Not all lighthouses are on oceans, though Canada’s Great Lakes are nearly indiscernible from the ocean when you stand on the shore.
This lighthouse scores points for not being so close to the shore, which is pretty much the only thing a lighthouse has to do.
Really the oddity value of this one the big visual impact; it’s not the most exciting sight outside of that. But (and this didn’t factor into its place on this list) it has a fascinating history.
I won’t go into it all here, but basically, it involves a pre-Canada Toronto, a ghost and a murder. Read more about it here.
Back to its unusual location; no it hasn’t moved. It’s the water’s edge that’s shifted over. The original lighthouse was built over 200 years ago (that’s the structure that still stands, though there have been some alterations and renovations over the decades) and the sand that makes up the island has built upon the southern side of the island.
Ghost story and oddity aside, it’s still an interesting sight. The second oldest lighthouse in Canada, oldest one on the Great Lakes, the tall stone tower; this lighthouse has a lot going for it.
The Toronto Islands are a worthy visit for anyone in the big city, but it’s one of the less common modes of transports you’ll have to take to get to them; public transit ferry. Hop on for a few bucks from the lakeshore in Toronto, enjoy the ride across and then walk to the lighthouse for a pic. A good day trip, though maybe pack your own food (there are options on the islands, but they’re not plentiful).
A note, the inside is usually not open to the public, but there are occasions that it’s allowed. Worth being aware of if you’re planning a trip over one day.
On TripAdvisor this one is buried deep in the weeds when it comes to things to do, and to be honest it’s not even my personal top sight on the islands, this one is. However, Toronto’s sight density doesn’t mean this isn’t worthy of the list. Being an oddity also has the bonus of it showing up on Atlas Obscura (I’d forgotten I’d written this one). Oddly, despite it’s age, this isn’t a national historic site.