Point Atkinson Light, Burrard Inlet

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Point Atkinson Light, Burrard Inlet

by | Dec 9, 2018

The first light at Point Atkinson was built in 1875 on granite boulders jutting out into Burrard Inlet, across from Vancouver, Canada. The original wooden tower had an attached keeper’s dwelling, and its beacon shone from a height of 95 feet (29 m) above sea level and was visible for 14 miles (23 km).

The Point Atkinson Lighthouse was built to protect Vancouver’s growing international shipping trade. Lighthouse Park, encompassing the point at the entrance of Burrard Inlet, and 185 acres (65 ha) of virgin forest, were set aside in 1881 to serve as a dark backdrop for the lighthouse.

The current light station was constructed in 1912 to replace the earlier wooden structure. The hexagonal light tower is 60 feet (18.3 m) in height, and made of reinforced concrete, and was at the time an innovation in lighthouse design. It stands on a promontory adjacent to the largest first growth stand of coastal trees in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The keeper’s cottage and a small complex of army huts built during the Second World War stand next to the tower. Now automated, the lighthouse continues to provide navigational aid to all marine traffic approaching Vancouver from the northwest. Read more here and here. Explore more of point Atkinson and Burrard Inlet here:

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