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Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Book About Vancouver Island Lighthouses

A Flickr friend's photographs are featured in a new book about the lighthouses of Vancouver Island. The book is titled "To The Lighthouse - An Explorer's Guide To The Island Lighthouses of Southwestern B.C."  Authors are John Walls and Peter Johnson and the photographs are by Richard Paddle. The book is published by Heritage House and is definitely something a lighthouse lover should have.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Enjoying My Hobby

As I have said before, visiting and photographing lighthouses is a great hobby and takes one to some beautiful spots that might otherwise get missed.  Here are a few photos of me enjoying my hobby over the years....





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chatham Point Light Station, Inside Passage, British Columbia

The Chatham Point Light Station is located at the north end of Discovery Passage approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) north from Campbell River, B.C.  It is where Discovery Passage makes a sharp turn into Johnstone Strait.  The station serves as a light station and a weather station and is staffed as of June 2015.  The light itself is a white and green cylindrical steel tower on a concrete base and sits in the water off of the shore in front of the station. The station was originally established at this point in 1908.  Photos (a bit distant) taken in June 2015.




Monday, June 29, 2015

Scarlett Point Light Station, Port Hardy, British Columbia

The Scarlett Point Light Station sits on the northeast point of Balaklava Island approximately 10 miles north of the town of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. The station was originally established in 1905. The station remains active and as of 2015 was still a staffed light station. The current tower was  erected in 1965 to replace the original tower. Photos (from a distance) taken in June 2015.

Pine Island Light Station, Pine Island, British Columbia

The Pine Island Light Station sits on the southwest side of Pine Island which is near the northeast tip of Vancouver Island north of the town of Port Hardy. The station was established in 1906 and has been active since that time. As of 2015 the station remains one of the few staffed light stations left in Canada. The current cylindrical steel tower was erected in 2001 to replace the original tower. Photo (from a distance) taken in June 2015.

Guard Island Lighthouse, Alaska

The Guard Island Lighthouse sits on one of two small islets at the north entrance to Tongass Narrows approximately 9 miles northwest of the city of Ketchikan, Alaska. The station was first established in 1904 and the current lighthouse building was built in 1924. The former keepers house and other buildings were demolished in 1973. The light is automated and the last keeper left the light in 1960. It is only accessible by boat. You can get close to the lighthouse by taking the Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles Excursion. Photos taken in June 2015.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sandy Point Lighthouse, Shelburne, Nova Scotia

In going through some old (pre-digital photography) albums, I came across this photo I took of the Sandy Point Lighthouse near Shelburne, Nova Scotia.  It is located on the east side of the entrance to Shelburne Harbour on a concrete pier. It commenced operation in 1880 on a wooden pier which was later replaced by the concrete pier.  It was manned until 1980 when it was automated.  It was discontinued by the Coast Guard in 1996 and is now owned by the community of Sandy Point and serves as a tourist destination.  The photo was taken in September 1998.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Fredericton Lighthouse, Fredericton, New Brunswick

The Fredericton Lighthouse (Lighthouse on the Green) is a faux lighthouse on the bank of the St. John River in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  It was constructed in 1989 and has never served as an official aid to navigation. It is near the historic Garrison District in downtown Fredericton. Originally privately built, it has been operated by the Fredericton Tourism Bureau since 2002.  It has served as a museum, gift shop and restaurant and has a popular observation platform.  Photos taken in December 2014.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Fort Fincastle, Nassau, Bahamas

In going through some old photographs, I found these two photos that I took of the tower at Fort Fincastle in Nassau, Bahamas back in 1993. In doing some research I found that the water tower at the fort was constructed in 1928 and has a light atop it that is an aid to navigation. The fort itself dates to the 1790's.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Southwest Head Lighthouse, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick

The Southwest Head Lighthouse sits atop a high cliff at the Southwest tip of Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. A station was originally established at this point around 1880, and the current lighthouse dates to 1989. The cliffs around the light are very impressive. Beside the lighthouse sits a tall pyramidal steel communications tower.  Photographs taken in August 2014.





Long Eddy Point Lighthouse, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswich

The Long Eddy Point Lighthouse sits on a high bluff at the North tip of Grand Manan Island on the Bay of Fundy, a short distance Northeast of the village of Grand Manan.  A fog whistle was established at the site in 1874 and the current lighthouse and fog signal date to 1966. It is a square building with an attached concrete tower.  The light remains active.  The station was often referred to as "the whistle" and the lighthouse is also known as the Whistle Light.  Photographs taken in August 2014.







Swallowtail Lighthouse, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick

As you arrive on Grand Manan Island on the ferry from Black's Harbour on the New Brunswick mainland, you will pass the impressive Swallowtail lighthouse on the North Head bluff, just North of the village of Grand Manan on the island. This light was built in 1860 and the station consists of the 53 foot high wooden tower and a two storey keeper's quarters and a boathouse. The light remains active and has a fog signal which is often used for the frequent fogs that envelope the Bay of Fundy. The light station has become a tourist attraction for the village and tours up to the gallery are available.  Photos were taken in August 2014.





North Rustico Harbour Lighthouse, North Rustico, Prince Edward Island - Revisited.

 I first visited the North Rustico Harbour Lighthouse, PEI sixteen years ago and when I started my blog, it was one of the early posts. Unfortunately I did not include much detail. I revisited the light and took some new photos in July 2014.  This light was built in 1876 and sits in the harbour at the town of North Rustico on the North shore of PEI. The light has been relocated twice since its construction due to storms and damage. North Rustico is not far from the tourist area of Cavendish which is famous for the Ann of Green Gables books.




Prim Point Lighthouse, Point Prim, Prince Edward Island - Revisited

In my first blog post about the Prim Point Lighthouse, PEI I included very little detail. I revisited the light after 16 years and took some photos which I include here.  This light was built in 1845 and was the first lighthouse constructed on Prince Edward Island. It sits at Point Prim on the South shore of PEI on the Northumberland Strait. It is East of the capital city of Charlottetown. It is a round brick structure and the only one of its kind on the island and one of only a few such lights in Canada.  The light is open to the public and you can climb to the gallery on a tour. These photos taken in July 2014.




Saturday, August 9, 2014

Port Borden Range Front Lighthouse, Port Borden, Prince Edward Island

The Port Borden Range Front Lighthouse dates to 1917 and was deactivated in 1997 when the Confederation Bridge opened. It is located in the town of Port Borden across the harbour from the Port Borden Pier Lighthouse (as shown in the top photo).  Photos taken in July 2014.