Please take notice:
The West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Visitor Center and Museum have announced the new Fall Hours for season 2023!
Thank you, for caring about West Quoddy Head Lighthouse and being a part of the lighthouse community.
< Re-Open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023 from 10 am to 4pm >
New Fall Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
SUNDAY: 11am to 4 pm
CLOSED on Monday
Open Memorial Day through October 15, 2023
see you at the light.
Please reach us at 207.733.2180 if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Can we still make the drive and visit the surrounding area and see the lighthouse (before opening day)?
Yes, You may visit West QUODDY STATE PARK before opening day. The State Park OPENS May 15th to October 15th for visitors and boasts 541 protected coastal acres. Stunning views are available on many hiking trails and nature walks. Visit the bogs, hike the coastal trail or visit the rocky beach. You may see a whale or two. Picnic tables are available, close to parking with stunning ocean views. Visitors may continue to enjoy the park during the off season by parking outside the gate, without blocking it, and walking in during these same hours. Please place the admission fee.
Can we climb the tower? Tower tours are scheduled every season with the State Park manager. Typically during our celebration events in the summers season. "Maine Open Lighthouse Day" "West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Celebration" and "National Lighthouse Day"
2023 SUMMER SEASON THE LIGHTHOUSE TOWER WILL REMAIN CLOSED! NO TOWER TOURS.
What does Quoddy mean? Quoddy means "Fertile and beautiful place." Head "head of the land". This comes from the Native American Passamaquoddy tribe ("People of the Dawn").
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals to renovate the Ron Pesha Lighthouse Museum . Your generous donation will help fund our mission. Happy Holidays! Thank you! See you at the light in 2023!
Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad.
Gold Star Moms pictured above wearing all white, photo taken after they placed the Christmas wreath on the West Quoddy Head monument.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and devastating loss of our dear friend, Timothy Harrison. As the President of the Board of Trustees of West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association and the Editor-in-Chief of Lighthouse Digest, Tim was a true visionary and an incredible force in the Lighthouse community.
He was the driving force behind honoring the memories of lighthouse keepers, he was committed every Memorial Day weekend in making sure the placement of the U.S. Lighthouse Service markers were on the grave sites of many keepers.
Tim's passion for lighthouses and dedication to preserving their history was truly inspiring. His contributions were immeasurable, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew them.
We will forever cherish the memories we made with Tim, whether it was discussing the latest lighthouse restoration project, museum ideas or simply enjoying his infectious laughter. He had a way of bringing people together and getting things done.
Let us honor Tim's legacy by continuing the work he started. Let's keep shining a light on the importance of lighthouses and their rich history. We will remember Tim as a beacon of knowledge and kindness.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim's wife, Kathleen, family members and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. May they find comfort and strength in the love and support of those around them.
Rest in peace, dear friend. Your light will always guide us, and your memory will forever be cherished.
Learn the rich history about this majestic West Quoddy Lighthouse, you will have the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world and locally. You will be giving back to the wonderful Lubec community. Only a few hours a week and this will make a world of difference here at the WQHLKA Visitor Center family. Thank you for your interest and caring about the light!
September 9, 2023. Maine Open Lighthouse Day is a popular event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation. WQHLKA always has a few special events throughout the summer season. The Visitor Center will be open on this day, form 10 am to 4 pm. Unfortunately, the tower still remains closed for repairs. We will have some goodies in the history museum on this day! Come see us at the light! Thank you, for visiting WQHLKA'S website.
"Beautiful! my favorite places" - Paula
"Magical!" - Marcy
"Downeast Maine Style can't be beaten! Love this place. - Sheila
Thank you for being here, it's wonderful! - Raymond
"Always love our visit here! - Renee & family
"I needed this visit for quite awhile. Ahhh...I will keep this in my heart for a long time. Until next time. - Eric
No promotions at this time. We are currently closed for the Winter season.
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions at the WQHLKA Visitor Center and the answers for you too.
The soft November days are here,
The aftermath of blossom's year.
–Sara Louisa Oberholtzer, American poet (1841–1930)
Edward Rowe Snowe
The bicentennial virtual reality experience project: https://www.thinglink.com/mediacard/1354557896326643713 Thank you, Maine State Archives for providing a safe way to visit and learn! W.Q. experience is now live!
Located on the most eastern point of the continental United States, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is a stunning spot to see the first rays of sun in the country. Located in Quoddy Head State Park, the original tower was built in 1808 under orders from President Thomas Jefferson. The lighthouse tower that stands today was built in 1858.
The Visitor Center occupies the first floor of the lightkeeper's historic residence. In addition to historic and interactive displays, visitors can view and purchase unique artwork by skilled local visual artists . The Visitor Center is overseen by the Lightkeepers Association Executive Board and is a 501c not for profit organization
The State Park SEASON OPEN May 15th to October 15th for visitors and boasts 541 protected coastal acres. Stunning views are available on many hiking trails and nature walks. Visit the bogs, hike the coastal trail or visit the rocky beach. You may see a whale or two. Picnic tables are available, close to parking with stunning ocean views. Visitors may continue to enjoy the park during the off season by parking outside the gate, without blocking it, and walking in during these same hours. Please place the admission fee.
973 S Lubec Rd, Lubec, Maine 04652, United States
10:00 am – 04:00 pm
WEST QUODDY LIGHTHOUSE / Visitor Center
HOURS: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
DAYS: TUESDAY through SATURDAY
SUNDAY: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLOSED ON MONDAY
OPEN for season.
Unique ecosystem in a costal bog. Bogs are home to plants that tolerate cold temperatures, acid conditions, low oxygen, and little nitrogen. Some plants that you may see are: leatherleaf, sheep laurel, black spruce, Labrador tea, pitcher plant, and cotton grass; subarctic species, such as baked-apple berry and black cranberry; and lichens, such as reindeer moss and Icelandic moss. Listed as a National Landmark.
An easy, one-mile round-trip walk leads to an unusual coastal plateau bog (also known as a heath) with sub-arctic and arctic plants rarely seen south of Canada. Shrubs predominate, par- ticularly black crowberry, baked appleberry and Labrador tea, along with carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and sun- dew. A second bog at the property’s western boundary, Carrying Place Cove Bog, is a National Natural Landmark.
Water Street, downtown in Lubec, Maine
America’s easternmost peninsula, offering op-
portunities to visit an historic lighthouse, picnic and hike up to 5 miles of scenic trails. From the candy-striped West Quoddy Head Light, Maine’s easternmost lighthouse, visitors can look out over Quoddy Channel (which divides the U.S. and Canada) to the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick.
Visitors may continue to hike the trails and take in the views during off season. (Park and Visitor Center closes Mid October ). By parking outside the gate and walking into the park and to the lighthouse. Please, don't forget to pay the entry fee. Enjoy the lovely views.
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