Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

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The 1808 Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on the Toronto Islands is the oldest existing Great Lakes lighthouse, and it has a mysterious legend. Its ghost is said to be first keeper John Paul Radelmüller, who was murdered on January 2, 1815 by intoxicated Fort York soldiers looking for bootlegged beer. Stories say the soldiers chased him up the stairs, knocked him out, then chopped him up and buried him. John Henry and John Blowman were charged of the crime but acquitted, and in 1893, a coffin was found buried nearby with only a jawbone inside. No one knows whether this was Radelmüller’s remains, but a misty apparition of him is said to appear, sometimes moaning, on misty nights.

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Geographic Information

Lakeshore Ave
Toronto, Ontario

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43.613660535039095, -79.38532619391788
Toronto Division
Nearest Towns:
Toronto, ON (4.0 mi.)
Swansea, ON (4.3 mi.)
New Toronto, ON (5.8 mi.)
Mimico, ON (5.8 mi.)
Leaside, ON (6.0 mi.)
Forest Hill, ON (6.2 mi.)
York, ON (7.1 mi.)
Long Branch, ON (7.7 mi.)
Weston, ON (8.3 mi.)
Downsview, ON (8.6 mi.)


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