The Point Abino Lighthouse has announced its schedule of summer public tours,
Tours will be offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month through September, four times each day. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Fort Erie Town Hall at (905) 871-1600, and walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis. A shuttle bus provided by the Town of Fort Erie will take visitors from the foot of Point Abino Road to the light station property.
Tour times are 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. On non-tour days, visitors can hike or bicycle to the lightstation between 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends, after first stopping at the summer colony gate.
Tours of the Italianate light station include displays on the station’s history and the lightships. A memorial to the six crewmen lost in the sinking of Light Vessel 82 during the great storm of 1913 is nearby. Fort Erie purchased the lighthouse in 2003, seven years after it was declared surplus by the Canadian government. Restoration of the 107-year-old lighthouse was completed in 2012.
Summer visits also are planned at the 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse on Lighthouse Point at the foot of the Outer Harbor Parkway. The Buffalo Lighthouse Association will announce dates for monthly open houses and special events, including an Aug. 10 National Lighthouse Day festival.