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Sheringham Lighthouse

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Sheringham Point Lighthouse - Storybook Lighthouse

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30min - 1hr
1km (.6mi)


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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.

Picture Perfect - Sheringham Point Lighthouse

This 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, open during daylight hours.

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.

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If you are driving along the Juan de Fuca straight and want to see one of the most beautiful locations for lighthouses on Vancouver Island, this is a great place to visit.


Currently, there is no access inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse area is fenced with a gate located on Lighthouse point road. The site is open daily, but the gates close in the evening. As the seasons change, so do the hours. 9:00am-7ish. To check the current hours of operation, visit

The 3.4 km Sheringham Point Lighthouse View Trail Loop it’s open between dawn and sunset.

Washroom: None on-site

Parking: Small parking lot at the top of the trail to the lighthouse

How to get there:
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.

Check out these stops in the area:
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Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet
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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 operates with a single green light, still actively warning sailors of the rocky shores through the harsh Juan de Fuca weather.

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.

Whale Watching on the Juan de Fuca Straight

It is common to see Resident Orcas from Sheringham Point and Humpback and Grey Whales in season. In cooperation with other conservation groups, a conservation project helps monitor whale movement with large underwater microphones. They have installed a speaker on the waterside of the engine room where you can listen to any passing whales.

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The lighthouse is closed to public.

Yes, the property is fenced. The society opens and closes the gate daily.

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