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Chantry Island Lighthouse Tour

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Address: 86 Saugeen St, Southampton, Ontario N0H 2L0, Canada
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This tour is the only method allowed to visit the island

At $30 it seemed a bit expensive but we enjoyed the boat ride to the island. The Lighthouse and the owner's cottage are fully restored so it's just as it was in 1859. But the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Peter_K_B_Toronto
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Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At $30 it seemed a bit expensive but we enjoyed the boat ride to the island. The Lighthouse and the owner's cottage are fully restored so it's just as it was in 1859. But the guides are prohibited from allowing you beyond the small part of the island that is the lighthouse property. So, I did not see a lot... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Those of you looking to visit Southampton, Ontario- are in for a real treat. Not only is this boat tour one that strives to please the bird watcher's (as it's a bird sanctuary), it allows the eyes to feast upon the picturesque view that is the Huron shorelines, and it allows visitors a glimpse into the history that this small... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Our volunteer tour guide was most engaging. He really cared to answer questions and give us a complete picture of Southampton's past. The lake was quite choppy but our expert captain guided us to the island without issue. The lighthouse keeper's cottage was very nicely restored. We also saw his boathouse and the little plot of land next to it.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

This tour has something for everyone... a short boat ride, a climb up 106 steps inside a lighthouse (not arduous because the guide stops at every level to tell a story at each window), lots of local history, engineering and technological details, a great view, a peek at the birds in the bird sanctuary (the only federal sanctuary for migratory... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

I will say up front that I am a bit biased to this tour because my older brother is one of the guides. Now that I have owned that, I love this tour! You have to book your spot early for two reasons: one, they don't run all the time; and two, they fill. Most of the people/guides involved are... More 

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Walkerton, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Can not say enough about how frustrating the lady was when I called . When I called at the beginning of the season she snapped at me about the water level being too high, and the boat not going out . How was I supposed to know . I had always wanted though so I called a couple times this... More 

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Mississauga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2015

While visiting Southampton, we booked a tour to nearby Chantry Island and its' lighthouse. There is a brief boat right from Southampton harbour over to the island. We booked the last tour of the day, and since no one had also booked this tour, we had a "private" tour - fantastic! The guides were very knowledgeable, and so eager to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

At first glance, the price may seem a little much but there is no possible way to describe the incredible value of this trip. Chantry Island is accessible only by boat. The lighthouse and keeper's cottage have been restored and are maintained by volunteers. The tour is also conducted by volunteers, and monies raised from ticket sales go towards upkeep... More 

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Southampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

It's a fun visit. You get a boat ride to Chantry Island and a guided tour of the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper's house.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2015

Very interesting to see how the lighthouse keeper lived many many years ago..very authentic, actual articles there..we went ion a very hot day and it is "warm" in the lighthouse, good exercise going up the steps to the top..nice boat ride from Southampton marina to the lighthouse and very knowledgeable and interesting tour guides.

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