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Louisbourg Lighthouse, Louisbourg

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Louisbourg Lighthouse is a historic Canadian lighthouse at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, and is the site of the first lighthouse in Canada.The first lightConstruction began on the lighthouse in 1730 to assist navigation to Fortress of Louisbourg. It was completed in 1734. A fire in 1736 destroyed the lantern but the stone tower was unharmed and a new lantern was installed in 1738. Lighthouse Point played a decisive role in both sieges of Fortress Louisbourg as, once captured, it provided a commanding gun battery location to bombard the fortress. This lighthouse was badly damaged in 1758 during the Final Siege of Louisbourg and abandoned by the British after they demolished the fortress. Stonework ruins from the first tower are still visibile at the site.The second lighthouseA square wooden lighthouse with a black stripe was built by the government of Nova Scotia in 1842. The lighthouse was a large -story wooden building supported by a massive masonry base. It included the keeper's dwelling in the base of the light. A fog horn building was added in 1902. This lighthouse was destroyed by fire in 1922. The foundation remains visible today and has been excavated and stabilized by Parks Canada archaeologists.The lighthouse todayAn octagonal concrete lighthouse decorated with neoclassical architectural features was built in 1923. The tower is a twin of the Georges Island Lighthouse in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Louisbourg lighthouse was destaffed in 1990. The lighthouse is a popular lookoff point and in 2008 became the start of a coastal walking trail. Interpretive plaques mark the ruins of the previous lighthouses.
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  • What makes this location amazing is the surrounding area, yes the lighthouse is something to see but the surrounding grounds and ocean and trails are incredible and well worth a visit if you are in Lo...  read more »
  • Across the Bay from the Louisbourg Fortress, this beautiful lighthouse can be reached by a trail or by car. Worth the visit. 
  • After all the hype about visiting Fortress Louisbourg, it was a unexpected treat to come upon this light house marked by a small sign on the roadside. It had a great views of the shore line around Lou...  read more »
  • Great views on a sunny day. Learned there were multiple locations of the actual lighthouse. There is also a nice easy trail to the water.
  • Arrive early or late in day for best pics (as aways) and consider walking the shore trail too. It was smooth and only a little hilly but very scenic.
  • The site is beautiful, and there is a 5 K gravel path along the shore around Lighthouse Cove that offers some great views.
  • Nice secluded lighthouse. If you enjoy hikes along the ocean, there's a trail that runs a mile or so out past the lighthouse and around a few small bays and over some points. Terrific views.
  • Nice little light house. Narrow roads to get to it and not too far from the Fort. There were only a couple other cars so you can get some great photos. The view of the ocean was nice as well.
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