I had set out to photograph the Slate Island Lighthouse with the Milky Way galaxy acting as the backdrop for this remnant of Canadian transportation history. The Slate Island Lighthouse is situated on an archipelago composed of two main islands, five minor islands and several islets located in northern Lake Superior 10 kilometres south of Terrace Bay, Ont. The lighthouse stands 224 feet above sea level, which makes it to the highest light on Lake Superior. The islands were cremated by a meteorite impact, which formed a 32-kilometre crater. The many islets are a kayaker’s dream with calm, clear waters and many interesting aspects to explore. The Slate Islands are also known for the herd of woodland caribou that inhabit them.
I chose a night with a new moon, which ensured dark skies and the bright stars of the Milky Way illuminating the landscape.
Joined by my brother Dean Main and friend Horst Prager, our trip began with the 12-kilometre crossing of Lake Superior to the Slate Islands, and a tour of the surrounding islands and bays. This is where my expectations began to be exceeded, and I truly felt we were in for something special.