Beacons of Light - Lighthouses of Prince Edward Island Virtual Museum of Canada

West Point Lighthouse

West Point Lighthouse is called “the first of the 2nd generation” of lighthouses on PEI. It was the first one built by the new Department of Marine (also called Department of Marine and Fisheries). West Point was the first of the square towers, and the highest at 20.6 m (67 feet 8 inches) from ground to vane. Built by the firm of Messers. Mugridge and Co. from Shediac, New Brunswick for $4,559.59, it consisted of a square tapered tower of frame construction set on stone foundations. It had a 1 ½ storey, gable-roofed house with a lean-to storage shed. There were only two keepers during the 88 years before the tower was electrified in 1963.

In 1983, a volunteer group, the West Point Development Corporation, leased the tower from the Canadian Coast Guard and on July 1, 1984, began operating it as “Canada’s only Inn in a Lighthouse”. On May 21, 2002, it became the first lighthouse on PEI to have ownership transferred from the Federal Government to a community group.

View of West Point Lighthouse from the beach.
View of West Point Lighthouse from the beach.
Panorama tour of West Point Lighthouse Interior
Video Tour of West Point Lighthouse
Video interview of Carol Livingstone of West Point
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