|Cap-Alright (Île du Havre aux Maisons), PQ|
Description: Havre-aux-Maisons with its beautiful landscapes, winding roads, and colorful houses is considered by many to be the most beautiful island in the Magdalen Island archipelago, and Cap Alright lighthouse, perched on a rich red sandstone cliff jutting out into the sea, is one of its gems.
Featured on a 2003 Canadian stamp and possibly the most photographed lighthouse in the Magdalens, the eight-metre (twenty-seven-foot) white tower, topped with a red lantern and gallery, overlooks Baie de Plaisance with Entry Island looming offshore.
Grégoire Lafrance, a lobster fisherman on Havre-aux-Masions who owned property at Cap Alright, requested that a light be built there to help guide the local fishermen home. The little lighthouse was constructed in 1928, the last light to be established in the Magdalen Islands. With a focal plane of twenty-four metres (seventy-nine feet), its signature is a white flash every five seconds that can be seen for twenty nautical miles.
Located on the southeast tip of Île du Havre aux Maisons. The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
Notes from a friend:Kraig writes:
I visited Cap-Alright a couple of times during my stay on the islands. One day I stopped at Fromagerie du Pied-de-Vent, also located on Chemin de la Pointe Basse, sampled their various cheeses, and then purchased Fromage de Terrior and some bread to enjoy at th lighthouse overlook. Another fun thing to do near the lighthouse is to hike the hill with the cross on it. To reach the trail head, drive down the hill from the parking area near the lighthouse for 250 metres where you will find a few parking spaces overlooking a beach. From here, cross the road and you will find a trail that leads around the hill to its summit. While I was enjoying this hike, a couple was getting married at the lighthouse. The wedding party walked down to the lighthouse, and the bride was flown in by helicopter.
See our List of Lighthouses in Quebec Canada
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.