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Miscou Lighthouse Beach South

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Miscou Lighthouse Beach South Gallery

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Quick Facts

Difficulty easy
Trail Type linear
Distance 4.4 km one-way
Estimated Time 3 hours return
Surface Type sandy beach
Elevation Change 13 metres
Features lighthouse, beach
Trail Markers none but easy to follow
Scenery Rating must see
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception low
Dog Friendly yes
Fees none

Description

The Miscou Island Lighthouse is at the end of the road that crosses Miscou Island. The tip of Miscou Island is where Chaleur Bay and the Northumberland Strait come together, so it is quite exposed and can be quite windy. The lighthouse is a museum and can be explored for a small fee. The best part is the view from the top. You can see the beach traveling away from the lighthouse in either direction, the waves rolling in from the bay and the strait, and the extensive peat bogs that make up most of Miscou Island. The best beach walk is to the south of the lighthouse.

The beach travels along the windswept landscape and then a small pond behind the beach. The peat comes out to the water in small cliffs a short distance past the pond. At low tide you can continue along the beach. At high tide you can follow along the ATV trail on the top of the peat. After a patch of trees, the beach opens back up into more of a dune. There are larger ponds behind the dune. Eventually you will come to the point where the pond flows into the strait. This is as far as you can go.

Peat Moss along Miscou Lighthouse Beach south

On our visit we found many whale bones in the sand. The barren lands of the peat bogs are an interesting place to explore.

Thank you to the group of volunteers that were doing a beach cleanup when we arrived.

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Directions

Follow Route 113 onto Miscou Island, and continue on this road until you reach the lighthouse at the end of the road. It is just under 20 kilometres to cross the island and get to the lighthouse. Park here and walk down to the beach along the road on the right.

Parking at the Miscou Island Lighthouse

From the Sign

Miscou Island Lighthouse

Miscou Island Lighthouse

This lighthouse was built in 1856 at the southern entrance to Chaleur Bay by Quebec Trinity House, which then supervised navigation on the St. Lawrence River and Gulf. Considered a major coastal aid it merited the subsequent installation of a powerful diopric light and a daphone fog alarm. The octagonal tower of hand-sawn timbers, shingled on the outside, was originally 74 feet in height and was extended in 1903 to 80 feet. This lighthouse, substantially in its original state, is among the oldest in the Gulf of St. Lawrence region.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Trail Last Hiked: June 17, 2023.

Page Last Updated: February 19, 2023.