In 2018, Council authorized staff to work with a local resident on a proposal to design and construct a lighthouse at Jackson’s Point Harbour to replace the previous day marker. The lighthouse is intended to celebrate the spirit of Jackson’s Point and the harbour as a destination on Lake Simcoe.
The goal of the lighthouse is to provide improved safety to boaters approaching from Lake Simcoe, and commemorate a lasting impression and legacy to the people of Jackson’s Point, who invested in their community to make it a better place for generations to come.
Throughout 2018, Town staff worked to develop drawings for the lighthouse to ensure the structure would meet or exceed applicable standards.
About the lighthouse
- Complete height upon completion: 30 feet or nine metres
- Lighthouse base: nine feet by nine feet
- The original beacon will be replaced with a modern, more technologically advanced and efficient LED light source.
- The amber beacon will be approximately 30 feet above water level and will be enclosed, programmable and visible up to five nautical miles.
- The proposed LED light source can be controlled directionally and black panels will be added to eliminate light pollution to neighbouring residents.
- Operating power will be provided by solar-powered batteries. Manual operation assistance is not required as the lighthouse will be fully autonomous and automatic.
- Construction began in the late summer of 2019.
- Anticipated completion December 2019.
The lighthouse project was an initiative proposed to the Town by resident Daryl Urquhart. He has covered all costs associated with the project – estimated at $160,000. The Town will assume full ownership and management of the asset once completed.