East Point Lighthouse
2017 marked 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.
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 as a hot spot for migrating pelagic birds.
East Point Lighthouse Facts
Built 1867 by William MacDonald, the lighthouse is 64 ft. tall and there are 67 steps to the top. It has survived 2 moves. The lighthouse designer is unknown, though it bears a very strong resemblance to the North Cape light tower designed by Hon. Alex Anderson.
This floor houses artifacts from earlier years at East Point Lighthouse. These artifacts include lamps and lenses of previous eras.
There are portraits of the keepers from 1867 to 1989, when the lighthouse was decommissioned and the last keeper retired.
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.
The 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 Reviews
I love that there are a few different things going on at this location! You can take a tour of the lighthouse and learn about its history, shop the gift shop for keepsakes and locally made goods, and now there’s stellar ice cream worth making the trek for.
I would definitely add it to my must-see list for PEI.