Point Amour Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada. The light-keepers residence has been made into a museum. There is a gift shop in another light-keepers house. On the other side of the site, the trail starts that takes you to the wreck site of HMS Raleigh.
If you are coming from Blanc Sablon and L’Anse au Clair on the Trans Labrador Highway, you’ll drive down a big hill when you come to Forteau. Continue through town and drive up the big hill on the other side of town. A little further down the highway, you’ll see the signs for Point Amour Lighthouse. Turn right on that gravel road. You’ll drive through the small community of L’Anse Amour.
Drive down the lane-way and you’ll find a parking area. Before you walk over to the lighthouse, you’ll see the interpretive signs for the former Marconi station. You can see the foundation where the building stood.
At Point Amour, they let you climb to the top of the lighthouse, which is quite an experience. When we arrived, Provincial Park staff invited us to tour the museum. Once we had gone through all the displays in the two floor building, they accompanied us up the tower.
You climb the tower on a tight winding spiral stairs. There are several landings where you can stop for a rest. The final two assents are a ladder staircase and finally a ladder.
The tower is made from locally quarried limestone. You can see the incredible thickness of the walls through the window openings. The walls taper thinner as you go higher. They have removed the plaster on the inside of the tower. This allows you to see the incredible craftsmanship piecing together the cut limestone. The exterior is protected by brick, oak planks and finally cedar shakes that have been painted. We made friends with a carpenter in L’Anse au Loup that had worked on replacing the cedar shakes. The tower is 24 feet across at the base and 8 feet across at the peak.
When you get to the top, there is a narrow walkway between the lens and the glass. You can walk all the way around and you get a great view in all directions.
Looking to the east you see a large warehouse building in the middle of nowhere. This was built as part of a government investigation into building a tunnel between Newfoundland and Labrador.
Looking to the south, you can see across the Strait of Belle Isle. You can see geologically significant fossil beds that run under the strait right in front of the lighthouse.
Looking to the west, you see the wreck sites of HMS Lily (1889) and HMS Raleigh (1922).
There are several other buildings on the grounds. Two of the buildings were more modern light-keeper residences. The building right next to the lighthouse is used for events and presentations. When we were there, you could drop in for a coffee.
The furthest building to the west houses a gift shop and public washrooms. The trail out to the wreck sites starts just past this building.