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Port Credit’s Iconic Lighthouse – Part tourist attraction, part functional lighthouse

February 2023

The former Village of Port Credit, now part of Mississauga, Ontario, is a historic port community along the north shore of Lake Ontario. Dating back to 1834, when Port Credit was created from land bought from the Mississauga Ojibwe band, at the mouth of the Credit River, the harbour was a busy port for fishing and shipping of timber and agricultural products.

A lighthouse was built at the entrance to the harbour in 1882, replacing a previous one built in 1863. This replacement lighthouse remained active until 1918, ten years after a flood separated the lighthouse from the mainland. It remained standing until 1936, when it was destroyed by a fire.

The current lighthouse, built in 1991, is a reproduction of a historic lighthouse, serving as both a functional lighthouse, visible from 15 miles out on Lake Ontario, and a tourist attraction. It’s a decorative and eye-catching feature for a small building that serves as a Peel Region pumping station and the home of the Port Credit Business Improvement Area.

The observation deck provided a good view of the Credit River and Port Credit harbour.

Sources: https://historicplacesdays.ca/places/port-credit-lighthouse, The Port Credit Lighthouse – Mississauga ON Canada (visitmississauga.ca).

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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