Official Tourism Website of Port Elgin, Ontario
Accessible only by tourboat, Chantry Island sits about a kilometre off the shore of Southampton. The lighthouse is a sister to the one at Point Clark, but take note of the subtle differences. Chantry Island, for instance, has 106 steps to the top.
Tours to this lighthouse must be pre-booked and pre-paid; only sanctioned tour groups are allowed on the island. Pre-book to avoid disappointment.
Where and When to Arrive
Come to the Chantry Island Tour Base and Gift Shop located at the south side of the Saugeen River at the harbour in Southampton (See Maps) and arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled tour. Check in and receive your ticket. You will be directed to the dock for the Peerless II.
The tour is much like a medium hike and requires a degree of agility and fitness. You can enjoy the tour without climbing the 106 steps in the Lighthouse tower. However, when you do reach the light room, you will always remember the view. For safety, children must be a minimum of 4 feet tall and must be accompanied by an Adult. Footwear suitable for hiking is mandatory. For safety reasons, Flip-Flops are not allowed. Also note: The 2 hour tour must be pre-booked and prepaid. There are 9 seats on the boat. The cost is $30.00 per person (includes HST).
For refunds, cancellations must be received 24 hours before the scheduled departure. Chantry Island is a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary and No Pets are allowed on the island. Cancellation can be caused by weather conditions but light rain is fine. No smoking in the boat or on the island.
Group tours can be booked by calling ahead at 1-866-797-5862 or 519-797-5862.
2016 Tours are scheduled from:
Open May 28, 2016
June: Saturday & Sunday, 1PM & 3PM
July1- September 5 - Tours run 7 days a week, Monday - Friday, 1PM & 3PM, Saturday & Sunday, 9:30AM, 1PM & 3PM
Tours are weather permitting.
Directions: From Highway 21 in Southampton, turn west on Clarendon and follow the signs, or From High Street, (the main street), turn north on Huron or Grosvenor Streets and look for the signs.