On Forillon point, in Gaspésie, is Canada’s tallest lighthouse (34 m high).
Lighthouses, a safety net
In the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, they played a crucial role. Lighthouses, like the one at Cap-des-Rosiers in Gaspésie, were essential to navigators’ safety.
For a long time, thanks to their lights, these loyal sentries enabled many ships navigating along the coast to avoid dangerous areas.
Québec has 43 lighthouses that visitors can discover by taking the lighthouse route.
Wind, currents, fog and shoals make navigation on the St. Lawrence difficult.
While navigation aids (radar, buoys, GPS, pilots) make navigation very safe today, this was not always the case. Before they’re placed, dozens of shipwrecks can occur every year.