Two plaques were unveiled at a special ceremony on July 5, 2008 commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.
There was a tour to the top of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on Toronto Islands. We had to sign a waiver just in case of accident or death while in the lighthouse. Only 10 people were allowed to top of the lighthouse at a time. Space was little tight and it was very warm. This is my second trip up the lighthouse; the first was back in grade school when I attended the Toronto Island Nature School for a week. They weren’t too worried about lawsuits back then.
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the second oldest in Canada. The lighthouse was built in 1808 on the Toronto peninsula (now Toronto Islands.) A storm in April 1858 washed out part of the peninsula creating a gap at the east end and creating the islands.
The first lighthouse keeper, J.P. Rademuller, disappeared in 1815. It is claimed that two drunken soldiers from Fort York murdered him and his ghost haunts the lighthouse.
The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1957 after 150 years of service and replaced by an automated tower.