VIBL logo Vancouver Island Bucket List horz wht
VANCOUVER ISLAND - Where to Next?
Walk, Lighthouse

Where to next on Vancouver Island: Sheringham Point Lighthouse

•  Easy-Moderate
•  Shirley
Time:
30min - 1hr
Length:
1km (.6mi)

Activity:

lighthouse icon
walk icon

Accessibility:

Family access icon
Wheelchair access icon
Dogs on leash Icon

Sheringham Point Lighthouse - Storybook 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

 

Your Visit

Parking:

Directions – Turn into Shirley off Highway 14 to access the parking lot at the end of Sheringham Point Road. Drive past Shirley Delicious, following the signs, and keep an eye open for oncoming traffic, as some spots are very narrow. The trail from the parking takes you down to the lighthouse gate.

The Walk Down:

At the top of the hill is a bench, lookout binoculars, and a donation tube. From here, there are two options: the walking trail or the road, depending on your fitness level. It’s much easier going down than up, so many people take it to the bottom and walk the road back up.

Lighthouse Area:

Viewing scope overlooking a scenic vista that includes a small lighthouse with a red top, nestled among lush greenery, against a backdrop of a calm sea and distant mountainsOnce you reach the bottom, you will find a small building that is open during the summer. Inside are information plaques and the glass that once was at the top of the lighthouse. 

There are two trails: one is a great viewing platform from which you can see the lighthouse perched on the rock, and the other will take you down the rocky pathway to the lighthouse’s base.

Around the back of the generator building is an excellent spot for whale watching and a speaker where you can listen for activity.

Be careful when exploring the area with small kids, as it is not entirely fenced. 

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 area is fenced, and a gate located on Lighthouse Point Road is open daily.

Washroom: There is a port-a-potty in the parking lot and a washroom at the lighthouse, which was recently added.

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

 

DISCOVER MORE
the best spots directly in your inbox

Unsubscribe anytime. For more details, review our Privacy Policy.

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.

Show More

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.
– 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
– Washrooms at the bottom close to the lighthouse

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.

Want to see whales? Try one of the Island’s whale-watching tours, with guaranteed sitings.

 

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.

Abigails Hotel
camping-icon-wifi
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
outdoor-seating-patio-icon-single
Featuring historic décor, this adult-only Victoria accommodation was ...
A Float Home B&B in Fisherman’s Wharf
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
icon directory food
camping-icon-wifi
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
A Float Home B&B in Fisherman’s Wharf located on Victoria's Fish...
Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites
ocean-views-icon-single
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
icon directory food
bike icon
Views of the water and on Sidney's Waterfront walkway and glass beach...
Fairmont Empress Hotel
swimming-pool-icon-single
spa-massage-icon-single
exercise-weights-gym-icon-single
icon directory food
Overlooking Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, this historic hotel f...
Located in Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, A series of rustic Hiker Huts set against a backdrop of dense evergreen trees under a clear blue sky. The cabins are connected by a large wooden deck, equipped with small porches and entryways. Each cabin displays a unique number and a simple, functional design, suggesting a serene retreat in a natural setting, designed for hikers or eco-tourists.
camping-icon-wifi
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
outdoor-seating-patio-icon-single
Affordable, clean and basic accommodations. The small huts are locate...
Amethyst Inn
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
Located in Victoria, in a historic building, 2.2 km from Gonzales Bay...
Wild Coast Wilderness Resort
kitchen-icon-single
patio-outdoor-space-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
Located in the center of Port Renfrew, Wild Coast Wilderness Resort b...
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
swimming-pool-icon-single
romantic-heart-icon-single
spa-massage-icon-single
kitchen-icon-single
Guests can relax in the outdoor mineral baths at Oak Bay Beach. Spa t...
Botany Bay by Eagle Reach
kitchen-icon-single
patio-outdoor-space-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
Set in Port Renfrew in the Vancouver Island region, Botany Bay by Eag...
Ocean Wilderness Inn
Beach Icon
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
romantic-heart-icon-single
hot-tub-icon-single
Ocean Wilderness Inn is an oceanfront B&B on the South West Coast...
Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
exercise-weights-gym-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
food icon
This downtown Sidney hotel is 5 km from Victoria International Airpor...
Amante Luxury Bed and Breakfast
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
hot-tub-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
outdoor-seating-patio-icon-single
Amante Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Victoria provides adults-only ac...

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.

 

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

A map of the area surrounding Sheringham Point Lighthouse on Vancouver Island. It shows the layout of roads leading to the lighthouse, marked by icons for parking areas and the lighthouse itself. The map also labels nearby features, such as Shirley along Highway 14 and the Sheringham Point Road. Key details like the website "www.vibl.ca" and an emblem of Vancouver Island are visible.

