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Sherinham point lighthouse

Sheringham Lighthouse

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Activity:
Walk, Lighthouse
Difficulty:
Easy-Moderate
Location:
Shirley
Time:
30min - 1hr
Distance:
1km (.6mi)

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Sheringham Point Lighthouse - Storybook Lighthouse

Where to this weekend, Vancouver Island: Picture Perfect - Sheringham Point Lighthouse

Close your eyes. What do you picture when someone says, think of a lighthouse on the rocky shores of Canada? The picture you conger in your head most likely will perfectly resemble the Sheringham Point Lighthouse. A beautiful white and red reinforced concrete structure perched upon a rugged rocky cliff well above the waterline.

New view point looking over the Sheringham Point LighthouseThis Vancouver Island Lighthouse, located in Shirley, BC, can be viewed a short drive off the highway makings for easy access, and perfect for taking in the ocean air and the fantastic photo opportunities.

The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society maintains the parking lot, the 500-metre trail and the informational plaques found along the walk to the lighthouse. A small path takes you to the lighthouse property as you leave the parking lot. Crossing the road, you will reach the gated fence, which is open 9 am – dusk every day.

Donations welcome when visiting the LighthosueAdmission is free but the Sheringham Point Lighthouse relies on donations. As you enter the property you will find donation tubes and QR codes for online payment options. A $5 donation is recommended and appreciated in an effort to protect and maintain the lighthouse.

If you are looking to burn off some extra energy from the parking lot, there is access to another nice and easy 3.4km walking loop, a well-maintained trail that allows for the surrounding area’s experience. AllTrails Link

Sheringham Point Lighthouse Stats

  • Built-in 1912
  • The concrete structure stands 13 metres tall + with 7 7-meter cast iron lantern room on top.
  • Automated in 1988
  • 2015 Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society acquired ownership and control

 

Tips and Suggestions

Hours:

The site is open daily, but the gates close in the evening. As the seasons change, so can the hours. 9:00 am – dusk. To check the current hours of operation, visit http://sheringhamlighthouse.org/the-lighthouse/visit-the-lighthouse/

Currently, there is no access inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse area is fenced with a gate located on Lighthouse Point Road.

Washroom: There is a porta-potty located in the parking lot.

Parking: Small parking lot at the end of Sheringham Point Rd

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

IS THERE ADMISSION?
Admission is free, but they do ask for a donation of $5. There are two donation tubes, one at the top of Jennie’s Trail and the other by the outbuilding display. Don’t carry cash? A QR code is located by the donation tubes to make donating easy.

CAN YOU GO INSIDE?
The lighthouse building is closed to the public.

IS THERE A FENCE AROUND THE LIGHTHOUSE?
Yes, the property is fenced. The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society opens and closes the gate daily.

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Upgrades and The Grounds

As you walk down from the parking lot, the first indication of recent upgrades is the new large gate with the words Sheringham Lighthouse arched over the top.

New upgrades include:
– Gate & sidewalk
– Viewing platform with bench looking down at the Lighthouse
– Jennie’s trail – a foot trail crisscrossing down the hill.
– Viewing branches on the trail
– Donation tubes and QR codes
– Visitor center (open limited hours)
– Signage and historical information
– New viewing point trails
– New speaker with live listening and pre-recorded options

Whale Watching on the Juan de Fuca Straight

Whale Monitoring Sheringham light house in Shirley BC on Vancouver Island. This speaker allows you to listen to whales off Sheringham point or listen to pre recorded sounds of whalesMake sure you keep your eyes open when at the point. It is common to see Resident Orcas from Sheringham Point, Humpback, and Grey Whales in season.

A conservation project helps monitor whale movement with large underwater hydrophones in cooperation with the Department of Fisheries. They have installed a speaker on the waterside of the engine room where you can listen to any passing whales or pre-recorded sounds if there are no whales in the area.

 

What an incredible place! We went on a windy morning and had the whole site to ourselves, and it was everything a lighthouse trip should be: lonely and stormy and secluded and so, so stunningly beautiful. There were otters playing in the kelp beds, and seals sunning themselves on the rocks. Just magical really.

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History of the Sheringham Point Lighthouse

The Sheringham Point Lighthouse was built in response to a tragic maritime accident in 1906 where 137 men, women and children lost their lives when their ship ran aground due to bad weather and limited visibility. As a result, the Canadian Government ordered the construction of 12 new lighthouses along the Vancouver Islands coast.

Once construction was complete in 1912, the lighthouse was visible for almost 25km along the Juan de Fuca Strait. Initially illuminated by an oil lamp and rotated by a clockwork mechanism that had to be re-wound every 3 hours, and in 1924, a foghorn powered by a diesel engine was added.

Over the years, the site has seen building built and torn down. It even had a military during WWII as a surveillance location.

The lighthouse had seen seven lightkeepers and families from 1912 up to 1989 when the lighthouse was fully automated.

Now under the care of Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society, the lighthouse is a National Heritage Site and operates with a single green light, still actively warning sailors of the rocky shores through the harsh Juan de Fuca weather.

 

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How to Get to Sheringham Lighthouse

Located a short drive southwest of Shirley, BC, the lighthouse is easy to access. Just take Highway 14 and turn South on Sheringham Point Rd. Follow the road until the end, where you will find the Sheringham Lighthouse Parking lot. From there, it’s about a 10-minute walk down to the lighthouse. Directions Google Maps

Sheringham Point Lighthouse Map including parking and the Sheringham lighthouse loop

 

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FAQ:

IS THERE ADMISSION?
Admission is free, but they do ask for a donation of $5. There are two donation tubes, one at the top of Jennie’s Trail and the other by the outbuilding display. Don’t carry cash? A QR code is located by the donation tubes to make donating easy.

CAN YOU GO INSIDE?
The lighthouse building is closed to the public.

IS THERE A FENCE AROUND THE LIGHTHOUSE?
Yes, the property is fenced. The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society opens and closes the gate daily.

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Modified: January 3, 2024
Last Visit: March 28, 2023

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