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Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour

Southampton, Canada
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About Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour
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.
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Lolly N wrote a review Aug. 2019
Brights Grove, Canada207 contributions100 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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operalover939 wrote a review Aug. 2019
Toronto, Canada2574 contributions1870 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: August 2019
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JanePia wrote a review Jul. 2019
Krugersdorp, South Africa76 contributions9 helpful votes
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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
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Travel4Tw0 wrote a review Jul. 2019
Kincardine, Canada88 contributions40 helpful votes
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).
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Dianne wrote a review Jun. 2019
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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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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