 

4 Lighthouses on Vancouver Island:

Fisgard Lighthouse in Victoria
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet
Active Pass Lighthouse
Cape Mudge Lighthouse

Helpful Links When Visiting The Area

Gear Tips For Vancouver Island

THE NORTH FACE women's waterproof antora jacket sq
THE NORTH FACE Women's
Waterproof Antora Jacket
North face mens antora Rain Hoodie black sq
THE NORTH FACE Men's
Antora Rain Hoodie
Helly Hansen Mens seven J waterproof rain coat sq
Helly Hansen Men's
Breathable Rain Coat
Polygon 32 oz waterbottle sq
32oz Water Bottle
for Fitness and Outdoor
Osprey Sportlite 20 Hiking Backpack sq
Osprey Sportlite 20
Hiking Backpack
adventure first aid kit
Adventure Medical Kit
Ultralight and Watertight

When you’re gearing up for an outdoor adventure on Vancouver Island, the key is to dress in layers, no matter the season. The island’s weather can throw curveballs, with conditions varying significantly from the sheltered forests to the breezy coastlines.

For those cool winter escapades, your go-to should include quality rain gear, topped off with a cozy beanie or toque, and a pair of light gloves to keep the chill at bay.

Summer explorers, don’t be fooled by the warmer temps; that same waterproof shell that kept you dry in the winter will be your best friend against the cool ocean breezes.

Remember, the right clothing and gear can make or break your outdoor experience on Vancouver Island, ensuring you enjoy every moment, come rain or shine.

Photos:

Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
exercise-weights-gym-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
food icon
This downtown Sidney hotel is 5 km from Victoria International Airpor...
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria Airport Sidney
swimming-pool-icon-single
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
exercise-weights-gym-icon-single
Located 7 minutes from the Victoria International Airport, this prope...
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria
kitchen-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
Situated along Victoria’s Inner Harbour, this hotel features a season...
A Float Home B&B in Fisherman’s Wharf
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
icon directory food
camping-icon-wifi
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
A Float Home B&B in Fisherman’s Wharf located on Victoria's Fish...

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.

Vancouver Island Guides & Maps
snorkelling Adventures Vancouver Island
Snorkelling Adventures Around Vancouver Island
lonely planet
Vancouver & Victoria - Lonely Planet
adventure road map
Vancouver Island Folded Map
Back road maps
Backroad Map - Vancouver Island

Discover new places and find your way around Vancouver Island. Many areas do not have cell service so maps and guidebooks can be very helpful for the curious.

Experience The Area
Malahat Skywalk Tickets
Experience iconic views and a unique outdoor experience on the Mala...
Victoria Bike Tour
Bike to a variety of Victoria landmarks, including Craigdarroch Cas...
audio walking tour Victoria
Take in the city’s history, from its indigenous roots to the Victor...
dd
Come spend 2-3 hours in one of the most beautiful spots in Victoria...
DISCOVER MORE
the best spots directly in your inbox

Unsubscribe anytime. For more details, review our Privacy Policy.

Did we miss something?
Have more to add?

Original Author:

Modified: May 18, 2024
Last Visit: May 1, 2024
Sunset view from the Prestige Oceanfront Resort, with the sun casting a warm hue over the marina and distant hills, seen from the hotel's balcony lined with classic railings
camping-icon-swiming
spa-massage-icon-single
icon directory food
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
The Prestige Oceanfront Resort offers luxurious accommodations with s...
Located in Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, A series of rustic Hiker Huts set against a backdrop of dense evergreen trees under a clear blue sky. The cabins are connected by a large wooden deck, equipped with small porches and entryways. Each cabin displays a unique number and a simple, functional design, suggesting a serene retreat in a natural setting, designed for hikers or eco-tourists.
camping-icon-wifi
pet-dog-friendly-icon-single
outdoor-seating-patio-icon-single
Affordable, clean and basic accommodations. The small huts are locate...
Abigails Hotel
camping-icon-wifi
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
outdoor-seating-patio-icon-single
Featuring historic décor, this adult-only Victoria accommodation was ...
Marketa's Bed and Breakfast
breakfast-coffee-and-croissant-icon-single
camping-icon-wifi
Showcasing Edwardian décor, this B&B in Victoria city centre is j...

Thank you for visiting – I hope you found the information you were looking for at VIBL (Vancouver Island Bucket List) please continue to discover all of the great places that makes Vancouver Island so great! 

Pack Out:
We love Vancouver Island and want to keep the natural beauty. Please respect the places you visit and pack out what you pack in and leave the area better than when you arrived. We all know how much trash can spoil an experience and the environment, so please help us keep it clean!

Wildlife:
Vancouver Island is a land of natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Please be aware of your surroundings and take the usual precautions for personal and wildlife safety.
Black bears, cougars and even wolves are common on Vancouver Island for more on Wildlife Safety Click Here 

Tide and Seasonal Safety:
Changing seasons and tides can have a drastic effect on most locations on Vancouver Island. Please be cautious as the information in this post may vary depending on the time of year and weather. Make sure to check for current weather and tide information before you make your journey! Click here for the tides in your area. 

Be aware of ocean currents before swimming, paddle boarding or kayaking.

Land Acknowledgement:
We would like to acknowledge the land we appreciate daily within the 50 First Nations that make up the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Nuu chah nulth, and Kwakiutl–the first peoples of Vancouver Island .

Disclaimer:
The information on this website should not be taken as accurate, complete or up-to-date. Please check and look into the information yourself. We do not assume any liabilities for the use of this information. It is unreasonable to rely solely upon the information from this website. 

Submit a change suggestion:

max of 4 images
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email