40 Nova Scotia Lighthouses to Visit This Summer

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Nova Scotia lighthouses are famous around the world. In this article, you’ll learn about 41 lighthouses to visit this summer.

Nova Scotia Lighthouses

Peggy’s Cove lighthouse, Nova Scotia

Many families make it a tradition to visit their favourite lighthouse at least one a year. And when company comes, that lighthouse is a must-see.

Lighthouses are unique buildings that are full of history. And they have saved countless lives.

One of the things that make them unique is that no two lighthouses were painted the same. This was done for navigation purposes. The lighthouses were charted and the captains carried these charts with them. If they lost their way, they could tell where they were by the way the lighthouse was painted. And at night they could tell by the flashing of the light, because each light had its own pattern.

Nova Scotia has 7500 km of coastline and a rich fishing and shipping history. In this article, you’ll learn about 40 lighthouses here in Nova Scotia.


41 Nova Scotia Lighthouses

The lighthouses on this page are organised by region. There are more but many have limited access or are on private property, so we don’t include them.

  1. Annapolis Valley Lighthouses (See all 9 lighthouses)
  2. Cape Breton Lighthouses (See all 7 lighthouses)
  3. Eastern Shore Lighthouses (See all 2 lighthouses)
  4. Fundy Shore Lighthouses (See all 6 lighthouses)
  5. Halifax Lighthouses (See all 3 lighthouses)
  6. Northumberland Shore Lighthouses (See all 3 lighthouses)
  7. South Shore Lighthouses (See all 7 lighthouses)
  8. Yarmouth and Acadian Shore Lighthouses (See all 4 lighthouses)

At the beginning of each region, there is list of the lighthouses covered for that area. Below the list will be a brief overview of each lighthouse with photos and video, a map, and some interesting facts.

Cape Forchu lighthouse Nova Scotia

Cape Forchu lighthouse, Yarmouth Nova Scotia

Lighthouse Fever Warning! You may catch a wonderful case of Lighthouse Fever from spending time on this page. ( I caught it – and I think it’s contagious.)

Let’s get started with the lighthouses in the Annapolis Valley.


Annapolis Valley Lighthouses (9)

This region has the most lighthouses on our list. Here is a quick breakdown of them:

  1. Annapolis Lighthouse
  2. Boar’s Head Lighthouse
  3. Brier Island Lighthouse
  4. Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse
  5. Grand Passage Lighthouse
  6. Hampton Lighthouse
  7. Margaretsville Lighthouse
  8. Point Prim Lighthouse
  9. Port George Lighthouse

Now let’s take a closer look at each of these lighthouses.

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1) Annapolis Lighthouse

Annapolis Lighthouse was built in 1889 with a tower 28 ft (8.53m) high and a light at 30ft (9.14m) above water level.

It’s situated on the main street of Annapolis Royal in the heart of one of Canada’s largest historic districts. It serves as the headquarters for Acadian Heritage and National Historic District Tours.

In the following video, you’ll see the Annapolis Lighthouse and the town of Annapolis Royal.

Annapolis Lighthouse Video


Watch on YouTube via Tour Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Annapolis
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Body of water: Annapolis River
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: Lighthouse Park, 239 St George St, Granville Ferry,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Annapolis Lighthouse

Interesting fact: The Annapolis Lighthouse is situated almost half way between the equator and the North Pole.


2) Boar’s Head Lighthouse, Long Island

Boar’s Head Lighthouse was built in 1864. Its tower was 33ft (10.05m) high, with a light 70ft (21.33m) above water level.

The current lighthouse became operational in 1955. Its wooden tower is 35 ft (10.66m) high and its light stands 60ft (18.28m) above water level.

Boars Head Lighthouse Nova Scotia

The following video shows Boar’s Head Lighthouse on a foggy day.

Video of Boars Head Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Chris Sanfino

Boar’s Head Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Digby
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Body of water: Petit Passage
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: 222 Boars Head Road, Digby, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Boar’s Head Lighthouse in Long Island

Interesting fact: From mainland Nova Scotia you’ll need to take a ferry to get to this lighthouse. You can take your car on the ferry.


3) Brier Island Lighthouse

The Brier Island Lighthouse was the first lighthouse on the SW coast of Nova Scotia, and it was built in 1809.

In 1832, the first lighthouse was replaced. The second wooden tower had a light that stood at 92ft (28.04m) above water level. That lighthouse was destroyed by fire in 1944.

The current lighthouse became operational later that year. It is a concrete tower 60 ft (18.28m) high, with a light that stands 95ft (28.95m) above water level.

This short video gives you a glimpse of the Brier Island Lighthouse and the landscape surrounding the light.

