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Friends of Fathom Five and Friends of Bruce Peninsula
Tobermory, Ontario
  
 
   
 
  VOLUNTEER LIGHTKEEPER HOST PROGRAM  

The Volunteer Lightkeeper Program at Flowerpot Island Lightstation began in 1998. This unique program offers Friends' members the opportunity to become modern day lightkeepers.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Heather Keast, RR # 3, Tara, Ontario, N0H 2N0 and an application will be sent to you.  You do not have to be a member of the association until after your application is accepted.  The application will outline all the duties of a volunteer lightkeeper.

Please note that application forms have to be completed and returned before you can be considered for the program. Also please note that applications are not sent or accepted by email - you must send us the envelope. The Coordinator does not maintain a waiting list

Program Basics
(as of 2011)

  • MAXIMUM eight people
  • NO children under the age of six will be permitted to stay overnight at the lightstation
  • Maximum stay is three (3) nights
  • ONLY THOSE PEOPLE LISTED ON THE APPLICATION WILL BE PERMITTED TO STAY OVERNIGHT ON THE SITE. These people will be provided with identification cards.
  • Each family and/or single person must be a member of The Friends of the Bruce District Parks Association ($15.00 per family and $10.00 per single). If your child brings a friend, the friend's parents must be members.
  • Hosts will be responsible for the OWN boat fares. The name and number of the tour boat company will be provided, but it will be the responsibility of the Hosts to make their own arrangements. Boat fares are approximately $45.00 round trip per person. You must be available to catch the first boat on your first day.

Program Cost
(as of 2011)
COST

$150.00 for up to four people
$30.00 for each extra person

Note: Prices subject to HST (13%)

If you have not visited Flowerpot Island, it is recommended that you do so before applying to the Host Program.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
This is a working vacation, not a cottage stay.

Hosts take care of the day-to-day duties of the lightkeeper. These include maintenance of the lawns and gardens; greeting visitors; selling pop/water/postcards/snacks/souvenirs; maintenance of the public composting toilet; and other duties as outlined by the coordinators (who are also volunteers). You represent The Friends and Parks Canada. You are expected to be on site from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm each day of your stay.

Hosts say in a three-bedroom bungalow (built in 1959) that has electricity and indoor plumbing. (The plumbing is old and can present challenges, but there is always water in the bay and plenty of buckets!) THere is a well-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, hotplate, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, dishes and cutlery. There is also a propane barbecue. (Propane provided). Basics such as toilet paper, garbage bags and light bulbs are supplied. Sleeping bags and pillows are also available. Hosts must bring food, sheets, pillowcases, towels and tea towels. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Hosts take the zodiac from Tobermory Harbour to Flowerpot Island (approx. 15 minutes). Luggage and supplies must be carried from the tour boat dock at Beachy Cove to the Lightstation. It is a 25 minute walk. The trail is well-maintained, but there is one set of stairs and several up-hill sections.

The Flowerpot Island Lightstation is part of the Bruce Coastal Lighthouse Tour.