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Name: Cape Race Light (new)   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Portugal Cove South, Newfoundland, Canada

Location: Avalon Peninsula, southeast Newfoundland.

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Photo: Glenn Myrick

Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

Tower Height: 100

Height of Focal Plane: 170

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 7.5 seconds, visible for 24 nautical miles.

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

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Red keeper's dwelling and fog signal building.

Earlier Towers?
1856: Cylindrical cast iron tower, moved to Cape North, Nova Scotia, and now at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.

Date Established: 1856

Date Present Tower Built: 1907

Optics: 1907: Hyperradial lens, still in use.

Fog Signal: Automated horn, blast 3s; sil. 3s; blast 3s; sil. 51s.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

Cape Race is located near the Irish Loop Road on the Avon Peninsula. An unpaved road (12.5 miles) from Portugal Cove South takes you to Cape Race. The lighthouse and interpretive center (recreation of a Marconi wireless station) are open in summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with tours led by students.

Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!

Keepers: Paddy Myrick (?, died in service), John Myrick (?-1928), "Big Paddy" Myrick (1928-1957).

Nearby Lodging: Northwest Bed and Breakfast, Box 5, Site 14, Trepassey, NF A0A 4B0. Phone: 709-438-2888. Email:

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