Video of Brier Island Lighthouse Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Chris Sanfino

Brier Island Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Digby
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Body of water: Bay of Fundy
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: 720 Lighthouse Road, Digby,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Brier Island Lighthouse

Interesting facts:

  • You’ll need to take 2 ferries to get to this lighthouse. You can drive your car onto both.
  • The first lighthouse (built in 1818) was said to be “so ill-lighted and vilely constructed” that it was a hazard and was replaced by 1832.

4) Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse, Weymouth

Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse was built in 1904. Its tower is 36ft (10.97m) high with a light standing 40ft (12.19m) above water level.

This lighthouse is unique because the light sits on top of a square light-keepers house. Most lighthouses in Nova Scotia have a lighthouse tower and an attached or separate building that served as a light-keeper  house.

There is now a tearoom, craft shop, and archival display in the lighthouse. There are also picnic grounds around it.

The following video shows the Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse, surrounding picnic grounds, and shoreline.

Video of Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube

Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Digby
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Body of water: St. Mary’s Bay
  • Address: 244 Gilbert’s Cove, Weymouth  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse, Weymouth

Interesting facts:

  • The Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse is one of only 3 of its kind left in Nova Scotia.
  • You can climb up to the light for a great view of St. Marys Bay.

5) Grand Passage Lighthouse, Westport

Grand Passage Lighthouse was built in 1901. The tower was 34ft (10.36m) high, with its light standing 62ft (18.89m) above water level.

The current lighthouse became operational in 1965. Its light stands 56ft (17.06m) above water level.

The following short video shows Grand Passage Lighthouse.

Video of Grand Passage Lighthouse, Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Chris Sanfino

Grand Passage Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Digby
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Body of water: Grand Passage
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: Northern Lighthouse (Grand Passage Lighthouse) Water Street, Westport, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Grand Passage Lighthouse, Westport

Interesting facts:

  • Grand Passage Lighthouse is also referred to as Northern Lighthouse
  • This lighthouse currently houses the Coast Guard lifeboat crew

6) Hampton Lighthouse

Hampton Lighthouse was built in 1911. It is a 33ft (10.05m) high, white wooden tower with its light standing 69ft (21.03m) above water level.

This is the first lighthouse in Canada to be passed to a community non-profit association and the second (in the Maritimes) to be passed over for $1.00 (just one loonie) under the 96-1 Directive.

This next video shows the Hampton Lighthouse in Nova Scotia.

Video of the Hampton Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Bill Roberts

Hampton Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Annapolis
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Body of water: Bay of Fundy
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: 66 Hampton Wharf Road, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Hampton Lighthouse


7) Margaretsville Lighthouse

The Margaretsville Lighthouse was built in 1859. The tower stands at 22ft (6.70m) high, with its light 30ft (9.14m) above water level.

This is one of the first lighthouses along the (Nova Scotia) coast of the Bay of Fundy. Before Margaretsville, there were only 6 or 7 in operation.

In this short video, you’ll see the Margaretsville Lighthouse, the surrounding shoreline, and homes.

Drone video of the Margaretsville Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Mark Sorge

Margaretsville Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Annapolis
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Body of water: Bay of Fundy
  • Address: 8 Lighthouse Road, Margaretsville,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Margaretsville Lighthouse

Interesting fact: When this light was first built it burned kerosene, 7 gallons per month in the summer and 12 gallons per month in the winter. The 8 red lamps and their brass reflectors had to be cleaned and polished every day.


8) Point Prim Lighthouse, Digby Neck

Point Prim Lighthouse was built in 1817. That first light was replaced in 1875.

In 1964, the second light was replaced with a concrete lighthouse. The tower is 25ft (7.62m) high with a light standing 80ft (24.38m) above water level.

The following video shows the Point Prim Lighthouse and surrounding landscape.

Video of Point Prim Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube

Point Prim Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Digby
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Body of water: Bay of Fundy
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: 1417 Lighthouse Road, Digby,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Point Prim Lighthouse, Digby Neck


9) Port George Lighthouse

Port George Lighthouse was built in 1888. It is a square wooden tower. It was originally built at the end of a wharf.

During a storm in the 1930’s (which destroyed the remaining part of a deteriorating wharf) a group of local men rescued the lighthouse. They moved it to its present location along the side of Shore Road.

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Port George Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Annapolis
  • Region: Annapolis Valley
  • Body of water: Bay of Fundy
  • Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: Shore Road E, Middleton,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Port George Lighthouse

Interesting fact: About 2 km (1.3 mi) past the lighthouse (west) there is a small provincial picnic park.


Cape Breton Lighthouses (7)

Here are 7 Cape Breton lighthouses, including the first lighthouse in Canada.

While there are other lighthouses in Cape Breton, we didn’t include them because many have limited access or are on private property.

