Home to the longest serving family of lighthouse keepers in Canada
Closed for the season!
The Lighthouse Express provides service from the Interpretive Centre to the lighthouse. Closed for 2020.
The Cape Jourimain lighthouse was built in 1869 to help ships navigate nearby reefs and shoals. It became operational in May, 1870, and continued to operate until 1997. It was decommissioned when the Cape Tormentine ferry service closed after the opening of the Confederation Bridge.
The lighthouse is 15.5 metres tall and is notable for its octagonal design and Victorian-esque ornamentation. Its classic red-and-white colour scheme is typical of lighthouses from this era.
The first permanent keeper was John Bent, the first of four generations to serve at the lighthouse. It's believed that the Bent's are the longest serving family of lighthouse keepers in Canada.
The final keeper was Merril Trenholm, who served until the lighthouse was automated in 1969, after which a keeper was no longer required.
Moving the Lighthouse
The lighthouse has been moved three times since it was built in 1869 to protect it from erosion. In 1911, 1955, and most recently in 2016. After it was moved, the building went through an extensive renovation process which involved replacing the shingles, repainting the exterior, installing new windows and frames, and remodelling the first level.