|Saint-Antoine Course Range, PQ|
Description: Located on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River, twenty kilometres west of Quebec City, Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly is noted as one of Quebec’s most beautiful villages due to its historic stone church, wooden period houses with colorful flower gardens, and its roadside crosses known as Calvary.
A twenty-seven-foot-tall, square, wooden tower, painted white, was erected on a bluff at St. Antoine in 1858 and equipped with two lamps and reflectors to guide mariners along this stretch of the St. Lawrence. An acre of land for the lighthouse along with a right-of-way was purchased from Francois Xavier Bergeron of the parish of St. Giles on December 26, 1854. Leon Lafleur was keeper of the light for over thirty years in the 1800s, and he saw his annual salary for keeping the light rise from $140 to $185.
In January 1877, William Barbour, the engineer for the Department of Marine in Quebec, visited St. Antoine Lighthouse and reported that its twenty-three-year-old lantern leaked from the top. The previous season, two additional lamps were installed in the lantern room, bringing the total to four, but Barbour felt the lantern room too small for four lamps. Barbour recommended a new wooden lantern room be installed, and the following month, three carpenters were dispatched to St. Antoine to place a new lantern room on the existing tower.
In 1889, after the light at St. Antoine had become obscured by trees, a chance anchor light was exhibited atop a pole, ten feet higher than the light shown from the lighthouse’s lantern room. This secondary light was raised ten feet in 1900, giving it a focal plane of 116 feet above the river, but mariners still complained about the light at St. Antoine.
The following extract from the Annual Report of the Department of Marine for 1901 details the measures taken to improve the light:
The light at Point St. Antoine was again raised 12 feet, to enable it to show over the trees down stream, but pilots keep complaining of its unsatisfactory nature.
St. Antoine de Tilly — On May 1, 1902, three range lights were established at this place
St. Antoine Upstream Range has also been known as St. Antoine Upper Range, and today it is officially known on the Canadian Coast Guard Light List as St. Antoine Course Range. This range’s original 1902 front tower remains in use, while its rear tower has been replaced by a square, skeletal tower displaying an exposed light.
St. Antoine Downstream Range has also been known as St. Antoine Lower Range, and today it is officially known on the Canadian Coast Guard Light List as St. Antoine Traverse Range. This range’s towers were replaced in 1993 by square, skeletal towers displaying an exposed light.
Located on west side of Pointe du Chalet des Phares. The range lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds/tower closed.
The range lights are owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds/tower closed.
Notes from a friend:Kraig writes:
If you are looking for a place to stay in the area, Auberge Le Marquis des Phares is located right by the tower that doubles as a front and rear range light.
See our List of Lighthouses in Quebec Canada
Pictures on this page copyright JACLAY, Kraig Anderson, used by permission.