These are the lighthouses you’ll learn about:

  1. Balache Point Range
  2. Gabarus Lighthouse
  3. Jerome Point Lighthouse
  4. Louisbourg Lighthouse
  5. Low Point Lighthouse
  6. Mabou Lighthouse
  7. Neil Harbour Lighthouse

If you don’t see your favourite Cape Breton lighthouse, please let us know and we’ll try to include it.

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1) Balache Point Range Lighthouse, Canso Causeway

The Balache Point Range Lighthouse was built in 1963. Its light is 46ft (14.02m) above water level.

This lighthouse is beside a cemetery on a small grassy knoll at the north end of the Canso Causeway. It is on the left just before you cross the bridge to Cape Breton.

The following video shows the lighthouse and some of the surrounding landscape.

Video of The Balache Point Range Lighthouse in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via BlueShankPEI

Balache Point Range Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Inverness
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of water: Strait of Canso
  • Scenic Route: Ceilidh Trail
  • Address: Balache Point Range Lighthouse, Port Hastings, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Balache Point Range Lighthouse, Canso Causeway


2) Gabarus Lighthouse

Gabarus Lighthouse was built in 1890. The Light sits at 47ft (14.32m) above water level.

In November 2015, this 22-tonne, 125-year-old lighthouse was moved 40ft (12.19m) away from the eroding shoreline.

In this short video you’ll see the Gabarus Lighthouse and surrounding landscape.

Video of the Gabarus Lighthouse in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Gabarus Lightkeepers Society

Gabarus Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: CBRM
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of water: Gabarus Bay
  • Scenic Route: Fleur de lis Trail
  • Address: 128 Harbour Point Road, Gabarus, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Gabarus Lighthouse

Interesting fact: It took 3 years to raise enough money to have the lighthouse moved.


3) Jerome Point Lighthouse, St. Peter’s

Jerome Point Lighthouse was built in 1883. It is a white wooden tower with a red lantern.

This lighthouse is located in Battery Provincial Park and is surrounded by lawns and wooded areas.

This light serves as a guide into St Peter’s Canal.


Jerome Point Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Richmond
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of water: St. Peter’s Bay
  • Scenic Route: Fleur de lis Trail
  • Address: Jerome Point, St Peter’s, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Jerome Point Lighthouse, St. Peter’s

Interesting fact: St. Peter’s Canal is North Americas oldest operating tidal lock.


4) Louisbourg Lighthouse

Louisbourg Lighthouse became operational in 1734. It was a stone tower 66ft (20.11m) high. The current Lighthouse was built in 1923 and is made of concrete.

This was the first lighthouse in Canada and the second on the North American Continent.

The following video shows the Louisbourg Lighthouse and surrounding landscape.

Video of the Louisbourg Lighthouse in Cape Breton Nova Scotia 

Watch on YouTube via anyunusedname  

Louisbourg Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: CBRM
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of water: Louisbourg Harbour
  • Scenic Route: Marconi Trail
  • Address: 555 Havenside Road, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Louisbourg Lighthouse

Interesting facts: 

  • The Louisbourg Lighthouse is in one of Canada’s historic sites – the Fortress of Louisbourg
  • You can still see some of the rubble from the original lighthouse tower at this site

5) Low Point Lighthouse, New Victoria

Low Point Lighthouse was built in 1832, it was a wooden tower with its light standing 75ft (22.86m) above water level.

That lighthouse was replaced by the current concrete tower in 1938. Its light stands 78ft (23.77m) above water level.

The following video shows the Low Point Lighthouse and its surrounding landscape.

Video of Low Point Lighthouse in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

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Low Point Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: CBRM
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of water: Sydney Harbour
  • Scenic Route: Marconi Trail
  • Address: 56 Lighthouse Rd, New Victoria, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Low Point Lighthouse, New Victoria

Interesting fact: The Low Point Lighthouse has the only remaining circular lantern in Nova Scotia.


6) Mabou Lighthouse

The Mabou Lighthouse was built in 1884, its tower was 37ft (11.27m) high. It has been restored by the Coast Guard and now stand at 47ft (14.32m).

The next video shows the Mabou Lighthouse and surrounding landscape.

Video of the Mabou Lighthouse in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


Watch on YouTube via BlueShankPEI

Mabou Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Inverness
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of water: Mabou Harbour
  • Scenic Route: Ceilidh Trail
  • Address: Mabou Lighthouse, Mabou Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Mabou Lighthouse

Interesting facts: 

  • This lighthouse is now the Mabou Harbour Museum and Tourist Center
  • It’s near coastal hiking trails and Mabou Provincial Picnic Park

7) Neil Harbour Lighthouse

Neil Harbour Lighthouse was built in 1899. Its light stands 73ft (22.25m) above water level.

