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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Exploring a lighthouse

Coming back to town life after living surrounded by trees and wildlife for two weeks take a bit of adjustment.  Just as when we first get there it takes a couple of days to get used to the silence, and serenity. 

We love to watch the children explore the untouched beauty of the peninsula.  There is always something interesting to see and explore.  This year we had the opportunity to visit a lighthouse.  I love all things nautical and especially have a love for lighthouses.  Exploring a lighthouse and its grounds is a great learning experience for my kids.

This particular lighthouse was a real adventure, as we traveled in on an one lane dirt road along side a shale rock beach.  As we went in all we could see was trees and rocks - completely untouched beauty.  We found a little spot to pull over and let the kids out to explore the rocky shore.


Once we got to the lighthouse we found it to be open to the public and turned into a museum.  The kids were even able to climb all the way to the lookout tower of the lighthouse.  On the last level before the lookout tower there was the old lighthouse light.  We spoke about how the light kept the sailors of the bay safe in rough waters, and how the old lights have now been replaced with newer more efficient lights, whose components are made from rare earth metals.


After our lighthouse tour we found a pathway that the children followed right down to the beach.  There was a couple of benches to sit and take in the views atop the bluff.  Finding this remote lighthouse was a highlight of our holiday and a hidden gem.

It is an amazing step back in time visiting a lighthouse.  It makes me so happy for my children to visit such a rich historical site, and so thankful to those who lovingly care for it.  I only wish that other lighthouses along the peninsula's beaches were cared for as well as this one.


















8 comments:

Mom vs. the boys said...

oh look at those huge rocks, my boys would love that!

Bonnie Way said...

That looks like so much fun! My kids love exploring like that too and I love lighthouses that are museums now. I recently learned that there are no longer any manned lighthouses in Canada - all are now automated. I guess life would have been awfully lonely for the lighthouse keeper, but there's still something a bit romantic about lighthouses. :)

Aeryn Lynne said...

What a fabulous find! It was no doubt amazing for your kids to go to the top of a lighthouse! :D

Deanna T. said...

What a beautiful place to explore! I've got to know, where was this lighthouse that's been transformed into a museum? I'd love to visit it some day.

Christine Culley said...

So jealous!!! I love lighthouses and was planning on going to one this summer, but have yet to make it there.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm glad you guys found that and that everyone enjoyed it so much! Really cool that you went up in it too.

Tarasview said...

what a fun adventure!!

Canadian Dad said...

So cool! My family used to go to a Lighthouse museum every time we went to Pres'quile Provincial Park in Ontario. It was such a great memory and I can't wait to take my kids there!