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  • North Cape PEI visual of the wind

    Visiting North Cape PEI will take your breath away. Read why on this blog.

  • St. Peters & Battery Point

    Our story about what you will find when visiting St Peters Provincial Park and St. Peter's Canal.

  • Fundy Ecotour

    So much to see on this exciting trip on the Fundy Shore Eco-tour

  • Red River and Pleasant Bay

    This image of Pleasant bay is not all you will find in this area or this article. Read more by clicking this link.

  • Our Victoria Day Long Weekend

    A little story of our trip along the Fundy coast and some of the interesting things we saw.

  • Wood Islands Lighthous

    Step back in time in this wonderful well kept Lighthouse. The views from there are fantastic and you can watch the Ferry come and go.

  • Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Another one of PEI’s charming lighthouses.

  • Point Prim Lighthouse

    Point Prim Lighthouse

    A visit to the oldest and only brick lighthouse on PEI, lovingly restored.

  • Heritage Boat Launch - Canada Day 2017

    Heritage Boat Launch - Louisbourg Nova Scotia, The story around how it all came about. 

  • Orwell Corner Historic Village - PEI

    Orwell Corner is a must see when visiting PEI. Plan to spend the day. It is amazing.

  • West Point Lighthouse at the end of the boardwalk at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

    West Point Lighthouse & Inn along with the fabulous beach are a must see.

  •  Bay St. Lawrence, Meat Cove and Hideaway

    This Blog has tales of 3 different areas located in the Highlands of Cape Breton including Meat Cove or the end of the earth-  isolation at its finest.

Lighthouse Blogs

Wood Islands Lighthouse - Points East Coastal Drive

Another of PEI’s open lighthouses that has been restored with an excellent museum, gift shop and a climb to the lantern room with a still active beacon. Built in 1876, this was originally a difficult lighthouse for the lighthouse keeper to get to as the lighthouse was isolated and approached through dense woods and along the beach. With the development in 1937 of the Wood Islands Ferry Terminal, this harbor became a very important one as ferries travel the Northumberland Strait from Wood Island PEI to Caribou Nova Scotia.

kitchen3This lighthouse is operated by the Wood Islands and Area Development Corporation who opened the lighthouse to the public in 1998 with 11 themed rooms dedicated to the history of lighthouses, rum-running, array of sea glass, the burning ghost ship loft and the history of the lighthouse including 1950’s period keeper’s kitchen.etching of ice boats

You can tour the museum by yourself or a knowledgeable tour guide can give a short history or take you through the entire lighthouse. One area I found interesting was the information on the ice boats. In 1775 this was the first mode of transportation for mail delivery across the Strait and the only means to leave the island in winter. An arduous and dangerous trip.  

This lighthouse was the last of the lighthouses on PEI to be automated in 1989 and one of the few lighthouses where the keeper and his family lived in the lighthouse as the comfortable dwelling was attached.osprey nest

There is also a gift shop as you enter the lighthouse with local crafts and books.

An extra attraction when we were there was an osprey built a nest which was visible when approaching the lighthouse and after the climb to the lantern room was clearly viewed.

 

 

 

 

Wood Islands Lighthouse

  • Approaching the Lighthouse
    Approaching the Lighthouse

    Outside of Wood Island Lighthouse showing sign

  • Lighthouse Kitchen of the 50's
    Lighthouse Kitchen of the 50's

    The original lighthouse keeper's quarters have been turned into a museum -- this slide shows what the kitchen might have looked like in the 1950's

  • Final View of the Lighthouse
    Final View of the Lighthouse

    Another view of the Lighthouse

  • Second photo Lighthouse Kitchen of the 50's
    Second photo Lighthouse Kitchen of the 50's
  • Ferry from Nova Scotia Docking
    Ferry from Nova Scotia Docking

    This harbor became a very important one as ferries travel the Northumberland Strait from Wood Island PEI to Caribou Nova Scotia.

  • Ice boats
    Ice boats

    In 1775 this was the first mode of transportation for mail delivery across the Strait and the only means to leave the island in winter. An arduous and dangerous trip.  

  • Beacon
    Beacon

    A climb to the top of the lighthouse shows the still active beacon

  • Lightkeeper's Bedroom
    Lightkeeper's Bedroom

    Wood Island Lighthouse has the keeper's quarters attached to the lighthouse. Here is the bedroom.

  • Osprey Nest
    Osprey Nest

    The climb to the top is worth the view of the osprey nest which is occupied yearly.

 

 

Point Prim Lighthouse

Point Prim Lighthouse – Points East Coastal Drive

When the fathers of confederation gathered in Charlottetown to first talk about confederation in 1864, the Point Prim Lighthouse had already been lighting the way for steamships coming into Northumberland Strait for over 19 years! Built in 1864 after being petitioned by the Prince Edward Island Steam Navigation company to help the company secure the government’s lucrative mail contract by operating a steam boat between the Island and the mainland.1 lighthouse

Read the story behind the politics of building Point Prim and how the current day Point Prim Lighthouse Society connected confederation and the lighthouse to secure funds to restore the lighthouse--- PEI History Guy  2 round brick walls

It is a majestic lighthouse: still in operation with a beacon, the first and oldest lighthouse on PEI and its only brick lighthouse and only one of several lighthouses in Canada that are round brick.

