Louisbourg Lighthouse, Louisbourg

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Louisbourg Lighthouse is an active Canadian lighthouse in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The current tower is the fourth in a series of lighthouses that have been built on the site, the earliest was the first lighthouse in Canada.
Construction 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 visible at the site.
A 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.
An 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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  • We went for a nice hike on the trail, which is well kept, quiet and interested. The lighthouse is not kept very well, it needs some repairs, and a lot of paint. I don't think Parks Canada puts a lot o...  more »
  • So there is no Shortage of Lighthouses here. The East of Canada and the US is practically a Mecca for People with a Lighthouse Fetish. This one is opposite the Fortress, as the name suggests. You have good Views of the Coast and Fortress and can also take some Photos where it looks like you are in Canadian Soloes. The Cornerstones of this Tower are said to be from the 1930s. If you visit the Fortress, you can take this Tower with you right away. Only for the Tower is it not worth a Ride there.
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  • Touring around the Louisbourg historical site you can see this lighthouse in the distance. It is well worth the visit even when it is foggy.  more »
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  • We just thoroughly enjoyed Cape Breton Island and the light houses are part of it. To get to this one you have to drive along a narrow little road that winds through a little village. Fun.
  • Really cool and relaxing. You can sit on the rocks and just hear and see the waves. Across the water you can see Fort Louisbourg which is pretty cool. Also enjoy some trails!
  • Louisbourg Lighthouse was originally the first lighthouse in Canada and the second in the New World. The first lighthouse was destroyed and what remains today are ruins of the foundations as well as one of the replacements made in the early twentieth century. There are commemorative plaques that explain the history of the different lighthouses. It's a beautiful spot but the most recent lighthouse can't be visited and seems to be in poor shape.
  • Beautiful place. Nice to see the animals. Enjoyed watching the dancing of upper class people. Gift shop should have sold small hot chocolate mugs and pewter glasses. Also adult authentic peasant shirts like what they wore.
  • Beautiful. Really nice walking trail as well.
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