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.

Port Borden Back Range Light


The 12.8m (42 feet) tall pyramidal wooden tower has a broad base and steeply-sloped sides. The narrow gallery is super imposed on the tower. It surrounded by a metal railing and is supported on iron brackets. The light shone through the seaward window of the wooden lantern. The shingled tower has a shed dormer window and door with no decorative details.

Driving Directions:

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Red Sands Shore Drive - Exit Highway 1 in Borden-Carleton at the Gateway Village and follow Borden Avenue south to the Marine Rail Historic Park, where you will find the Port Borden Rear Light.

GPS Coordinates: 46 15 00.4N 63 41 41.4W

Technical Data
  • Status: Decommissioned
  • GPS Coordinates:
  • FHBRO Number: 90-121
  • LOL number: 1017
  • Date Built: 1917
  • Electrification and De-staffing Dates: Decommissioned in June 1997.
  • Focal Height: 23.2m, 76' 1"
  • Light: was fixed yellow
  • Tower height: 11.6m, 38'
Historic Data

Built in 1917, the range light overlooks the Northumberland Strait and Borden Harbour on the south shore of Prince Edward Island.

It was relocated in 1923 and 1954-55. This range light was decommissioned in June 1997 when the Confederation Bridge was opened.

It was moved to the base of Confederation Bridge and is part of the Marine Rail Park.

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Lighthouse Keepers

W. Carruthers was the first light keeper of both range lights.

Current Owners/ Operators:

The town of Bordon - Carleton now owns this range light.