Prince Edward Island has more than 50 lighthouses, while only a few are still in operation each one has a unique beauty, history and story to tell. Many of the Island’s lighthouses are cared for by passionate community groups that value their cultural significance to the community and the Island. Learn more about the friends of PEI’s lighthouses.
Each lighthouse on Prince Edward Island has such unique beauty that it was hard to chose…but we’ve narrowed down the list to our Island Insider’s top five most interesting lights.
Covehead Lighthouse, located in the PEI National Park was first built in 1967 and was rebuilt in 1975. There is a plaque on this lighthouse describing the Yankee Gale storm that claimed at least 74 ships and over 150 lives in 1851. Covehead Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses on PEI with its impressive views of the north shore and close approximately to Covehead Wharf.
Cape Tryon Lighthouse was built in 1906 and guided mariners along the northern coast of PEI, providing warning of the shallow waters that reached far beyond the shore. Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables writes about a beautiful lighthouse being built along a red sandstone cliff in her novel Anne’s House of Dreams. This is one of PEI’s hidden treasures, so keep searching we promise its worth it!
West Point Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is Prince Edward Island’s tallest lighthouse. Attached to this lighthouse is a museum that operates year-round. May through October there is a 4 star inn! While your visiting, why not explore the mystic Fairy Trails behind the lighthouse.
East Point Lighthouse was built in 1867 and played an important role in navigating fishing traffic and local flying schools in the winter months. Today this lighthouse offers on-site tours, a craft shop, and a café. It is here that you can see three ocean tides meeting including; The Atlantic Ocean, Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Well you might not see it, but it is the place!
Cape Bear Lighthouse was built in 1881 located in the Southern East End of PEI near Murray River, one hour outside of Charlottetown. As you drive along the beautiful coast of Eastern PEI you can even see sights of Nova Scotia in the distance. It was here that the first SOS radio signals were heard from the Titanic.