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Big Tub Lighthouse
The lighthouse is just outside the harbour of Tobermory in Ontario, Canada, and you can see it when you take a boattour. It's a nice little lighthouse to see.
In 1885, due to the dangerous passageways ships had to pass through from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay to reach the harbour, the Department of Marine and Fisheries purchased three lots on the west side of the entrance to Big Tub harbour in Tobermory for a lighthouse. The lots were purchased for $18.00. The first lighthouse, costing $675.00, was erected that same year by John George and David Currie of Port Elgin who were contracted to do the job.
Previously, during the 1870's, Charles Earl--one of the area's first settlers--hung a lantern on a tree branch to guide the ships to the harbour's refuge. The tree's location later became the site of the lighthouse itself. Earl was paid the grand sum of $100 per year for this duty. In September 1885, Abraham Davis was appointed permanent keeper of the light.
The first lighthouse was later replaced by the present-day structure, a six-sided wooden tower, 43' from the ground to the lantern vane, with a red iron lantern room at the top.
At one time, the coal oil standing lamp shed its light from the harbour entrance. It had a large burner which was turned up or down, according to the lamp brightness desired. Today, an automated red harbour light acts as a guide for boaters. The lighthouse became automated and electrified in 1952.
Tobermory's light still guides boats through powerful currents, frequent fogs and numerous shoals to the safety of Big Tub Harbour. The number of shipwrecks offshore testify to the dangers of these waters.
Opening times :
May 1st to Thanksgiving : Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to sunset
Phone: 519-596-2452 Chamber of Commerce
This lighthouse is located in beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver. It is a very small lighthouse, not really impressive, but it is still a lighthouse! The lighthouse is from 1915 and is still in use. When you go for a walk around Stanley Park you can’t really miss it; there is a footpath that passes this lighthouse.
This lighthouse is in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA. It is a white brick cylindrical tower and attached to the keeper`s house. The light is operational and was automated in 1974.
Besides the lighthouse there is also a 1.5 story wood frame T-shape keeper`s house from 1858, a brick oil house from 1902 and a fog bell building from 1898.
Only the surrounding area of the station is open to the public. There is a footpath and some stairs that bring you down to the rocks below, from where you have this nice view. Acadia is a very busy park, so it is hard to get a clear view off the lighthouse. And for me, that really takes something off the charm of seeing a lighthouse. I have to admit though that I was there when it was almost high season, so maybe it is not always that busy.
Follow ME 3 south from US Route 1 in Ellsworth onto Mount Desert Island. At the intersection with Route 198 (where Route 3 turns left to Bar Harbor), take Route 198 to its intersection with Route 102. Continue through Somesville and Southwest Harbor and on to Bass Harbor. You will come to a fork with a dirt road going straight ahead; the left fork is Route 102A. Take the dirt road straight ahead. Follow the signs to the lighthouse. There is limited free parking at the station and a trail leads to the rocks below for good views. Another trail leads next to the lighthouse.
Admirality Head Lighthouse, USA
This lighthouse is Whidbey Island, Washington, USA. It is loctated at Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve and is now a museum. If you want to read more about this lighthouse, you can take a look at the following website
This lighthouse dates back to1860, but the present tower was built in 1903. It was deactivated in 1922. The lantern from this lighthouse was transferred to the New Dungeness Lighthouse in 1927. The lighthouse station was used by the Army as a K-9 training site during World War II. The station was transfered to the State of Washington in 1950.
You can visit the museum in :
April and May, Thursday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
June through September: Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October: Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Hours: From Thanksgiving through Christmas, open weekends 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm . The admission is free.
Fort Casey State Park and the lighthouse are on State Highway 20, three miles south of Coupeville on Whidbey Island, Island County. Whidbey Island can be accessed from three directions: 1) from the northeast on SR-20 via the Deception Pass Bridge, 2) from the south on SR-525 via the Clinton-Mukilteo Ferry, and 3) via the Keystone-Port Townsend Ferry from the Olympic Peninsula.
