Located at the southern tip of Quadra Island, Cape Mudge Lighthouse marks the southern entrance to Discovery Passage. The lighthouse is equipped with an automated weather-observing system and a solar-powered light, horn and videograph fog sensor
A few miles north lie Seymour Narrows, which George Vancouver described as “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.”
In 1898 a lighthouse was built on the point by G.H. Frost of Nanaimo for $1,225. It was a square wood dwelling painted white with a square wood lantern centered on the red roof. The lighthouse’s fixed white light, exhibited thirty-two feet above high water, could be seen for ten miles. A fifth-order Fresnel lens replaced the original light in 1908.
In 1913 a fog signal building, equipped with a diaphone fog horn, and a new dwelling and oil shed were added to the station.
In 1916 the wood lighthouse was replaced with a forty-two-foot white octagonal reinforced concrete tower with a red lantern on top. The original lighthouse was retained as a dwelling.
Cape Mudge light focal plane 17.5 m (58 ft); continuous red or white light, depending on direction, with a more intense flash every 5 s. 12 m (40 ft) octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern and gallery painted red. Fog horn (3 s blast every 30 s).
Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
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It was snowing when I visited in January…
and now you know