This lighthouse is found near Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It’s a popular tourist destination.

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Neil Harbour Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Victoria
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of water: Neil’s Harbour
  • Scenic Route: Cabot Trail
  • Address: Neil Harbour Lighthouse, Lighthouse Road, Neils Harbour,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Neil Harbour Lighthouse

Interesting fact: In the summer there is an ice cream stand in the lighthouse.


Eastern Shore Lighthouses (2)

We cover 2 lighthouses on the Eastern Shore:

  1. Port Bickerton
  2. Queensland

There are others on the Eastern Shore but they are on land that is private property or has limited access. If you know of a lighthouse that should be included please let us know.

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1) Port Bickerton Lighthouse, Fishermans Harbour

Port Bickerton Lighthouse was built in 1901 and was replaced in 1930. The second lighthouse is now the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Center. It is open to the public.

A concrete lighthouse tower was built in 1962 and serves as the current Port Bickerton lighthouse.

The following video shows the Port Bickerton lighthouse and the Interpretive Center. You’ll also see the landscape around the lighthouse.

Drone Video of the Port Bickerton Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Nō Ka ‘Oi Drone Guys

Port Bickerton Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Guysborough
  • Region: Eastern Shore
  • Body of water: Port Bickerton
  • Scenic Route: Marine Drive
  • Address: Lighthouse Road, Fishermans Harbour,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Port Bickerton Lighthouse, Fishermans Harbour


2) Queensport Lighthouse

Queensport Lighthouse was built in 1882. That lighthouse tower was replaced with the current lighthouse in 1937.

The Queensport Lighthouse can be seen from the mainland.

Queensport Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Guysborough
  • Region: Eastern Shore
  • Body of water: Chedabucto Bay
  • Scenic Route: Marine Drive
  • Address: Rook Island, Guysborough,  Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Queensport Lighthouse

There is a lighthouse museum on the Eastern Shore. Out Of The Fog Museum houses many artifacts like lenses, period clothing, lightkeepers’ log books, fog horns and more. It is located on Highway 316 in Halfway Cove near Queensport.

Fundy Shore Lighthouses (6)

We cover 6 Fundy Shore Lighthouses:

  1. Burntcoat Head Lighthouse
  2. Cape d’Or Lighthouse
  3. Five Islands Lighthouse
  4. Port Greville Lighthouse
  5. Spencer’s Island Lighthouse
  6. Walton Harbour Lighthouse

Now we’ll take a look at each one.

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1) Burncoat Head Lighthouse, Noel

Burncoat Head Lighthouse became operational in 1858. The first Burncoat lighthouse was destroyed and a second one became operational in 1914. That lighthouse was destroyed by fire in 1972 and a replica was built in 1995.

The Burncoat Head Lighthouse replica is a museum and interpretive centre. Inside you can learn about the history of the area, Fundy tides and lighthouses.

In the beginning of the following video Burncoat Lighthouse is highlighted. The rest of the video talks about the tides in the Bay of Fundy.

Note: Burncoat is also known as Burntcoat, and both refer to the same place.

Burncoat Head Lighthouse and Bay of Fundy Tides in Nova Scotia

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Burncoat Head Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Hants
  • Region: Fundy Shore
  • Body of water: Minas Basin
  • Scenic Route: Glooscap Trail
  • Address: Burncoat Road,  Noel, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Burncoat Head Lighthouse

Interesting fact: Burncoat is known for having the highest recorded tides in the world.


2) Cape d’Or Lighthouse, Advocate Harbour

The Cape d’Or Lighthouse was built in 1922. It was a wooden tower with a light 62ft (18.89m) above water level.

That lighthouse was replaced in 1965 with a concrete tower, its light stands 79ft (24.07m) above water level.

Cape D'Or Lighthouse Nova Scotia

The following video shows the Cape d’Or Lighthouse and the surrounding landscape.

Video of Cape d’Or Lighthouse in Nova Scotia


Watch on YouTube via Jimmy Houssen

Cape d’Or Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Cumberland
  • Region: Fundy Shore
  • Body of water: Minas Channel
  • Scenic Route: Glooscap Trail
  • Address: Cape d’Or Road, Diligent, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Cape d’Or Lighthouse, Advocate Harbour

Interesting facts:

  • There is a guesthouse and a restaurant next to the lighthouse.
  • This is a nesting site for the Peregrine Falcon, you may see them during your visit.
  • Plants that are often seen only in the Rocky Mountains at high altitudes grow on the cliffs around the lighthouse.

