Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada

Remembering our light keeping traditions:

b Swallowtail Lighthouse

Swallowtail Lighthouse and the surrounding buildings and peninsula are owned by the Village of Grand Manan and managed by the Swallowtail Keepers Society.  Still an active aid to navigation, Swallowtail is much more than this. Swallowtail is held dear by islanders and visitors alike, not only for the lighthouse but for the majestic marine vista it affords.

b About Us

Swallowtail 1949
Swallowtail July 1949

Swallowtail Keepers Society Inc. (SKS) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Swallowtail light station and subsequent development of public education and promotion of the site. The property is leased to SKS by the Village of Grand Manan, the owners of the light station.  The property was sold to the Village in two packages, one in 1992 including the keepers buildings and that portion of the peninsula, and one in 2012 including the lighthouse and end of the peninsula.

We are supported by donations / memberships, sales in our gift shop, entrance fees for the museum / lighthouse, volunteers, and a variety of single purpose grants; summer students, restoration projects.

Swallowtail lighthouse was recognized in 1991 by the Federal Historic Building Review Office (FHBRO) as a Recognized Federal Heritage Building partly because of the manner in which the lighthouse reinforces the picturesque, maritime setting of Grand Manan Island, and acts as a symbol of the region as evidenced by:

  • The tower’s design that stands out on the coastal location.
  • The visibility of the tower to commercial vessels and fishermen by virtue of its location on a busy shipping lane that marks the entrance to the Bay of Fundy.
  • The tower’s well-known role as a long-standing symbol of the maritime heritage of the region.

Copies of our newsletter, past and present are available for download:

The keepers house was recognized in 2010 on the Municipal Register of Local Historic Places.

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b Our Purpose

Bell Ringing
Ringing the Bell

To preserve, restore, maintain and repurpose the buildings at the Swallowtail light station.

To carry out programs related to education of the historic nature of the light station and surrounding the marine environment and natural landscape.

To encourage visitation to, and use of the light station by island residents and visitors.

To promote the light station through various means.

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d Donations

By making a donation to Swallowtail Keepers Society, you will support the continued preservation of the Swallowtail light station. We rely on kind donations to help us maintain the high standards expected from light keepers in the past for their light station and to continue to improve services and programs for visitors. Preserving light keeping traditions is an integral part of maritime history.

Donations can be made by simply clicking the button below or, if you prefer, mail a cheque to the address below. We thank you for your support.

  • Swallowtail Keepers Society,
  • 50 Lighthouse Road,
  • Grand Manan, NB
  • Canada
  • E5G 2A2
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