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The lighthouse when built in 1873. The second lighthouse constructed on Lake Superior. In 1960’s a 25m steel town and a second dwelling were added. in 1989 the lighthouse was automated dispensing of 106 years of lighthouse keeping.

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Porphyry Island Lighthouse is located on the eastern side of the Black Bay Peninsula 40 km east of Thunder Bay. Silver Islet Harbour is the best access point. And if  you are interested charter are available. Most arrive by power boat, sailing craft or by kayak. Landing is suggested at the northwest bay on Porphyry Island, just to the south of Walkers Channel. Amenities include hundreds of feet of docking, three mooring balls.  There are picnic table, sauna, fire pit, camp area, and boat house.

Onsite there are several kilometers of walking trails one which takes you to the point. The walking trail bisects Porphyry Island Provincial Park Nature Reserve. Programs include the Artist-in-Residence, Host Keeper & the Canada Summer Jobs for students.

At the point, two dwellings, a light tower, fog alarm building and camping areas are located. The Visitors in the summer months will be greeted by CLLS staff who will be more than pleased to show you around. The site is currently leased from the Department of Fisheries & Oceans and CLLS welcome everyone for free. Memberships are available and donations are encouraged.

Porphyry Fog Alarm Building and Tower can be seen in the background.


Map showing all Canadian Lake Superior Lighthouses (Lake Superior Magazine).