Did you know? Beacon Hill’s hidden gem!

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking a three-hour paddle on the Ottawa River with former Innes Ward Councillor Rainer Bloess and Lynn Leduc.

We made our way to view the ruins of what was once Beacon Hill’s very own lighthouse.


Built in 1860 and located behind Lower Duck Island, this hidden gem is a stark reminder of our past, which was eloquently written about in this article by Andrew King.

It’s unfortunate that this landmark was dismantled in the 1970s and replaced with an automated light marker.

Imagine what these ruins would have looked like with the wooden structure mounted on the top, helping safely guide the way of boats in this important shipping channel.

How great would it be to see the lighthouse restored to its former glory, as the beacon for our community that it was meant to be?

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