The Rose Blanche Lighthouse
P.O. Box 21
Rose Blanche, NL
Tel (Office): 709-956-2052
Tel (Craft Store): 709-956-2141
Tel (Off-Season): 709-956-2903
The Regular hours are from 9 AM to 9 PM daily. We are open during the tourist season.
Our site is wheelchair accessible, but it would be very difficult to do on your own. It would be very easy to get to the lighthouse with a partner to help you.
All of our buildings are smoke free, but there are designated smoking areas and ash trays along the trail.
All photography is allowed, although we do ask that you not touch any of the artifacts or antiques in the displays.
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Rose Blanche Lighthouse Scenic Drive
This tour takes you from the ferry terminal at Port aux Basques to the Rose Blanche lighthouse 45 km to the east along Route 470. On this side trip you will see dark cliffs, crashing waves, spume and spray. The real spirit and traditions of outport Newfoundland survive in the small fishing villages that cling tenaciously to the rocky, exposed shores of the southern coastal plain.
The Rose Blanche lighthouse has one of the best scenic views of the Cabot Strait . A three-year reconstruction of the granite lighthouse, which went into service in 1873, was completed in 1999.
Early mariners like Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Jacques Cartier and Captain John Mason explored this rugged coast more than 400 years ago. Many of the community names in the area are English versions of the original French or Basques names given them by the area's first settlers. Rose Blanche is named for the white granite - in French rock is roche, and in English roche has been changed to rose - that the community is built on.
Rose Blanche is the western terminus for the coastal boat that services isolated communities along Newfoundland's south coast. From here you can catch a boat five days a week to La Poile and Grand Bruit where you can experience a different kind of lifestyle. There is also a trip from Grand Bruit to Burgeo, further east, on the day when Rose Blanche is not serviced Other boats from Burgeo travel east to Hermitage-Sandyville.
After leaving Rose Blanche and heading west, Harbour Le Cou , celebrated in the Newfoundland folk song of the same name, also bears witness to the French element on this shore. Along Route 470, you will pass through a number of small fishing communities including Diamond Cove, and Burnt Islands. Be sure to explore the unique heath-covered terrain of coastal Newfoundland before you continue on to Isle aux Morts , or Island of the Dead. This community earned its macabre name because of the number of marine disasters that happened in the treacherous waters offshore.
Credit: Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism Guide