History & Marine Heritage

Step back in time and discover the stories that shape the past, present and future of Niagara’s South Coast. From Canada’s Military history to the railways, there is something for everyone to learn and share on your travels. Niagara’s South Coast is rich in history, with many fascinating heritage properties and real life sites of significant events and battles.

Fort Erie Museums

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The Fort Erie Museums service four sites and an outdoor exhibit.

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The Port Colborne Historic and
Marine Museum and Heritage Village

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Go back in time and experience life as it was for our ancestors. More than a museum, this facility is a heritage village comprised of several different buildings.

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Point Abino Lighthouse

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The Point Abino Lighthouse was built in 1918 to service increased traffic on Lake Erie’s east end. It is deemed a Classified Heritage Building by the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, a National Historic Site, and a Classified Federal Building.

Recently made an official weather reporting station, the lighthouse has also continued to function on an automated system since 1980.

With a unique shape and structural design along the rocky shoreline of Point Abino, summer tours are offered by appointment only.

Port Colborne Lighthouses

Two lighthouses are nestled on the western embankment of Gravelly Bay: the inner light and the outer light.

The first lighthouse was built in 1834 and replaced in 1903 with a three-storey white concrete tower now known as the inner light. Its flashing white light is visible for 15 miles.

The outer light was constructed in 1928, a one-and-a-half storey square structure that holds Port Colborne’s fog horn and with a continuous red light.

Both currently steer ships to safety through the Welland Canal.

For more information on the Port Colborne structures, and for tours, contact Erno Rossi at 905-835-8051 or check Facebook.

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