Point Prim Light Station

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Point Prim Lighthouse
Point Prim Light Station - HDR.jpg
Point Prim Light Station is located in Prince Edward Island
Point Prim Light Station
Prince Edward Island
LocationPoint Prim
Prince Edward Island
Coordinates46°03′00.8″N 63°02′20.6″W / 46.050222°N 63.039056°W / 46.050222; -63.039056Coordinates: 46°03′00.8″N 63°02′20.6″W / 46.050222°N 63.039056°W / 46.050222; -63.039056
Year first constructed1845
Automated1969 Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionbrick tower
Tower shapecyilindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, red lantern and balcony
Tower height18.5 metres (61 ft)
Focal height21 metres (69 ft)
Range18 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFI W 5s Edit this on Wikidata
Admiralty numberH0982
CHS numberCCG 983
NGA number8192
ARLHS numberCAN-809
Managing agentPoint Prim Lighthouse[1]
Heritageclassified federal heritage building of Canada, designated heritage place, heritage lighthouse Edit this on Wikidata
TypeDesignated Heritage Place
Reference no.7840[2]
At sunset, August 2019

The Point Prim Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is located at the end of Point Prim Road, also known as Route 209.[3]

The lighthouse itself is 18.5 metres (60.7 feet) tall when measured from its foundation to the weathervane. It is made of brick and is circular—one of only two so constructed this way in Canada. The other is called Fisgard Lighthouse and is located in British Columbia.[3]

There is a keeper's cottage situated to the southeast of the tower. It measures 19.5 metres (34 feet) by 4 metres (14 feet). Due to the small size of the cottage, the keeper normally lived in it alone. In the summer, however, his family would often come and stay with him.[3]


There have been 13 keepers since it was lit.[3]

  • John Ings (1841–1854)
  • Ewen McLeod (1854–1857)
  • Finlay McDonald (1857–1867)
  • Simon Murchinson (1867–1870)
  • Finlay MacDonald (1870–1872)
  • Alex John MacRae (1872–1873)
  • Michael McLeod (1873–1897)
  • Donald Gillis (1897–1909)
  • Alex John McRae (1909–1912)
  • Simon A. McLean (1912–1920)
  • Angus Alexander Murchison (1920–1955)
  • Norman Ross Gillis (1955–1956)
  • Manson D. Murchison (1956–1969)


The Point Prim Lighthouse is owned and operated by the Point Prim Lighthouse Society, a non profit community organization run by a group of dedicated volunteers of the Point Prim area. All admissions and sales are used solely for the maintenance and upkeep of the Lighthouse and the site.

Visitor access[edit]

Point Prim Light Station is open every day (10am-6pm) from late June to early September. The grounds are always open. Visitors can access the tower in season, by paying admission.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Canada: Eastern Prince Edward Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Point Prim lighthouse". Prince Edward Island Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Point Prim Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island Canada at Lighthousefriends.com". lighthousefriends.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25.

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