Range Lights

There are 40 (20 pairs) of range lights in the PEI lighthouse family.  Each pair of range lights includes a front range and a rear range and mark the entrance to a harbour.  Range lights were used by boat captains to pilot their craft safely into harbour by visually lining up the front and rear range lights to get their heading.  For this reason, the front range is typically shorter and the rear range is taller. Range lights often have a vertical red stripe on them as day marks to help the pilot visually line up the pair of lights to find their heading.

One range light – Leard’s Front Range in Victoria-by-the-Sea has been converted to the Victoria Seaport Museum.

Georgetown Back Range


Georgetown Back Range Light - The square wooden, 13.4 m (44'), tower has a twenty-foot base and steeply sloped sides covered by wooden shingles. The superimposed gallery is carried on iron brackets and has a metal railing.

It was moved from its original location in 1907. The range light is similar in design to the Port Borden Back Range. The day mark has been changed from a broad red horizontal band to a narrow vertical red stripe on the seaward side.

Driving Directions:

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Points East Coastal Drive - From Route 17, 7.2 km (2.6 miles) east of Montague, turn north onto Lower Montague Road. When you reach the shore, go right on St. Andrews Point Road for 2.2 km (1.4 miles) and you will see the Georgetown Range Rear Light on your right.

GPS Coordinates: 46 09 50.6 N, 62 31 44.5 W

Technical Data
  • Status: Active
  • FHBRO Number: 90-257
  • LOL number: 956
  • Date Built: 1890-91
  • Electrification and De-staffing Dates: Circa 1970.
  • Nominal Range: 11 NAUTICAL MILES
  • Focal Height: 17.5m, 57'4"
  • Light: Continuous white light.
  • Tower height: 13.4m, 43'9"
Historic Data

The original light, first lit in 1868, was on a mast. In 1877, the Georgetown Back Range Light was built.

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Lighthouse Keepers

1883-1901 - Roger Westaway
1901-1912 - Jesse George Clark
1912-19?? - Roger Westaway

Current Owners/ Operators:

Government of Canada. It is one of three lighthouses on PEI that had no petition filed for ownership.