Since its completion in 1869, the Cape Jourimain Lighthouse has welcomed generations of travellers heading from PEI to the mainland via the ferry to nearby Cape Tourmentine, and later, via the Confederation Bridge. Tragedy touched this lighthouse early when its first keeper, John Bent, was lost to treacherous seas on his way home from Summerside. He would be succeeded by his son, Arthur.
Nature has touched this lighthouse in many ways as well; originally it stood on an island surrounded by swamp, not accessible from the mainland by foot as it is now. Erosion has had a profound affect on this site - as the Northumberland Strait slowly claims more and more of the coastline, the lighthouse has been forced back from the shore twice, once in 1910 and again in 2016. The latter endeavour saw the lighthouse restored to its former beauty- it's known for the ornate details in its woodworking, although wood was originally chosen over concrete for the structure simply for being more cost-effective!
When the Confederation bridge from Borden, PEI was completed in 1997, it was a significant feat - it would be Canadas longest bridge, and the worlds longest bridge over frozen water. The bridge's grand arrival also sadly signalled the end of an era for not only the Borden-Cape Tourmentine ferry route, but the Cape Jourimain Lighthouse, which was decommissioned after 128 years.
The light can be accessed via nature trail from the Cape Jourimain visitor centre.
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