Wood Islands Market

Wood Islands Lighthouse
and Museum

Built in 1876 this lighthouse served as the home for it’s first keeper James McMillan with the last keeper, Leon Patton completing his tenure in 1990.

Keepers maintained the light which served as a navigation aid to marine traffic in the Northumberland Strait and fishing boats in the Wood Islands harbour. 1940 marked the start of its use as a coastal light for the seasonal ferry operated by Northumberland Ferries Ltd. In 1958 the keeper’s dwelling and the lighthouse were wired for electricity which to this day, powers the 1000 watt revolving flashing light which is still in use.

In 1998 the lighthouse and it’s attached heritage dwelling were opened to the publc. The museum features a period bedroom, time-honoured kitchen, keeper’s quarters and radio room in addition to a number of displays in other rooms. Other areas of the museum featuring displays and artifacts:

  • The history Northumberland Ferries
  • The Rum Runners Den
  • The island’s fishing industry
  • Shipbuilding gallery
  • The legend of the phantom burning ship
  • Sea life and seaglass
  • The history of island lighthouses and lighthouse keeping
  • Iceboat landing

Tours are held seasonally and participants can climb the stairs to the top of the tower for the stunning 360′ view of the surrounding vista and harbour. Binoculors are available to get a closer look at the nearby Osprey nest.

The main floor which is wheelchair accessible after installation of a ramp in 2020, includes the gift shop featuring numerous books and handcrafted items by local artisans.

Owned and operated by Wood Islands & Area Development Corporation since 1998, the lighthouse and museum have been maintained as a beacon of hope, history and resilience, which included moving the structure 70 metres inland due to shore erosion in 2009. It was designated as a heritage place under the Prince Edward Island Heritage Places Protection Act in 2012.

In addition to the lighthouse and attached keeper’s dwelling the site is also home to 2 Harbour Range lights. Although they are no longer in service as lights, they now house the Seconds By The Sea shop offering previously enjoyed items, and serves as a location for Amateur Radio.

Today the lighthouse is a source of wonder and education, visited by thousands of tourists and cruise ships including the famous Disney Cruise Line. We’ve even been featured on The Weather Network.

The grounds feature ample parking and washroom facilities making it the perfect place to stop, where you can let the salt water and red cliffs speak to you! Bring a picnic lunch to have while you watch the Ferry come and go or get some iconic ocean pics. Our nearby Wood Islands Market offers additional shopping,  and a Visitor Centre to help you plan your itinerary. 

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