Known in early years simply as "The Point" the name of this Bruce Coast feature changed to Pine Point when a lantern hung from one of the shoreline pines shone a warning to sailors. During the 1870s settlers arriving from Clark Township in Durham County named their community Point Clark.
Imperial lighthouse tower
One of Bruce County's three imperial tower lighthouses has long replaced the lantern. New homes, both seasonal and year-round replaced the early settlers' dwellings and industries. The beauty of the shoreline at Point Clark remains, beckoning visitors and residents alike to a place of heritage.
The building of the 30-metre tall stone lighthouse stands as a four-year feat of stonemasons' skill. One of six of this style on the Great Lakes, Point Clark Lighthouse has been a National Historic site since 1967. Its gleaming white walls, topped by the red-painted lantern room are visible for miles, both from land and Lake Huron. To reach that twelve-sided lantern room, one must climb 114 stone steps. Tourists and fans of pharology [the lore of lighthouses] do this every summer. Lightkeepers made the climb several times a day, throughout the navigation season.
From the lantern room, look over the expanse of beach, the many boats at Point Clark's small-craft harbour, and the many moods of Lake Huron. Just outside the glass, bronze gargoyles appear to gaze over the water; actually, they are drains, designed to direct rain away from the tower.
Now automated, the lighthouse remains a beacon of safety for both recreational boaters and the shipping traffic on Lake Huron. Parks Canada took over ownership of Point Clark lighthouse as a means of commemorating the important role lighthouses played on the Great Lakes. The Municipality of Huron-Kinloss operates a summer museum in the former lightkeepers' house. Here, visitors can discover authentic furnishings from the 1800s, memorabilia of keepers and ships, along intriguing bits of local history. No more cows grazing on the grounds, nor hens as recalled by visitors from long ago! The site has the advantage of being easily reached by car from Highway 21 down Huron-Kinloss Concession 2.
Point Clark today
Today, Point Clark presents an attractive residential community. Treed properties, winding streets, walking trails, the opportunity to enjoy a quiet pace of life welcome young families and retirees. At the Community Centre, you can be as active as you wish: ball diamond, horseshoe pits, playground, and volleyball nets invite young and older. Sit in the pavilion and watch the sunset paint the evening sky. Join the social activities of such groups as the Huron Lakeshore Friendship Club. Drop your fishing line in season. Strap on skis or snowshoes and explore one of four trails in the Point Clark Greenway. Trail information can be picked up at the lighthouse museum during the summer or from the Municipality year round.
Special summer days in Point Clark begin with Canada Day with a fish fry and musical entertainment. Fireworks from the harbour wall dazzle the night sky; you've never seen them this close! The third Saturday in August brings hundreds to the annual Lighthouse Festival. This fund-raiser for the lighthouse features a corn roast and car show. You'll see everything from classic vehicles of the past to the latest models displayed by area dealers. Musical entertainment traditionally spotlights local performers.
In October's crisp days, Point Clark welcomes you to stroll the shoreline, or take in the Kountry Kitchen Bazaar at the Community Centre, hosted by Pine River church. Winter brings snowmobiling and cross-country skiing fun and socializing...it's truly an all-season destination for active families.