About East Point Lighthouse
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
This floor houses artifacts from earlier years at East Point Lighthouse. These artifacts include lamps and lenses of previous eras.
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.
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.
Built 1867 by William MacDonald, the lighthouse is 64 ft. tall and there are 67 steps to the top. It has survived 2 moves.
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.
“Great view of the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most Easterly points of Canada. Love the gift shop and they are famous for their soups and ice cream.”
“Well worth the journey! Watching the tides meet is a pretty spectacular site.”
“Enjoyed our visit here and Nova was very informative about the Lighthouse and the Island culture!”