampton, is a lighthouse that has functioned for more than 150 years and the recently restored home of the lighthouse keeper, in use into the early 1950s. There are lots of birds to be seen, but the structures are, for me, the real attraction. We had two guides, one for the tower and the other for the house. Both were volunteers and very knowledgeable; both also had a fine sense of humour. The attraction is well worth the $30 per person admission
Written August 15, 2019
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JanePia
Krugersdorp, South Africa76 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
What a wonderful experience this was. Our Captain and tour guides were just excellent - they made the facts interesting and fun.
The climb up the lighthouse was really great, although I didn’t make it quite to the very top - my vertigo set in and the Lighthouse keepers home is beautifully restored.
The nesting cormorants were a sight to behold and the little bull chicks quite adorable
Written July 11, 2019
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Travel4Tw0
Kincardine, Canada92 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
We took a friend out on the Chantry Island Tour this past weekend. Can't say enough great things about the volunteer staff - captain and tour guide, as well as the (possibly paid) summer student? Information on the island, lighthouse and home was well presented and suited everyone - including the young boy who was part of another party. Note: Only 9 spots on each tour and they sell out quickly, and, of course, weather can wreck havoc at any time. Also, I believe there is a height minimum necessary (i.e. no very small children).
Written July 3, 2019
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Dianne
3 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
We had a wonderful time on Chantry Island. The main drawing card for me was the fact that this is a bird sanctuary. We went at the beginning of June and were able to see nesting gulls right beside the path. In trees close by we saw cormorants and herons nesting. From the lighthouse you could also see swans. Everywhere the sounds of gulls and seabirds rang out. I hope to go back sometime when the gull chicks are hatching. . .maybe beginning of July?
When you include the boat ride, lighthouse and keepers cottage tours this is well worth the $30 for an exceptional 2 hour experience.
Just a note, children under 4 feet are not allowed on the island for safety reasons.
Written June 19, 2019
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Robin972
Anderson, SC186 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
we were delighted to get to take this tour, get to climb the lighthouse and see all the nesting birds. it was very interesting and informative. Be sure to bring your camera.
Written January 24, 2019
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discerningms
Oakville, Canada8 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Family
For a $30 reservation, you will experience the dedicated knowledgeable volunteers' guided tours- across the lake to the shores, interior walls of the restored house, the basement and cast iron turret 7 stories up where the actual light is located!
Written July 28, 2018
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Elizabeth D
Guelph, Canada3 contributions
Aug. 2017 • Family
My family (including 3 teenagers) had a great time today. The trip was easy to schedule by calling the toll free number found on their website. We enjoyed the boat ride and the tour of both the lighthouse and cottage. All volunteers were pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. It was interesting to learn of the local history. The view from the top of the lighthouse was spectacular and the cottage held eclectic historical pieces from sewing machines to books to kitchen implements. It was well worth the cost for the 2 hour tour. That the entire restoration and the continued operation of the facility was carried out by over 200 volunteers is amazing. Great job, everyone!
Written August 28, 2017
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chriswillia37
Kingsville, Canada16 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Family
We stumbled upon this tour opportunity while at the dog beach. They were all booked up, but we left our name and number in case something opened up and they called us and fit us in. The boat ride out to the island only takes 9 visitors, plus 2 tour guides, plus boat captain. It's a nice ride out. The island is a bird sanctuary, so the only way to see this lighthouse is to take the tour. They show you the original boat that keepers rowed back and forth, a climb up the 105 steps to the top of the lighthouse and a tour of the restored cabin of the lighthouse keeper. Our tour guides , Chuck and Virginia were awesome! They shared all kinds of history and were quite charming. They are volunteers doing this for no monetary gain. Such nice people. What's amazing is they're all volunteers helping to preserve and educate about Ontario's history and about lighthouses in the area. Sadly, most of our lighthouses were torn down and replaced. Very few originals remain. Check it out for sure, it is well worth the climb up 105 steps🙂
Written July 24, 2017
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