Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse

Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse National historic Site of Canada is located 300 km from Quebec City via Road 132 our Highway 20.

One of the tallest lighthouses in Canada, Pointe-au-Pere was in the past one of the Canada's most important navigational centres.

A piloting station operated here between 1905 and 1959. Today, accompanied by a guide, visitors can climb the steps of the unusual structure and gaze out over the St. Lawrence.

Guests can also explore the exhibition in the foghorn shelter and the lighthouse keeper's house. It was near Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse, on May 29, 1914, that that the cruiser Empress of Ireland collided with a Norwegian ship and sank. The lighthouse played an important eye-witness role in the tragedy.

You can visit the Empress of Ireland Pavilion of the museum and relive the terrible maritime tragedy through a 3D presentation and a large collection of artefacts recovered from the cruiser. Besides, you can explore wildlife area which starts 5 minutes walk from the lighthouse and visit the Bic National Park, located 30 minutes away, or enjoy a peaceful seaside stroll at Sainte-Luce. Note than St. Narcise with its Hell's Gates (Portes de l'Enfer) are also near by. Rimouski City with its attractions, including the regional Museum of Rimouski and the Lamontagne House, is also a must see.

(Emmy, the ships cat of the C.P.R. liner the Empress of Ireland, had made many trips on the Empress until May 28, 1914, when she left the ship as it prepared to cast off from Quebec City bound for England. Nothing would induce her to go aboard again. Even the fact she was leaving a litter of kittens. During the night, the Empress was rammed by another ship in dense fog on the St. Lawrence near Rimouski. And she sank with a loss of over a thousand lives.)

Website of Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse: www.museedelamer,qc.ca

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