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Colorful Beacon

By Kelly Anne Loughery


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Cap des Rosiers Lighthouse on Quebec Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula is helping to celebrate the 475th Anniversary of the discovery of the area by explorer Jacques Cartier.

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Canada’s Cap des Rosiers Lighthouse Station
Photo by: Kelley Anne Loughery

It is said that Cartier was so taken with the abundance of wild roses that he saw that he names the spot Cap des Rosiers or Cape of Roses.

Those lucky enough to visit the lighthouse at night are treated to a stunning display of ever-changing colored lighting shining on the tower as well as the large “475” shining from the lantern room deck just below the Fresnel lens.

The limestone and brick tower, located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway, is the tallest in Canada at 112 feet and is one of the ‘Imperial Towers,” more common in the Lake Huron area.

Extensive renovations are currently being done on the station’s buildings and it is unknown when the station will reopen to the public.

This story appeared in the August 2009 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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