Ucluelet, BC
“Vancouver Island’s West Coast was one of Canada’s most dangerous coastlines – its rocky shores have been the final resting place for dozens of ships earning it the nickname the Graveyard of the Pacific. Amphitrite Lighthouse, built in 1906 was one of several lighthouses constructed to help sailors navigate the region’s treacherous waters.”
Originally, the lighthouse was lit with a Wigham lamp, a type of lamp developed in the 1900s by the Canadian Coast Guard. The lamp was fueled by a large vat of mineral oil and had a long wick that was drawn out by clock work. In 1914 it was demolished by a tidal wave and replaced by a traditional lantern.

The Lighthouse is located on the western edge of Amphitrite Point which was named for the naval warship the HMS Amphitrite in 1859 by Captian George H. Richards of the Royal Navy. In 1906 a wooden lighthouse was built on the Point after the tragic shipwreck of the Pass of Melfort in 1905. After the original was destroyed by storm waves in 1914 it was replaced with the current lighthouse in 1915. Amphitrite Lighthouse was automated by the Canadian Coast Guard in 1988.

Live Web Cam: http://www.amphitritelighthouse.com

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Toby Snelgrove is an award winning photographer living on Mayne Island, BC, Canada. His art is been accepted into the Sidney Fine Art show since 2009 and won the Show Designer’s Award in 2010.
His photojournalism has been published in numerous publications including the Toronto Globe and Mail, Pacific Yachting, Aqua Magazine, Vancouver Sun and Province, The Driftwood, and Island Tides.

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  • John Velocci
    John Velocciover 1 year ago

    great picture. please take a look at my pictures when you get a chance. thanks

  • Thanks

    – toby snelgrove IPA

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 1 year ago


  • It was a pretty and historical site. Thanks

    – toby snelgrove IPA

  • debidabble
    debidabbleover 1 year ago

  • Thanks

    – toby snelgrove IPA

  • Loisb
    Loisbover 1 year ago

  • Sweet … it is a cross border nav aide … cheers.

    – toby snelgrove IPA

  • lgraham
    lgrahamover 1 year ago

    March 24 2013

  • Thanks … have you been there? Quite an historical site.

    – toby snelgrove IPA

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