Two range lights established on Macfarlane point, in Wallace harbour, on the south side of the Strait of Northumberland, were put into operation on the 20th October, 1904.The first keeper of the range lights was George Boyle, who received his appointment on May 24, 1905 and earned $150 per year.
They are shown from wooden towers, square in plan, with sloping sides, surmounted by square wooden lanterns, the whole painted white. The fixed red catoptric lights should be visible four miles in, and over a small arc on each of side of, the line of range.
The front tower stands upon the northeastern extremity of Macfarlane point, on the south side of the harbour, about 20 feet back from the edge of the bank, on land 16 feet about high water level, and 400 feet south of the site of the old ballast jetty.
The tower is 30 feet high from its base to the ventilator on the lantern. The light is elevated 41 feet above high water mark.
The back tower stands 1,860 feet N. 80° W. from the front one, on land 60 feet above high water mark. The tower is 40 feet high, from its base to the ventilator on the lantern, and the light is elevated 100 feet above high water mark.
The buildings were erected under contract by Mr. John D. Reid, of Head Wallace Bay, N.S. His contract price was $2,400.
Forty-one people signed a petition in 1986 requesting that foliage be cleared to make the Wallace Harbour Rear Range Light more visible as several vessels had run aground the previous year. The Coast Guard tried to clear the offending trees and brush, but the owner of the property on which the vegetation stood was uncooperative. Rather than enter into litigation, the Coast Guard converted the front range light into a sector light in 1990. The tower’s square lantern room was removed and replaced with a rectangular lantern to house the new light. At the same time, the marking on the seaward face of the white tower was changed from a vertical red stripe to two horizontal red stripes. Later, the tower was changed to have just one red horizontal band.
In March 1904, the rear range tower was sold to Graham Long, who cut the tower into three pieces and relocated the sections to Malgash Point, where the tower was reassembled and converted into a summer vacation home.
In December 2015, the Wallace Area Development Association purchased Wallace Harbour Sector Lighthouse from the government for one dollar, and as part of the transfer, the association was given a $10,000 grant to help maintain the lighthouse in the future. The transfer was made possible by the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act passed in 2008. All the lighthouse currently needs is a coat of paint, and Doug Perry, president of the Wallace Area Development Association thinks that could be accomplished for just $500 if enough volunteers are found to help.
“It would have been destroyed if nobody wanted it,” Perry said. “It’s kind of an icon for our tourism, it’s easy to see and people recognize it. We didn’t think it should be torn down.” The Canadian Coast Guard will continue to be responsible for the beacon in the lantern room, but the association will need to care for the structure.
Keepers: George Boyle (1905 – ), Robert Langille ( – 1939), Noble Jamieson (1940 – 1958).