Carmanah Point Light, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

;

Carmanah Point Light, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

by | Jul 8, 2018

The Carmanah Point Light Station is on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, about 65 miles (105 km) west-northwest of Victoria and 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Port Renfrew, British Columbia.

The original combined lighthouse and dwelling was built in 1891, and it was 173 feet (53 m) above high water and visible for 19 miles (31 km) with a distinctive signature of three white flashes each minute. This was replaced in 1922 with the current concrete tower, and over time additional structures were added including three residences, power generator, fog alarm, and radio buildings. In addition to its navigational aids, Carmanah Point also served as a traffic control center. Flags were first used to communicate with offshore vessels, and then in 1896, a steam whistle, separate from the fog alarm, was established so messages could be exchanged via Morse code even in foggy conditions. Using the station’s telegraph, the lightkeeper could then relay important messages and notifications of ship arrivals to Victoria.

The lighthouses at Cape Beale, Carmanah, and Pachena were linked by telegraph and trail to Port Renfrew. The trail was often used to rescue shipwrecked crews, and today thousands of hikers walk the renowned West Coast Trail. The beaches along the coast were piled high with wreckage and nearly every point, reef and beach now bear the name or tradition of a shipwreck, but many more remain unknown and unrecorded. Read more here and here. Explore more of Carmanah Point here:

More Categories

Archives by Month

About the background graphic

This ‘warming stripe’ graphic is a visual representation of the change in global temperature from 1850 (top) to 2019 (bottom). Each stripe represents the average global temperature for one year. The average temperature from 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red. The colour scale goes from -0.7°C to +0.7°C. The data are from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4.6 dataset. 

Click here for more information about the #warmingstripes.

Please report any errors