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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  • October 2, 2017
    Worth the side trip when visiting the Fortress. Road to the lighthouse needs fixing. Very scenic. Walking trail is included.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Well worth a stop if you're going to the Fortress. The views are excellent and the waves crash against the walks impressive. We liked it almost as much as Peggy's Cove, and it had a fraction of the cr...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We visited a lot of lighthouses on our recent trip to Nova Scotia. This one was one of the most impressive because of its setting on the Atlantic Ocean. With waves crashing, clouds rolling in, and gra...  more »
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  • May 21, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    Nice spot. Windy tho
  • October 19, 2016
    Great views. Good place for storm watching, and you get a nice view of the fortress when it's clear.
  • August 27, 2016
    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.
  • November 18, 2016
    Had a great time in Sydney NS! Beautiful views, great beaches and super friendly people!

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