In 1861, with shipping companies sailing regularly between North America and Europe, Pointe-au-Père was chosen as the exclusive embarkation point for pilots boarding steamships, local experts who took the helm of vessels that ventured here to ensure the voyage went smoothly. As it was called in the 16th century, the “great river of Canada” - the St. Lawrence - was indeed a challenging one!

Among the most important in Canada, the navigational aid station of Pointe-au-Père today helps us better understand the complexity of the river and the role played by its lighthouse, one of the tallest in the country. Transformed into exhibition spaces, the foghorn shed explain the development of sound signals and and the lighthouse keeper’s home presents the temporary exhibition Beacons Burning Bright!