- I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me.
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22 September 2011
Building of this present lighthouse was completed in 1915 and it has an octagonal tower with lantern room. This lighthouse was manned until 1958 when it was then fully automated. At the time of my visit in 2001, the light was still active.
Since 1975 the village post office has been operating on the lower level during the summer months. It is the only Canadian Post Office located in a lighthouse. The village was given its own "cancellation stamp" which is a replica of the lighthouse. Like other tourist who traveled there to view the lighthouse, I had to send a card from this very unique post office/lighthouse. The space inside would only accommodate about four customers at a time. As you can see by the picture, especially if you enlarge it, there is a line of people waiting to get in.
The view from this lighthouse encompasses the Minas Basin, which is the upper part of the Bay of Fundy. The tides of the Minas Basin are the highest in the world with a range from 40 to 50 feet.