I saw this little lighthouse in a little village in Cape Breton National park in Nova Scotia. I not only enjoyed the lighthouse but even more the little pictoresque harbour that was right underneath it. There were only a few fisherman still at work, because it was getting evening already. The eveninglight was beautiful and we couldn`t stop our camera`s from clicking. Totally taken by this little harbour and the fishing boats we almost forgot to take a picture of the lighthouse. But you can still see it, hidden behind this fishing boat :-)
Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA
Alcatraz Island was the site of the west coast`s first lighthouse. The present lighthouse is adjacent to a former fort and prison. It is a reinforced concrete octagonal/pyramidal tower with masonry foundation.
In this picture you can see the wardens house and the lighthouse of Alcatraz. The wardens house was built in the 1920`s and had seventeen large rooms. In 1970 a fire swept through te abandoned building, leaving the shell you see on the picture.
The lighthouse is from 1854 and still shines nowadays. Not only the lighthouse is worth a look at but the whole visit to Alcatraz is something you shouldn`t miss doing when you are in San Francisco. If you want to read more about my visit to Alcatraz you should take a look at my San Francisco page. I have quite a lot of pictures, information and stories of Alcatraz on that page.
For more information on the lighthouse and Alcatraz Island : http://www.nps.gov/alcatraz/
This is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast of Canada. It is a White, conical brick tower with a red lantern. Next to it is the two story high keeper`s house.The lighthouse is from 1860 and was automated in 1929.
This lighthouse is operational, but it is also open to the public. It is openend daily :
from March 01 - Oct. 31 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, weekends Nov. 1 - Feb. 28 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We were just too late to visit the lighthouse and that is why we were only able to see it from a distance. That was a real shame, because I would have loved to take a look inside this lighthouse. It really looked beautiful!
Inside the keeper`s house are two floors of exhibits, dealing with shipwrecks, storms, lighthouses, and the everyday working equipment of the lightkeeper a century ago.
The lighthouse is on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, not so very far from Victoria. Head north on Douglas Street (Victoria`s main street) until it turns into Highway 1. Take the Colwood exit (exit #10). Follow Highway 1A, then turn left at the third traffic light onto Ocean Boulevard. Follow the signs to the lighthouse site.
You can find more information about this lighthouse on this website : http://parkscan.harbour.com/frh/
Welcome to New Bunswick, Canada
Not a real lighthouse, but still good enough to take a picture of it!
Another lighthouse on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec. This is not my favourite lighthouse, because it is on the corner of a busy intersection. Not the most beautiful place to see a lighthouse. But I had to stop for the trafficlights anyway, so I decided to make an extra stop so I could make a picture of the lighthouse.
Peggy's Cove, Canada
This lighthouse is one of the most famous lighthouses in the world. The location is really stunning! It is situated on the cliffs of a really pictoresque fishing village : Peggy`s Cove in Nova Scotia, Canada. Because it is so pictoresque it is really flooded with tourists! But I loved my visit here. I didn`t expect I would, I thought I would hate it because it was swamped by the tourists. But when you get on those great big rocks and watch how the sea is banging against the coast, the sheer power of nature, wow! You really have to be impressed! When you don`t like the tourists, just walk a little further on the cliffs. There are not a lot of people that do that, and that way you can enjoy this piece of nature almost by yourself.
The lighthouse is not only so famous because of it`s location, but also because it is a postoffice. And yes, I did it too!!!! I posted my cards from here, LOL. Some of them even went to a couple of VT members. But unlike the postcards the sun wasn`t shining, but we had a thick fog on that day. Maybe this way it was even more beautiful, it really made it all look very spooky and mysterious.
The light is from 1915 and is still operational.
Turn south off Route 103 onto Route 333 at Exit 2A or Exit 5. Continue on St. Margaret`s Bay Road for 3 kilometers (1.6 miles). Turn west onto Prospect Road for about 40 kilometers (25 miles) and continue to Peggy`s Cove.
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