Built in 1871 from a nearby granite quarry, this last granite lighthouse stands as a proud sentinel of our shores. The building was designed by either Oake or J.T. Neville, with D & T Stevenson, lighthouse engineers from Edinburgh, Scotland, advising, designing and supplying the original lighting apparatus.
The company, named after the father and uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, designed a number of lighthouses in the UK and Newfoundland, including the one at Ferryland.
Reconstructed fully in 1999 and furnished with 19th century reproduced furniture and local antiques, this lighthouse is a must see for all lighthouse enthusiasts. One remarkable feature is the stone steps within the tower walls which kept the tower from collapsing after it was abandoned. The light on display now, a gift from the Canadian Coast Guard, is a 6th order Fresnel lens and is believed to be one of only 27 in existence.
The lighthouse, which may be the only restored granite lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, is open to the public on a seasonal basis. Rose Blanche Lighthouse was designated a Registered Heritage Structure on September 7th, 2002. The first lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador to be thus recognized.
How To Get To The Lighthouse.
Rose Blanche and the Rose Blanche Lighthouse are located on the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland on Route 470 approximately 45 km east of the Marine Atlantic ferry terminal in Port aux Basques. When exiting the ferry in Port aux Basques the access ramp to Route 470 is on your right about 300 metres from the dock (just before the overpass). The scenic 30 minute drive will take you past the communities of Foxroost, Margaree, Isle aux Morts and Burnt Islands. These communities are also rich in Newfoundland culture and history.
Season: The regular hours are from 9 AM to 9 PM daily. We are open during the tourist season.
Location: Rose Blanche
P.O. Box 21
Rose Blanche, NL
Telephone Office: 709-956-2052
Telephone Craft Store: 709-956-2141
Off Season Telephone: 709-956-2903