To the Lighthouse

An Explorer's Guide to the Island Lighthouses of Southwestern BC

By (author): John Walls, Peter Johnson
Photographs by: Richard Paddle
ISBN 9781772030464
Softcover | Publication Date: May 30, 2015
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
224 Pages
$19.95 CAD

About the Book

Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are home to over two dozen active lighthouses. For over a century, these coastal beacons have guided ships through the fog and represented hope for countless mariners. Today, the lighthouses on BC’s southern islands are ideal destinations for day trippers and coastal explorers of all ages who are looking for historical sites in spectacular maritime settings.

To the Lighthouse: An Explorer’s Guide to the Island Lighthouses of Southwestern BC offers a comprehensive and fascinating look at these remarkable landmarks, blending practical information on location and accessibility with riveting facts, local lore, and gorgeous photography. From Fisgard Lighthouse, a National Historic Site at the mouth of Esquimalt Harbour, to the remote west coast sentinels of Cape Beale and Pachena Point, and from the isolated Cape Mudge beacon on Quadra Island to the community-supported restoration project at Sheringham Point, this book celebrates a unique culture of public service passed down through generations. To the Lighthouse is a travelling companion like no other.

About the Author(s)

John Walls is a director of the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society and the author of Celebrating Victoria.


"A gorgeous guide book to these historic lighthouses that are throughout this coast. The stories of the 25 lighthouses [give] a sense of the importance of lighthouses in our geography and identity as a coastal province, but also history and sovereignty, the elements, and the wonderful and unique people who manned them over the last century." —Joseph Planta,
"To the Lighthouse is filled with history, providing background about the construction of each lighthouse and the way it was made to work in that spot. The history also includes information on the characters who worked at each lighthouse. Better yet, the book provides detailed information on how to get to each of the lighthouses listed, so you can take in the views and the vibes in person. To The Lighthouse is a fun read, thanks to authors John Walls … and Peter Johnson. Richard Paddle’s photographs are superb, and the maps will help us keep our bearings, more or less. This book will help to build out understanding of some of the iconic buildings that dot our coastline. It might encourage us to get some exercise, too." ―Dave Obee, Times Colonist
"An enjoyable read, To The Lighthouse is an informative and significant book offering maps and beautiful colour photographs—it's a keeper." —Sooke Mirror
“This well-appointed, intelligent little book is well worth the price for all it contains: a slew of excellent photos, maps, historical and geographical descriptions, directions, recommendations, and glossaries.” —