Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse

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Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse in 2007.jpg
Location Rimouski, Quebec
Coordinates 48°31′03″N 68°28′07″W / 48.51750°N 68.46861°W / 48.51750; -68.46861Coordinates: 48°31′03″N 68°28′07″W / 48.51750°N 68.46861°W / 48.51750; -68.46861
Year first constructed 1909
Deactivated 1975
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Sixteen-sided cylinder with eight buttresses
Markings / pattern White tower with red lantern
Height 108 feet (33 m)
Original lens Third order Fresnel
Admiralty number H2084
NGA number 6768
ARLHS number CAN-394
Official name Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada
Designated 1974

The 3rd Pointe-Au-Père lighthouse was built in 1909 in the city of Pointe-au-Père, near Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. This city was well known in naval circles as the location of the pilot station for the Bas-Saint-Laurent (lower St. Lawrence) zone. Pointe-au-Père has since been amalgamated into the larger city of Rimouski (2002).

The lighthouse is 108 feet tall, which makes it the second tallest in eastern Canada. It is built in a characteristic shape, employing eight concrete buttresses to support a slender central cylinder.

It was replaced by an electronic lighthouse in 1975 and the site is now open for visitors as part of the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père. The RMS Empress of Ireland shipwrecking is documented in the Empress of Ireland Pavilion and you can also visit the only submarine open to the public in Canada, HMCS Onondaga (S73).

The site was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1974.[1]


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