The 15.5 metre (51-ft) wooden lighthouse first became operational on June 7, 1870. The structure is located on Jourimain Island and is characterized by its tapered, octogonal design with classically inspired architectural details. It has a special bracketed lantern platform which supports a multi-sided lantern.
Canada’s Historic Places
The tower became recognized as a Federal Heritage Building on September 5th, 1991 and was officially registered in 2007 as a result of its unique architectural style and historical significance. See here to learn more.
The Bent Family
The history of the Cape Jourimain Lighthouse is a story about John Bent, his son, grandson and great-grandson. From 1870 through 1949, four generations of Bents served in the ligththouse, becoming 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 included 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, as a result of several major storm events, had begun to threaten the structure. On August 3, 2016 the lighthouse was safely moved away from the shoreline and placed on a new foundation – helping to preserve the lighthouse for the enjoyment of future generations.
Since being moved, the lighthouse has been completely restored and will become officially open for visitation in the late 2018 or early 2019 summer season.
To learn more about the moving process, read this 2016 Global News article.