3) Five Islands Lighthouse

Five Islands Lighthouse was built in 1914. Because of erosion, the lighthouse was moved away from the water’s edge in 1952 and again in 1957. The erosion was so bad that the lighthouse had to be moved to a different location altogether.

It now stands on Broderick Lane (see map below). The tower is made out of wood and its light stands 43ft (13.10m) above water level.

The following video shows the Five Islands Lighthouse and some of the other tourist attractions on the Fundy Shore. The lighthouse is shown at the end of the video.

Video including the Five Islands Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via CentralNovaScotia

Five Islands Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Colchester
  • Region: Fundy Shore
  • Body of water: Minas Channel
  • Scenic Route: Glooscap Trail
  • Address: Broderick Lane, Five Islands, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Five Islands Lighthouse

Interesting fact:

  • This lighthouse sat at a campground from 1996 to 2008
  • From its new location, there is an excellent view of Five Islands.

4) Port Greville Lighthouse

Port Greville Lighthouse was built in 1907. It was a wooden tower with a stone base. It now stands at the Age of Sail Heritage Center.

The following video shows the Age of Sail Heritage Centre and the Port Greville Lighthouse.

Video of the Age of Sail Museum and Port Greville Lighthouse

Watch on YouTube via RoutestoYourRoots’s channel

Port Greville Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Cumberland
  • Region: Fundy Shore
  • Body of water: Greville Bay
  • Scenic Route: Glooscap Trail
  • Address: 8334 NS-209, Port Greville, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Port Greville Lighthouse

Interesting fact: In 1981 the lighthouse was cut in half, loaded onto a flatbed truck and moved to the Coast Guard College in Sydney. In 1998, it was moved (in the same way) to its current location.


5) Spencer’s Island Lighthouse

Spencer’s Island Lighthouse was built in 1904. It is located in the Old Shipyard Beach Campground.

This light stands in its original location and has had renovations. It now houses a small museum which displays artifacts and photos of the ships built in local shipyards. The museum is open to the public in July and August.

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Spencer’s Island Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Cumberland
  • Region: Fundy Shore
  • Body of water: Greville Bay
  • Scenic Route: Glooscap Trail
  • Address: 774 Spencer’s Beach Road, Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Spencer’s Island Lighthouse

Interesting fact: The 2010 renovations were done by the great grandson of the first Spencer’s Island lighthouse keeper.


6) Walton Harbour Lighthouse, Windsor

The Walton Harbour Lighthouse was built in 1873. It is a wooden tower with a light standing 60ft (18.28m) above water level.

The following video shows the Walton Harbour Lighthouse and surrounding landscape.

Video of Walton Harbour Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Nō Ka ‘Oi Drone Guys

Walton Harbour Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Hants
  • Region: Fundy Shore
  • Body of water: Minas Basin
  • Scenic Route: Glooscap Trail
  • Address: 119 Lorne Smith Road, Windsor, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Walton Harbour Lighthouse, Windsor 


Halifax Lighthouses (3)

We cover 2 lighthouses in the Halifax area:

  1. Chebucto Head Lighthouse
  2. Maugher Beach Lighthouse
  3. Sambro Lighthouse

If there is another lighthouse in the Halifax area that you love to visit please let us know and we’ll try to include it.

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1) Chebucto Head Lighthouse

The first Chebucto Head Lighthouse (a square wooden tower) was built in 1872. The tower was 22ft (6.70m) high with a light standing 132ft (40.23m) above water level. There have been 4 lighthouses at this location.

The current lighthouse was built in 1967. The tower is 45ft (13.71m) high with its light at 162ft (49.37) above water level.

The following video shows the Chebucto Head Lighthouse. You’ll also see the gorgeous coastline and surrounding landscape.

Video of the Chebucto Head Lighthouse in Halifax Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Nō Ka ‘Oi Drone Guys

Chebucto Head Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: HRM
  • Region: Halifax Metro
  • Body of water: Halifax Harbour
  • Scenic Route: Halifax/Dartmouth
  • Address: 279 Duncans Cove Road, Duncans Cove Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Chebucto Head Lighthouse

Interesting fact: Many people use this lighthouse as a landmark and come visit to pick berries and enjoy the view.


2) Maugher Beach Lighthouse

Maugher Beach Lighthouse was built (as a Martello tower) in 1814 and became operational as a lighthouse in 1828. Its light was 64ft (19.50m) above water level.

The current concrete tower was built in 1941 and its light stands 57ft (17.37m) above water level.

The following video shows McNabs Island (where Maugher Beach Lighthouse is found) and the lighthouse.

Video of McNabs Island and Maugher Beach Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

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Maugher Beach Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: HRM
  • Region: Halifax Metro
  • Body of water: Halifax Harbour
  • Scenic Route: Halifax/Dartmouth
  • Address: Maugher Beach Lighthouse, McNabs Island, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Maugher Beach Lighthouse

Interesting fact: This lighthouse was used by Abraham Gesner to test a new fuel he had invented to replace whale oil: kerosene.


