Route 138, one of the oldest roads in Canada, leads you to spectacular maritime landscape that is rich in history and towered by the renowned Pointe-des-Monts lighthouse.
Today, the Pointe-des-Monts lighthouse is a heritage museum with seven floors that showcase different themes, including the life of the eight lighthouse keepers, maritime navigation and the many shipwrecks out at sea. The recently renovated exhibit and interpretation center now offer visitors a multimedia experience and audio guide as they wander throughout the lighthouse. A short film on the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families is also shown. The lighthouse perch, which is at the apex of this 30-meter jewel, offers a phenomenal 360-degree view of the St. Lawrence River and its surrounds. You can even observe whales that come to feed near the banks. This microregion is quintessentially a natural place to unwind and relax. The antique house, where the lighthouse keepers and their families lived, has been transformed into an inn and restaurant.
Looking to stay a while longer? Stay at the Auberge la Maison du gardien , which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. Each of the rooms is named after one of the last four lighthouse keepers and feature antique furniture and decorations—all of which are sure to take you back into time. The inn near Baie-Trinité also offers one of the best seafood restaurants in the region. Delicious crab, shrimp and fresh lobster make up just some of the gastronomical feast you simply will not find anywhere else.
Built in 1830, 21 years after the lighthouse on Île Verte, this lighthouse was designated a historical monument by the Québec government in 1964.
The present location of Pointe-des-Monts is actually not the site originally planned for lighthouse. John Lambly, hired by the Maison de la Trinité to select an appropriate site for the lighthouse made a mistake: he started building the lighthouse two kilometers east of the real Pointe-des-Monts. The reason for this innocent or deliberate mistake? It seems that a fur trader, Mr. William Lampson, protested against the construction of the lighthouse because he had hunting rights to the land. This forced Mr. Lambly to build the lighthouse on the small island.
The lighthouse’s construction was again compromised when Mr. Bayfield, a cartographer, made a complaint that contested the selection of the site; apparently, the small island was too far east of the real Pointe-des-Monts. John Lambly recognized the merits of the complaint and decided to cut down trees located at the real Pointe-des-Monts in order to improve the site’s visibility.
Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Pointe-des-Monts lighthouse!