Discovery Island Lighthouse

In 1886 the island’s first lighthouse was built on Pandora Hill, which is the highest point on the island.

The government appointed an old man Richard Brinn to be the first lighthouse keeper. His daughter Mary Ann Croft assisted him. In fact she ended up doing most of the work. She was a widow with two children. In 1902 after her father died Mary Ann Croft was officially appointed the lighthouse keeper. She was the very first female lighthouse keeper in Canada.

In 1996, the lighthouse was de-staffed and automated.  It had been manned for 110 years. On September 3, 2004 the foghorn at the lighthouse was deactivated and removed from the station.

Today nobody lives on the island and the lighthouse buildings are deteriorating.

Discovery Island Lighthouse

 

Bald eagles, turkey vultures, porpoise, seals, sea lions, orca killer whales

A superb stay in an outstanding location - topped by a fantastic day with Dieter looking for - and finding the local wildflife, bald eagles, turkey vultures, porpoise, seals, sea lions and the highlight 2 orca killer whales. All in the most stunning scenery. Its been wonderful to stay here for four nights on our road trip around the west coasts of Canada and America - celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. We’ve also enjoyed the chance to sit and watch the birds - the birding scope is a great idea. Thanks for a wonderful stay in a fabulous place - we hope to return.