3) Sambro Lighthouse

Sambro Lighthouse was built in 1758 and is still operational. It is the oldest functioning lighthouse in the Americas.

Its concrete tower is covered in wooden shingles to protect it from the elements. The tower is 82ft (24.99m) tall and the light stands 140ft (42.67m) above water level.

Sambro Lighthouse

Photo credit – The Sambro Lighthouse Heritage Society.

Sambro Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: HRM
  • Region: Halifax Metro
  • Body of water: Sambro Channel
  • Scenic Route: Halifax/Dartmouth
  • Address: Sambro Island Lighthouse, Sambro, Nova Scotia

Interesting fact: Sambro Lighthouse has been referred to as “our very own statue of Liberty” because every ship coming into the Halifax harbour has to pass it.

See more about getting to Sambro Lighthouse.

Read 19 Interesting Facts About Sambro Lighthouse


Northumberland Shore Lighthouses (3)

We cover 3 lighthouses on the Northumberland Shore:

  1. Cape George Point Lighthouse
  2. Caribou Island Lighthouse
  3. Coldspring Head Lighthouse

Let’s jump in and learn a little about each one.

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1) Cape George Point Lighthouse

The Cape George Point Lighthouse was built in 1968, it was a light on top of a square wooden building. That was replaced by an octagonal wooden tower in 1908.

The current concrete lighthouse was built in 1968. The tower is 45ft (13.71m) high, with a light standing 404ft (123.13m) above water level.

Cape George Point Lighthouse

The following video shows the lighthouse and the gorgeous view at Cape George Point.

Video of Cape George Point Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

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Cape George Point Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Antigonish
  • Region: Northumberland Shore
  • Body of water: St. Georges Bay
  • Scenic route: Sunrise Trail
  • Address: Cape George Point, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Cape George Point Lighthouse 

Interesting facts: 

  • There is a lesser known lighthouse in Cape Breton called Cape George Harbour Lighthouse, which is easily confused with this one, Cape George Point Lighthouse.
  • On a clear day, you can see both Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island from this lighthouse.
  • Cape George Point Lighthouse is located on St. George’s Bay – the largest bay in Nova Scotia.

2) Caribou Island Lighthouse

The Caribou Island Lighthouse was built in 1868. The original tower was replaced in 1916, and then between 1968 and 1970 the current concrete tower was built. Its light stands 44ft (13.41m) above water level.

Watch on YouTube via Jon Raven

Caribou Island Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Pictou
  • Region: Northumberland Shore
  • Body of water: Caribou Channel
  • Scenic route: Sunrise Trail
  • Address: Lobster Cove Lane, Northport, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Caribou Island Lighthouse

Interesting facts: 

  • Caribou Island is not an island, it’s a long piece of land jutting out into the Northumberland Strait.
  • From the beach next to the lighthouse, you can see the ferry that travels between Caribou Island and Wood Island.

3) Coldspring Head Lighthouse

The Coldspring Head Lighthouse was built in 1890. Its wooden tower is 36ft (10.97m) high and its light stands 60ft (18.28m) above water level.

The following video shows Coldspring Head Lighthouse and the surrounding landscape.

Video of Coldspring Head Lighthouse Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Nō Ka ‘Oi Drone Guys

Coldspring Head Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Cumberland
  • Region: Northumberland Shore
  • Body of water: St. Georges Bay
  • Scenic route: Sunrise Trail
  • Address: Lobster Cove Lane, Northport, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Coldspring Head Lighthouse

Interesting fact: Near this lighthouse, at Northport, there is a provincial park. The beach at Northport is on the Northumberland Strait which enjoys some of the warmest waters north of the Carolinas. Take advantage of the warm water in the tidal pools at low tide.

The Northumberland Fisheries Museum is located 71 front street in Pictou Nova Scotia. It is a scale replica of a lighthouse and dwelling from the early 20th century. The Museum houses over 2500 artifacts, among them is the Rip Irwin 6ft (1.82m) animated lighthouse map. There is a replica bedroom and lamp room on the second floor. The third floor is where you’ll see the light and take in the view.

 South Shore Lighthouses (7)

We cover five lighthouses on the South Shore of Nova Scotia:

  1. Baccaro Point Lighthouse
  2. Fort Point Lighthouse
  3. Medway Head Lighthouse
  4. Peggys Cove Lighthouse
  5. Seal Island Light Museum
  6. Terence Bay Lighthouse
  7. Western Head Lighthouse

While the Seal Island Light Museum is not a functioning lighthouse we include it as one because it contains the original Seal Island Lighthouse lantern.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the South Shore Lighthouses.

