Port Alberni lighthouse

The lighthouse in Port Alberni sure looks like a lighthouse, and arguably it is a lighthouse, but it only illuminates it’s lamp during the daytime as it would annoy local homeowners at night.

This may sound rather odd, but the Port Alberni lighthouse is actually the home to the Maritime Discovery Centre, which contains displays on the lighthouses of British Columbia and their keepers.

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Built in 1922, the wooden portion from the lantern room down to just below the windows was originally was mounted on a steel skeleton tower and was operated as the Chrome Island Lighthouse.

In 1989, the Chrome Island Lighthouse was replaced by a new fibreglass lighthouse, and the wooden portion of the old lighthouse was donated to the Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society.

And now you know…

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