Last Visited: May, 2004
This lighthouse, built in 1861, stood on Queen's Warf, 50 metres to the East, near the original foot of Bathurst Street, and marked the only navigable entrance to Toronto harbour at that time. It supported a fog bell and a red latern which, when aligned with a white range light, indicated the approach to the harbour. In service untill 1911, it became redundant when a new western channel was established. The light house was moved this site in 1929. TORONTO HISTORICAL BOARD 1978
The Queen's Warf Lighthouse now stands in the middle of a busy downtown Toronto Y intersection. It is one block away from the waterfront and about a mile west of downtown center. The lighthouse site is the end of the line for electric trolley cars and the tracks circle the lighthouse.
Such an odd place for a lighthouse. Lots of traffic on two sides, highrise buildings going up nearby it, and not one view of the water. Ah well.
Nearest Address: 637 Lake Shore Blvd W Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
- The lighthouse is located where Lakeshore Blvd and Fleet St. meet. We found the best way to get there with the least amount of hassle was to take the street trolleys. Below is the route we took. Reference the PDF subway map we provide below.
- From Union Station get onto the red street trolley #509. This trolley goes down Queens Quay, turns right on Bathurst St. then left onto Lakeshore Blvd.
- At the intersection of Bathurst and Lakeshore, before the trolley turns left on Lakeshore, pull on the "stop request" rope inside the trolley. The stop is just after you turn left onto Lakeshore.
- Once off the trolley, walk about 100m down Lakeshore (basically, follow the trolley). You'll see the lighthouse up ahead.
- For a PDF map of the complete Toronto subway system click here.
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