Tuesday, 25 January 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM CANADA

My Canadian friend Julie sent me two beautiful lighthouses from her province. The rugged and intricate coastline of British Columbia has about 40 surviving lighthouses; several are landmarks along the Inside Passage, used by popular cruise ships sailing to Alaska from Vancouver or Seattle.
 The Cape Mudge Lighthouse is located at the southern tip of Quadra Island, in the southern entrance to Discovery Passage, British Columbia, Canada. The original wooden tower was lit for the first time on September 16, 1898 and replaced with the current tower in 1916. It is a 12 m (40 ft) white octagonal concrete tower with two 2-story red-roofed keeper's houses. Cape Mudge is now high-tech with an automated weather-observing system and a solar-powered light, horn and videograph fog sensor.
Pulteney Point Lighthouse is located on the west end of Malcolm Island, British Columbia, marking the entrance to the narrow Broughton Strait. The island was uninhabited in 1900, when Finnish immigrant coal miners founded a settlement named Sointula there.  Five years later, due to the growing shipping traffic, a square wooden tower was built and its white dioptric light was lit for the first time on September 12, 1905. The current 9 m (30 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower was built in 1943 and this is a staffed light station with a keeper's house and other buildings. Pulteney Point offers a beautiful cedar trees landscape and visitor come to observe seals and orcas surfacing from the cold blue water.

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