Tower on Caribou Mountain... A natural high!
On August 9, 1998 the newly restored Temagami Fire Tower was opened and dedicated to the Ministry of Natural Resources' Forest Rangers.
The aerial view shows the two viewing platforms, one with a replica
of the cupola on top of the tower, for those that don't like heights.
There is also an Interpretive Centre located close to the parking
lot, which houses information about the Forest Rangers.
The original tower was erected just a few metres to the east of the
present site on Caribou Mountain in 1910. It was built of square timber design and was 45 feet high.
In the late 1930's this tower was demolished and a new 85 foot light
steel tower erected. Due to rusting, this tower was demolished
and sent over the side of the cliff face in 1961. With
the old 85 foot tower removed, a 100 foot high steel tower was erected
the same year by seven Forest Rangers.
There were nine towers in the area manned by Forest Rangers with field glasses, a detailed map and an
alidade and azimuth, to pinpoint the exact location of a fire.
The Temagami Fire Tower was last used 25 years ago to spot fires and for the past 47 years has been a part of Temagami's
skyline, greeting the sunrise each morning (pictured above).
Restored Fire Tower
Climb the Temagami Tower for a breathtaking panoramic view such as the rangers would have seen.
The 100 foot high tower stands on the summit of Caribou Mountain, 400 feet above the town and 1300 feet above sea level.
It is the highest point on Yonge Street, otherwise known as Highway 11.
The cupola, at the top, commands a 360 degree view in excess of 40 kilometers.
From the cupola the fire tower on top of Maple Mountain can be seen on a clear day.
Admission to the Caribou Mountain visitor area is $2, which helps to
fund continued improvements to the area. Children under 7
years old have free admission.
'virtual tour' I designed, originally for the Municipality
of Temagami website, showcases the Caribou Mountain
project, a collection of trails, viewing platforms, and the restored
Fire Tower that crowns Caribou Mountain. The tour takes you
through a series of interactive photos that creates an adventure all
will enjoy. For a bit of fun, continue to the Temagami
Fire Tower Virtual Tour.
For more on
Ontario's Fire Towers, and a list of towers still standing, please
visit Clayton Self's
Ontario Fire Towers page.