Posts tagged “canadian

2012 Photo Challenge – Canadian Flag on Ferry

Canadian Flag on Ferry by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Canadian Flag on Ferry

A Canadian Flag proudly flies on the ferry as Pelee Island slowly disappears in the background.

2012 Photo Challenge – Left Behind

Left Behind by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Left Behind

Someone has left behind their shoe! Hopefully they had another pair and didn’t get on the ferry with just one shoe!

2012 Photo Challenge – Miniature

Miniature by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd


Once known for it’s wine, the Vin Villa located on Pelee Island is shown here in a scaled down model.

2012 Photo Challenge – Dock of Yesterday

Dock of Yesterday by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Dock of Yesterday

If you look carefully you will see the reminiscent of an wooden dock. At one time it lead up to the lighthouse from yesterday’s photo.

2012 Photo Challenge – Stone Lighthouse on the Shore

Stone Lighthouse on the Shore by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Stone Lighthouse on the Shore

This pretty stone lighthouse, my favourite from the day I was on Pelee Island, was constructed in 1833. It is the oldest stone lighthouse on Lake Erie and the second oldest lighthouse in the Great Lakes on the Canadian side. It was built to guide vessels through the dangerous Pelee Passage, a 20-mile channel that runs between Pelee Island and the Ca
nadian mainland.

The lighthouse’s first keeper, William McCormick, was also the man who donated the land for the lighthouse to be built on along with the stone used to build the tower.

There is a story that says that a young Robert E. Lee visited Pelee Island in July of 1835 to work on a boundary survey for United States and Canada. When he visited the lighthouse he encountered the keeper. Whether the keeper was unfriendly or Lee provoked him is unclear, but an altercation occurred and Lee killed the keeper. Whether Lee was cleared of any charges or left before he could be charged with a crime is also unclear, but local records indicate that Lee stole a few glass lampshades before leaving.

Over the years the lighthouse had a number of keepers but one of the most noteworthy was James Cummins, who was awarded a gold watch by the Dominion of Canada for gallant services in saving lives of people from two different shipwrecks.

Pelee Island lighthouse sat in disrepair from 1909 until August of 2000 when it was taken off the list of the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses, after being restored.

*This brief history of the lighthouse was quoted from the following website:

2012 Photo Challenge – Beach with Rolling Waves

Beach with Rolling Waves by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Beach with Rolling Waves

This pretty beach leads up to a wonderful, stone lighthouse, one of the oldest on Pelee Island. I collected some shells along here and made them into necklaces.

2012 Photo Challenge – Marsh

Marsh by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd


Yesterday’s photo was of the path that lead through the marsh, now today’s photo is of part of the marsh itself. It was very pretty and somewhat hidden. Every once in a while you could hear a frog or a toad croak. All you could hear is “marshy” sounds. Peaceful.

2012 Photo Challenge – Path Through the Marsh

Path Through the Marsh by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Path Through the Marsh

This path lead through a very pretty marsh on Pelee Island, then ultimately to a stone lighthouse.

2012 Photo Challenge – Here Lies a Fish

Here Lies a Fish by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Here Lies a Fish

A little bit weird, I know, but I thought this made for an interesting photograph with the contrast of the sand against the fish as well as the texture of the rocks.

2012 Photo Challenge – Blue Heron

Blue Heron by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Blue Heron

Pelee Island is known for their many species of birds including this one – the Blue Heron.

2012 Photo Challenge – Where the Water Meets the Sky

Where the Water Meets the Sky by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Where the Water Meets the Sky

Lake Erie seemed to go on forever while standing on certain parts of Pelee Island.

2012 Photo Challenge – Lighthouse on the Rocks

Lighthouse on the Rocks by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Lighthouse on the Rocks

The rocks where this lighthouse was standing proved to be a nice resting spot for some seabirds.

2012 Photo Challenge – Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Double Crested Cormorant

I mistook this guy for a loon at first, but upon further research discovered his true identity – the double crested cormorant. A very interesting looking bird, and fast when swimming under water. He would dive under one place and pop up way far away.

2012 Photo Challenge – School Bell

School Bell by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

School Bell

The old bell and tower still stand proud high atop one of the school houses on Pelee Island.

2012 Photo Challenge – Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Window by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Stained Glass Window

Established in 1890 on Pelee Island, The Christians’ Home Church boasts of several beautiful stained glass windows such as the one seen here. The church is also one that my Great-great Grandfather was a minster at many, many years ago. A very tiny church and very pretty.

2012 Photo Challenge – Innukshuks and Blue Sky

Innukshuks and Blue Sky by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Innukshuks and Blue Sky

These Innukshuks (aka Stonemen) have been built by students along the shoreline on Pelee Island as a testament to the island’s perseverance. Among all of these stonemen (not shown), there is a huge one that I would guess is between 10 and 12 feet tall. Quite a sight!

2012 Photo Challenge – Coastline

Coastline by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd


The coastline on Pelee Island is simply beautiful! Love the rocks and waves crashing up on them as well as the blue sky.

2012 Photo Challenge – Crashing Waves

Crashing Waves by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Crashing Waves

Crashing waves roll onto the rocky shoreline of Pelee Island.

2012 Photo Challenge – Lifeboat Station

Lifeboat Station by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Lifeboat Station

Ready for action, this lifeboat station was just one of many aboard the ferry.

2012 Photo Challenge – Shadow of the Ferry

Shadow of the Ferry by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Shadow of the Ferry

As the Jiimaan makes it way to Pelee Island it casts it’s shadow on the lake.

2012 Photo Challenge – Soaring Gulls

Soaring Gulls by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Soaring Gulls

A couple of seagulls fly high above the water as they follow us part way to Pelee Island.

2012 Photo Challenge – Behind the Ferry

Behind the Ferry by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Behind the Ferry

The water churns behind the ferry as we made our way to Pelee Island.

2012 Photo Challenge – Orange Lifesaver

Orange Lifesaver by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Orange Lifesaver

In the unlikely case that they would be needed, grab one of these in case of emergency.

2012 Photo Challenge – Harbour View

Harbour View by Corinne Elizabeth Cowherd

Harbour View

Giving a unique view of the harbour of Leamington, I snapped this photo looking through the windows aboard the Jiimaan ferry.