Beach Canal Lighthouse Group, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Preserving our Marine Heritage


We invite you to join the Beach Canal Lighthouse Group (BCLG) and help us restore the Burlington Canal Light Station, located on the south side of the Burlington Canal in the City of Hamilton. The light station comprises a 55’ high stone tower built in 1858 and a cottage for the lightkeeper built in 1857.  Go to our NEWS page for the latest updates on the public announcement of the transfer of the lighthouse and keeper's cottage to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) on January 28, 2022.

Note: We are actively looking for volunteers to join our Executive Committee.


Learn about the 1857-8 light station, with its beacon of light guiding ships through the canal between Lake Ontario and Hamilton Harbour for over 100 years.


We look forward to offering guided tours once the stone tower and the keeper’s cottage have been restored and opened to the public.


Become a member of the BCLG and participate in this exciting project.

Next General Meeting:

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

7 p.m

Conference Room,

605 James Street North, 6th Floor, Hamilton   


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A living piece of
Ontario’s history

In 1823, the Burlington Bay Canal was proposed as one of a series of waterways which would open Lake Erie to sea traffic from the Atlantic. Local residents supported this proposal as a way of making Burlington Bay into a usable harbour by linking it to nearby Lake Ontario.


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In May 2003, two residents of the Beach Strip approached the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the owner of the Light Station, to discuss placing the structure in preservation. Encouraged by the positive response of the DFO representatives, they began to organize what became the Beach Canal Lighthouse Group.
On November 16th, 2003, thirty-two people attended a founding meeting. To date, over 200 have joined the group, including city councillors from both Hamilton and Burlington, engineers, artists, architects, members of local heritage organizations, and the last lighthouse keeper, Peter Coletti, now retired and living in New Brunswick. In June of 2004, the BCLG was incorporated by being accepted as an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society