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This Benchmark is a Vertical Control Mark, set by NRCan. It is one of the few "Bilingual" marks I've found, having both English and French text.
The benchmark is a brass cap on an iron rod, just off the side of Fifty Rd. Ffity Rd runs south from Lake Ontario and climbs the Niagara Escarpment, making a very sharp turn at the top. You can park on the north side of Fifty Rd - the benchmark is located across from the parking area.
There was a witness post, but it appears to have been mowed or plowed down. A wooden stake has been put in it's place. The benchmark is in surprisingly great shape.
Benchmark Image - close up showing markings:
Benchmark Image - Eye Level View:
Benchmark Image - Horizon View:
|Agency||Geodetic Survey Division - Natural Resources Canada
|Marker type||Permanent agency marker|
|Reference Objects||None Listed
|History||Inspected 1975 Geodetic survey division - nrcan|
|Station Description||Iron pipe with brass cap, along regional road no. 50, 0.5 km north of intersection with ridge road, at top of escarpment and at east side of sharp bench in road, 8.2 m south of centre line of road, 2.4 m south of hydro pole, at road level|