The lighthouse was awarded heritage protection by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2015 and divested to a volunteer community group, Point Prim Lighthouse Society Incorporated. So many of PEI’s lighthouses are left alone on PEI’s shores and fields, Point. Prim Lighthouse is incredibility well maintained and lovingly restored including newly painted, a reinforced seawall, open air pavilion and expanded parking.   It is a joy to visit and well worth the climb to the top. Artifacts to see as you climb the steep staircase to each level and finally reach the top to see the beacon light and the views at a height of 60 ft.  3 view

On our visit, we talked with the supervisor of the lighthouse Steven Taran, who is an excellent spokesman for the group and obviously proud of the society’s accomplishments. He told us how many of the volunteers are descents of lighthouse keepers

4 potteryI’m not a big gift shop visitor, but if you visit the lighthouse, take the time to visit the gift shop. Beautiful stain glass, pottery, carpentry and yarns all created by local artisans, living within about 15 km of the lighthouse. If you have the time you can visit the artists and see what else they have you might like. 5 stained glass

Point Prim, a proud lighthouse which has stood protecting mariners for over 170 years and a proud volunteer society which can take it into its future.

 

 

 

 

Point Prim Lighthouse

  •  oldest lighthouse on PEI
    Point Prim Lighthouse

    It is a majestic lighthouse: still in operation with a beacon, the first and oldest lighthouse on PEI.

  • The first and oldest lighthouse on PEI and its only brick lighthouse.
    Inside the Brick Lighthouse

    The first and oldest lighthouse on PEI and its only brick lighthouse.

  • beacon Point Prim Lighthouse
    Still Active Beacon

    Climb the steep staircase to each level and finally reach the top to see the beacon light.

  •  round brick lighthouse
    Lighthouse Artifacts

    Showing the round brick lighthouse with several artificts.

  • Point Prim Lighthouse
    Point Prim Lighthouse

    The lighthouse is incredibility well maintained and lovingly restored including newly painted.

  • rocky shore line Point Prm
    View from the Top

    View showing curve of the shore line.

  • sparking water
    View from the Top

    Another excellent view, showing sparkling water.

  • artifacts Point Prim Lighthouse
    Lighthouse Artifacts

    As you climb the steep staircase to each level, there are artifacts to see.

  • stain glass Point Prim
    Stain Glass

    Take the time to visit the gift shop, one example of lots of beautiful crafts created by local artisans, as a memory of your visit to Point Prim.

  • raincoat
    Lighthouse Artifacts

    Showing the lighthouse keepers raincoat, much needed on those rainy dark  nights of the past.

 

Panmure Island Lighthouse

Panmure Island Lighthouse and Panmure Island Provincial Park

Points East Coastal Drive

Another one of PEI’s charming lighthouse (there are 63 on the island, some active and some private). And like all the lighthouses that attract visitors this one is also unique in that it is the oldest wooden lighthouse and the first octagonal lighthouse built on PEI. Built in 1853 it stands guard over Cardigan Bay guiding with its still active light.Panmure Island Lighthouse

This lighthouse is open to visitors with 4 levels, each staircase getting narrower as you climb to the top. Each level houses artifacts including information on the lenses used in the lighthouse and information on the lighthouse keepers.Panmure Lighthouse Lense

This is one of the luckier lighthouses as some on the island have fallen into disrepair and seemingly abandoned. Ownership for the lighthouse was taken over in December 2015 by the volunteer Panmure Island Lighthouse Association. Since then it has been lovingly restored with a fresh coat of paint, fences, parking lot and the main floor, that used to house the lighthouse's generator, ripped apart to remove asbestos and reveal the wooden timbers behind the walls.

Our tour guide was the daughter of the last lighthouse keeper and she pointed out to us the hollow pillar between the 2nd and 4th floors which housed the pulley and weight system which traveled up and down the shift causing the light n the lantern to revolve. The next morning Leona explained that as a girl she earned her allowance by winding the pulley back so it was ready for the next night.Pulley Shaft Panmure Island Lighthouse  fantastic sunset at Panmure Island Provincial Park

Certainly, well worth the visit and lots of information provided as well as books and other items for sale in the gift shop. One of the funding raising ideas to keep the lighthouse well maintained and providing the romance and living history of lighthouses.

The lighthouse is close and visible to our campsite at Panmure Island provincial park, camping for RV’s (2-way sites) and tents. A beautiful campsite, clean, large sites and great view of Cardigan Bay and the lighthouse. Also, fantastic sunsets. At night, I could lie in bed and out of the RV window see the beacon of Panmure Island Lighthouse as it swept over the bay. Talk about romantic PEI.glass of cold craft beer

On your way to the lighthouse is the Sandbar & Grill Restaurant. We decided to treat ourselves and glad we did. The ambiance was beach casual, the menu interesting and the food great. Also, some craft beers…..

