Sunday, March 10, 2019

Part 3 ~ The Lighthouses Of Gaspé.

Welcome back,

If you missed the beginning of my blog,  

Part 1 click , here. 
and Part 2, click here.

We continue our drive up the North shore

 of the Gaspé Peninsula, 
Our next stop is at ...

~ Cap Chat Lighthouse ~
(translated, cape cat.)

The St. Lawrence River narrows at this
his point into an estuary,
causing danger for ships in the night 
or in times of low visibility.
Map from Pinterest.

Cap-Chat lighthouse is built on a cliff, 
133 ft above the sea.
The square tower built in 1909, 
replacing the first one built in 1871. .

 The Fresnel lens light is still active.

A shed housed foghorn and 
gun powder explosives equipment.

A flower garden and walk towards the sea.

Cap-Chat (Cape Cat)derives its name from a large
 rock formation on the cape shaped like a sitting cat.

On to our next lighthouse.

 ~ Matane Lighthouse ~

On Route 132.

Used as a Tourist Information centre.

The light has been inactive since 1951.

Grandkids enjoy the view on the St. Lawrence.

On the road again....
We drove to Metis-sur-mer , near Matane,
and spent with night with friends, 
Melanie and Francois. 

The next morning, we drove to St. Flavie, 
took  Route 132 to Amqui,
passing through the Matapedia Valley (La Vallée)
 on our return to The Gaspé Peninsula South Shore, 
the Baie des Chaleur, and stopped in Carleton
to visit our next lighthouse. 


Carleton Lighthouse ~

On the beach in Carleton-Sur Mer, Quebec.
The original lighthouse burnt in 1970
and this replica was built in 1984.
A Camping Ground nearby

The light house is open during tourist season for visits.

The Old Fisherman,
wood caved sculpture,
on the beach.

A view of Carleton and mountains...
and the Baie des Chaleur on the West and South.

Our last lighthouse on "The Lighthouse Trail" 

 ~ New Richmond Lighthouse ~

On Duthie's Point,
facing the Baie des Chaleur.

2.5 kms from the parking at
 of the Gaspesian British Heritage Centre.
Built 50ft. back from the edge of a 
100 ft. bank. 

The first lighthouse in this area was built in 1903, 
and in  operation until 1914.

This replica of the original lighthouse, was built in 1989,
on the property of Gaspe British Heritage Centre.

 ~ Rimouski Lighthouse ~

This lighthouse I visited a few years ago.
In Pointe-Au-Père, Quebec.
The first lighthouse was built in 1859.
This one is 33 metres tall,(108 ft.) built in 1909.

The lighthouse is open in tourist season.
Martin and Mathieu climbed to the top.

There's also a museum with the history of
the shipwreck of "RMS Empress of Ireland"
in 1914, and an Onondage Submarine to visit.

Photo Pinterest

"Originally built to warn seafarers of the presence of land, 
lighthouses now have another purpose, 
to make land dwellers aware of the sea. ~ Vincent Guigneno

Thanks for following with us, on this amazing journey
as we toured the beautiful Gaspé coast, climbing
hiking, walking and most of all learning the history of 
these beautiful seaside lighthouses.


  1. Fantastic series----really breathtaking photos you have done here, Thelma. So appreciate you sharing these! Sandi

  2. You have some spectacular photos, Thelma. I really love the starkness of the white with the bright red and the wonderful blue sky. I long for that blue sky, shorts weather and summer and this post helps make it seem not so far away!

  3. Thanks Jeanie. I'm longing for that time when we can enjoy sunshine and warm weather also.

  4. Love lighthouses and these are gorgeous, Thelma. Love that quote at the end, too.

    1. Thanks for your visit Ron. Happy Spring.

  5. Thelma, thanks so much for sharing your lighthouse photos. There aren't many lighthouses in New Mexico so I really enjoyed the tour and seeing water.

    1. Thanks Sandy, I'm happy you enjoyed the tour. Happy Easter to you! Thelma ..


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