|Île Bouchard Range, PQ|
Description: A string of islands, with narrow winding channels separating the various islands, lies in the middle of the St. Lawrence River between Saint-Sulpice on the north shore and Verchères on the south shore. Île Bouchard is the largest island in the chain, and others include Île Ronde, Île Dansereau, Île Marie, and Île Beauregard.
In the early 1900s, a few pairs of range lights were established to guide mariners along a new channel that was dredged between Verchères Point, at Verchères, and Cap St. Michel, near Varennes.
In 1902, the Department of Marine announced that two range towers had been erected, one on Île Bouchard and the other just east of Île Marie:
Two range light towers, known as the Ile Bouchard range, have been erected in the continuation eastward of the new dredged channel between Verchères point and Cap St. Michel. It is not proposed to put lights in operation in these towers at present, but the buildings are now available for use as day beacons.
The lights on Ile Bouchard Range were activated on June 18, 1903, with Yvon Laporte taking care of the front light and Alphonse Chicione, Jr. looking after the rear light. Both lights were fixed white catoptric lights, visible for a distance of eight miles in and over a small arc on each side of the range line.
At some point after 1947, the front light was moved from the pier off the eastern extremity of Île Marie to the southern shore of Île Bouchard, roughly in line with the eastern end of Île aux Prunes. Fixed green lights are now shown from modern towers that are separated by 3,066 feet, instead of the original separation of 8,200 feet.
Located on the eastern side of
Île Bouchard. The range lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds/towers closed.
The range lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds/towers closed.
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