Amphitrite Point Light

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Amphitrite Point Lighthouse
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Amphitrite Point Light is located in British Columbia
Amphitrite Point Light
Location in British Columbia
LocationVancouver Island
British Columbia
Canada
Coordinates48°55′16.3″N 125°32′28.1″W / 48.921194°N 125.541139°W / 48.921194; -125.541139Coordinates: 48°55′16.3″N 125°32′28.1″W / 48.921194°N 125.541139°W / 48.921194; -125.541139
Year first constructed1915
Year first litMarch 1915
Automated1988
Constructionconcrete tower
Tower shapetower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, red lantern
Tower height6 metres (20 ft)
Focal height15 metres (49 ft)
Range15 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFl W 12 s
Fog signal(2) 20 s
Admiralty numberG5246
CHS numberCCG 0135
NGA number14000
ARLHS numberCAN-010

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse is an active lighthouse near Uclulelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, named after Amphitrite, the sea goddess and wife of Poseidon in Greek mythology.

Geography[edit]

Amphitrite Point has the only active lighthouse in the Tofino-Ucluelet area accessible by automobile, with the only other local lighthouse being on Lennard Island, viewable only by air or boat. The Amphitrite Point Light is located at the southern end of the Ucluelet Peninsula and the north side of the Barkley Sound, approximately 3 kilometers south of downtown Ucluelet and 40 kilometers south of Tofino, British Columbia. The lighthouse tower is closed to the public but the grounds are open as part of the Lighthouse Loop section of the Wild Pacific Trail. In addition to hiking the trail to view the lighthouse, visitors can park at the end of Coast Guard Road and walk directly to the lighthouse in 2–3 minutes. Amphitrite Point, much like the rest of the Ucluelet Peninsula, is subjected to frequent winter storms and has an oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb) with approximately 3.3 metres (130 inches) of annual rainfall.[1] The next active lighthouse to the north of Amphitrite Point Light is the Lennard Island Lighthouse off of Chesterman Beach; the next active lighthouse to the south is the Cape Beale Lightstation on the south side of Barkley Sound.

History[edit]

The first lighthouse at this site was a small wooden tower built in 1906.[2] This lighthouse was destroyed in bad weather in 1914, and the current concrete lighthouse opened in March 1915.[3] Amphitrite Point is exposed to frequent gale-force winds, tidal waves and is also in a tsunami inundation zone, so the current lighthouse (built in 1915) derives its peculiar shape and construction from being designed to withstand strong westerly storms coming off the Pacific Ocean. It was staffed by Canadian Coast Guard lighthouse keepers from 1915 until 1988, when it was automated.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 Station Data". Environment Canada. 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  2. ^ a b "Amphitrite Point Lighthouse". LighthouseFriends. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  3. ^ "Lighthouses of Canada: Southern British Columbia". www.unc.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-04.

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