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Port Dalhousie Lighthouses

Left: Inner range lighthouse (William A. Miller); Right: Outer range lighthouse at sunset (Laura Stewart).

General Information

There are two lighthouses in Port Dalhousie, originally built as navigational aids to direct ships into the harbour and the First, Second and Third Welland Canals.  The outer range lighthouse, built circa 1879, is located at the end of the marina pier and the inner lighthouse is located further inland.  The present inner range lighthouse was rebuilt circa 1898 to replace an earlier one which was destroyed by lightning.  Both local landmarks were integral to the early Welland Canal System.  The lights were automated in 1968, and the rear range light was deactivated in 1988.

Since 1991, the Inner Range Lighthouse, has housed the Niagara College Sailing School on its lower floor.  It rises to a height of 52 feet and is topped with a small lookout.

Generally closed to the public, the Inner Range Lighthouse is sometimes open during St.Catharines' "Doors Open Niagara" event in October, but you can view the exterior year-round. If you visit in the winter, watch your step - the piers can be very icy!

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From Toronto:

QEW Niagara - exit at Seventh Street (exit #51) in St. Catharines.

Left on Seventh to Lakeshore Road.

Right onto Lakeshore Road which will become Main Street.

Follow the signage to Port Dalhousie.


From Niagara Falls/U.S.:

QEW Toronto - exit at Ontario Street (exit #47) in St. Catharines.

Left on Ontario Street to Lakeport Road.

Left onto Lakeport Road and follow the signage to Port Dalhousie.


The Niagara College Sailing School provides keelboat sailing instruction and other boating activities from May through early October at the Port Dalhousie Inner Range Lighthouse and Pier Marina.

Recreational Uses


Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines


Port Dalhousie Pier Marina - Inner Range Lighthouse
80 Lighthouse Rd
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2N 7P5


(905) 688-5601 ext. 3133

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.2064138869
Longitude -79.2631720515
UTM easting 641092.57
UTM northing 4785201.43


Recreation & Community Services
City of St. Catharines
320 Geneva Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7C2
Tel (905) 688-5601 ext. 3133
Email jmclaughlin@stcatharines.ca
Website www.stcatharines.ca

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