Monday, July 19, 2004

Rose Blanche and its Lighthouse

Rose Blanche is located some 50 kilometres east of Port aux Basques along the southern coast of Newfoundland. The gentle winding road takes the traveller through beautiful countryside very different from that between Port aux Basques and Corner Brook. It is a trip well worth making. The lighthouse was built in the 1870s and stayed in commission until the late 1940s, when Newfoundland joined the Canadian federation of provinces. In the 50+ years after falling out of commission the lighthouse fell apart until only the light tower remained. Local efforts rebuilt the whole lighthouse as closely as possible to original specifications between 1996 and 1999. On the way the road passes the charming townships of Isle de Morts, Burnt Islands and Harbour LeCou.


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