The last time we were there, about eighteen months ago, the old lighthouse at St. Peter’s Harbour was in bad shape. At one time, the structure had been further out on the beach but it was moved in-shore to avoid being washed away. Its new location, behind the dunes, should keep it safe for some time. The building wasn’t tall enough to rise above the dunes, so it had been elevated by the time we saw it.
The lighthouse, over 130 years old, is described in Parks Canada literature as a “square, tapered, wooden tower, with a superimposed gallery,”
and an “atypical hexagonal lantern.” This 19th century design has withstood time, weather and a move.
The volunteer group which has worked on the old lighthouse, has made progress over the last number of months.
Today, the red and white structure stands proudly in her new paint and it looks like work is progressing inside.
From the beach, the restored gallery and light stand above the dunes,
peaking over the sand to watch the ocean spectacle as it unfolds along the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Thank you to all who are restoring the old treasure!