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1) Baccaro Point Lighthouse

The Baccaro Point Lighthouse stands at Baccaro Point which is the most southerly point on mainland Nova Scotia. It was built in the 1850s.

The first light (Baccaro Point I) became operational in 1851, and stood at 49ft (14.93m) (including Light height) above water level.

After the Baccaro Point I Lighthouse was destroyed by fire, it was replaced with the Baccaro Point II in 1934. It stands at 52ft (15.84m) (including light height) above water level.

In the following video you’ll see the Baccaro Point Lighthouse from all angles.

Drone Video of Baccaro Point Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

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Baccaro Point Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Shelburne
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of water: Barrington Bay
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: 39 Lighthouse Road, Lower East Pubnico

See detailed map for getting to Baccaro Point Lighthouse


2) Fort Point Lighthouse

The Fort Point Lighthouse is the fourth oldest remaining light in Nova Scotia. It was built in 1855. It’s a 17-foot wooden tower with a light standing 30ft (9.14m) above water level.

This lighthouse has a unique shape, it is referred to as being “hunchbacked”. It stands on a historic site near the center of town.

The following video shows the Fort Point Lighthouse and historic site.

Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool, Nova Scotia

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Fort Point Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Queens
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of water: Liverpool Harbour
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: Fort Point Road, Hunts Point, Liverpool Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Fort Point Lighthouse


3) Medway Head Lighthouse

The first Medway Head Lighthouse was built in 1851. Its tower was 23ft (7.01m) high and its light stood at 44ft (13.41m) above water level.

This lighthouse has been replaced four times. The current tower was built in 1983 and is made of wood. The pepper-shaker shaped tower is 29ft (8.83m) high.

This video shows the Medway Head Lighthouse and the surrounding coastline.

Medway Head Lighthouse in Port Medway Nova Scotia

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Medway Head Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Queens
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of water: Port Medway Harbour
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: Medway Head Lighthouse, Long Cove Road, Port Medway, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Medway Head Lighthouse


4) Peggys Cove (Peggys Point) Lighthouse

Peggys Cove Lighthouse is officially called Peggys Point Lighthouse. It is one of the most popular Nova Scotia Lighthouses.

It is said to be one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.

The first lighthouse at this location was built in 1868 and was a wooden building. It was 26ft (7.92m) high with a light standing 65ft (19.81m) above water level.

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia Sunset

In 1915, a concrete tower was built. It stands 50ft (15.24m) high with its light at 67ft (20.42m) above water level.

In this next video, you’ll get a glimpse of the beauty of Peggys Cove Lighthouse and why so may people (tourists and locals) visit it.

Peggys Cove (Peggys Point) Lighthouse Video

Watch on YouTube via Adam Cornick

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: HRM
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of water: St. Margaret’s Bay
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, 185 Peggy’s Point Road, Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Peggys Cove (Peggys Point) Lighthouse

Warning: The waves at this lighthouse are very dangerous. Many have been swept into the sea (and to their death) because they stand too close to the edge of the rocks. Especially during storms the waters surge and waves are unpredictable. Visitors are told to stay off the black rocks at all times.

5) Seal Island Light Museum

The Seal Island Light Museum was constructed in 1978.  Its top half is a replica of the Seal Island Lighthouse and contains the original Seal Island lantern.

Inside you can see memorabilia and equipment from the Cape Sable and Barrington area. You’ll learn about the history of lighthouses on Cape Sable Island, Seal Island and Bon Portage. You can also climb the stairs to see the only Fresnel Lens in Nova Scotia and the original clockwork mechanism.

Seal Island Light Museum Facts:

  • County: Shelburne
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of water: Barrington Bay
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: 2422 Hwy 3, Barrington, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Seal Island Light Museum


6) Terence Bay Lighthouse

There was a temporary light erected at Terence Bay after the sinking of the SS Atlantic in 1873. That light was replaced in 1885 with a white wooden tower.

The current Terence Bay Lighthouse is 26ft (7.92m) high with a light 48ft (14.63m) above water level.

A photo posted by Mike Donahue (@bluegreenorange) on

Terence Bay Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: HRM
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of water: Terence Bay
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: Terence Bay Road, Terence Bay, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Terence Bay Lighthouse


7) Western Head Lighthouse

Western Head Lighthouse is a concrete tower which was built in 1962. Its light stands 64ft (19.50m) above water level.

The following video shows Western Head Lighthouse and some of the surrounding landscape.

Video of Western Head Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Chris Sanfino

Western Head Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Queens
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of water: Liverpool Bay
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: 141 Breakwater Road, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Western Head Lighthouse

Interesting fact: Before the days of automation, the lighthouse keeper often couldn’t open the front door because the winds were so strong.


