This Manitoba Lighthouse Transports You To The East Coast Without Leaving The Province
An easy trail leads to the charming 122-year-old structure! 😍
Let's get exploring! The Hecla Provincial Park lighthouse in Manitoba is so east coast that it's like visiting the Maritimes without actually leaving the province. To reach the beacon building, it's just an easy five-kilometre trail.
Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park is located about an hour and 40 minutes north of Manitoba's capital.
There's a series of islands between the east and west shores of Lake Winnipeg, including Hecla Island where you'll find this iconic lighthouse.
It was named after Mount Hekla, a volcano that's once of Iceland's most famous landmarks.
Throughout the park, there is a lot do to even before you reach to the charming lighthouse.
You can spot wildlife, splash around in the water of the lake, walk along limestone cobbled shorelines and so much more.
If you follow the beacon of the lighthouse to Gull Harbour, you're in for a beautiful and historic sight.
Built all the way back in 1898, it looks like something you's see on the east coast near the ocean, rather than in the Prairies.
It stands at over eight metres tall, or about 26 feet, from the base to the vane.
Created using a traditional wooden square-tapered design, it's able to withstand strong winds and waves, specifically because the base is so wide.
The 120-year-old-plus lighthouse stopped being used in 1926 when a taller structure was built. That said, it was left standing for visitors from far and wide to enjoy.
There is a Lighthouse Trail that takes you along Hecla Island with views of Lake Winnipeg on one side and Gull Harbor Wharf on the other.
According to AllTrails, it's a five-kilometre trek that will take you from the docks, around the harbour, to the tip of the island where the lighthouse is, and back again.
It's an easy hike that is also suitable for kids and dogs.
While the park is open all year long and has lots of winter activities available, the trail to the lighthouse is best hiked between April and October.
If you weren't yet convinced that this spot has major east coast vibes, there's actually a lighthouse that's been converted into a Nova Scotiathat looks exactly like this one!
If dreamy lighthouses are your thing, you can find similar quirky structures in provinces likeand too.