Lighthouses in Eastern Canada


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Iconic Lighthouses in Atlantic Canada

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Peggy's Cove

Just south of Halifax in central Nova Scotia, is a wonderful fishing community worth visiting. The name of the community is Peggy’s Cove, after the cove of the same name.

Peggy's Cove, situated along the east shore of St. Margarets Bay, was established as Peggs Harbour in 1766. By the early 1900s, German settlers continued fishing for a living and built a lobster cannery, schoolhouse, general store and church.

Each year, many tourists visit this quaint village, which includes Peggys Point Lighthouse. This red and white lighthouse, built in 1914, sits on the granite outcrop at the eastern entrance to St. Margarets Bay. It's a must-visit on any stay in Halifax.

While in town, be sure to also visit the Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, in memory of the 229 people who died when the place crashed into St. Margarets Bay in 1998. The beautiful area of Peggy's Cove will remain preserved, since it was declared a preservation area.

Fort Point Lighthouse

Plan a spring or summer trip to Nova Scotia and check out the Fort Point Lighthouse. Located in Liverpool Bay, this historic landmark guided ships into Liverpool Harbor and Mersey River from 1855 until 1989.

This historic lighthouse is Nova Scotia's third oldest existing lighthouse. The brass oil lanterns, along with the silver-plated reflectors, illuminated light that could be seen eight miles away.

Visit the lighthouse between Mid-May through Mid-October, to enjoy the free tour. Be sure to climb the steps to the top of the light for a wonderful view of the harbor. The "Explore Our Lighthouses" map shows the location of the lighthouses in Queens County. 

Cape Forchu Lightstation

In opperation since 1840, the Cape Forchu Lightstation is located near Yarmouth on the rocky-edged tip of Cape Forchu. This "applecore" style, 75-foot-high lighthouse has lit the Yarmouth Harbor for the passing ships. Stroll the grounds of this beautiful 19-acre site and admire the views of the sea.

Be sure to tour the lighthouse and visit the museum to learn more about Nova Scotia's "second most photographed lighthouse". The views from the top are incredible. Enjoy a delicious snack from the Mug Up Tea Room. While traveling in Atlantic Canada, enjoy a romp through Yarmouth and visit the Cape Forchu Lightstation.