LIGHTHOUSES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA:
53° 30' N 130° 38' W
Bonilla Island is located in Hecate Strait about 50 miles south of Prince Rupert, near the north end of Banks Island.
Aides to Navigation
Seven times each day lightkeepers prepare a report of current marine weather conditions. Each report includes information on sky condition, visibility, precipitation, wind speed and direction, wave height, and ocean swell height and direction. This information is transmitted to the Coast Guard Radio Station in Prince Rupert where it is put on the Continuous Marine Broadcast VHF weather channel.
Five of the weather reports each day also contain supplemental aviation weather information about clouds, air temperature and dew point for use by aircraft pilots.
|Twice each day from October through May, Bonilla Island Lightstation assists in
the MAREP marine weather reporting program. Reports of
local weather conditions are collected from fishing boats
and ships along the north coast and relayed to the marine
weather forecaster at Pacific Weather Centre in
Vancouver. Then the latest marine weather forecast is
obtained from the forecaster and broadcast to vessels in
The primary communications link is by radio-telephone through the Coast Guard Radio Station in Prince Rupert. The lightkeepers also monitor several VHF marine radio channels. A cell site in Prince Rupert provides marginal cellular phone reception.
Fog Horn & Radio Room
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