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Point Abino Light Tower

Point Abino Light Tower Crystal Beach Ontario


National Historic Site of Canada

Join for guided tours (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of June, July, August and September.

The Point Abino Lighthouse was constructed in 1917 in response to increased traffic at the east end of Lake Erie.

One of the early residents of the point was Father Claude Aveneau, a Jesuit missionary working with the native First Nation. He built a log cabin atop one of the dunes. The point’s name is a corruption of his name – this helps explain the interesting way Abino is pronounced by locals.

In 1892, Buffalo real estate developer purchased the point, subdivided it into fifty lots, and sold them to Buffalo businessmen. The peninsula had become an enclave for wealthy industrialists, attracted to build summer houses.

The wealthy summer house owners had formed the Point Abino Association. The private road is owned by the association since 1892.

The concrete Lighthouse was officially recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1998. It is recognized for its unusual shape, classical detailing, and efficiency of the structural design. The Lighthouse consists of three structures: the deck, tower and fog alarm building.

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