 

 

Panmure Island Lighthouse

  • After climbing the narrow stairs, the view from the top.
    View from the top

    After climbing the narrow stairs, the view from the top.

  • A great view of Cardigan Bay and the lighthouse.
    Panmure Island provincial park

    A great view of Cardigan Bay and the lighthouse.

  • the beacon stands guard over Cardigan Bay guiding with its still active light.
    Beacon at the top of lighthouse

    The beacon stands guard over Cardigan Bay guiding with its still active light.

  • Each level houses artifacts including information on the lenses and the lighthouse keepers.
    Level of the lighhouse showing artifacts

    Each level houses artifacts including information on the lenses and the lighthouse keepers.

  • Sunset coloring the trees.
    Panmure Island provincial park

    Sunset coloring the trees.

  • The hollow pillar which housed the pulley and weight system which caused the light n the lantern to revolve.
    Shaft housing the pulley and weight system

    The hollow pillar which housed the pulley and weight system which caused the light n the lantern to revolve.

  • fantastic sunsets
    Sunset Panmure Island provincial park

    fantastic sunsets

  • Another one of PEI’s charming lighthouses, the oldest wooden lighthouse and the first octagonal lighthouse built on PEI.
    Panmure Island Lighthouse

    Another one of PEI’s charming lighthouses, the oldest wooden lighthouse and the first octagonal lighthouse built on PEI.

 

 

 

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West Point Lighthouse, North Cape Coastal Drive PEI

boardwalk for storyDidn’t get to stay long at the Park as the day was getting late, but we certainly want to go back and walk the wooden boardwalk that protects the dunes and the park is known for its miles of sandy beach fronting the Northumberland Strait.

As with all dunes they are fragile, but this area is unique for the abundance of Eastern White Cedar that grows in the depressions of the dunes where the wetter conditions support the growing of the cedar which helps keep the dunes protected. Other ridges of the dunes support the growing of the grey-green lichen which also covers the dunes.    

The park hosts a life guard and a 2-way RV park with most sites on the water. (We didn’t stay) Down the road is the community of West Point which we would also like to return and visit. The West Point Lighthouse is a functioning lighthouse operated by a non-profit organization West Point Development Corporation. In 1982 this group of enterprising volunteers restored the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s quarters. This is now an inn with 14 bedrooms available including 2 in the functioning lighthouse itself, a rare experience for those who think to book “the tower room” a year in advance. Trails behind the lighthouse are maintained with a chance to walk among the Eastern White Cedars and stories about the fairy dell and hidden treasure.  

lighthouse and inn storyBuilt in 1875 it is the tallest lighthouse on PEI standing at 69 feet and is called a “second generation” lighthouse built with square tapered towers which became common for lighthouses built after confederation. Distinguished by its black and white stripes it stands stately above the dunes, its electronic beacon flashing. There were only 2 lighthouse keepers in the history of the lighthouse being manned, one serving 50 years (1875-1925 who lit the first light and other serving 1925-1963 who retired when the lighthouse began to run electronicallylight for story

For a very reasonable fee the lighthouse is also a museum and we climbed the 72 steps on 5 staircases, each staircase becoming narrower as we climbed to the tower for a fantastic view of the beacon light and the beaches and boardwalks of Cedar Dunes Provincial Park. On each floor was information on the history and artifacts of the lighthouse keepers, technology of the lights and a listing of all the lighthouses on PEI.

One of the interesting facts of his lighthouse as opposed to the many lighthouses which were isolated, West Point Lighthouse was a hub of the community to the point that the lighthouse keeper kept a spare bedroom for visitors and after several shipwrecks, it was the lighthouse keeper’s responsibility to care for the saved passengers

If you find yourself on the North Cape Coastal Drive take some time to visit this area. I know we will be returning soon to spend some more time in this beautiful peaceful area.

 

West Point Lighthouse

  • Cedar Dunes beach from West Point lighthouse
    View of Beach 2

    View of Cedar Dunes Provincial Park from the top of the lighthouse

  • Cedar Dunes beach from west Point lighthouse
    View of Beach 1

    View of Cedar Dunes Provincial Park from the top of the lighthouse

  • the powerful electric light at the top of the lighthouse
    Light at West Point Lighthouse

    the powerful electric light at the top of the lighthouse

  • West Point Lighthouse
    West Point Lighthouse

    West Point Lighthouse with it's distinctive black and white stripes

  • boardwalk protecting the fragile dunes at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park
    Boardwalk at Cedar Dunes

    boardwalk protecting the fragile dunes at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

  • West Point Lighthouse at the end of the boardwalk at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park
    Lighthouse and Boardwalk

    West Point Lighthouse at the end of the boardwalk at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

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