Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site Officially Opens and Grand Opening of the BEACONS BURNING BRIGHT! Exhibition
June 18, 2018 Pointe au Père, Quebec Parks Canada Agency
Parks Canada sites represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.
On Saturday, June 16, the Pointe‑au‑Père Lighthouse National Historic Site launches Beacons Burning Bright, a new temporary exhibition presented by the Musée maritime du Québec. The event marks the opening of the 2018 season.Beacons Burning Bright takes you on a new and original tour of Quebec’s coastal landscape in the comfort of the Point‑au‑Père lightkeeper’s house. Set sail and explore the history of Quebec’s lighthouses through the lens of talented photographer Patrick Matte, whose work attests to his long-time collaboration with the Corporation of lighthouse managers of the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf. Beacons Burning Bright also features authentic lighthouse lenses and exquisite scale models of many St. Lawrence River lighthouses.Take a guided tour along the St. Lawrence River this summer and experience the magic of its glowing towers. Beacons Burning Bright shines a light on a fascinating maritime heritage.Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada sites in 2017 and more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences. Building on that success, the Government has announced free admission to Parks Canada sites for youth aged 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This will make discovering nature and connecting with our history easier and more affordable for families.To have a memorable time and make the most of their Parks Canada experience, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip in advance. Visitors can order their Discovery Pass by visiting the Parks Canada website. Visitors are also encouraged to download the incredibly popular Parks Canada mobile app and follow Parks Canada on social media for more information about the breathtaking locations and hidden gems at national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites.
“This year, we are celebrating families with free admission for youth aged 17 and under. We want to inspire youth to discover, connect, and protect Canada’s remarkable nature and history. And as always, we encourage all visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations across the country, by consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the Parks Canada’s Mobile App for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to experience our national treasures.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
- The Pointe-au-Père lighthouse is 33 metres (108 ft) high, making it one of the tallest in the country. Today the Pointe-au-Père Navigational Aid Station helps us better understand the complexity of the St. Lawrence River and the role played by the lighthouse. The fog alarm shed and lightkeeper’s house now host displays and exhibits on the history and evolution of sound signals and the world of underwater archaeology.
- Pointe‑au‑Père Lighthouse National Historic Site is open daily from June 9 to October 8.
- Beacons Burning Bright runs through to October 8, 2018.
- Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of 171 national historic sites, 46 national parks, one national urban park, and four national marine conservation areas.
- Canadians are encouraged to order their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online. Discovery Passes are also available at Parks Canada’s entry gates and visitor centres. Please visit the Parks Canada website for more information.
- Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s west coast and other bi-weekly prizes, including Discovery Passes and merchandise. We work in collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC and Air Canada.
Forillon Field Unit
Manager, External Relations
Parks Canada Agency