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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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  • Be sure to take time to visit the lighthouse as the setting is awesome and spectacular. We drove there from the fortress as it was raining but I think you can ge there with a longish walk from the for...  more »
  • We drove out the road to the lighthouse, wondering if it was worth the drive. Whenever we arrived at the end, there was no question about it. It was worth the drive! The lighthouse was good to see, an...  more »
  • A short drive from the town centre. The sunset was amazing. You can get up and close with this lighthouse. There are some red chairs on the hill where you can sit, relax and watch the tides. 
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  • For lighthouse lovers this is one of the great ones. First lighthouse on Canada's shores was here. Lots of wave action and photo opps.
  • Great views. Good place for storm watching, and you get a nice view of the fortress when it's clear.
  • 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.
  • Great place for a quick stop if you are in Louisburg, if we had more time would have definitely checked out the hiking trail from the lighthouse.