Tuesday, March 27, 2012

East Quoddy Lighthouse- Campobello Island

East Quoddy Light Campobello Island
East Quoddy Lighthouse

East Quoddy Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada. It sits on the very edge (and then some!) of Campobello Island in New Brunswick in the Passamaquoddy Bay. During low tide there are 2 ladders that can be used to climb to the island. (Also known as the Head Harbor Light.) One ladder is located just off the parking area and the other is across the sandbar at the edge of the rocks up to the island.

(Where does 'Quoddy' come from? It is shorthand for 'Passamaquoddy' which is the name of the bay and the local Native tribe. The name is said to mean 'place of many pollock'. If referring to the tribe it means 'people of the place of many pollock'.)

We weren't there at low tide so were not able to walk across on the sandbar to get close to the lighthouse. Maybe next time!

Click on photos to enlarge.

Tide hazard warning.
Pay attention to the tides, don't guess!

metal stairs to beach.
Stairs to beach for crossing to the island. The water is unbelievably clear.

fishing weir
Fishing weir. Mackerel? Herring? Pollock?

sea urchin dredging
Sea urchin dredging.
East Quoddy Light
Stairs up to island in lower right corner of photo.

 To get here: Follow directions from Lubec to Campobello Island. You are leaving the US! Be sure you have a passport to re-enter the States. Once on Campobello Island, follow the signs to the lighthouse. (The main road on Campobello loops around the island.)

Helpful tips: US currency is accepted at local stores, but ask first, don't be a bozo. There is an outhouse near the parking lot. Bring tp!

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