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Name: Cap Gaspé Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Cap-aux-Os, Quebec, Canada

Location: Eastern entrance to Gaspé Bay, Gaspé Peninsula.


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Photo: Glenn Brown
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Managing Organization:
Forillon National Park

Telephone: 418-368-5505

Website: http://parkscanada.pch.gc.ca/pn-np/qc/forillon/index_e.asp

Contact Address Information:
122 Gaspé Boulevard
Gaspé
Quebec, G4X 1A9, Canada

Tower Height: 42

Height of Focal Plane: 350

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds; range 12 miles.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal concrete tower with a red lantern.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1873: 30-foot tall square tower with dwelling attached; destroyed by fire in 1890. 1892: 46-foot tall square tower rising from the roof of the keeper's dwelling.

Date Established: 1873

Date Present Tower Built: 1950

Date Automated: 1972

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Directions:
The lighthouse is located in Forillon National Park, which is primarily used by hikers and campers. From the town of Gaspé, follow Highway 132 Ouest to the village of Cap-aux-Os. About a mile past the village, follow signs for “Forillon - South Area” to the entrance gate (admission fee in 2002: $4.00/day). The way to the lighthouse begins at the end of the road, about 3 miles past the gate. Limited parking available. Two different itineraries are possible: a 2.5-mile long hiking path, which should be attempted only by experienced hikers; and an unpaved road, which is more direct (approx. 1.5 miles) but still pretty tough: the last stretch (2000 ft) before reaching the lighthouse is a long uphill climb. Both the path and the old road provide breathtaking views over Gaspé Bay. (Thanks to Michel Forand.)

Keepers: Charles Esnouf (1873-?), Eylmer Langlois (1959-1972)

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