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.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 visible 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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  • One of, if not the most picturesque and peaceful scenery on Cape Breton Island! I first visited this lighthouse in 1973, when it was still operational. It was a pleasant feeling to come back 44 years ...  more »
  • I took my time while I was climbing towards the lighthouse. I had fun, taking different prespectives of the Lighthouse Point. The sun was shining brightly. That made it easier for me to take pictures....  more »
  • By a small picturesque road which meanders along the warehouses and the boats of the fishermen of lobsters, you reach the Louisbourg lighthouse. The oldest fort of the Canada leading to the fortress of Louisbourg was rebuilt hard, what changes of usual lighthouses in wood of the maritime provinces. It cannot be visited and is unfortunately in poor condition with its stones which are eroding. The surrounding rocks are many and we understand its usefulness.
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  • Stunning views, and beautiful trails! Felt like being in Ireland!! We went around sunset.. Fantastic photos during this time!
  • Great photo op. Beautiful scenery. Nice parking lot. But you can't actually go in. Very historic location.
  • Raw beauty at its best. Nicer than Peggy cove and not crowded
  • I love to drive over to the lighthouse, to go on the trail, what is a lovely well kept trail, along the edge of the ocean. The only problem is when you enter the unpaved road leading to the lighthouse. You go over this road on your own risk, that could end in a trip that can cost a lot of repair on your car. It is a shame that it is not safe to drive there, with these kind of road conditions. Parks Canada owns the site, and I can't understand that they not look after their property, so that our tourists can safely visit this historic site.
  • Great views! Great hike! Beautiful place!

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