A marine radio station was built at Cape Bear, on the southeast tip of P.E.I., and was on the air for the first time on November 25, 1905. The station was built and operated by Canadian Marconi.
The station was opened to maintain contact with government steamers "Minto" and "Stanley" while on winter service between Prince Edward Island and the mainland. Cape Bear/VCP kept a close vigil over Northumberland Strait. The Department of Marine and Fisheries saw considerable savings when both these ships were first equipped with wireless and the opening of Cape Bear led to more savings. The facility was to serve fishing fleets in the area as well.
The station's original call sign was "BE", then "MBE" and finally 'VCP' in 1912.
Cape Bear was apparently the first Canadian wireless land station to hear the SOS of the Titanic in 1912.
The radio station closed in 1922 but the Cape Bear lighthouse is still there and has been in existence since 1881. There is now a museum on the original site of the Cape Bear Marconi station.