Nova Scotia has more lighthouses than any other Canadian Province, somewhere in region of 160! Not bad for the second smallest province, after only Prince Edward Island. Yet if you’ve been to this beautifully bleak corner of North America, and seen its rugged coastline, the reason soon becomes clear.
Here are three of my favourite Nova Scotian lighthouses (of those I’ve been lucky enough to see, of course):
I love Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool, because it looks like someone made it in their bedroom. Or rather, it looks like someone made their bedroom into a lighthouse! Seriously though, the lighthouse, which was constructed in 1855, is a Provincial Heritage Property that stands close to the spot where Champlain landed in 1604.
If Fort Point Lighthouse looks like a converted house, the Cape Forchu Lightstation near Yarmouth is one of the most utilitarian lighthouses I’ve ever seen. The tower is a no-nonsense structure that does exactly what it says on the tin: it holds a light that warns shipping well in advance of the dangers they will encounter if they get too close.
To those of you in the know, it’ll come as no surprise that may favourite Nova Scotian lighthouse is the one at Peggy’s Cove.
Firstly there’s the rugged, windswept coastline, all bare rock and churning rollers, on which it’s located.
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