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Winner of the VIA Rail Canada package to Halifax

VIA Rail Canada Halifax package winning bidder, Erin Johnson and Bob Runciman
photo by Darlene Burns

A VIA Rail package worth $5,300 (compliments of VIA Rail Canada) was awarded to winning bidder, Erin Johnson of Ottawa, at the close of the Five Mile Light Fundraising Auction held recently.  The Hon. Bob Runciman, Chair of the Lighthouse Rebuild Committee,  proudly presents the package to Kimberley Johnson accepting on behalf of Erin.

Committee Note: A total amount of $3,486.60 was raised from the auction and our committee would like to thank everyone who bid, donated, and/or contributed in making our Five Mile Light Auction a success.

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.

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Burnbrae Foundation

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

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Send a donation from your online banking to fivemilelight@cogeco.ca

Don’t forget to include your Name, Full Address and Phone Number in the transfer notes to receive a tax receipt when you donate $20 or more.

HISTORY

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

THE FIRE

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

REBUILDING

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. 

Updates will be posted on this website as well as in our email newsletter.

DONATE

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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FUNDRAISING GOALS

$200,000

86%Funded
$173,000Raised

OTHER WAYS TO DONATE

In Person or By Mail

You can donate by cheque or cash to the Township
of Elizabethtown-Kitley.

6544 New Dublin Rd, RR2, Addison ON K0E 1A0

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Download this form to get a tax receipt if your donation is $20 or more.

QUESTIONS?

Please email us at donate@fivemilelight.ca