VISITING THE LIGHTHOUSE
The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Historic Site is open to the public every day.
OPEN HOURS: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At this time, access to the Lighthouse tower and engine room is not permitted, due to safety considerations.
The visitors’ centre is staffed by volunteers, and will be open on a limited basis as those volunteers are available. Please check back here for a schedule.
PLEASE NOTE: ADMISSION TO THE SITE IS FREE, BUT WE DO ASK FOR A DONATION – IF YOU CAN.
Access to the Lighthouse
Access to the Lighthouse is via a walking trail – called Jennie’s Trail – from the parking lot at the end of Sheringham Point Road. The trail is approximately 200 metres from the parking lot to the Lighthouse Gate (and viewing area) – this section is relatively easy walking. It is a further 300 metres from the gate to the lighthouse structure – this section is relatively steep, and can be challenging for those with limited mobility.
- To view a map of the area, please click here.
Disabled / Mobility Challenged Access
Regrettably, full disabled access to all parts of the site is not feasible, due to the steepness of the terrain and uneven ground. However, a viewing platform has been installed at the top of the site (connected to the main gate by a concrete path). Those with mobility challenges (including those with mobility supports, such as wheelchairs or scooters) and who are unable to access the rest of the site can access the viewing platform for an unobstructed view of the lighthouse, its surrounding lands and the seascape beyond it.
From Highway 1, follow the traffic signs for Route 14 to Sooke. (Highway 14 is also known as Sooke Road between View Royal and Sooke, then as West Coast Road beyond Sooke). Travel about 15.6 km beyond Sooke. When you see the Shirley Fire Hall (on the left), Sheringham Point Road is the next left. Travel approximately 1.7 km down Sheringham Point Road to the parking lot (follow the Lighthouse signs). Access the walking trail to the Lighthouse from the parking lot.
Please note: this is the ONLY legal access to the Lighthouse. There is no legal access or parking available along Seaside Drive or Lighthouse Road. Please respect our neighbours and only use this access.
To view a map of the area, please click here.
The weather in this part of the world, and particularly out on the point, can be unpredictable and can change quickly. Please be prepared for this if visiting the site, and be extremely careful using the site in poor weather. It can be very slippery, especially near the cliff edges. High winds and rogue waves can be dangerous. To help, please check out the current weather conditions from the Sheringham Weather Station.
Also, please be advised that the Lighthouse site (or portions of the site) may have to be closed from time to time due to weather conditions.
Please be aware that bears, cougars and other wild things are present at the site from time to time. Give ALL animals a wide berth. Please be careful and follow the simple rules at gov.bc.ca/staying-safe-around-wildlife/ or at https://wildsafebc.com/.
USING THE SITE
Please join us in helping to protect and care for this national treasure. Help us keep the property clean and safe, be respectful of our neighbours and other visitors, and please exercise caution while using the site. Ensure that children are supervised at all times. Enter at your own risk.
When using the site, please observe the following:
• Pets are welcome, but must be kept under control at all times. Dogs must be kept on a leash. Please clean up after your pets and remove their waste.
• There are no garbage receptacles on site, so please pack out all of your garbage and waste. A toilet is available in the parking lot.
• Please keep noise and all activities limited and reasonable, in consideration of other visitors and the neighbours.
• No camping is allowed at the site.
• There is no water access at this site. For safety, swimming, diving (scuba, snorkel) and fishing are not permitted.
• No vehicles are permitted, except for authorized service vehicles and mobility aids (scooters).
• As this is a designated heritage and archaeological site, metal detectors are not permitted.
• No Smoking is allowed on site. Also, alcohol and cannabis use are not permitted.