Perched on a grassy hilltop above sweeping red sands, Covehead Harbor Lighthouse is one of the most photographed spots on Prince Edward Island (PEI). While this lighthouse is one of the island’s shortest at just 27 feet tall (8.2 meters tall), its charming white and red-trimmed exterior and panoramic coastal views make it one of the most popular.
Although it’s not possible to enter the lighthouse, Covehead’s photo-worthy setting still offers sweeping views along the coast of Prince Edward Island National Park. Stop by on a scenic coastal drive or visit on a guided tour from Charlottetown, which allows you to experience PEI’s coastal scenery, see and learn about historical lighthouses, and sample wine at a local vineyard.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Covehead Harbor Lighthouse is a must-see for photographers and first-time visitors to PEI.
- Bring your camera (or smartphone) to capture shots of the structure and its surrounds.
- Dress in layers, as the coastal area can be cool and windy.
- Prince Edward Island National Park entrance fees apply.
How to Get There
Covehead Harbor Lighthouse is located in Prince Edward Island National Park, on the north coast of PEI. Public transportation is limited in the area, so it’s a good idea to arrive by car or visit on a guided tour.
When to Get There
Summer through early fall is the best time to visit Covehead Harbor Lighthouse, as winters in this area can be very cold and snowy. Late afternoon (the “golden hour”) and sunset are the best times to photograph the lighthouse.
The Lighthouses of Prince Edward Island
It might be just 139 miles (224 kilometers) long, but the dramatically sculpted coastline of Prince Edward Island is dotted with dozens of lighthouses that cast a dazzling light show over the seafront after dusk. West Point Lighthouse is one of the island’s tallest at 68 feet tall (20.6 meters tall) and houses a museum, inn, restaurant, and craft shop. On the other side of the island, the East Point Lighthouse faces the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait. Other notable structures include the Victoria Range Light, the Wood Islands Lighthouse, the Cape Bear Lighthouse, and the Point Prim Lighthouse.