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East Point Lighthouse is turning 150!

2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Confederation here in Canada. The East Point Lighthouse also has the distinction of being “Canada’s Confederation Lighthouse” having been the only Lighthouse in Canada that was built in 1867 and still operates today.

Although we will be celebrating this milestone all season, how about joining us on July 1, Canada Day for a fantastic concert headlined by PEI’s own “The East Pointers?” They are currently on tour across Canada, United States and Europe. Check them out on Youtube for taste of talent! We will also be cutting and sharing an enormous birthday cake all day.

July 2 also sees another concert with the stage shared by four different groups of local entertainers, and possibly a visit from Mr. Alexander Beaton, the first lighthouse keeper, with some words of wisdom to impart.

Since the Lighthouse opened in 1867, we have decided to reward visitor number *1867* each month of our season with a beautiful framed print of the Lighthouse to take home and enjoy.

Come and visit our iconic landmark which has protected East Point since 1867, have a stroll and a picnic on the grounds, enjoy our new signage, our crisp new flag, improved parking, comfy deck chairs for a rest or quick photo op. Check out our bird watch tower, a terrific vantage point to spot rare and common birds, with East Point enjoying a reputation for a hot spot for migrating pelagic birds.

East Point Lighthouse

  • 2nd Floor

    This floor houses artifacts from earlier years at East Point Lighthouse. These artifacts include lamps and lenses of previous eras.

  • 4th Floor

    This floor shows where weights were raised and lowered through the floor that turned the gears for the lantern at the top. 2-3 gallons of whale oil was used to run the energy for the rotation of the lantern.

  • Building Designer

    Lighthouse is built in an octagonal shape. The lighthouse designer is unknown, though it bears a very strong resemblance to the North Cape light tower designed by Hon. Alex Anderson.


  • 1st Floor

    Built 1867 by William MacDonald, the lighthouse is 64 ft. tall and there are 67 steps to the top. It has survived 2 moves.

  • 3rd Floor

    There are portraits of the keepers from 1867 to 1989, when the lighthouse was decommissioned and the last keeper retired.

  • 5th Floor, Lantern Room

    This floor depicts the fantastic panamoric view from this point - the beautiful beaches, the converging tides, the 3 reefs off East Point and the East Point Wind Farm.

East Point Lighthouse Pictures

Historic Lighthouse Pictures

Here are some pictures of the lighthouse pulled from the archives.

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Historic Lighthouse Pictures

Lighthouse Keeper Pictures

Here are the lighthouse keepers and family that worked around the East Point Lighthouse for many years.

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Lighthouse Keeper Pictures

Pictures of the Lighthouse

The East Point Lighthouse is a site to see year around. Scenic from all angles, you'll see what I mean as you go through some of these pictures.

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Pictures of the Lighthouse