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Cape Beale Lighthouse is located in British Columbia
Cape Beale Lighthouse
Cape Beale Lighthouse
Location in British Columbia
Location Cape Beale
Vancouver Island
British Columbia
Coordinates 48°47′11″N 125°12′56″W / 48.78639°N 125.21556°W / 48.78639; -125.21556
Year first constructed 1874 (first)
Year first lit 1958 (current)
Construction steel skeletal tower
Tower shape square pyramidal tower with balcony and lantern, central cylinder, slatted daymarks on three sides
Markings / pattern red tower and lantern
Height 10 metres (33 ft)
Focal height 48 metres (157 ft)
Characteristic Fl WR 5s.
Admiralty number G5256
CHS number CCG 0176
NGA number 13836
ARLHS number CAN-091

Cape Beale Lightstation is an active manned lighthouse on Vancouver Island in British Columbia., Canada.


The lighthouse was built in 1874 and its focal plane is 51 meters above sea level. The present tower was built in 1958 and marks the entrance to Barkley Sound. It is 10 metres tall. Cape Beale received its name from Charles William Barkley, captain of the Imperial Eagle, who named it for his ship's purser, John Beale. The lighthouse is best known for its proximity to the West Coast Trail which is the theoretical route survivors of shipwrecks would take to get to the nearby community of Bamfield.

From 1971 to 1998, the Cape Beale Light was part of the British Columbia Shore Station Oceanographic Program, collecting coastal water temperature and salinity measurements for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans everyday for 27 years.

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