Lighthouses have a mystique about them. They were beacons for sailors and also targets for the enemy who would destroy them to hamper our navigation. Sort of sounds like cutting off your nose to spite your face. You can trace Canadian lighthouses back to the 16th century. Lighthouses were often tapered (smaller at the top) and either conical or 4-6 sided. This was an easier construction that also allowed the lighthouse to be moved when erosion threatened. Here are some examples in PEI.
However the oldest on Prince Edward Island is Point Prim, built in 1845. The builder, Isaac Smith, was also responsible for Province House – where our members of parliament debate how to run the province. It is also the only round lighthouse on PEI
Come and see our wonderful lighthouses. The full list is on the government website.
Come back tomorrow for a look at museums