Canadian Coast Guard
Bell Island was home to thriving iron mines from the late 19th century until 1966. The lighthouse had to be rebuilt circa 2004, as the earlier structure was close to edge of an eroding bluff. The new structure is very similar to the earlier one.
Height of Focal Plane: 174
Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every six seconds, visible for eight nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White square tower attached to fog signal building.
This light is operational
1966: White square tower attached to fog signal building.
Date Established: 1940
Date Present Tower Built: c. 2004
Fog Signal: Automated horn, three second blast every 30 seconds.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Yes.
From St. John's it's a 20-minute drive to the ferry terminal at Portugal Cove, then a 20-minute ferry ride to Bell Island. For ferry information call (709) 895ï¿½6931. The lighthouse is at the eastern point of Bell Island at the end of Lighthouse Road. There is a scenic hiking trail from the lighthouse.