Yarmouth & Acadian Shore Lighthouses (4)

Here are four lighthouses on the Yarmouth and Acadian Shore.

  1. Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse
  2. Belliveau Cove Lighthouse
  3. Cape Forchu Lighthouse
  4. Cape St. Marys Lighthouse

One of them was referred to as the “apple core” when the original tower was replaced. See if you can pick it out based on shape. Check the “interesting facts” at the end of each lighthouse and you’ll find the answer.

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1) Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse

The Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse was built in 1922.

This lighthouse was built on private property, so when the department of Fisheries and Oceans wanted to pass it over to the community it needed to be moved.

In 2004, it was cut into 3 pieces and moved on the back of a flatbed truck to Le Village Historique in West Pubnico.

Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Yarmouth
  • Region: Yarmouth and Acadian Shore
  • Body of water: Lobster Bay
  • Scenic route: Lighthouse Route
  • Address: Old Church Road, Argyle, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse


2) Belliveau Cove Lighthouse

Belliveau Cove Lighthouse was built in 1889. It is a wooden tower with a light 24ft (7.31m) above water level.

This lighthouse sits at the end of a wharf.

Belliveau Cove Lighthouse NS

Belliveau Cove Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Yarmouth
  • Region: Yarmouth and Acadian Shore
  • Body of water: Lobster Bay
  • Scenic route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: Hwy 1, Clare, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Belliveau Cove Lighthouse

Interesting fact: Near the lighthouse, you’ll find a small community park with parking and picnic tables. There is also a 5 km (3 mi) walking trail that takes you along the shoreline and through coastal wetlands.


3) Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Cape Forchu Lighthouse is the second most popular among Nova Scotia Lighthouses.

It became operational in 1840 and was a wooden tower with a light 117ft (35.66m) above water level.

The wooden tower was replaced by the current concrete one in 1962. Its light stands 123ft (37.49m) above water level.

Cape Forchu Nova Scotia lighthouse

This is the second most-photographed lighthouse in Nova Scotia (the first is Peggys Cove).

The following video shows the Cape Forchu Lighthouse and its surrounding landscape.

Video of the Cape Forchu Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

Watch on YouTube via Carla Allen

Cape Forchu Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Yarmouth
  • Region: Yarmouth and Acadian Shore
  • Body of water: Bay of Fundy
  • Scenic route: Evangeline Trail and Lighthouse Route (both begin in Yarmouth)
  • Address: Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Interesting facts:

  • This was the first lighthouse in Canada to be passed over to a municipality by the federal government under the 96-1 arrangement.
  • When the first wooden tower was replaced by the concrete tower it was referred to at the “apple core” for almost 10 years. But when locals realized that tourists continued to flock to it, they began calling it the “Old Yarmouth Light” again.
  • This is the only intact light-station open to the public in Nova Scotia. The big keeper’s house is now a museum and the smaller one is a gift shop.

4) Cape St. Marys Lighthouse

Cape St. Marys Lighthouse was built in 1868. It was a concrete tower with its light 100ft (30.48m) above water level.

The current lighthouse is a square concrete tower. Its tower is 104ft (31.69m) above water level.

The following video shows the sun setting at Cape St Mary Lighthouse.

Video of Sunset at Cape St. Marys Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

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Cape St Marys Lighthouse Facts:

  • County: Digby
  • Region: Yarmouth and Acadian Shore
  • Body of water: St. Mary’s Bay
  • Scenic route: Evangeline Trail
  • Address: Lighthouse Road, Church Point, Nova Scotia

See detailed map for getting to Cape St. Marys Lighthouse

Interesting fact: Mavillette Beach Provincial Park is near Cape St. Marys Light.

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What’s Your Lighthouse Story? 

Are you planning your next trip to Nova Scotia? Or looking for your next backyard adventure? We want to hear from you!

Please share with us by commenting on this page.

Tell us about your favourite lighthouse. If there’s a lighthouse we’ve missed let us know and we’ll try to add it.

As you visit Nova Scotia Lighthouses remember that they are often close to the shore, or a cliff leading down to the shore. These areas can be dangerous, especially for young children. Some of the lighthouses also have foghorns which can be startling or painful for those sensitive to loud noises.

Please remember to share this page with your friends, tweet it, pin it and share it on Facebook.

I’d like to say thanks to the Nova Lighthouse Preservation Society (SLPS). In writing this article I used information from their site, along with many other sources.

Peggys Cove Sunset in NovaScotia

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While you’re visiting these lighthouses – be sure to check out this huge set of Nova Scotia beaches, scattered all over the province.

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