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Brockton Point Lighthouse

Photo Credit: Jarmila Storkova


Stanley Park


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The Point and Lighthouse is named for Francis Brockton, the engineer aboard the HMS Plumper that surveyed the British Columbia coast (1857 and 1860) and discovered a vein of coal near Vancouver. With the completion of the transcontinental railroad, Vancouver became a vibrant, growing city in the late 19th century, and, as a result, shipping traffic in and out of Burrard Inlet increased. Prospect Point Lighthouse, established in 1888 on the south side of First Narrows, guided shipping traffic into Vancouver, but its light was hidden to outbound traffic by the dense forest of Stanley Park.

In 1890, a light consisting of red and white lanterns mounted on a mast was placed at Brockton Point, two kilometers east of Prospect Point, to mark the sharp turn. In 1914, Brockton Point was transformed with the construction of the tower you see today. Designed and constructed by Colonel William Anderson, the 35 foot t tower is supported by arches, which allows visitors to pass beneath along the shoreline pathway. The lighthouse has been managed by the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Board since 2006.

Lighthouse Keepers: William David Jones (1890 – 1924), E.E. Beck (1924 – 1925), John H. Walsh (1925 – 1936), Alex McLeod (1936 – 1940), G. B. Kilgour (1940 – 1956).


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