Point Amour Lighthouse
The Point Amour Lighthouse stands tall amid the limestone cliffs on the south coast of Labrador. Explore the lighthouse with a guided tour and climb the 132 steps to the top of the lighthouse – the tallest in Atlantic Canada – and be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Strait of Belle Isle. The lighthouse has figured prominently in the lives of the people of Southern Labrador for nearly 150 years.
Built by Canada to guide transatlantic steamship traffic down the Strait of Belle Isle, Point Amour Lighthouse was completed in 1857 and was first illuminated in 1858. In the days before roads linked the communities along this coast, the lighthouse was always a stopover for residents travelling up and down the coast on foot or by dogsled.
Lighthouse keepers witnessed many marine disasters due to the treacherous conditions off this coast – shallow water, rocks, icebergs, strong currents, and sea ice well into spring. Seven men died when the HMS Lily ran aground and sank nearby in 1889. Eleven lives were lost in August 1922, when the HMS Raleigh, a 700-crew British naval vessel, ran aground and the rocks of Forteau Bay ripping a 360-foot hole in her hull.
After exploring the lighthouse enjoy a hike along the coast to the HMS Raleigh shipwreck site and view whales, icebergs, and fossils along the way.
Open from the Victoria Day long weekend until just before Thanksgiving.
Point Amour Lighthouse is operated by the Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation.
L’Anse Amour Branch Road
L’Anse-au-Loup, NL A0K 3L0
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