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  • Our Victoria Day Long Weekend

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

  • Point Prim Lighthouse

    Point Prim Lighthouse

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

  • 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.

  • Heritage Boat Launch - Canada Day 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Orwell Corner Historic Village - PEI

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

  •  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.

  • 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.

  • Fundy Ecotour

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

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

  • Second photo Lighthouse Kitchen of the 50's
    Second photo Lighthouse Kitchen of the 50's
  • 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.  

  • Final View of the Lighthouse
    Final View of the Lighthouse

    Another view of the Lighthouse

  • Osprey Nest
    Osprey Nest

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

  • Lightkeeper's Bedroom
    Lightkeeper's Bedroom

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

  • 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.

  • Beacon
    Beacon

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

  • 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