In the winter of 1995, concern over the deteriorating condition of the abandoned
lightstation sparked an interest which led to an understanding between the
Friends of Fathom Five and Canadian Coast Guard. A group of dedicated volunteers
set to work refurbishing the site in the spring of 1996.
Thanks to the generous support and efforts of our volunteers, the work at the
lightstation continues. In 1997, a new roof was put on the one-storey house.
Construction of the public composting toilet was completed in 2000. Also in
2000, the roof of the original lightkeeper’s home was replaced.
1997 marked the 100 year anniversary of the establishment of the Flowerpot
Island Light and the Friends hosted a big party. Former lightkeepers,
assistant lightkeepers and their families were invited and they came - many of
them had not been to the site since they were children. It was a fantastic
party and the Friends continue to celebrate the anniversary of the lightstation
- on the 3rd Saturday in July every year.
The Lightkeeper’s Host Program was started in 1998. This program allows
volunteers to live at the lightstation for a period of time, doing the many jobs
that are the responsibility of the lightkeeper. These volunteers paint, keep up
the gardens and provide interpretation services for the many visitors to the
Flowerpot Island Lightstation is part of the Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour. If you
are hiking on the island, please drop by, tour the lightkeeper’s home, purchase
a cold drink and/or snack and enjoy a visit with the volunteer lightkeepers.
Admission to the lightkeeper’s home is free. Donations are welcome.
If you would like to learn more about Friends and the Flowerpot Island
Lightstation, or would like to become involved, please contact the Friends at P.
O. Box 66, Tobermory, Ontario, N0H 2R0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a copy of the Friend's Flowerpot Island Map - click here
For more information on the complete Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour, check out www.naturalretreat.com.
For information about Tobermory check out www.tobermory.org