LIGHTHOUSES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA:
Pilot Bay Lighthouse
Pilot Bay Lighthouse is located on Kootenay Lake. The point that it is on was originally called Cape Horn but since so many BC lakes already have Cape Horns the name was changed to Pilot Bay after the community of Pilot Bay which was close by.
Pilot Bay Lighthouse was "lighted" for the first time June 13, 1904 with a oil lamp and at that time the fourth navigational aid on Kootenay Lake due to Increased boat traffic related to the various saw mills. Pilot Bay would be the only one built to look like a Lighthouse and thereafter was always referred to as Pilot Bay Lighthouse. This lighthouse never had a resident keeper but as with other lake aids had attendants to ensure its continuous operation. This light was taken out of service June 30,1993. On July 20, 1995 the Canadian Coast Guard transferred the property to the Province of BC and it has become part of Pilot Bay Provincial Park. The day to day up keep is administrated by the local group "The Friends of West Kootenay Parks" who maintain the Lighthouse and access trail.
The building was restored in preparation for the Centennial celebrations held in 2005. The two original windows have been put back in the south side of the building, so it now looks - once again - just like the photo on the cover of the book below. Also some large trees have been removed so now you can see that truly expansive view of Kootenay Lake. For info on Pilot Bay Ligthhouse or if you want to receive info about the Centennial Party, (perhaps you have a story to tell?) contact The Friends of West Kootenay Parks, at the address below.
"The History Of Pilot Bay Lighthouse"
This book is being sold to provide on-going funding for Pilot Bay Lighthouse. To make a donation or obtain copies of this book e-mail Susan Hulland or contact:
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Photo: © M.K. Mitchell