The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
*2021: Currently open during the following days until Labour Day
- Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm
- Saturdays 10am to 4pm - Lighthouse Gift Shop also open (up to and including August 28)
- Sundays 10am to 4pm
The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (LIC) is located at the end of Lighthouse Lane within the shadow of the historic Presqu'ile Lighthouse. It is a unique blend of old and new architecture as the modern air-conditioned building incorporates the original lighthouse keeper's cottage, built in 1846, into its design.
This centre features the Park's cultural heritage and its relationship to Lake Ontario's history through a number of multi-media displays. Meet Jack Atkins, the last farmer on the peninsula, as he tells you the story of Presqu'ile and his family's role in its history. Re-live the terrible tragedy of the sinking of the Speedy in our video re-creation, or join a dive team as they explore one of the numerous ship wrecks offshore of Presqu'ile. You can also take in displays on the creation of the Murray Canal, the dangerous rum running era of the 1920s, as well as the building of the Lighthouse.
One can't help but notice the spectacular satellite image of Presqu'ile and the north shore of Lake Ontario that dominates the foyer when you first walk in. Studying this map will give you a greater appreciation of the influence Lake Ontario had and continues to have on Presqu'ile's development.
In 2013, The Friends started providing free wifi, available for about six months beginning in May, and this service continues to have The Friends' support. Please call in at The Friends' LighthouseGift Shop and ask for the current password.