Private Lighthouses

There are 18 lighthouses and range lights that have been purchased by private individuals or community groups.  They are often located on private land and not accessible to the public.  Several of these Private Lighthouses have been converted to other functions, summer cottages, guest houses or small shops.  These are generally small range lights.

Former Miminigash Range Light


The Former Miminigash Front Range Light was painted white, and stood 17 feet high. A ventilator on the lantern was removed.  A unique feature on this range light is the red and white vertical stripes on the inland sides of the lantern. Two sides of the lantern facing seaward have windows. There is a shed dormer over the red door.

Technical Data
  • Status: Decommissioned / Private
  • Date Built: 1900
  • Electrification and De-staffing Dates: It was de-staffed in 1969.
  • Light: It had red and white catoptric lights.
  • Tower height: 5.2m, 17'
Historic Data

Miminigash Pond is a small body of water connected to the Northumberland Strait by a narrow channel with a pair of breakwaters or piers that keep the channel from shifting. In 1886 a pair of range lights was established to guide the mariners into this pond.

The Miminigash Range Lights were upgraded in 1900. The front light had a square wooden tower, with sloping sides, surmounted by a square wooden lantern. The fixed red catoptric light shone over an arc of 135 degrees, N. E. round through E. to S. covering Miminigash Reef and white from S. to S.41degrees W, which included the line of range. It was positioned on the outer end of the south breakwater at the entrance to the pond.

Two range lights were erected at Miminigash Pond in 1886. Simply lanterns hanging from masts, the Front Range stood about 152m (500 feet) south of the shore; the rear, about a mile away.

Excerpts from an unidentified letter.

…The first lighthouse was at Rix’s Point. It was built by a Mr. Cannon, who lived not far from the harbour on what is called the Tom Road. The two lighthouses at the harbour were built by Mr. Cannon’s son Tom.

* Miminigash, Page 37 - comes from...
Some Historical and Biographical Notes on the Community of Palmer Road
Compiled by Members of Community School, 1973, St. Louis, P.E.I).

In 1900, they were converted to enclosed wooden towers with angled sides and painted white. The Front Range, stationed at the entrance to the pond, stood at 17 feet above high water mark, the back, stationed on the beach, at 27 feet high.

The back fixed white catoptric light, set in a square lantern was on top of a 28 feet wooden sloped tower.

Today two metal skeleton towers and two lights on the breakwater guide boats into Miminigash Harbour.

In 1969 this tower was sold to Everett Cahill, and became part of the Kildare By the Sea Campground just northwest of the Jacques Cartier Provincial Park. It has been relocated a second time because of erosion and is now on private property.

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Lighthouse Keepers

Front (Outer)

1887-1893 - G.C. Green

1893-1897 - Norbert Casey

1897 – 1917 - Patrick O’Brien

1917 - 1923 - R. Mokler

1923 –? - P. Doucette

Back (Inner)

1887–1892 - John Mockler

1892–1897 - William P. Callaghan

1897–1906 - Harold Frederick Costain

1906–1913 - Elijah Costain

1913-1923 - Job Costain

1923–19?? - J. W. Wedge