Here's a thread dedicated to all the significant lighthouses and lightships along our coasts. Photos and discussion of all significant lighthouses is acceptable here. The line between significant and insignificant can be decided by you.
I'll start with some photos of Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet.
Last Edit: Mar 26, 2011 19:01:40 GMT -8 by lmtengs
Here are some more BC Coastal Lighthouses, starting with the Estevan Point Lightstation, the only location in Canada to be damaged in connection to WWII. Estevan Point Lighthouse also happens to be my #1 favorite Lighthouse.
Cape Rafael Lighthouse:
Lennard Island Lightstation:
Cape Beale Lighthouse: Cape Beale, near Bamfield is also the site of the first Lighthouse on North America's West Coast.
Pachena Point Lighthouse:
Carmanah Point Lighthouse:
Sherringham Point Lightstation (now automated):
Race Rocks Lighthouse:
Fisgard Lighthouse (now a National Historic Site):
I've got a better photo or two of Fisgard taken back in '05, so I'll post them some day when I have time to find them. I'll also post some of Point Atkinson Lighthouse, Entrance Island, and any others I come across in my archives...
Also, about that rock near Prince Rupert that I was saying was a Canadian Forces Establishment; unless this website is wrong, then I was wrong and was thinking of the wrong rock... or maybe it was an army establishment before it was a lightstation? I don't know, but whatever it was, it's an automated light now: www.fogwhistle.ca/bclights/holland/
Last Edit: Sept 7, 2010 16:04:26 GMT -8 by lmtengs
My family worked at the Lucy Island Lightstation for a year or two in either '64, '65, or '66, before it was automated. Two families lived on the island; one worked dayshifts and one worked nightshifts.
My brother-in-law was the last Senior keeper there! He left in '87 and was posted at Merry where he is today.
What year did he start there? My grandfather or grandmother might've known him! My mom was too young at the time to remember anything of it, as she was born in 1962 and would've been a toddler at the time.
Then I guess he wouldn't have known them. He may however have known Fred and Kate, the lighthouse keepers that worked in the other shift. Eventually, they moved down to Merry Island Lighthouse (I think that's what the lighthouse is called...?)
The houses were burned down to the foundations. It's a liability thing if anyone started wandering around out there.
The engine room, winch, winch engine shed, fuel tanks, and fuel shed were removed at automation in 1987.
Kinda sad. They should've kept them running as tourist cabins, for those who want to rent a cabin for the weekend. Just construct a little floating dock, and tada! It could work similar to those new cabins at Porteau Cove.
Post by Low Light Mike on Dec 27, 2010 21:54:18 GMT -8
When you look out at the same lighthouse for a few consecutive days, you get a bit fond of the sight of it. - we enjoyed looking at the lighthouse on Ballenas Island, from our stay at Tigh-na-Mara resort near Parksville. www.fogwhistle.ca/bclights/ballenas/
Some days the strait was grey, and other days it looked like we could reach-out and touch Sechelt.
By the way, I had thought that this lighthouse might be Merry Island, but once I returned home and did some research, I realized my error. =================== Ballenas Island lighthouse, on Dec.25-27, 2010: - all photos from Tigh-na-Mara at Parksville.
- the lighthouse is on the left-side of the photo.
- with some Seaspan barges in the strait.
- it's easy to spot the lighthouse in a low-light picture, as long as I snapped the photo at the right time (or did a time-exposure)
- lighthouse on the left side, Cypress Mountain ski-lift near the middle of the photo.
- I think this one is my favourite. I like the transmission tower on the mainland (or maybe on Thormanby Isl). - just before sunrise.