Welcome to the 'Hidden Jewel'
Located where the Thames River meets Lake St. Clair, Lighthouse Cove is a great little community, hidden away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to the city, highways and a multitude of surrounding towns to get to and from without hassle. With a canal system throughout, nearly every home in this unique community is on the water and most of us have our boats, kayaks and other watercraft right outside our own back doors.
Whether you're day-tripping and looking for a great place to visit, or searching for a wonderful place to live, rent or summer in Southwestern Ontario, you're likely to find more than a few things you'll like about our 'Hidden Jewel' of Lighthouse Cove. Feel free to arrive by car or boat. We will offer you a friendly welcome either way!
DAY TRIPS AND SHORT STAYS
Come for the restaurants and their beautiful views. Visit us during one of our Lighthouse Cove events or enjoy cocktails along with live music on a summer weekends.
A public boat launch will allow you to tour your smaller craft through the neighbourhood, out into Lake St. Clair or along the Thames River or launch your canoe or kayaks for some scenic exploration.
Go fishing. Lake St. Clair is world renowned for its Muskie, and other species popular with anglers include bass, bluegill, bullhead, catfish, Northern Pike, perch, salmon, smelt, steelhead, sturgeon, trout, and walleye. Bring your own boat or fish from the public pier.
Go swimming. Although we do not have a public beach, those who visit with a boat will find that shallow Lake St. Clair has nearby sandbars that are perfect for throwing anchor and going for a dip.
Play a round of mini golf at Cove Marina or visit the Lion's Club park for a picnic, play a game of tennis, walk the trail or take the kids to the play area.
A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
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If you have a boat, or plan to buy one, and wish to live in a community that lets you maximize your boating time, Lighthouse Cove is the place for you and yours. Here, not only can you have your boat right outside your door, but you'll also be living close to fuel, pump-outs, marine mechanics and storage. And here, of course, you are connected to the largest inland waterway in the entire country.
Should you be looking for an active community, you've found it. Having three restaurant/bars active all summer long, one of which remains open year-round, you'll easily be able to connect with the locals and make new friends. You'll often pass friendly joggers, walkers and cyclists along our streets and, of course, if you're involved in boating you will be greeted with the customary camaraderie that we boaters tend to offer to fellow boaters.
Many of our individual streets organize progressive dinners around the holiday season to meet new neighbours and stay in touch with the seasoned ones, and some even organize summer street parties, with pot luck contributions and social activities. Although we have a population likely exceeding 500 (we have no official census here), socially active residents will find that it's not uncommon to know a good percentage of our population by name.
For even more social opportunities, our local Lion's Club offers several outdoor movies during the summertime when some watch from lawn chairs and others from their golf carts. Cove Marina typically hosts a couple of outdoor summer concerts and offers many other enjoyable social activities. Amongst other special events, Lighthouse Inn, located at the mouth of the Thames River, hosts a popular regional wine tasting evening in the fall. It is quite uncommon to find a weekend, especially during the summer months, when there isn't something happening here.
If you need a taste of city life, Windsor is only about an hour's drive away and, being across the river from Detroit, anyone who wishes to cross the border has yet another nearby city from which to choose. The burgeoning City of Chatham is even closer at approximately 35 minutes and offers great shopping, a wide selection of restaurants, live theatre, and a new multiplex cinema.
For local shopping and dining on a smaller scale, the Town of Tilbury is a short 10 kilometer drive from Lighthouse Cove, where you will find just about everything you need on a day to day basis. Because we are surrounded by farm land, you can also supplement your grocery shopping by visiting local farms for fresh fruits, veggies and eggs.
Of course, if you want to shop even closer to home, you'll be able to find your essentials and more at our own Lighthouse Variety store. They even have an LCBO section, allowing the purchase of wine, spirits and beer right in our own community. You could literally stay within the neighbourhood for weeks at a time and survive quite nicely!
Come see for yourself, chat with a local or two and discover the community that's so close to all of our hearts. Whether you stay for a day, a week or a lifetime, we're certain you're going to be charmed by Lighthouse Cove.