Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Lobster Cove Lighthouse

Lobster Cove Head lighthouse was built in 1897 and is located in Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland. It is a cast iron structure built locally by Victoria Iron Works of St. John's. The Newfoundland government, being very concerned for fishing and shipping safety in the outports, built the lighthouse on a major headland also protecting the shipping lanes through the Strait of Belle Isle. Until the lighthouse was completed, a local fisherman kept a seal oil lantern burning in his home to help his neighbours find their way from the fishing grounds. Today Parks Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard have joint responsibillity for tending the light. The park offers an interpretive program illustrating the history of the lighthouse and the people it serves. Lobster Cove Lighthouse, in its wild and beautiful setting, is always a highlight during a visit to Gros Morne National Park.

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