|Saint-Michel Range, PQ|
Description: Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse is a small, picturesque village situated on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River opposite Île d’Orléans. The village is home to two churches: the Chapel of our Lady of Lourdes built in 1879 and Chapel Sainte-Anne built in 1905.
A set of range lights was erected at Saint-Michel in 1928. These two towers both stood roughly eighty feet tall and were surmounted by enclosed, wooden watchrooms. The front tower had a focal plane of 100 feet above the river, while the rear light, located on higher ground 5,610 feet away, had a focal plane of 179.
The original range lights served until 2006, when they were replaced by the present pair of range lights: an eighty-two-foot-tall, tripod, skeletal tower for displaying the rear light and an eighty-foot-tall, square, skeletal tower for displaying the front light.
Located in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse along the St. Lawrence River. 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.
Notes from a friend:Kraig writes:
It was lunchtime when we were in Saint-Michel, and we noticed Gîte Auprès Du Clocher near the church on the main street and decided to give it a try. Best decision we made that day as we had our best meal of our entire week-long stay in Quebec. I definitely recommend the place.
See our List of Lighthouses in Quebec Canada
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.