Pachena Point Light, Vancouver Island

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The Pachena Point Light Station is located on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Rim National Park, about 8.1 miles (13 km) south of Bamfield, British Columbia. Pachena Point is a headland where high cliffs meet an often tempestuous sea. An anglicized version of a Nitinaht name, Pachena means “foam on the rocks” and represents both the character of the place and the First Nation Pacheedaht Tribe.

The light station at Pachena Point was built in 1908. The original lantern and 1st order Fresnel lens are in a 66 feet (20 m) tall octagonal wood tower with a focal plane of 154 feet (47 m). The light station is staffed and has two keeper's houses and other buildings. The station has changed little in more than a century, and the Canadian Coast Guard carried out a major restoration of the lighthouse in 2015-16.

The seas surrounding Pachena Point are littered with the wreckage of scores of ships that were trying to navigate the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Pachena Point and the west coast of Vancouver Island.