Nova Scotia's Lighthouses
For centuries, Nova Scotia’s lighthouses have greeted those who have arrived on our shores and have helped to protect those who make their living on the water. Today, there are 150 lighthouses located throughout Nova Scotia, from the Sambro Lighthouse - the oldest working lighthouse in the Americas - to Nova Scotia’s most famous and much-photographed Peggy’s Cove Lightstation in Peggy’s Cove.
These beacons help shine a light on Nova Scotia’s maritime history and maritime spirit.
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Located an hour’s drive from downtown Halifax, Peggy’s Point Lightstation in the village of Peggy’s Cove, is arguably Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouse. Built in 1915, the lighthouse also housed a post office until 2009 which allowed visitors to mail postcards from North America’s only lighthouse post office.
Lighthouse Road Trip
A visit to Nova Scotia would not be complete without a trip to a lighthouse… or two. With 150 lighthouses located throughout the province - some with picnic areas and trails on their grounds, some that allow access and one that even comes with a guesthouse in which visitors can stay in.
Cape Forchu Lightstation
Built in 1962 to replace the first lighthouse that was built in 1839-1840, the Cape Forchu Lightstation was the first ‘applecore’ style lighthouse built in the world. Its slender build allows it to withstand the power of the winds off the Atlantic.
Be sure to visit the Lightkeeper’s House, the Mug Up Tea Room, and don't miss your opportunity to get your photo taken in the big yellow Adirondack chair.
Cape d'Or Lighthouse
For an amazing panoramic view of the world’s highest tides, a visit to the platform high above the point where the Bay of Fundy runs into the Minas Channel at the Cape d’Or Lighthouse is a must. Work up an appetite exploring the trails and indulge in the Lightkeeper’s famous chowder, fishcakes, and homemade soups at the Lightkeepers Kitchen & Guest House.
Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation
Nova Scotia is home to the largest number of lighthouses in Canada including some of the oldest still operating lighthouses. With 150 lighthouses still operating, the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society provides information on many of the past and present lighthouses, including information on ones you can visit and/or tour.
The Louisbourg Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in Canada and the second in North America. The original stone lighthouse was lit in 1734 by the French and was damaged during the 1758 British siege of Louisbourg. The current lighthouse, built in 1923, provides visitors with an expansive view of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.