Trowbridge Island Lighthouse is located near the feet of the majestic Sleeping Giant formation and is part of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
The destination is close to the hamlet of Silver Islet, home to a mine that produced over 3 million dollars of silver in the 19th century. “Trowbridge Island was named after Charles A. Trowbridge, secretary and one of original New York syndicate members of Silver Islet Mining Company, and whose uncle (Charles C. Trowbridge — former mayor of Detroit & friend of Henry Schoolcraft the creator of The Legend of Hiawatha) was married to the sister of the president of Silver Islet Mining Company, Alexander Sibley. So the Sibley and Trowbridge families connected.” (Elle-Andra Warner)
The outstanding lighthouse on a crest of rock, is under lease from Department of Fisheries and Oceans and is managed by the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior. Assessment of the site and plans are underway to restore and preserve the facilities with lots of help.
The dwellings remains closed to visitors but work is progressing on the exterior this season. If you’re wanting to visit the lighthouse be advised that access is limited.
The pier, walkways, back trail and building are all being freshened up for visitors in 2018.
Work parties will be dispatched to work on docking, house painting, and tree and trail trimming. If you’d like to help out, become a volunteer.