Victoria Harbour features six range lights used to direct marine traffic into the once busy seaport, including Leard’s Front and Back range lights, Palmer’s Front and Back range light, and Wright’s Front and Back range lights. In addition to numerous fishing fleets in the region, Victoria provided a vital link with the mainland, and ships like the SS Harland regularly traveled between Victoria and Pictou, Nova Scotia.
The Leard’s Front and Palmer’s Back range lights are unique on the Island as they are each located in the same building. The two lights are distinguished by colour – green for Leard’s Front and red for Palmer’s Back – and by the differently shaped and coloured day marks on the side of the tower.
The Leard’s Front and Palmer’s Back range light tower houses the Victoria Seaport Museum, which features exhibits on the history of Victoria, the range lights, and lightkeepers.