Burnbrae Farms Foundation to Match Future Donations

The fundraising campaign to rebuild the Five Mile Light, destroyed by fire following a lightning strike last July, got another significant boost today with the announcement that Burnbrae Farms Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, all future donations up to $30,000.

In making the announcement, Foundation Director Sue Hudson, described the lighthouse as an important part of 1000 Islands history and a “river icon with special significance for generations of the Hudson family.”

“Five Mile Lighthouse holds wonderful memories for many families and individuals, and the Foundation is pleased to play apart in making the rebuild possible.”

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Burnbrae Farms Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, all future donations up to $30,000.



Five Mile Light was one of the last remaining and oldest wooden lighthouses of its era. It was significant as a surviving example of a mid-19th century square lighthouse.

With the advent of the river steamer in the mid-19th century, there was a greater need for lighthouses along the St. Lawrence River. By the 1850s, a series of nine small lighthouses of similar design had been established.

Active for 70 years, this string of lighthouses were critical in helping nighttime shipping vessels to navigate a dangerous stretch of the river.

Historic Lighthouse
Five Mile Lighthouse


On the evening of Monday, July 23, 2018, the Five Mile Lighthouse on the St. Lawrence River at Cole Bay was struck by lightning.

While it stood the test of time for 162 years, one bolt of lightning lead to its rapid demise. The lighthouse burned to its foundation.

Video courtesy of  IN Engineering


The lighthouse structure will be almost identical to the pre-fire structure to satisfy provincial reconstruction permits.

The Committee will abide by the Elizabethtown-Kitley Township official RFQ process and all financial transactions will be in accordance with the Township’s Procurement Policy. 

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We are asking you to help us rebuild the Five Mile Light.
Thank you for your consideration in being part of St. Lawrence River history.

Donations of $20.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

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