May 5th Lighthouse Dinner Supports Superior’s Heritage
Posted on: May 1, 2017
Porphry Island Harbour
The harbour at Porphry Island. (Photo: J. Bailey/infosuperior.com)
The charitable, non-profit organization Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior is working to restore, preserve and maintain three of the many lighthouses on Lake Superior. These include Porprhy Island Light,  Shaganash Island Light (Number 10) and Trowbridge Island Light.

 

This year, once again, the group will be hosting an annual fundraising dinner with the theme, “What’s Happening at the Lighthouse?” The event runs May 5th from 6 to 11 p.m at the Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay. The evening features a buffet dinner,  informative talks, short films, auction items and door prizes. Tickets are $50 dollars per person and are available at the Prince Arthur Hotel front desk or from one of the organization’s directors.

 

Porphry Island Lighthouse is a magical destination – by any standard. When the wind is blowing and you walk out to the helicopter pad at the southwest tip of the island you can feel this magic. The view is stunning and a vast expanse of Lake Superior stretches south to Passage Island and Isle Royale in Michigan and west to Thunder Cape and Pie Island in Ontario. In a southwest breeze  waves roll over 300 km./186 mi. due southwest from Duluth, with no obstruction.

 

Trowbridge Island Lighthouse is located approximately 45 km./27 mi. east of the City of Thunder Bay near the tip of the Black Bay Peninsula.
Lighthouse Map
Lighthouse Map
Last season, funds raised helped to provide better docking at Porphyry Island Lighthouse. The harbour at Porphry Island now has excellent, well maintained docks, though limited in size. The Thunder Bay Yacht Club has contributed finances and manpower to upgrade these docks. Visual navigation aids assist sail and power boats proceeding to the docks. Porphry harbour is also an excellent, sheltered retreat for kayakers.
Porphry Island Lighthouse
Porphry Island Lighthouse. (Photo: J. Bailey/infosuperior.com)
Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. continues to make changes to amenities to provide destinations to people travelling Lake Superior. For people wanting to hear more good news, there will be an announcement at the dinner by Parks Canada on several upgrades to area lighthouse destinations. Last year, with the help of the Thunder Bay Yacht Club and Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, conservation work and facility upgrades were completed. This year, a day dock will be constructed for Trowbridge Island. Trowbridge has no harbour and is more difficult to access.
Cars on Porphry Island.
Cars on Porphry Island. These vehicles were once used by lighthouse keepers to travel between Porphry’s harbour and the light, a distance of 1.3 km. or just under 1 mi. (Photo: J. Bailey/infosuperior.com)
If you don’t have a boat, Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior offers transportation to Porphry Island as well as accommodation on the island. Find out more here.

 

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