Mississagi Lighthouse - Meldrum Bay
Meldrum Bay, Ontario, Canada

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Mississagi Lighthouse - Meldrum Bay

Park Amenities:
Interpretive Centre
Interpretive Signs
General Store
Wildlife Watching

The Mississagi Lighthouse and Heritage Park is a travel destination popular for sightseeing located on the far east end of the island near the village of Meldrum Bay, Ontario, Canada. The island of Manitoulin is part of Rainbow Country in Northeastern Ontario.

The coastline of the park is decorated in large layers of flat rock. In the background are raised grassy knolls and rock cliffs. Behind them is the Mississagi Lighthouse.

To enhance the visitor experience there are well placed sightseeing benches and picnic areas lining the coastline. Some perched on the top of grassy knolls and cliffs providing far reaching views.

Other activities in the region enjoyed include scuba diving, hiking, history, swimming and camping.

Onsite at the Mississagi Lighthouse and Heritage Park is a museum depicting the long history of the lighthouse and Manitoulin Island. The museum - called the Net Shed Museum - is located in the former net shed used by local fisherman.

The Manitoulin Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1873 to protect shipping vessels from the rocky dangers lurking below in the Mississagi Strait in particular the magnetic reefs and shoals.

Magnetic shoals and reefs were a ship navigator's biggest challenge when in the Mississagi Strait. At the time compasses worked off magnetic sources like the North Pole. A magnetic reef changes all that.

The first lighthouse keepers were Mr. and Mrs. John Miller. They arrived at the lighthouse in August of 1873.

The lighthouse attraction on Manitoulin Island is open from May long weekend to the 3rd Saturday in September.

Explore Mississagi Lighthouse, Meldrum Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada


How To Get To: Mississagi Lighthouse - Meldrum Bay

Drive (South Entrance) : From the ferry terminal in South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island travel north on Hwy #6. At the main junction take a left and travel northwest on Hwy #542 to Mindemoya. From Mindemoya continue on Hwy #542 towards Gore Bay. Just prior to Gore Bay travel west on Hwy #540 to Meldrum Bay. Continue west to the lighthouse attraction.

Drive (North Entrance) : From Little Current travel west on Hwy#540 to Meldrum Bay and then to the lighthouse.


Hwy #540 Meldrum Bay, Ontario Canada

45.9269781 -83.114293

Rating Summary:
10 based on one vote

A Jewel in Manitoulin's crown 

On 2 Dec 2017, Jack Yard wrote:
Does it take a little time to get here? Yes. Is it a little off the beaten path? Yes. Is it worth the effort to make a trip to this magical place? Yes. Come for an hour, a day or a week or two. This Campground and Museum is second to none on Manitoulin Island because it is totally unique. Rustic yet comfortable camping, million dollar sunsets, peace and quiet in the company of nature and far too few campers and visitors. Come see for yourself. Tenting and waterside campsites with or without electrical. Wash house with toilets and showers. Lounge and history everywhere.
Jack Yardlikes: The scenery and the people
Jack Yarddislikes: Too few people know about this place.
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