Pointe-à-la-Renommée Historic Site

980, boulevard de l'Anse-à-Valleau

L'Anse-à-Valleau
Gaspé (Quebec) Canada
G4X 4A2
Phone:
+418-269-3310
Fax:
+418-269-3310
Email:
cldans@hotmail.com

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Located in an amazing vista overlooking the St. Lawrence River, this historic site was home to North America’s first maritime radio station, installed by Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Company in 1904, which was declared a national historic event in 2011. To commemorate this historic event, a plaque was installed on site on September 29, 2012. Visit the exhibits Marconi and the Story of Radio Communications and Pointe-à-la-Renommée: The Space of a Lifetime to learn more about the lives of the radio operators, lightkeepers and their families.

Visit the most travelled lighthouse in the world! After 20 years of exile in the Port of Québec, it was returned to its original site in 1997.


Opening dates

June to October


Schedule

Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

$6/person for one exhibit, $10/person for complete visit (lighthouse, lightkeeper’s house and Marconi station), $6/person for school groups, $7/person for bus tours

Reservations

Required for groups

Payment methods

  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

Hiking
Via the Chemin des Pionniers, hiking trails will take you into the mountains (15 km / 9 mi.) and to the coast (5 km / 3 mi.) from Cannes-de-Roches all the way to the L’Anse-à-Valleau fishing harbour. The International Appalachian Trail is nearby.
Interpretation Sites
Participate in a guided tour of the lighthouse and Marconi station, and learn more about the history of this site by visiting the two exhibits: “Marconi and the Story of Radio Communications” and “Fame Point: As Time Goes By.”
Lighthouses
Visit the most travelled lighthouse in the world! After 20 years of exile in Québec City, the Pointe-à-la-Renommée Lighthouse was returned to its initial site as an integral part of Gaspésie's architectural heritage.
Maritime Heritage
Learn more about the history of this site through the guided tour and the exhibits, which recount the lives of the lightkeepers and wireless telegraph operators as well as of the residents of nearby villages.


Services

  • Picnic area
  • Pets allowed on leashes only
  • Boutique
  • Free parking
  • Other:
  • Guide Services

How to get there

From Route 132, between Cloridorme and L'Anse-à-Valleau, head towards the sea on a secondary road for 5 km (3 mi.) and you will see the Pointe-à-la-Renommée site.


Affiliations and distinctions

Affiliations

  • Gaspé Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
  • Tourisme Gaspésie
  • Gaspésie Cultural Council
  • Gaspé Tourism and Convention Board
  • Lighthouse Management Board (Corporation des gestionnaires de phares)
  • Cartier Wind Energy


Distinction

  • Establishment of the Maritime Wireless Telegraph System National Historic Event

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