Though the Bois Blanc Lighthouse illuminated the shore of Lake Erie for more than a century, the white limestone tower saw her most exciting moments just two years after she was built. Discover the story of the Canadian “Patriots” and their American supporters who sailed across Lake Erie and occupied Bois Blanc Island one icy January day, forcing the small British military guard, the lighthouse keeper and his family to leave. Learn how, not long after, British reinforcements arrived to reclaim Bois Blanc Island and to return the lighthouse to service.

No longer in service and not open to the public, the Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse remains a fascinating example of marine navigation of the Upper Great Lakes and is worth the short drive from Windsor to Amherstburg.