Our next stop was Pointe au Pere, home to the 2nd tallest lighthouse in Canada, the Onendaga submarine (built in the 1960s and decommissioned in 2000) and the Empress of Ireland Museum (the Empress of Ireland was an ocean liner that collided with a Norwegian collier in dense fog, just 7 miles off shore and sank in 14 minutes with a loss of 1,012 souls).
Stepping out of the car in Pointe au Pere, we were left breathless. The gust front of Hurricane Florence was passing through the area and it was +4C (feels like -30…my thoughts). Suddenly summer shorts and a T shirt did not seem like the right clothing choice.
The current lighthouse (the 3rd on this site) dates from 1909 and at 33 meters, is the 2nd highest lighthouse in Canada. The original lighthouse dating from 1859 and the 2nd were towers originating from a wooden base and both burned down. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1975 and is now a historical site.
We chose to only do the lighthouse tour, as it was free with our Parks Canada pass. That being said, we were only 2 of 6 people on the tour and the other 4 only spoke French. As such, our guides gave the tour in both languages (English last, which was only fair). A great tour, nonetheless, but we were happy to get back to the warmth of the car.