Forillon National Park
Contact Address Information:
122 Gaspé Boulevard
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
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.
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)