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Located at 236 Harbour Street the Kincardine Lighthouse is the only ‘downtown' lighthouse on the Bruce Coast. Built in 1880 to service the local fishing and salt shipping industries. The lighthouse rests on the bank of the Penetangore River where it overlooks the Marina.

The lighthouse stands 24.4 metres (74 feet) tall built above a two-story light keeper's house. The octagonal tower rests on a stone foundation. Above the rear-entrance door, the year '1880′ is inscribed in the cornerstone. Barrels of kerosene, used to fuel the lamp, were hoisted up these stairs by the keepers. The tower is capped by a red iron lantern and balcony, painted in the familiar ‘lighthouse red'. The first lamp had shutters that rotated by weighted chains to make the light flash. In 1922, the lamp became electrically powered and, today, large lenses rotate around a 500-watt bulb.

Phantom Piper

Evenings during July and August the sound of bagpipes will carry along Kincardine's shoreline at dusk. Except Saturday evenings due to the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Parade.

In memory of an early Kincardine Piper, Donald Sinclair, Pipe Band members take turns playing from the top of the Kincardine Lighthouse at sunset. The story has been passed along through generations by word of mouth.

The Phantom Piper video was created in collaboration with JOI Creative.

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