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Though the Bois Blanc Lighthouse isn’t open to the public, it still offers a vantage point for gaining an understanding of the importance of its location as a key navigational aid and its brief time in the historical spotlight when invaded by American troops and Canadian “Patriots”. Catch the local ferry service from Amherstburg to Bois Blanc Island and spend an hour enjoying the breeze off the lake as you remember the brave keepers of the Bois Blanc Lighthouse. Public access to the site is limited and no interpretive signage is in place.

Getting here


Bois Blanc Island ON

The lighthouse is located on the southern tip of Bois Blanc Island, part of the town of Amherstburg in southwest Ontario, Canada. Amherstburg is 30 kilometres south of Windsor (ON) and Detroit (MI) at the mouth of the Detroit River as it empties into Lake Erie. The lighthouse is NOT open to the general public, but can be seen from the Amherstburg shore of the Detroit River.

Hours of operation

The Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse is not open to the public and has no hours of operation. The lighthouse may be viewed from the Amherstburg, Ontario shore of the Detroit River.


No entry fee at this location

Facilities and services

Lookout Lookout

Quick facts

  • In 1961, the Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse was designated a national historic site for her role in a brief 1838 American invasion.
  • Built in 1836, the Bois Blanc Lighthouse served as a vital navigational aid for boats sailing on Lake Erie until the 1950s.
  • The Bois Blanc Lighthouse is an example of the “imperial tower” lighthouses built on the Great Lakes in the mid-1800s.