June, the 7th, 1870 is when the Lighthouse was considered to be fully operational.
The height is about 15,5 metres (51 feet)
The wood Tower located on Jourimain Island, is a moderatly tall, tapered, octogonal, structure designed with classically inspired architectural details. It has a special bracketed lantern platform supporting a multi-sided lantern.
The lighthouse had been the witness of great maritime traffic through the narrow Northumberland Strait.
This heritage is a piece of history enlighting the picturesque maritime’s environment of Jourimain.
Canada’s Historic Places
The Tower is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value. It has been recongnized on September, the 5th, 1991 and registered in 2007. Learn more…
A point of Light
The history of the Cape Jourimain Lighthouse is a story about John Bent, his son, grandson and great-grandson. From the 1870 through 1949, four generations of Bents are likely the longest-serving family of lighthouse keepers in Canada:
John Bent: from 1870
Arthur W. Bent: from 1876
A.Y. Percy Bent: from 1901
Arthur Bent, Jr.: until 1949
Other lighthouse keepers include Lewis Wells, Silas Ross, Charles Stright, Ivan Sprague, Merrill Trenholm, and Kensel Spence.
Cape Jourimain Lighthouse Project
In 2015, the Government of Canada officially recognized and designated the Cape Jourimain Lighthouse under the Lighthouse Heritage Protection Act and transferred ownership to the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre.
This was particularly significant as shoreline erosion through several major storms have threatened the lighthouse.
On August 3rd 2016, we moved the lighthouse safely back from the shoreline and placed it on a new foundation, thereby preserving this iconic structure.
Our objective is to completely restore the Cape Jourimain Lighthouse for visitors to enjoy for generations to come.
We proceed thanks to fundrising and your help to the restoration.
Global News has written an article about our lighthouse in 2016, click here to watch it.
How to protect our coast and avoid to move 3 times a century the lighthouse? Our guided tours bring some answers to this issue but here are some clues:
More biodiversity on site reduce the erosion so seaweed must be protected and planted more and more. Beside this, some people create wind breaks…
“Coastal lands and waterways support fisheries and tourism and continue to play a part in transportation, all dependent to an extent on the natural habitat and ecosystems unique to our coasts.”
Any further informations about the protection of the coast in New-Brunswick? Read its Coastal Areas Protection Policy…